Action Step Resources

KEY ACTION STEPS

Contact Your Members of Congress

Send emails and letters to your representative Members of Congress

Contact the White House
Attend a town hall meeting if possible

Go to FreedomWorks.org and use its GoogleMaps feature to find a schedule of town hall meetings. See below for more resources.

Educate your neighbors and peers with letters to the editor (see below)


RESOURCES

Key Talking Points
Tips on Writing Letters to the Editor
Action Strategy for Town Hall Meetings (based on stoptheabortionmandate.com tool kit)
  1. Be Prepared. Prepare a well-researched, well-rehearsed pitch with thoughtful arguments, good data, and persuasive stories.
  2. Tell a Personal Story. Think in advance of how a policy might affect you, your family, your business, or your community.
  3. Use Numbers If You Have Them. Nearly every person to come before a Member of Congress represents more constituents either by a class or as a spokesperson. Use numbers like this if applicable: “I have 50 employees,” “I represent 100 people in my union,” “There are 500 people in my community that think just like me.”
  4. Be Respectful. Starting any conversation with another person in a rude manner is no way to persuade them.
  5. Go in Groups. Nothing says “listen to me” to a public official like a group of people.
  6. Talk to Staff. Every congressman brings staff to town hall meetings. They may seem to blend into the woodwork, but a sharp citizen seeks them out. Talk to them before the meeting, get their business card, and tell them your story (as well as asking a public question at the meeting).
  7. Leave Paper. If you leave background memos or talking points, they’ll likely be faxed to Washington to the legislative assistant who covers your issue.
  8. Follow-up Politely. Politely persistent people persuade politicians. Follow up with a phone call after attending a town hall meeting.
  9. Get People to Multiple Meetings. This is a sure bet to get noticed. Hearing the same thing in different places signals to a politician there may be a deeper problem afoot.
  10. Demonstrate You're Not Going Away. If you continue to show your presence at town hall meetings, the legislator must deal with you…if only to avoid an uncomfortable encounter at a future town hall meeting.
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