I mentioned the other day that we may need to start calling our elected officials every day, on top of whatever other activist stuff we do.
Luckily, there’s an extremely useful new website to help you do that. 5calls.org is a site urging Trump resistors to make, yes, five calls a day to the politicians who represent us as well as other people who are worth besieging with calls.
The site — a grassroots effort of a number of activists — has an ever-changing list of recommended calls to make, providing you with quick backgrounders on the issues involved and sample scripts you may want to use when calling. If you give them your zip code, they will give you the phone numbers of the people to call, though you may need to give your full address in order to get the info for you comgressperson. (If you don’t want to give them your info, just keep the contact info for your elected officials handy.)
It’s not perfect; for some reason, at least in most of the entries I’ve looked at, they only list one Senator to call rather than both of them.
But if you want to call one, two, three or five calls every day, this is an excellent resource.
I’ve had some trouble keeping up with all the calls we should be making and I know I tend to be late in getting some of the #ResistTrump posts up, so I’d recommend using 5calls for all your calling-the-government needs.
I will of course keep posting these #ResistTrump posts every day but will focus less on phone calls. Though I do reserve the right to nag you about making calls every day.
If you can’t call, write. While most people who’ve worked on Capitol Hill say that phone calls are the most effective way to get the attention of your elected representatives — short of actually showing up at their office in person. But emails can also make a difference (though you’ll have to look up their web sites yourself).
Things are moving quickly in the proto-dystopian nightmare that is Trump’s America. Trump is being even Trumpier than many of us expected, signing awful executive orders, alienating foreign leaders with hostile, petulant Tweets and statements, nattering endlessly about the size of crowds.
So we need to up our game. Calling every day is a good step in that direction. And until he’s out of office there will always be outrageous things to call about.