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CE2: Being a Good. . . American Assignment You will engage with the politics and political structures of the United States at the national level. Select one of the options listed below and complete all requirements for it. All options include a written portion that you will submit through Canvas. Your options, explained in detail below are: 1. Write a letter to your senator, representative, or the President 2. Start or participate in a petition 3. Volunteer with a political party or national interest group 4. Attend a legislative session in Washington, DC 1 5. Attend a national rally or protest 2 Remember that you do not need to do the CE assignments in order. Details Option 1: Write a letter to your senator, representative, or the President Choose a national-level issue that you care about. First, write letter to your senator, representative, or the President. The person you write to should represent you . In other words, if you write to a member of the House of Representatives, do not just choose a random member, but select the one from your home district. International students may use their address here in Austin to determine representation. Your letter should: Clearly identify and briefly describe the issue you are addressing Express your opinion on the issue Ask the official to take some kind of action (e.g. vote a certain way, introduce legislation, or instruct the bureaucracy to behave in some way) Second, send your letter! Third, document your submission. What this looks like depends on the submission method, but consider how you can show that you actually sent your letter. A photo of a stamped envelope or an email response would both be adequate. Fourth, on Canvas, submit a copy of your letter, the submission documentation, and one paragraph that connects the issue you chose to at least one issue discussed in the readings or in lecture. 1 I do not expect anybody to travel to Washington, DC to fulfill a requirement for this class. However, if you happen to be traveling there already, you are certainly welcome to choose option 4 or 5 to complete this assignment.
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