Call or Write Members of Congress
Whether you make a phone call, send an email, or write a letter, you should personalize your message. In particular, when using a mass email service or letter writing campaign, it is important to edit the message so that it reflects your views and personal experience with the issue. Studies have shown that identical letters or emails sent from constituents are less effective than a phone call, letter, or email that demonstrates the constituent’s individuality. Other tips when communicating via phone call, email, or letter to your Member:
- Be succinct – keep your message to your Member short and focused.
- Be specific about what it is you are asking the legislator to do (tie your message to a piece of legislation – e.g. put the bill number in the subject line of an email message).
- Back up your information with data or research summaries (if they are available), and illustrate why you care about the issue by including a short personal story or anecdote.