Calling your Representatives, A “Pick Up the Phone” How To:

One of the quickest and easiest ways to let your representatives in Washington DC know what you think on a particular issue is to pick up the phone and tell them.

Red Telephone

Seriously? I can just tell them how I want them to vote on stuff?

That’s right. Our representatives and senators (at least in the IL-10th district) want to hear what you have to say. They actually pay people to sit in a chair, pick up the phone, and tally up how many constituents are for or against a particular measure.

But there’s a dirty little secret they don’t want you to know.

Hold on a second. Who is they, and what are you talking about?

The “they” are good meaning people who research and create the lists of actions to help resist the Trump Administration’s policies. Does this sound familiar

“Use this app to make all your calls so we can tell everyone how many calls we made, YEAH!!!”
-Anonymous Online Organizer

Often times, they leave out the one little thing, one piece of information, and sometimes it makes the list of calls (and it’s a long, long list) seem overwhelming.  Unfortunately, overwhelmed people aren’t as likely to pick up the phone at all.

Do this one thing and never feel overwhelmed about picking up the phone to call your elected officials again.

What? What is it? What is this “one thing”?

When you call, the person on the other end will pick up the phone, and after their greeting, you simply say:

“I would like to let (Senator or Representative) So-and-so know my position on a few issues that are important to me. Do you have time to take my positions on all of the issues for your tally?”

Then, tell them all of the positions during one call and feel like you accomplished a lot more in a shorter period of time. Less dials. Less busy signals.

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