Elaina Pevide explains why local politics is a powerful avenue for affecting change. As she writes, she came to understand that "Advocacy wasn’t just men in suits speed walking through the halls of Congress. It was also the experience of sitting down with a local official and sharing stories from my community." Her interest in local politics was deepend through her participation in Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT), a national network of institutions that engages undergraduates with studying state constitutional frameworks and legislative and political history and comparing different states’ approaches to lawmaking. The network, which is anchored at Brandeis received funding from Teagle to expand their work to every state in the U.S.
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