With so many calls to contact your reps on so many issues these days, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
Here is a short primer on how to best contact them, and the most effective ways to go about doing that.
There are many ways to contact reps. Mail, email, social media and online petitions are supplementary, but staffers agree that calling is the best way to get attention. Other methods are often ignored, but calls must be answered.
It can be tempting to contact reps who are not yours, especially leadership, but reps are only accountable to their own constituents. Those are the people who vote for them.
Remember, you have 2 Senators and 1 Congressman.
With your zip code, you can find out who your reps are and their various numbers at 💻 CallYourRep.co
While they have DC offices, it’s better to call them at their District offices.
Once you know who your reps are, you can contact them at their Capitol offices.
☎️ 202-225-3121 (House)
☎️ 202-224-3121 (Senate)
Both get you through to either house, but call volume can be large. Good to know both numbers.
You want your call to be as short and direct as possible. When they ask you if you need a response, it’s best to say “no.” Gets you on their tally quickest.
You want to take up as little of the staffer’s time as you can, so they get to more calls.
“Hello, my name is Matthew Wolff. I live in New York, in 10001. I don’t need a response. I strongly support the Dreamers, and would like Senator Schumer to oppose any funding bill that doesn’t include protection for them. Thanks for your hard work.”
Democrats often ignore local issues and their State legislatures, and that has to change!
A simple google search will provide you with tools to find out who your State reps are, and their numbers. Learn about your reps and Governors.
If you are in #TheResistance you should make a routine of calling your reps as often as you can.
Can you call once a week? How about more? Can you call every day?
Aside from getting out the vote, this is the most important thing for resisters to do.
Find out when and where your reps have scheduled town hall meetings. You can find a schedule of events on their websites. This is likely the only way you will have to interact with them directly.
Town halls often have less than 50 in attendance!
Tweet about important issues your followers should call their reps about. I always include the following:
☎️ 202-225-3121 (H)
☎️ 202-224-3121 (S)
Report on town halls you plan to attend, and what was discussed there.
Most important in the next couple of weeks is the #DREAMers.
On Feb 8, short term funding for the Gov runs out. This is likely the last chance we have to fulfill America’s promise and keep 800,000 Americans from being deported.