As the United States reached another anniversary of its independence, the national zeitgeist fell short of celebratory. Even before the holiday, Supreme Court decisions endangered the rights to clean air and water, to basic privacy, to bodily autonomy. Additionally, numerous shootings marred this July 4th weekend. The specter of ever-present gun violence even triggered a stampede during Orlando’s own fireworks show at Lake Eola. Let us remember, again, that democracy is not a spectator sport. It was a lack of representation that served as the foundation for our country. Politicians work for you. Don’t forget that on August 23 and November 8.