Become Involved in Order to Affect Change

The expression, “I’m just one person, what can I do?” is both true and false. It takes a team to make something happen. There is the false. Without the vision, which often comes from one person, what can the masses gather around? We absolutely need more people involved at every level. It is possible that you are the very person we need.

Let’s be clear, we are all able to be involved at different levels. There are folks who are able to donate a special skill such as expert legal analysis. Others may have money and can help fund the movement. Others are only able to attend conference calls. There are others who spread the word through writing articles or meeting with legislators and other critical individuals.  All of these individuals are critical to the success OR failure of our organization.

What will it take to bring out change and improve the lives of registrants? How can you help?

Donate a skill (volunteer) to NARSOL or an affiliate.

It is probably obvious that legal expertise is always in high demand, but even lawyers need other skill-sets to support them. A lawyer who spends all his or her time trying to make a website isn’t doing the legal work required to support the client. Without marketing, no one knows the legal representation is there. Both are equally important.

Donate money

During the presidential campaign, one candidate had an average donation of $26.00, yet that candidate was able to raise millions of dollars. NARSOL and the affiliates need money. Plain and simple –  Money moves mountains.  Even a contribution of $1.00 is helpful. Perhaps you could make a monthly donation of a small amount. Maybe you could contribute $100.00 More will always be better, but anything is better than nothing. You can set up a one time, or recurring donation here and here.

Vote

Many of us cannot vote. However, nearly every one of us who is a registrant has family and friends who are able to vote. Research the candidate who would be most receptive to changes and spread the word for that person. One place to do such research is here. You can also find out who your representative is here. Set up a meeting with your representative to discuss the issues. A helpful video presentation can be found here.

Attend calls and functions

NARSOL has a back catalog of webinars and calls that go into depth about subjects like the legislative process (found here). On an ongoing basis, NARSOL hosts calls and webinars that can give us all the education needed to advance our position. You can sign up to get notices both here and here and here.

NARSOL hosts an annual conference in various cities around the country. The upcoming one is June 2-4 in Atlanta, GA. The conference is a great opportunity to meet people who are involved. It is awesome to find out that you are not alone and that there are people in your corner trying to make life better. The conference is a great place to learn how you can help the cause. You can register here.

Amplification

Engagement on our blog with our constituents helps amplify a skill-set or contacts that would be valuable.

Make a difference.  Become involved today. We need you and you need us.

9 responses on “Become Involved in Order to Affect Change

  1. Robert Scott

    I glad that someone out there is fighting for sex offenders we need a voice the laws are really tuff and it is so hard to get off the list I would like to attend the meetings in my state georgia please feel free to email me any information you have thanks

  2. cynthia jones

    yes, we sure need a change. So many on the sex offender list that are not sex offender, but made a mistake. My son made a mistake when he had just turned 18 but has paid for it all of his life. A girl that looked 18 and very sexually active and wild. He has suffered from this all his life. Always felt ashamed. He is now 40. His whole life was destroyed and but not hers.

  3. cynthia jones

    Georgia needs to look over this sex offender list. Young men that just made like one mistake need to come off this list.

    1. Andy Stein Post author

      I complete agree with you.
      The way that we make the lives better of our friends/family that are on the registry is to work together to push back.
      Just like the guy in NC that fought the lifetime ban on using social media; just had a huge victory at the Supreme Court.
      That’s incredible that we finally have a victory at this level.
      We need to get as many people as we can to stand together, donate time, skills, money to hire lawyers that will help us fight.

    2. Thomas

      My biggest argument there is that i didnt have due process to fight this registry…it wasnt in existence. Secondly…they put me on it without going to court and they should take me off without going to court. Especially since i qualify under the romeo and juliet act.

      The system is beyond broken. Its crooked

      1. Andy Stein Post author

        The only way that we can make a change is to get involved. Many states are filing challenges to the laws, both big and little. Why does GA still have residence and work restrictions? Because at haven’t brought a challenge into the court system. Until we do that type of thing, we’ll continue to be pushed inside of this little box of existence

  4. Eddie Jones

    I have a court order signed by a judge that says I have to register for 10 years. That 10 year was up in 2002. However, the law enforcement continues to insist that I register. I have been jailed for failure to register. How can I remedy this?

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