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Twitter accounts dedicate themselves to dank Nicolas Cage memes, artists make a living off posting sped-up makeup tutorials on Instagram and parents incessantly share cringey cat videos on Facebook. How do I take advantage of my First Amendment rights? Well, I happen to dedicate most of my Tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts to demonstrating my liberal political beliefs.

Although I’ve always followed politicians and social movements and retweeted liberal posts, my activism through social media recently peaked with my role as a Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March on Washington organization. I posted multiple times a day for a week on each of my social media accounts, urging my followers and friends to come to the march.

As a result of my many posts, I received message after message asking questions about the details of the march and how to get more involved with it. Thousands of people viewed the videos I posted explaining why I march and showing all the signs KHS students made at my house. I connected with other teens involved with the movement, making contacts and friends across the country.

I do understand how annoying a feed full of political posts can be; I follow roughly 500 political accounts on each media platform.”

Yes, I did see around a 100-like drop on Instagram photos and one joking comment on one of my posts as a result of their political nature. But since I didn’t offend anyone enough to tell me so and many people found out about the march from my posts, my social media blast was a success. Without posting all over my social media about my political beliefs, I wouldn’t have been able to be as successful in my campaign for the Women’s March.

Since my involvement with this movement, I’ve sustained my activity on social media, Facebook live-ing the last protest at Lambert airport against the travel ban, tweeting against new anti-abortion laws and sharing posts to call Congress members to fight for equality. The Women’s March only fueled my fire to post on social media about my political beliefs.

I do understand how annoying a feed full of political posts can be; I follow roughly 500 political accounts on each media platform. However, if my feed were too jam-packed with my liberal jargon, then my annoyed followers and friends could simply click the “unfriend” or “unfollow” button. It’s that easy.

In posting politically, I’m aware a significant portion of my audience will disagree with me and fail to comprehend how my “ranting” could be at all necessary. At the same time, though, knowing another fraction is receptive of my liberal social media activity, I feel obligated to share my thoughts because I know political posts like mine need to be written. For instance, look at how small posts from individuals can lead to widespread movements, exemplified by Bernie Sanders’s grassroots campaign in 2016 and the tea party’s influence over Republican party members in 2010 over Facebook and Twitter, according to the Scholars Strategy Network.

No matter the amount of hate I receive or likes I lose, I will continue to proudly post politically, an action protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I mean, at least I’m not posting dead Nicolas Cage memes, right?