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Follow Other Democratic Members of Congress on Social Media

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Are you a fan of California Senator Kamala Harris? How about New Jersey Senator Cory Booker? Or Minnesota House rep Keith Ellison?

Trolls target the social media postings of these and other popular Democratic members of Congress online, making nasty comments on their Facebook pages and their tweets.

You already know that you should not call members of Congress who do not represent you. They do not listen to citizens who live outside their legislative area. But you can support Democratic members of Congress you like, but who don’t represent you, by following them on social media. 

Liking and sharing their posts helps get their message out. While you should still pay the most attention to your own reps’ social media accounts, following other Democrats online lets you know what those like-minded folks are saying and doing.

Learning what they are doing readies you to call your own reps and ask them to support what those out-of-state Democrats are doing. You can indirectly help Democrats you like by asking your own Congressional delegation to join forces with them on specific bills and actions that matter to you.

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Find Your State Senator and State House Representatives

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Talking often to your federal Congressional representatives is important. But you should also know who your state senator and state house representatives are--the people who stand for you in your state legislature.

Plug your address and your zip code into this web site to find them:

Once you know who your state senator and state house rep are, go to the web site for your state legislature (plug “(StateName) Legislature” into a search engine), and find their contact information. Put their phone numbers in your phone. Save their email addresses. If they are on social media, follow them.

Also pull up the pages that each rep maintains on your state legislature’s web site. Look at the bills your reps have proposed recently. Is there anything you like and can get behind? Call them and voice your support. Tell your friends about the bills you like and ask them to voice their support.

Watching your state legislature is important, too. State legislatures are to Congress what Triple AAA baseball is to the major leagues–tomorrow’s stars play here first.

The Who Are My Representatives site will also tell you who your members of Congress are; who the president and vice president; and who else represents you on the state level–your governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, state auditor, state secretary, and attorney general. Please share this web site with your friends.

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.


Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.


Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:


This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):


Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.


Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.



* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.


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