Contact your Representatives
Contacting your representatives can seem a little daunting at first-- you may not know how to find your representatives, how to reach them, or what to say once you finally get someone on the phone. This toolkit aims to demystify that process, and to act as a starting point for coordinated political advocacy.
These action guides are tailored to residents of the California Bay Area (including the East Bay, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and the Peninsula). Feel free to share, or to customize it for your own needs. If you have questions about the toolkit or want to know more about STAND, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to Action Guides & Scripts
More to come!
What’s the best method to contact my representatives?
Calls are the most effective method by far: see this NYT article for more information. Emails and letters can be ignored, but phone calls can’t, and representatives know that if they are receiving a high volume of calls on a particular issue, that issue is important to their constituents.
Does this kind of advocacy actually work?
Yes! Think of the Tea Party’s methods, but used for good instead of evil. (Other notable examples include the grassroots opposition to George W. Bush’s attempts to privatize Social Security in 2004-2005, and the efforts of civil and women’s rights groups to block Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987.) Of course we won’t win on every issue, since we are facing powerful and determined political enemies. But the success of these campaigns is measured in more than just the immediate impact. By making these contacts, we will be building a network of trained and informed advocates who are ready to take quick action as new issues arise, and over time, organized campaigns can apply enough pressure to impact the decisions of local, state and national representatives.