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Helpful Websites with Calls to Action & How-to-Resist Guides
- DailyAction.org :get one call to action texted to your phone every work-day.
- Credo Action
- Womens March : with 10 actions for the first 100 days
- Rogan's List: Todays To-do List
- Wall Of Us
- Countable.US: an app for your phone
- Indivisible Guide
- Together We Will
- Indivisible Montgomery: Congressional Directory and Twitter Tool
198 Methods of Non-Violent Action by the Albert Einstein Institution
What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve Robbins
Organizations that Support Our Mission Statement
- NIOT: Not In Our Town, tools to use in your community to spark discussion on inclusion and diversity & stopping bullying and hate.
Run For Office
- Emerge Maryland: women leaders for a democratic future
- Emily's List: Elect pro-choice democratic women
- Run for Office- provides the tools to run a successful campaign
- She Should Run - nonpartisan 501(c)3, gets women to run for office
- Run Women Run - gets pro-choice women elected
- TrainDemocrats.org - free course for Democrats
- Democracy for America - workshops and online classes
- Wellstone: training and tools
- Victory Institute : Buliding successful LGBT leaders
- New American Leaders : programs for immigrant leaders
- Bold Progressives
- Defend Our Nation - gets veterans to run for office
- Veterans Compaign - 501(c)3 gets veterans to run
- "Election Stress and What to do About It" By Esther Sternberg
Submit a Helpful Resource Link
U.S. Government Pages
- Ben Cardin's Senate Website, U.S. Senator for MD
- Chris Van Hollen's Senate Website, U.S. Senator for MD
- Andy Harris's Congressional Website, US Congressman for MD's 1st District
- Jamie Raskin's Congressional Website, US Congressman for MD's 8th District
- Map of Congressional Committee Members (if you want a visual of House and Senate committee members as defined by the area they represent and the party they align with)
"HOW TO CALL" Tips from a Staffer
1. Give your name, city, and zip code, and say "I don't need a response." That way, they can quickly confirm you are a constituent, and that they can tally you down without taking the time to input you into a response database.
2. PLEASE ONLY CALL YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES! Your tally will not be marked down unless you can rattle off a city and zip from the state, or are calling from an in-state area code. I know you really want to give Mitch McConnell a piece of your mind, but your call will be ignored unless you can provide a zip from Kentucky. And don't try to make this up; I could often tell who was lying before I even picked up the phone from the caller ID. Exceptions to this are things like Paul Ryan's ACA poll.
3. State the issue, state your position. "I am opposed to a ban on Muslims entering the US." "I am in favor of stricter gun control legislation including background checks." "I am in favor of the Affordable Care Act." That's it. That's all we write down so we can get a tally of who is in favor, who is against. It doesn't matter WHY you hold that opinion. The more people calling, the less detail they write down. Help them out by being simple and direct.
4. Please be nice! The people answering the phones on Capitol Hill already had the hardest job in DC and some of the lowest pay as well, and for a month now their jobs have become absolute murder, with nonstop calls for 9 hours every day. Thank them for their hard work answering the phones, because without them our Senators could not represent us.
What does this sound like?
"Hi, my name is Mark, I'm a constituent from Seattle, zip code 98***, I don't need a response. I am opposed to any ban on Muslims entering the United States and I encourage the Senator to please oppose implementation of any such ban. Thanks for your hard work answering the phones!"
This is how I wish every caller had phrased their message. It makes it easier for the people answering the phones and takes less time and emotion than a long script. I know that you want to say why, but keeping it short and sweet helps the office answer more calls per hour, meaning more people get heard. The bigger the tally, the more powerful our voice.
Also, when you're reading off the same script as 100 other callers that day... well...they can tell.
Pick one issue each day, use this format (I am in favor of _____ or I oppose ______), and call your 2 Senators and 1 Representative on their DC and State Office lines, and you'll be on your way to being heard.