We all crave human connection. Deep in our bones we all know that phone calls are more impactful than an email. You feel better after talking with someone when working to get your point across. If you’re at all worried about the current president, this small act will help you feel like you’ve taken a meaningful action today.
This is a follow up post to yesterday’s After the Marches, Now What? As I pointed out in tip #3, making daily phone calls is the new cool thing to do if you want to change things.
I strongly suggest that you get the numbers of both your Senators and your Congressperson. Get their DC phone numbers and the number for their nearest regional office. Program these numbers into your phone so you have easy access to them at all times. This will make it easy for you to make regular phone calls.
It is up to us to keep track of what our elected officials are doing. Don’t rely on the news media or on their nicely designed mailers during election season. Think of it like sports fans do with their favorite teams and players. Keep up on their stats! Gov Track is one website that helps you track legislation in Congress. Represent is another site site provides information on lawmakers, the bills they consider and the votes they take (and miss). You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records.
Today, I’m recommending that everyone make some phone calls about the emoluments clause, a section of our Constitution:
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.