We all have our causes and we all want our politicians to listen to us, right?
The good news is…..Americans are more engaged in the political process than ever before. Phone calls are overwhelming offices, emails are crashing servers.
The bad news…..
It took an extreme situation to motivate people. And, it might be too late. I mean, it’s not too late….please don’t take that to mean “don’t bother.” BOTHER! But, they may get a few things passed anyway, we won’t be able to stop all of it.
I know, I know….you’re probably thinking “Why should I bother? They don’t listen.” They do. Politicians may not always listen to us, but then we need to remind them that this is the end of their career if they don’t. Cumulatively, we’re up against a lot. Voter suppression, Citizens United, gerrymandering and more. But the will of the people is still the strongest. Never forget that.
The other good news? It is now easier than ever to be in constant contact with your politicians. And, due to popular demand, there are more resources than ever to guide citizens into being effective lobbyists. Lobbyist–it is a name I wear with pride. I’m not buying off politicians in back door deals. I am making my voice heard about issues I care about.
The other bad news? You are going to have to know what you’re doing. Because everyone, and I mean everyone….is going to be vying for the attention of their legislators. The environment, women, immigration, the elderly and the disabled, single parents, schools, small businesses…just about everyone, except maybe gun owners, are going to have to fight to keep what rights we have. Everyone is going to want their cause, their passion, to be their legislator’s priority–you’re going to have to learn how to be effective.
But back to good news–there are numerous FREE resources on the internet to help you do this. And you are not alone.
Believe me, I get it. I have spent many a nights since November 8, staring at the ceiling, wondering what will happen. Getting up out of bed and going to my sons’ room, just to stroke his head and wonder if his Medicaid goes away, if we will have the resources to give him what he needs. During those anxiety and tear-filled moments, I have often felt very alone.
But we are not alone. Not by a long shot. Never forget that Hillary got 3 million more votes than he did. This is by no means a mandate. We won. In a rigged system, we’re not the winners, but we won. And now it’s time to start acting like it.
So, without further rambling….here are some great, FREE resources for you to read, print and USE in the coming weeks and months.
5 ways to get your politicians to listen to you
First, of course, is my FREE 12-step course to take you from Citizen to Citizen Lobbyist. Just click the image below to get started. If you would rather receive an email every 3 days, reminding you to read the next segment, you can sign up here.
Next up, a 20 minute video for you to watch when you have time. It serves as a reminder of how effective these techniques can be, and points to all the reasons why we need to stay engaged.
Third, a phone list. Hate making phone calls? ME TOO. But I do it. Honestly, I spend more time on the phone with legislators’ offices than probably any other segment of people who I call, besides maybe doctors’ offices. My family, friends….I text and email. But legislators, I take a deep breath, overcome my phone phobia and call. Read all about it here–> The simplest resistance tactic is right at your fingertips and it only takes a minute
Love Twitter? Me too. Just remember, it shouldn’t be your primary form of engaging with politicians. It’s great for creating trends and grabbing media attention of issues….but still, phone calls and letter writing should be your primary form of communication. This list from Social Seer is the best list that I can find of your Congress people on Twitter.
And last, here is a fantastic printable booklet put together by some really experienced people. I can’t say enough good things about it.
I will say, if I can toot my own horn for a moment, that much of what those experts put in their booklet is advice I give in my free course. Good to know that my perceptions and learning was correct! I feel very validated, which is nice.
Editing to add: This resource was shared with me online today, so I’m adding it. Has a ton of great contact information!
As always, feel free to contact me with questions. Good luck!