I’ve been talking about writing letters to politicians for ages. I mean years, people. I never seem to get around to it. I get busy with laundry, diapers, groceries, cooking and all that “taking care of the place we live” stuff that goes on around here. I mean, I have been wanting things to change, but I haven’t put much effort into changing anything. Not really. I complain and discuss with friends, family and strangers. I vote. I read the news magazines and listen to news podcasts. I am pretty informed, but I am also pretty lazy about being a citizen.
I started wondering about what was holding me back from engaging more. That’s when I realized that every time I thought about writing a letter or making a phone call I would put it off because I didn’t have time to go searching around for addresses and phone numbers. Finally, today, I decided to just do it. Get the numbers. Get the addresses. Get the Twitter handles. Get the email addresses. You know what? It was so easy it makes me feel ashamed I didn’t do it sooner. I just Googled “how to contact a politician” and it took me less than 30 seconds to get my hands on the information I needed.
So, I am going to share some links with you today. I know how busy all of you are out there. Maybe looking up contact information has been holding you back from getting your voice heard too. Want to tell the President to make Twinkie the national dessert? You can create a petition (someone else did). Want to ask your House and Senate Representatives to vote for something or to not vote for something? You can write them a letter or call their office. Why let everyone else make these decisions for you? Call your politician every day and be the squeaky wheel. Maybe your cause will finally get the oil it deserves!
How To Contact Politicians:
Contact the President or Vice President: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Contact a U.S. Senator:
Contact a U.S. Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Contact Your State Governor: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors.shtml
Tweet your Representative (under construction as the put in the 2013 members):
Contact a Government Agency: http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml
Sign a Petition or Create One! https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/
I’ve also read that the letters that get the most attention are the hand written ones. So, get off your computers, get out your old fashion pens and stationary paper and write a beautiful letter that stands out. It’s got to be more productive than sharing Facebook memes. Put your time and energy into something that might actually make a difference.
Have you ever written or called a politician? What was it like? Did you feel empowered? Were you disappointed? Let me know what happened. Share your experience!