by Tyler 

Political engagement – to infuse action with civic duty, action being determined by resistance or support. To become intimately aware of the perspectives, actions, and histories of political bodies in order to respond to their actions in a way that defends your vision of justice. To be politically engaged is to use your voice or body to hold elected official accountable for the needs of your community in all ways that are lawful or just. This may include voting, protesting, coalescing, running for office, writing letters, making calls, campaigning, marching, resisting daily injustice (defending the marginalized), reading or watching the news, fact checking politicians, having an opinion, or intervening for the needs of your community when political bodies fail to do so (one example being Black Panther Party’s Free Breakfast Program). To be politically engaged, one must reject apathy and cynicism and believe that individual effort matters to the collective movement.

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