8 Ways To Get Your Message To Congress—That Really Work

You should call whenever you have something new to say

Interacting with politicians can be awkward, but it doesn’t have to be painful. Check out a few key pieces of advice on how to handle every single one of your calls to your representatives.

Here’s what it’s like on the other end of the phone.

Many of the questions I receive about calling Congress fit into the same category. Specifically, people are concerned that they are either not calling enough, calling too much, or combining too many subjects into the same message. So, if you’re reading this with a lot of those same questions and fears, you’re not alone. Let’s break down a few of the common questions and anxieties about calling.

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What You Need To Know To Be A Citizen Activist

First, do some research before you call

Photo: Emily Ellsworth

I worked for Congress for six years, and during that time I learned the power of citizen activism. I met with hundreds of people. Some of them were professional lobbyists with polished pitches, but many were groups of concerned citizens who wanted to have their voices heard by their representative. After November 8, 2016, and the election of Donald Trump, thousands of people felt as if they’d been knocked down and as if they would no longer have representation in Washington, D.C. For those who want to make progress after the inauguration in January, there are a few things you need to know.

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