Why Calling Works
Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to have your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representatives, informing them how strongly their constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position.
Don’t just take it from us:
- ‘Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators’NY Times
- ‘Don’t just write to your representatives. Call them — and go to town halls.’Vox
- ‘I can tell you the calls we’ve gotten in my district office and here in Washington surprised me, meaning the numbers of calls.’Washington Post
- ‘Most members tell me blizzard of angry constituent calls were most impt factor in getting the House to sideline the amdt’Robert Costa
5 Calls does the research for each issue, determining which representatives are most influential for which topic, collecting phone numbers for those offices and writing scripts that clearly articulate a progressive position. You just have to call.
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Calls should take less than a minute. You’ll be speaking to a staffer, so make your point clearly so they can tally your opinion correctly. The provided scripts are useful but you can add your own words.
Be respectful. The staffers that pick up the phone are not looking to challenge you and you should treat them with the same respect you expect from them, regardless of which party they work for.
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