The average person can get involved in the government
by first educating him- or herself about current issues. This can be done through reading the paper daily, reading a weekly newsmagazine, or watching the evening news. In order to make a difference, a person needs to have a working understanding of the U.S. government—indeed, a democratic system of government assumes there is a knowledgeable, interested public body of citizens. Next to education, other very practical methods of involvement include attending a city council meeting, volunteering at a local politician’s office, working with voter registration drives, or registering to vote. Often, people call or write legislators to voice their opinion on a certain topic, or participate in nonviolent protest demonstrations or marches.