Voting is one of the most important things you can do to bring about change, both on the federal level and the local level.
Many positions, including Sheriff, are elected and few people focus on these ballots. If you want to bring about change, start at your polling place.
According to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, approximately 33% of registered voters in Chicago voted in the municipal elections.
This is compared to over 60% in the 2018 midterm elections and 71% in the 2016 general election.
Mass demonstrations and peaceful protests are some of the most visible ways to protest.
Mass demonstrations include marches, sit-ins, blockades, rallies, and many other organized group gatherings expressing discontent.
Mass demonstrations can get violent or unsafe for a variety of reasons, so it is important to be vigilant and protect yourself.
How to find a protest in your area:
If you are having trouble finding a protest in your area, you can organize one yourself!
Research your local police department and their training of law enforcement.
Get to know the policies of your department and become familiar with their website.
How to get involved:
There are many different funds you can donate to if you want to show support.
However, you need to do your research to make sure you are donating to a reputable organization.
How to Tell if a Charity is Legitimate
Local change happens when citizens get involved, not just in protests, but in meetings.
If you are nervous about going to a protest, or if that's not the kind of work you are interested in, join a group that pushes for new legislation, community programs, and education.
Don't forget that elected officials work for you.
Remember to voice your concerns, call representatives urging them to vote for particular acts or laws, and remind them why they are in their position. Expressing your support or disapproval of elected officials does not start and end with election day.