There's A Right Way To Do This
This is just a quick update. There will be more on what I promised to share in the coming days. I spoke to a friend of mine on his podcast today. We were talking about politics and taking action. He brought up something he had read about talking to your congressional representatives in effective ways. I came home and saw this article on Jezebel's The Slot and I thought it was really important to share.
Emily Ellsworth, who is a lifelong Republican (but supported Hillary Clinton in the last election), wrote a piece from the perspective of someone who has worked for two congressmen bringing constituent voices to them. She says that, in essence, legislators receive hundreds or thousands of emails and letters from their constituents. They can't possibly answer all of these individually, staffers rarely forward them to the representative to actually read. For that reason, she recommends you call or set up an in-person meeting. She says:
"Because emails and other written correspondence is so easily batched by computer programs, a hundred or a thousand emails on a subject both require the same amount of effort by staff. Phone calls are more effective because they require a staffer to be on the phone with someone and respond to questions immediately."
To find out who you should call and how, read the article. This will definitely be influencing some of the ways I'm thinking about action and will be writing about soon.
Also check out Emily's op-ed calling Republican women to action.