The Digital Rebel Alliance : How to have a political voice using innovative phone Apps
OK. So I’ll admit it. The state of my country not only has me angrier than ever before, but has also managed to keep me utterly exhausted. On top of the marches, organized talks, meetings, letter writing campaigns and everything else, it can still feel like it’s not enough. On days I was not able to give a physical presence or action I remember feeling guilty because I wanted to continue to make change but knew there needed to be a balance.
It wasn’t until I was scrolling through my Facebook feed during my morning bathroom trip ( yes I AM one of those people…don’t judge me) looking over the political news that I saw it. Links to political apps. I’ll admit, at first I thought maybe these were games or just other news apps that wouldn’t really help me in the grand scheme of things. I decided “ what the hell? I can just uninstall it “ and downloaded Countable. This changed my life.
Much like the Rebel Alliance, I wanted to find a way not to back down politically despite any of life’s overwhelming odds.
Can you do more physically like marching , protesting and attending events? Hell yes! As someone who attended the Women’s March in Seattle and following protests, I highly recommend it. However, there are some who, for many reasons, may not always be able to go and attend that march or protest in person. They could have work (and not have vacation time), need to take care of a loved one or be unable to physically march/stand for a long period of time to name a few.
Just because you can’t be there in person doesn’t mean you can’t show your presence and make your voice heard. There are many ways to be politically active straight from your phone or computer. Here are the best apps I have found to help with this.
I am constantly on this app whether it be during my morning bathroom routine, scrolling through while I am riding the elevator up to my office or casually reading at lunch. This helps me to not only keep track of what is going on in the world, but helps me to take action . If you seek to REALLY amplify your digital voice not only to your audience, but to your congressman, this is for you. This single app allows you to take immediate action on any given day by messaging your congressman and sharing with your audience.
Essentially , like countable, this app gathers your location and political interests to display key issues coming up for vote. From what I have seen this does not provide the option to directly message your representatives. essentially, this is a polling tool that anyone can use you can also follow issues and get to know your lawmakers.
“ icitizen is a polling tool that facilitates open communication and collaboration between citizens and their elected leaders to shape the policies that affect their lives.”
Matchmaking for politicians? This app will ask you questions, determine your political affiliation and provides “ matches” of politicians that share your same views and votes.
We the People
Submit your opinion in poles , get top political news ,and (based on your location) shows what people nearby and across the world think about the weekly question through their heat map interface.
VoteSpotter is a mobile app that connects you to your representatives.
Get alerts when they vote, then tell them what you think. It’s never been easier to make your voice heard.
With these new apps, you don’t need to travel an insane amount of miles to arrive at Washington DC to protest. You can use these apps to protest locally or digitally if you’re able.
With nothing but a smart phone, some battery life and fingers to type, you too can be an active presence in the political world.