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Everyday things you can do to stay active in our democracy

Tens of thousands of Illinoisans have already joined our movement as supporters of Common Cause. If you would like to join them in standing up for our democracy and holding power accountable, here are some first steps that you can take to get involved.

1. Join our Action Team: Be part of the movement of supporters fighting for voting rights, getting big money out of politics, and holding power accountable. Members of the Action Team lead volunteer teams, phonebank, organize meetings, and assist on digital campaigns. When you fill out the form, we'll contact you and plug you into the most urgent campaigns in our state.

2. Defend pro-democracy values in your community: 

    • Attend your elected officials' town halls with your group to demand a defense of their policies. Learn how to plan for a town hall here.
    • Schedule an in-office visit with your representative to discuss important democracy reforms. Learn how to plan for an in-office visit here.
    • Coordinate blanket calling of representatives' offices at key moments. Learn how to plan a coordinated call day here.

3. Form small, dedicated groups that are locally focused: This allows you to communicate frequently with other activists and your representatives. In this era, we must focus our time and resources on preventing anti-democracy policies as our main priority.

4. Take action on your own: Representatives have strong incentives to serve their constituents well if they want to win reelection. However, making your voice heard takes effort. Representatives are more likely to pay attention to an in-person visit than to a phone call or email. Other ways to keep up to date with your elected officials include:

    • Signing up for your representative's newsletter to receive information and invitations to events
    • Reviewing their voting history at VoteSmart.org
    • Researching their campaign finances at OpenSecrets.org
    • Creating a Google News Alert to receive a notification when your representative is in the news

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