Blue Kirkpatrick: Make an impact in 30 seconds, contact Congress

  • The Capitol is seen on a rainy morning in Washington last December. AP photo

Published: 7/11/2019 4:49:45 PM

Make a real impact in 30 seconds — just by contacting Congress.

For passionate activists and casual constituents alike, sometimes it can feel like our voices get lost in the void. For many people, their only interaction with their legislative bodies is through voting, which only happens every two to four years.

Meanwhile, significant happenings continue around the world, and the average voter never gets to weigh in. However, there is a way for any United States citizen to have their voice heard, even in the election offseason. You can call, email, or write to Congress.

There’s one big reason most people don’t contact their representatives — they think it doesn’t matter. As an employee at The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization focused on global poverty reduction efforts, I have had a remarkable level of access inside congressional offices.

I can tell you firsthand; when you call, write, or email your representative, it doesn’t go unnoticed! Every message to your congressperson gets tallied in a weekly constituent report, which is viewed by your representative. It is not uncommon for a member of Congress to support a bill after receiving just seven to 10 constituent communications in support of it.

That means in only 30 seconds, you can bring real, meaningful attention to the issues that matter to you most. Taking 30 seconds to call your member of Congress while you sit in traffic, wait for your coffee, or go to the bathroom isn’t just good karma — it really does make a difference.

Exercise your rights as a U.S. citizen to have your voice heard, and create real change in global poverty right now at borgenproject.org/action-center.

Blue Kirkpatrick

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