Have You Made Your Calls Today?

Have you made your calls today? It's easy to keep the pressure on. How do you think lobbyists are so successful in shaping US policy? #upinyourgrille Fight #PostFactual America. More on the most effective methods of contact.

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This is truly a time to take action. Here is a nice resource: The absolute most important thing that people should be doing every day is calling their Senators and Representatives..
You should make 6 calls a day: 2 each (DC office and your local office) to your 2 Senators & your 1 Representative.
Fast, simple, easy... IMPORTANT. How to get your information.

  1. Text your zip code to 520-200-2223 (works nationwide) (data charges may apply)
  2. Your list of federal and state representatives will be texted to you so you can just click on their numbers.

It literally takes seconds and you will always have those numbers at the ready as you make those calls.

When you call, choose the option to talk to a staffer. Try and retry until you get through to a person. If there is not a real person and only a voicemail line use that option. Do  not go to a website or send an email. Make sure that your message is in your own voice and is heard by a real person.

WHAT TO SAY

In order to be most effective, you must help the staffer quickly and efficiently get the point of your call. Do not ramble or vent. In college, I used to do political fundraising cold calls. It was fun and I made pretty decent money. Here's the formula I used for success.

  1. State clearly your full name and where you reside.
  2. Ask if you are speaking to the correct person to leave a comment for <your representative full title and name>
  3. Politely tell a little - one or two sentences - about why you care about the issue you are requesting action. Be fully informed. 
  4. Politely and succinctly lay out what action you want <your representative full title and name> to take, be specific.

For example, today I shared the following with both Sen McCain and Sen Flake:

I have been an educational technology and professional development consultant for many years. Nobody wants to improve the Educational system more than I. However Ms. DeVos is not qualified nor does she possess the ideological temperment to represent the interests of all American students. Privatizing our public school system for profit is bad enough, but she also wants to impose her personal extreme religious agenda on our children. I urge the esteemed Senator to strongly oppose the appointment of Ms DeVos to Secretary of Education."

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UPDATED:  Nifty Fifty app info. (Recommended by MIT Media Lab)

From the website:

Join the challenge

This is a grassroots challenge to get friends in 50 states to make calls to their congresspeople about an issue they care about. Live phone calls have the most impact. Your mission is to pass this along to friends who will make calls and also pass the message/link along. Three clicks and you’re in. We make calling easy. http://niftyfifty.org

UPDATED: FAX INFO

If you can't get through, send a fax.

Here’s the available fax numbers for U.S. senators, with hyperlinks to faxing through FaxZero, below:

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

  • Sorry, folks. Both Edward Markey (D) and Elizabeth Warren (D) don’t take faxes.

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

You can use FaxZero’s page to easily search and get your House rep’s number.