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Remember back in January when Trump was inaugurated and the Republicans started to try to pass their vile agenda?  Remember how they got FLOODED with calls from their constituents saying FUCK NO?  Remember how they backed off from some stuff and looked really dumb?

What they were hoping was that this was not the new normal.  What they were hoping was that people would get tired, and give up, and if they just waited this out, people would let them do all the heinous stuff they wanted to do.

That's mostly happening.  Call volumes now are, apparently, back to pre-Trump levels.

This is bad news for progressives.  We need to keep the volume up.  Not up to insanely high first-outrage levels, no, but a sustainable REMEMBER WE HAVE OUR EYES ON YOU AND DON'T WANT YOUR SHIT level.  That we can maintain until we regain control.

How do we do that?  My friend, there is a website!  Actually, there are two!

If you can only make one phone call a week: bookmark TheSixtyFive.  It gives a "weekly call to action" where it lays out the most pressing issue of the week, gives you the name and phone number of your senators/reps, and a script to call them with.  (It does ask you to do some research to get the specific name of the person on their staff handling this issue, but honestly you can just leave a message.)

If you can make more than one phone call per week: bookmark 5Calls.  it gives a whole list of issues with bills in congress right now, a rundown of the issue, and the phone numbers of your senators/reps, and a script to call them with.

Both are simple and easy.  I use 5Calls, mostly because if I call every morning before work, I'll remember, whereas if I only try to call once a week and it's not part of my everyday routine I won't remember to do it ever.

If you have social anxiety or don't want to talk to a real live person for any reason, call at night and leave a message.  Or find the email addresses of your senators and representative (search on https://www.senate.gov/ and http://www.house.gov/), and email them instead.

The point is, contact them.  Let them know how you feel and what you want.  This is especially true if they are Republican, but even Democrats need to know we have their back and we are politically engaged.

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Date: 2017-06-13 02:55 am (UTC)
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If you comment on a post by a senator or representative on Facebook, Facebook will offer the option of emailing that person. It will redirect you to the senator/representative's webpage for email contacts, and that can be a workaround for finding an email address.

I assume that most of these folks actually have someone who's reading their Facebook comments for them, but I suspect that those comments have less impact than a more direct message because it's easy to label those who disagree as trolls. I still use comments there for things that my senators and representatives are taking strong positions on and that I agree with them about. It's just not a good way to communicate about something they're not already talking about.

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