Ten Civic Engagement Actions
We’ve been posting daily action items on our Facebook page since January 23, 2017. Here is a summary of actions that will facilitate your own civic engagement.
2. Find your representative in the United States House and add them to your contacts.
3. Find your Colorado State Representatives and add them to your contacts. Every Coloradan has one Senator and one House Representative who represents them at the state level, in addition to the three Federal representatives you added in steps 1 and 2.
4. Check your voter registration. If you aren't registered, register! If you have moved, changed your name, or see any other inaccuracies on your registration, correct them.
5. Know your county commissioners! If you've voted or been to the DMV recently, you probably know what county you live in. If not, search with your address here: http://colorado.hometownlocator.com/maps/. THEN, google your county commissioners. 62 out of Colorado's 64 counties have 3-5 commissioners, and these commissioners make important decisions about how government serves county residents. Make a note of their names and contact information and add to your contacts. There are only two exceptions: Broomfield and Denver do not have county commissioners. Their services are governed by their respective mayors and city councils instead. Click for city councils in Broomfield and Denver, and add contact information to your phone.
6. Did you know that you don't have to come to Denver to provide testimony on certain bills? Click on this website to learn more about remote testimony and which bills are available for remote testimony. There are usually more than 3 bills available for remote testimony; you need to scroll down in the box to browse them all. Remote testimony locations are in La Junta, Grand Junction, Trinidad, Alamosa, and Durango.
7. Testify at the Capitol! Visit this site and look for bills that interest you. Contact the bill's sponsor directly for information about testifying on the bill if you support it. If you oppose it, do some googling to find a politician or organization that is opposing it.
8. Familiarize yourself with the committees that deal with issues important to you. For example, if you are an educator or parent, make note of the members of the Senate Education Committee and House Education Committee and add them to your contacts in such a way that you can contact them as a group, preferably in one sitting. We usually recommend calling, but an email group contact (or two - one for the House Committee and another for the Senate Committee) is another option.
9. Add Governor John Hickenlooper to your contacts.
10. Share these steps with your friends!