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Political Engagement

Democracy depends on an engaged populace. An important component of citizenship is political activity. People can be politically engaged by voting; reading the newspaper; volunteering on local projects; sending letters or e-mails to public officials, organizations, or media sources; participating in demonstrations and rallies; attending local school council meetings; visiting a local representative's office; going to church, synagogue, or mosque; talking to their neighbors about community concerns; or making a donation (e.g., money, time, advice) to a worthwhile cause. Any activity, individual or collective, devoted to influencing the community is defined as political engagement. Key skills necessary for political engagement include the following: active involvement, knowledge and understanding, a sense of political connectedness, and skills necessary for political participation (e.g., listening, critical thinking, research ...

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