How to Make an Impact Calling Congress on the Phone

Sometimes the best way to turn your anger into action is to pick up the phone. Follow these tips to minimize your anxiety and maximize your impact.

Let’s say you’ve got a problem that’s, well, big-league. As in an all-out assault on the very air you breathe, the water you drink, and the ground you stand on. Your representatives in Congress can help—especially after their phone lines get lit up by citizen activists. Need proof? Just look at the GOP’s reversal of its decision to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics and the withdrawal of a bill to sell off public lands—both of which were influenced by public outcry and lots and lots of phone calls. Here’s how to join the resistance and make your voice heard.

This is a summary list of the topics covered in the article by Jenny Shalant in Our Stories / Personal Action on the website of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org):           …

 

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How to Call Congress

  1. Exit the [social media] echo chamber.
  2. Focus.
  3. Put your representatives on speed dial.
  4. Jot down your thoughts.
  5. Introverted? Read from a script!
  6. Make these calls part of your new daily routine.
  7. Don’t give up after you dial.
  8. Up your game: Show up in person.

Please read the full article.  It is a practical, realistic, no-nonsense, convincing and clear guide to making a difference with your phone.  By voice, the “old fashioned” way that works better than taps and swipes, using your 100% natural human interface built right into your lovely head and throat.  The article offers ideas, advice and information you have not found yet.

Please take a look and consider using it.  Thank you.

Learn more:

Trump Watch, where NRDC keeps a vigilant eye on the Trump administration’s environmental actions.
Countable, one of many newly hatched civic-activism websites and apps that send you regular updates on where your lawmakers stand and developments on related bills moving through Congress.
GovTrack offers comprehensive details on members of Congress, including how to get in touch with them.
The 65, named for the 65 million Americans who rejected Trump on Election Day, gives you hot issues to call about and useful scripts to follow.
Indivisible applies lessons derived from the Tea Party’s obstruction of efforts by the Obama administration.
5 Calls recommends you “spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls” and helps you know what to say.  “Calling is the most effective way to influence your representative. Read more about why calling works.

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