For instance, I switched my long distance carrier to Working Assets Long Distance, when my previous carrier's founder ran against Ann Richards in Texas. I also stopped buying Pizza Hut pizza cold turkey, when they hired Rush Limbaugh to do a commercial for them. I wrote them a letter, quoting some of the things he'd spewed over the years, and told them I would never buy their products again. And guess what? I haven't. And I like Papa John's even better. If they screw up, I'll ditch them, too. Same goes for Wal-Mart. They lost me when they caved in to pressure from the religious right, and publicly refused to carry Previn, the emergency contraceptive, in their pharmacies. Adios, Wal-Mart. Hola, Target. My "brand loyalty" only goes as far as the political water's edge. I'm not asking you to research every single brand you use, just find one offender, and act. Write them a letter, ditch them, and find a better company to serve you and your values.
4. WRITE ONE POLITICAL SNAIL MAIL LETTER A WEEK.
Use The BBBR Activism HQ to help simplify the process. There are comprehensive media and political contact resources, as well as recent actions to help inspire your righteous action. Choose either media, political, or commercial contacts you have something to say to -- one a week -- and write your letter(s). Longhand is better than typed, I am told. The letter need not be long. It need only express your principled reaction to current events. If you can afford stamps to mail copies to others, that's wonderful. If not, writing one letter a week is a more than most people ever do.
5. DONATE YOUR TIME TO A POLITICAL CAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN.
Make a commitment to donate at least 8 hours per year to work as an actual on-site volunteer for a political party, cause, or candidate that speaks to your interests. Contributing money is wonderful, but giving your time is even better. It allows you not only to control how your largesse is used, but also to network among like-minded people, and become part of the community of activism. You may have the opportunity to meet and become familiar with leaders, making access to them easier in the future. Eight ours a year is a drop in the time bucket. Give it wisely, but GIVE IT.NEXT: "19th NERVOUS BREAKDOWN"
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