15 June, 2016

Why You Should Write to Your State Representative

Today's blog post is going to be very different from the rest.  You won't see any outfits, swimsuits, travel photos, or beauty products that I'm loving.  There are no links to purchase material things.  While I love writing about those topics and truly enjoy sharing my experiences and products I love, THIS is more important.  I truly hope that everyone reading this is inspired to share these links, share their opinions, and no longer walks on eggshells to please their friends, readers, followers, etc.

Since I was a kid, I told myself that I would never censor my opinions on issues that I cared about.  Regardless of who I may have a conversation with, I told myself that speaking my mind, especially on controversial issues that lit a fire in my blood, was more important than what another person's opinion of me might be.

If you're a human being with blood pumping through your veins, you feel disgusted, angry, saddened, and beyond frustrated with the recent massacre in Orlando.  If you're like me, a 24 year old woman who was able to vote in the last election, you've paid more attention to politics, current events, and issues that are important to you.  If you're like me, you're wondering why and how our president has had to speak fourteen times after mass shootings in the United States.  Fourteen shootings.  Fourteen speeches.  Too many innocent lives lost.  If you're like me, you're wondering how this keeps happening and why we haven't woken up as a nation and affected change.
Gun control in US

I don't care about your political party affiliation, your religion, or your race.  I care about how we are all treated and how we treat others that we think are different from ourselves.  We are all the same.  We should all desire to live in a world where love is spread more than hate.  We need to stop saying "this happened because X, he did this because X".  This happens because as a country we allow people to have easy access to military grade weapons.  I'm already familiar with the counter argument: "If someone wants to carry out a murder or get a gun they'll do it anyway".  That might be true, but why do we make it so damn easy?

Let's band together and use our opinions, sadness, and anger to affect change.  We can't all have a seat in Congress, but we can all have a voice.  I'm writing this to encourage bloggers, social media influencers, media personalities, etc. to encourage others to speak up and write to their State Representative.  To make it ridiculously easy for you, here's how you can do it:

Click here to visit the official house.gov website and find your representative.  Type in your zip code, click 'find your rep by zip'.  The website will pull up your Congressmen/Congresswomen -- Click their names to be taken to their website and click 'Contact'.  Go through the process and write about ANY issue that you've been pissed off and frustrated about.  Write to your Senators, Congressmen, and Congresswomen.  You can find your Senators and contact them here.  To my fellow Texans who are able to gain access to a firearm more easily than birth control, you can click here to contact our representatives.

Social media is a powerful tool.  It's easy for us to write a quick tweet, include a hashtag, and be a part of a conversation.  We need to do more as a generation, and we need to stop sitting around, waiting for our representatives to find what's important to them, or waiting for them to read our minds.  Let's tell them what we give a shit about.

Before emails and the Internet, our reps received letters from 2% of their constituents.  Now, with high-speed Internet, social media, and access at our finger tips, they hear from about 4-5%.  We should be embarrassed and ashamed at ourselves for not speaking up sooner.  Let's get that number up, share our opinions, and work together to flood their emails with our desire for change.

Share the link above to write to your representatives with everyone.  Tweet it, Facebook it, do whatever floats your boat.  Comment below and let me know that you've done your part, for now.  The journey doesn't stop here.
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