Start a Cause
As a citizen, you can work on your own, you can join a cause, or you can start your own cause. All existing non-profits and activist groups were started by someone and have had a powerful effect on American history. Think about starting your own cause.
Think you don’t have power? You do! Consider, as only one example, the fellow who single handedly played a key role in the passage of a Constitutional amendment.
US Constitution Amendment XXVII, “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”
Gregory Watson, was an undergraduate at the University of Texas. When taking a course in political science, for an assignment, he chose to write a paper on the status of the effort to pass an amendment to the US Constitution proposed by James Madison on June 8, 1789. Mr. Watson, not satisfied with the grade he received on his paper, decided to “show them”. He started a letter writing campaign to state legislatures. As a direct result, by the spring of 1992, 41 states had approved the amendment. (See Wikipedia or “The Constitution: The Essential Use’s Guide”, TIME, 2012 for more information. Find it at your library.)
There are many resources available. Also, there are many useful books on the subject. One of the most popular and respected is: “The Activist’s Handbook, 2nd Edition”, Randy Shaw, 2013.