Building Political Voice & Power

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_text_separator title=”Author’s Note”][vc_column_text]I have been a Branch Manager for last 5 years and since I have been here I have attended every city council meeting. I have seen myself how little our leaders listen to the members of the community and how their concerns and ideas are never addressed.

I have also been the target professionally of our board when I have spoken out as a member of my community about the removal of our park and playground. So I do understand that the following tools may not work for your communities. Ideas to bring the community together also build community involvement and a sense of power, like community gardening, are also included.

And there’s an old saying my momma used to say: Its goes “get five people together you can build a doghouse; get ten people together you can build a mansion “[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_text_separator title=”About this Resource”][bquote type=”site_background_colored vrv_active_colored” author=”Vermont Resident” prk_in=”We are heard and we can make some difference. And I think that, you know `{`our town`}` exemplifies that. We have an elected select board you know people can run and then … we know them, they’re not there’s not any great bureaucracy.”][vc_column_text]When looking over our data from the research we noticed that some rural communities feel that they not only don’t have a voice in what happens in their local areas. In speaking with my community I have come to the realization they also feel like they have none in county or state governments.

When I asked in my community some of the following questions I found out that they may know who the governor senator or mayor is but they didn’t know you could actually contact them. So I have tried to address those issues along with the local government and community.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Tool: Building Political Voice & Power” border_width=”3″][vc_column_text]

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