Activism

Have you ever wanted to make a difference, but were never too sure exactly how to do that? Do you find out after the fact that something you think is important, didn’t turn out the way you expected or hoped? Do you want to be prepared?

  • Step One: Get your cell phone out! (Better yet visit this page on your smart phone and click the links below to download the contacts directly to your smartphone!)
    • Here are your Indiana Numbers
      • Indiana Senate: 317-232-9400
      • Indiana House: 317-232-9600
      • Indiana Governor: 317-232-4567
      • We will be adding additional phone numbers soon, and we will update the contact.
    • Here are your United States NumbersIMG_4124.PNG
      • United States Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
      • White House Switchboard: 202-456-1414
      • White House Comments: 202-456-1111
    • Now you will have them nice and handy when I email you on the beach. You’ll be able to make that call. Easy peasy
  • Step Two: KNOW who your legislators are. 
    • With a couple of exceptions it is best to only call your own legislator. 
    • Don’t know? Simply go to this link to find your Indiana legislator. http://district.iga.in.gov/DistrictLookup
    • Please note: your Indiana legislators are different than your national ones, and the issues will be different as well.
    • Use the note section in each of the contacts above to track the appropriate legislator in your phone. (i.e Indiana Senator: Erline Rodgers vs. US Senators: Dan Coats, Joe Donnelly) Your contact link above will have all of the information that is the same for all of us, you’ll just need to fill in the ones that are different.
  • Optional STEP TWO “B” — For those who want to follow everything: Instead of clicking on the links above, the following two links will include every legislative position for each office.
    • Indiana Government Information
    • United States Government Information
  • Step three: COMMUNICATION — It is important to know how to communicate via phone call or email with your lawmaker. Here are some tips.
    • Begin and end with Thank you!
    • Be specific. Limit topics.  Always mention bill number and title. Who are you?
    • Let your lawmaker know if you are a donor, volunteer, or constituent.
    • Use Good Information: Double check your facts, Use accurate information only, not rumors or hearsay.
    • Quote experts, but don’t misquote. You will not be taken seriously if you misquote.
    • Be Polite: You can be firm, passionate, but courteous.  Sarcasm will hurt your cause.
    • Use a Hook: Give them something personal. How will this affect YOU?
    • Are you a mom? A teacher? Student?
    • Be Brief:  Lawmakers are very busy. You have about 10 seconds to capture their attention.  Lengthy letters will be skimmed and overlooked. Most letters will be read by staff/interns.
    • Act Quickly: Legislation moves at the speed of lightning.  A day in the legislative session equals about a month of real time. The best time to act is when you first hear about it.  If you wait, it may be too late.
    • Limit Christian lingo: Don’t preach or use religious jargon. They will tune you out.
    • Don’t be intimidated: Your lawmaker puts clothes on just like you do. You elected them. You are their boss. You know more about your topic sometimes than they do. It is your job to educate them.
    • Thank them:  Follow up with a thank you.  Thank them when they vote the way you like them to. They hear the negative at every turn. Make sure they hear when you are happy with them.
    • You are not their pen pal or spammer: If you write to them too much, they will block you and ignore you.
    • Use your calls and emails wisely and productively.

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