Ask Allison: Working mom, no time! How do I help?

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Dear Allison,
I have just discovered your blog and am so glad that I have done so. I am a full time mom with a 9am-5pm job, needless to say, I don’t have a lot of extra time! That being said, I do not feel like it is right of me to stand by and watch as nuclear arsenals continue to grow and grow. Are there any ways that you would recommend someone with a full schedule like mine get involved?

-KJ

 

Dear KJ,

Thank you so much for reading my blog! I am very glad to hear that I am not the only one with these concerns. It is really difficult to balance activism with my schedule, so I can’t imagine how difficult it is being a full time worker AND a FULL TIME MOM. But like you said, it is scary to feel helpless in the face of all of this impending doom we see in the news. I am here to tell you: breathe. While you might not be able to organize a full group in your area, there are so many ways you can help ON YOUR SCHEDULE. I can highlight a few here for you so you can help take control.

  1. Use social media.

    Yes, some of your friends will find political commentary obnoxious. Yes, maybe you’re being obnoxious. But simply putting into words your fears and concerns could raise awareness for other people. During my time, I’ve found that many people have no idea about any of these issues. Our generation did not grow up during the Cold War era, therefore, we aren’t familiar with the scare of nuclear weapons. Reaching out is always positive. They have the power to keep scrolling if they do not want to be involved.

  2. Write a Letter to the Editor.

    Some may find this antiquated, but the issue of nuclear weapons is non-partisan and it is intergenerational. Some people may enjoy the hard print feel of a newspaper- I know I do! You will reach more people than you think by doing this and they may even publish it online- DOUBLE WHAMMY. Another key with this option is that you can do this in your time. Have to walk away from it for a day or two? Fine. Just follow through and you’re doing a lot! Click here to find out How to Write a Letter to the Editor

  3. Contact Your Local Representatives.

    Believe it or not, our representatives are here to REPRESENT us. Voicing your opinions does not end when you walk out of the voting booth. If you Google your state or district representatives, they will give all of the contact information you need. When you call or email, simply voice your concerns.

    Example: Hi, my name is Allison and I am one of your constituents. I am really concerned about the rhetoric between the United States and North Korea. We do not want to find ourselves in a nuclear war. I am calling today to ask you to oppose any actions President Trump makes to use a nuclear weapon against North Korea.

    You can even shorten this. To be honest, they probably get so many crazy calls a day, even if you stumble over your nerves they will understand what you’re trying to say. In the end, these representatives want your support, which means they should be listening to what the majority of their constituents want. Here is another easy how to: How to Call your Congressional Representative

 

These methods may seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but they are quite simple. Your impact could even grow if you can  get a commitment from 3-5 of your friends to do the same thing with you. And if they are inspired, they can do the same. It could turn into a ripple effect. You don’t have to organize a million person march on Washington to make a difference. Sometimes, all it takes is five minutes to make a difference.

Mother Teresa said it best: “Not all of us can do great things; but we can do small things with great love.”

In the few minutes you took to write to me, you made a great impact. First, I see that what I am doing is reaching other people. For that, I thank you. Second, other people that read this probably have the same concerns as you; WE ALL HAVE LIVES. We can’t dedicate hours of our time to a cause.

The information I put here is BECAUSE OF YOU. You took the time to care. You helped create this discussion. And that is why there is still hope that we can make a difference. Keep on caring.

 

Sincerely,

Allison