Know your reps.
Figure out who you're going to call. Is this a federal, state, or local issue? Then, head over to USA.gov, where you can find contact information for:
- The President and Vice President
- Representatives in the House and Senate
- State governors and legislators
- Local mayors, county executives, and other local officials
It's also a good idea to find out your representatives' positions before you call: Countable works for Congress, or you can check their websites or social media.
Get the script.
Trust your gut: if you're calling your rep with something to say, it's best if it's in your own words! Here's a basic template that you can use to structure your statement:
Want an example?
"Hello, my name is Ana Dominguez. I'm one of Representative Jones' constituents, and I'm calling to ask her to oppose Rep. Wilson's bill to ban Muslim immigration. This bill unfairly targets good people who may be fleeing desperate political situations or who are coming to the United States for a new life. Our country has always stood for the values of pluralism and religious freedom, and it's important that Rep. Jones respect uphold that by voting against Rep. Wilson's bill."
For more scripts and weekly calls to action, visit the We're His Problem Now calling sheet.
Make the call.
This is the fun part! Start with your rep's local or district office. When you call, you might be connected to a real person on the representative's staff, or you might get voicemail. Either way, share your message confidently and concisely. Your reps will feel the most pressure to respond if they know that calls are coming from their constituents, so be prepared to share your address or zip code so that they know their position impacts the way you vote.
Not quite ready to take the plunge? Get yourself ready to call with these resources:
- Call the Halls: Contacting Your Representative the Smart Way (Emily Ellsworth)
- How to call your reps when you have social anxiety (Echo through the Fog)
- Shy person's guide to calling reps (Action Friday)
- Here's why you should call, not email, your legislators (New York Times)