This one isn’t exactly a Call your MoC about a piece of legislation or an issue, but it does involve members of the Senate, and I think you’re going to like it! Indivisible is running Project Payback! Tell us all about your experience with all the little things you can do over at their page in the comments. The links all open in a new tab, so it’s easy to get back her to comment! That’s me smiling after doing you that service.
Project Payback is a campaign to defeat ten Repube Senators in November as payback — Get it? Hunh? Project Payback? Pretty good, hunh? — for the impeachment shame trial cover-up vote. It’s the perfect way to keep your anger over the whole gottam assault on our democracy going and keep yourself stoked for the November elections.
They are targeting ten Senators, see if your favorite Repube Senator to hate is on the list; I think he is!
- Martha McSally (Arizona)
- Cory Gardner (Colorado)
- David Purdue (Georgia)
- Kelly Loeffler (Georgia)
- Joni Ernst (Iowa)
- Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)
- Susan Collins (Maine)
- Tom Tillis (North Carolina)
- Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
- John Cornyn (Texas)
See, I told you he was there, didn’t I?
They’ve got a four point plan and everything:
- Build awareness and accountability: They’ll run newspaper ads (support local journalism!) to remind constituents of just how awful each senator is and has been. Oh, fun! Now if they’d just do like those sponsor a child-in-poverty or orphaned animal campaigns do and send you photos and personalized letters and updates and stuff.
- Boost local political power: They’ll focus resources on the local Indivisible groups in those states to help them recruit and train! That’s enough to make you move right there, ain’t it?
- Organize to win: They’ll use their national and local organization to help strong progressive challengers in each of those races. You know like Mark Kelly — he’s an astronaut and the husband of Gabby Gifford; Amy McGrath (she’s challenging #MoscowMitch); Jaime Harrison who is challenging Sister Lindsey; and Sara Gideon vs Susan Collins. There are so many good ones; it’s hard to choose! This way, you don’t have to.
- Get out the vote: Because the Repubes win through authoritarian anti-democratic voter suppression and election meddling, they’ll run a robust GoTV campaign, and we all know how near and dear robust GoTV campaigns are to Ye Olde Blogge’s heart, right?
You can even vote for the senator you want them to target first! How’s that for democratic opposition to authoritarianism?
And, last, but certainly far from least, you can get involved even more deeply than donating and voting!
There’s no calls to make, but I’m leaving the tips, alternate methods, and links to numbers, anyway. So what are you waiting for? Head on over and get involved in Project Payback today!
Tips for Calling
When you call your representative’s office, please remember the following:
- Only contact YOUR MoC! They only listen to their constituents and dismiss requests from non-constituents.Ask for the aide working on the policy-related issues.
- Be polite! No matter whose office you’re calling. No matter what their positions are. No matter how inflamed you are about the issue — and you should be very passionate — be polite.
- Remember that the people you are talking to are people! So, be nice.
- Call during business hours of the area code their office is in. Typically, that is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Have a script or notes to follow so you don’t forget anything.
- Maybe call with friends. You know like a party.
In Addition to Calling
I’ve heard back from readers that some MoC’s voice mail boxes are always full! It’s as if they don’t want to hear from their constituents. Kinda like those MoC’s who don’t hold town halls or other open forum meetings. Here are some other ways to contact your MoC:
- Send a postcard to their office. Nothing says I care like kicking it old school and using snail mail.
- Email their office. Lay out your concerns in a brief email and send it in. We all know how easy it is to email. Make sure you include the issue you are addressing in the subject line.
- Use the contact page on their website. This is the surest way of getting a message to them. Each MoC has an official government website and each has a contact page that comes with it automatically.
- Contact them using social media. It’s hard to break through all the noise on social media, but it can’t hurt to try given all the time we all spend using it. Be sure to tag your MoC’s when social mediaing about about a specific issue. Be clear and respectful, though, when addressing an issue that you want your MoC to act upon. Make sure you let them know you are a constituent.
Contacting Your MoC
Find out how to contact your MoC using these links!
- Common Cause will give you the names, party affiliation, direct phone number, website link, and social media platforms of all of your federal, state, and local elected officials.
- USA.gov is the official guide to information and services of the US government. This page explains clearly how to contact everyone from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber to your representative to specific government agencies. Through it you can find the following information about your MoC’s:
- Their phone numbers: DC and state offices
- Their mailing addresses both in DC and their state offices
- Official website with their contact page including email, request a meeting, town hall schedules, and social media
- And, the committees they sit on
- 5 Calls: Sign-up for 5 Calls because they help you contact your member of Congress and keep you abreast of on going issues that are important to you! Now, that is a good deal.
- The Capital Hill Switch Board: (202) 224-3121.
- MassacreMitch and #MoscowMitch: His DC office, (202) 224-2541.
- Nancy Pelosi: Her DC office, (202) 225-4965; her California office, (415) 556-4862
- The Ol’ Pussy Grabber: The WH switchboard, (202) 456-1414 or the comments line at (202) 456-1111 during business hours
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