We're Getting Help in D.C.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Some people feel that writing or calling their representative won't mean much. But I have a little piece of information that I found motivating: Right now we have advocates in Washington D.C. visiting the offices of representatives and talking to them about the Open Fuel Standard Act

When we call our representatives and let them know that we — their constituents — want them to co-sponsor the bill, it makes those advocates' efforts more productive.

If an advocate walks into a representative's office to talk to her or him about the bill, and the representative hasn't heard any of their constituents show any interest in the bill, the representative may not have much interest either. But if he or she has heard from several constituents about it already, the representative is more willing to take the time to learn about the bill.

And the advocates aren't just making one visit. They are establishing a relationship with the representative and will come back again and again to talk more about it.

From an ordinary constituent's point of view (my own), knowing that these advocates in DC are talking to our representatives makes me feel much more motivated to do my part and call my representative. I hope that's true for you. Here's how to make a call and follow up.

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