The term 'activism' often gets a bad rep because it calls to mind belligerent protesters who don't listen to reason. But for me, it simply means being active and engaged in the political process, no matter which party you support. I have a voice and in 2017 I plan to use it beyond the voting booth. Won't you join me in the process? I plan to share resources here that I find to be useful.
Pictured left: Our rowdy group of Women's Marchers from Bloomington Indiana holding our 75 foot INDIVISIBLE banner at the State House in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 20th, 2017. Picture credit: Kim Osberg or Emily Nickel (forgive me ladies, I forget! ;)
"Hello. My name is _____ and I am a constituent. I have a [concern/list of concerns] that I would like to make known to the Senator/Representative."
*give staffer a second to orient themselves and get their tallies ready*
I oppose ______. I also strongly oppose ______. I am in favor of _____."
*then they ask for your name and address*
That's it! I like to be succinct and specific about what I support/oppose. I use this minimal phone call format rather than a lengthy diatribe script for a couple of reasons: 1) The staffers on the other end of the line are humans, and their jobs are exhausting right now. Plus, I find that making this kind of call saves my energy. We are in for a long four years. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and because of that I plan to save my longer, emotionally exhausting discussions for talking to my reps in person at town hall meetings whenever I can.
There are so many issues that I can't keep them organized!
Good news, there are lots of people out there making an effort to help us out in this regard. Here are some references:
I have created a basic, bipartisan call sheet that can be printed out, filled in, taped near the phone, and used up! Please feel free to download the pdf from the link below for easy printing. Share with friends! Let's use that archaic phone technology, shall we?
Pictured below: Small file, web only JPEG preview of the call sheet so that you can see what it looks like before downloading.
Easiest way to get the phone numbers of your state and national legislators: Text your zipcode to 520-200-2223 and you will get a text back with the phone numbers of all of the legislators who represent you in your state as well as in Washington.
Then save them to your phone so that you can call on the go whenever you have a minute.