Write a Letter
Start by writing a letter to Congress using the POPVOX website. Click the button on the right to get started.
Does this work? Well keep in mind you are one of around 700,000 residents in your district, many of whom are writing letters just like you are. Congressional offices receive hundreds to thousands of letters each day.
Your representatives want to hear from you (after all, they want to know how to keep your vote next election!). Just keep in mind they couldn’t possibly respond to everyone personally.
POPVOX was co-created by the same guy behind GovTrack and is the most effective way to get your message to your representative and senators.
Strength does come in numbers. Find others who are advocating on the same issue as you, and work with them to send a clear message to Congress.
We can help you find others interested in S.Res. 517 (112th). Tell us you want to create a group for this bill by cliking the button on the right.
Be an Information Leader
One of the hardest parts about advocacy is just finding out what is happening in Congress. Leg work pays off. Here are some starting points:
- Call up the office of the sponsor of the bill and ask about the latest status of the bill, including what committees are considering the bill and if there are any hearings or “markup” meetings scheduled.
- Check out who is cosponsoring the bill. Does it have cosponsors on the committees it is assigned to? Does it have cosponsors in the majority party?
- Read the bill. You will probably have questions about it. Find experts such as academic researchers or lobbyists at nonprofits who can help you wade through the language of the bill.
- Tell others about what you find. They’ll appreciate that you took the time to help others understand their government.