Tuesday, March 1 has been dubbed Super Tuesday, Giga Tuesday and Tsunami Tuesday. Based upon the sheer number of states holding political primaries on Tuesday, these are not overstatements. As well it should be–it’s the the privilege but also responsibility of citizens of American citizens to vote. Historically, the right to vote was hard won for many. Here are ways parents can exercise rights and fulfill political responsibilities and practice proactive political activism on Super Tuesday.
Parents, educate yourself on elections. Read and research the Internet for information. Explore candidate websites and sources like NPR’s Political Junkie. Check out candidate’s social media profiles at Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. If you homeschool, have students complete these activities as part of lessons.
Join lobbyist groups. Parents, visit your state capitol with your children. March in rallies you feel strongly about with your children. Our family marched against right to work legislation in Michigan and for right to life. It was cold and wet at the January Roe v. Wade protests. It would have been easier to stay home, but I’m glad we did it. Our children understand the importance of political activism.
Make Super Tuesday elections “get out to vote” calls. Work phone banks for elections on different issues. You don”t tell people how to vote, only remind them when and where to vote. Give information if required. Set up transportation if needed. Most people appreciate these calls when you explain there’s no political agenda. Take your teen to political activism meetings. Our son went with my husband to the democratic office to canvas in 9th grade. He’s now a politically engaged adult.
Volunteer to drive voters to Super Tuesday polls and elections. This is a wonderful way to help and it means so much to the homebound or those without transportation. Don’t express your political views, unless asked. We drove our beloved 93 year old Republican neighbor to the polls, though we are Democrats. It was an honor and treasured memory now she’s passed away.
Parents picket with children and support picketers. Peaceful protests are the most visual and powerful political tools. There are boundaries to follow, such as not trespassing or impeding traffic, but those only underscore the message of picketing. Support on strike workers. Our family has walked picket lines in solidarity with workers and it was a very educational experience.
Teach Political Process in elections. Educators and homeschool parents, use Super Tuesday elections to promote political activism with children. This is not the arena to push your own political views, but to explore core democratic values with students. Host debates, assign research projects on political events, candidates and issues. Ask politicians to speak.
In the long run, it isn’t always about how to vote as it is that you vote. Political activism is the rational society’s voice.