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Individual Efficacy

Free citizens have many ways to take an active role in society and have their voice heard. Many of these ways are guaranteed by the First Amendment’s protections of free speechpressassembly, and petition. These include reading the newspaper, writing letters to the editor, drawing/understanding political cartoons, writing letters to elected officials, volunteering, initiating, leading, or joining community organizations, raising money for charities, petitioning government, attending demonstrations in support of positions, calling in to radio talk shows, organizing community meetings, speaking at community meetings, working on political campaigns, supporting political candidates, and running for elected office.