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My Political Tool Box for the 21st Century

To survive and flourish in the 21st century our nation must embrace the digital revolution that has transformed most aspects of personal and social life.

When it comes to our political life, the potential of digital technology has the potential to enrich American Democracy and provide the tools for 21st-century solutions to the challenges confronting the United States. From participation in the political process to engage citizens in decision making and policy formulation, digital technology can be leveraged on the local, national and global levels.   We discuss utilizing digital technology to strengthen our democracy by improving citizen engagement. Current technology allows us to rewire the body politic through information technology. These tools allow unprecedented opportunity to get access to information, mobilize, challenge misinformation to provide for a more deliberative dialogue.  Where previously only well-connected individuals and organizations were engaged now more of the public can get engaged.


Make Your Voice Heard


Information Sources 


Personal Experience 

Freedom of Information (FOIA)


Open Government 

The following are general resources that may be useful to you in your efforts to take part in your political ecosystem.

  • Freedom of Information 

  • Petition

  • Letter to Editor 

  • Join an Organization

  • ASK THEM  (Project of the Participatory Politics Foundation)


Contact Federal Elected Officials


  • President Barack Obama and the White House

    • Contact the White House.

  • U.S. Senators

    • Contact your state’s senators in the U.S. Senate.

  • U.S. Representatives

    • Contact your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Contact State Elected Officials


  • State Governors

    • Contact your state governor.

  • State Legislators

    • Find the names and current activities of your state legislators.


Contact Local Elected Officials


  • Local Elected Officials

    • Get the contact information for mayors of U.S. cities and other local government representatives.


Communicating Effectively with Elected Officials


  • Learn how to communicate effectively with your elected leaders.

  • See examples of letters written to elected officials on various issues.

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