The afterglow is rosy and warm. We stood up, we marched, we showed we are a force to be reckoned with but the question lingers, now what? This is our chance to move forward with real political change but it will require that we take action on an individual level.
The first step is to know who represents you in Congress. To find that information is easy. GovTrack, an independent entity, allows you to plug in your zip code and immediately identify your Senators, Representative and Congressional District. From GovTrack pop over to the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives website to find contract information.
Once you find the contact information for your representatives' add it to your contacts immediately. You don't look up your family and friend's information each time you want to communicate with them. Do the same with your Senators and Representative. Make it easy to reach out on any issue that you feel the need to comment. If you align philosophically with your representative, think of them as friends or if you don't, think of them as your employees but make communicating easy.
I am writer so I put together a template in Word complete with a heading and a signature. Whenever I feel the need to express my thoughts about an issue, I dash off a letter. If you prefer email or making a phone call, then that technology is also available. The key is to setup your process in advance so that you don't groan each time you think of reaching out.
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