Every good organizer knows that the biggest thing you need for a successful campaign is TIME. Planning killer events, developing an organization, collaborating and coalition-building, recruiting volunteers… dang. That’s a lot of time.
Every good organizer also knows that not everyone has enough time. Swamped with your new job? Just moved to a new city and not sure how to get involved? Summer internship kicking your butt?
Check out these ten things you can do in only ten minutes to make a difference for the movement.
1. Re-tweet @DreamAct. Or any other relevant pro-migrant tweeters. Hey, you’ve got followers, and if you think it’s important, they will too!
2. Sign a petition and share it with five friends — post it on Facebook, Tweet it, etc.
3. Make a phone call to stop a deportation, and ask five friends to do the same.
4. Make a donation — buy some DREAM Act swag! And when people ask you about it, give ‘em the low-down.
5. Educate yourself! Find an interesting article, and share it with us or all of your friends!
6. Find an local organization that deals with immigration reform, and get involved!
7. Write a letter to your editor. Maybe there’s a pending state DREAM Act bill in your state. Maybe you’re not happy about DHS forcing Secure Communities on everybody. Maybe you are just sick and tired and want to see some real reform. Remember to keep it short, sweet, and under 200 words.
8. Get old-school, and write a letter to your elected officials about providing a path to citizenship for immigrants, or about providing equal access to financial aid, etc. By hand. Trust me, they will definitely pay attention.
9. Speak up. Don’t let comments or asides slip by in social situations, in class, or at work. You never know if somebody is listening, and your determination may inspire them as well.
10. Stay connected. Not everyone has 100 hours a week. Maybe sometimes you do, and maybe sometimes you don’t, but every little bit helps.