Regardless of your political affiliation, we are now currently living in the Age of Trump, so an important question must be answered – how do we as a people move forward? Community activist, Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr., provides the following key tips to help citizens become active agents of change who can make a lasting and positive impact throughout the community.
- Organize your community. Your neighborhood is your immediate community, so take the time to establish relationships with your neighbors. Use this time to discuss the local and state issues that affect your daily lives and organize neighborhood meetings with your city council and school board members.
- Know which officials represent you. It is important that you know which state and city officials represent you so that you can be informed and hold them accountable for doing what they say that they will do. This information can easily be accessed by visiting websites such as Who Represents Me?
- Join a political organization. Politics in its simplest form is the manner in which resources are delivered to a specific area. There is greater power in numbers. Join your county’s chapter of your state political organization (Democratic or Republican party) and unite with like minded voices to address the issues affecting your county.
- Volunteer or donate to a political campaign. Candidates need support and donations in order to run an efficient campaign organization. If you truly believe in the candidate (s) you are voting for, send them a check and donate a few hours of your time each month to help their campaigns. Your effort might be the difference that pushes them across the finish line.
- Become a voter registrar. We all know that life happens and that knowledge is power. You will be amazed at the amount of members of your community who might not be registered to vote or have the knowledge of how to become registered. By being a voter registrar, you can ensure that the members of your community are armed with the right resources and tools to allow their voices to be heard through their vote.
- Practice what you preach. Have you received a Jury Duty notice lately? Serve. One of the components of the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution is the guarantee of a fair jury. Serve and help guarantee that one of the most basic of rights is ensured.
- Know the difference between being informed and being obsessed. Do not spend too much time entrenched in the media attention focused on the new President. Instead, stay focused on holding him accountable and on the ways to address the many issues that impact your community.
- Vote. Regardless of what anyone tells you, exercising your right to VOTE is the most powerful way to voice your opinion on the direction of your community, city, state, and country!
Ultimately, change starts with you, so become the change that you want to see in your community.
About Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr.
Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr., is the founder and mind behind Jesuorobo’s Thoughts, an informative blog that covers an array of topics including politics, social injustices and current events. Most recently, he and his blog received social media fame with a tweet to President Donald J. Trump that went viral with over 100,000 shares from people all over the world! A passionate political and community activist, Jesuorobo is committed to implementing change in the community. He currently serves on the City of Dallas’s Citizen’s Police Review Board and was elected to a seat on the State Democratic Executive Committee of the Texas Democratic Party in 2016. Currently, he is in the process of implementing a blueprint for churches that will provide effective strategies for ensuring that members of congregations register to vote and get out and vote.
It was upon becoming a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at Tulane University, that Jesuorobo was introduced to community service. Later, he became inspired to serve within his church including the roles of Singles Community Group Leader and a volunteer counselor and mentor for young men. Jesuorobo is also a 2007 graduate of the Blueprint for Leadership program and served as an Advisory Board Member for the Dallas Blueprint for Leadership from 2007 to 2010. When he is not busy serving the community, Jesuorobo is either at the movies, watching football, reading comic books, or doing all things Sci-Fi. He earned a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Information Systems. To learn more about Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr., please visit www.jesuorobo06.com .