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See the Scorecard for Tony the Democrat’s GOTV Postcard Campaigns (Complete Update, with Notable Extras, December 24, 2017)

See the scorecard for the GOTV postcard campaigns led by Tony the Democrat, and you’ll see that you matter, and your efforts matter.

 

Tony the Democrat and his team have been leading postcard campaigns to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for worthy Democrats on all levels–local, state, and federal elections–as of early 2017. Since then he has recruited more than 4,000 people to participate and help the chosen candidates.

 

Someone emailed OTYCD to suggest that we publish a running scorecard of the Tony the Democrat campaigns, and we thought it was a good idea. This tally is accurate as of October 1, 2017, and is in chronological order. We’ll update it periodically.

 

Also, look under the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ heading on OTYCD to see past postcard campaigns and learn about new ones. OTYCD has not managed to cover all of Tony’s postcard campaigns–sometimes we learn about them too late to get a post up in time to help–but we did write about those for Ossoff, Parnell, Gaddis, Cavanaugh, Patterson, Keys-Gamarra, Taddeo, and Jones, and we look forward to writing about more.

 

 

See the Tony the Democrat GOTV Postcard Campaign Scorecard:

https://postcardstovoters.org/past-candidates/

 

 

As of December 24, 2017, the T the D team had done 56 GOTV postcard campaigns.

A total of 32 candidates won their races, and three more proceeded to runoffs. There were 21 losses.

 

 

See the main website for Tony the Democrat here:

https://postcardstovoters.org/

 

 

Learn how to volunteer to write GOTV postcards:

https://postcardstovoters.org/volunteer/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Here’s the FAQ page for Tony the Democrat:

https://postcardstovoters.org/faq/

 

 

Here’s the final tally on the GOTV postcard campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama, which was the team’s biggest challenge to date:

https://postcardstovoters.org/2017/12/12/doug-jones-postcards-by-numbers/

 

 

Donate to the efforts of Tony the Democrat and the postcard-writing army:

https://postcardstovoters.org/donate/

 

 

In addition, Tony McMullin, aka Tony the Democrat, did an AMA on Reddit on September 29, 2017. See it below:

 

 

 

 

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Join the Postcards to Voters Facebook Page and Get the Drop on New GOTV Postcard Campaigns

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Like the Postcards to Voters Facebook page and learn about Tony the Democrat’s GOTV postcard campaigns before anyone else.

If you like OTYCD, you like postcard campaigns. Most of our best-read and most-liked posts are about postcard campaigns that you can jump on.

Tony the Democrat is the modern god of get out the vote (GOTV) postcard campaigns for Democratic candidates. He lead a GOTV postcard campaign for Jon Ossoff during the primary, as well as campaigns for Archie Parnell in South Carolina and several state-level legislative candidates.

All the campaigns are designed to remind area Democrats about upcoming special elections and encourage them to go out and vote.

Tony and his friends have since set up a Facebook page through which you can learn about new postcard campaigns first and enjoy posts from your fellow postcard warriors. Please check it out!

 

Like the Postcards to Voters Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/

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Tell Trump You Care About His Tax Returns

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

During his January 11, 2017 press conference, Trump claimed that only reporters cared about his tax returns.

After repeating the claim that he could not release the information because it was under IRS audit, this exchange ensued:

Trump: “You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They’re the only ones who ask.”

Question (Unnamed Reporter): “You don’t think the American public is concerned about it?”

Trump: “No, I don’t think so. I won, when I became president. No, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all.”

 

Prove Trump wrong by telling him you care about his tax returns.

 

You can mail a postcard to:

 

Donald Trump

c/o Trump Tower

721 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY, 10022

 

Write a succinct, polite, direct message:

 

I care about your tax returns.

I am not a reporter, and I care about your tax returns.

I am a concerned citizen, and I care about your tax returns.

I care about your tax returns (written out as many times as will fit on the postcard)

Please release your tax returns.

 

Postcard stamps cost 34 cents. Buy them online through the USPS store:

se/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=buy-stamps&productId=S_117604

 

Earn OTYCD style points for mailing Trump a postcard that features Norman Rockwell’s timeless Four Freedoms series image, Freedom of Speech. You can buy them for $1 apiece through the Norman Rockwell Museum Store online:

http://store.nrm.org/freedom-of-speech-postcard.html

 

Earn double OTYCD style points for buying a 100-count roll of postcard stamps, a big mess ‘o postcards, and inviting as many like-minded friends as you can to join you for a postcard-writing party. Maybe plan it for January 20. Why not?

Encourage as many people as you can to mail postcards to Trump. The more, the better. If it appeals to you, go ahead and mail a postcard every day until he relents and reveals his tax returns. (Be warned that if you follow that path, you may need to buy more 100-count rolls of postcard stamps.)

 

If you have a Twitter account, you can tweet Trump at:

 

@realDonaldTrump

 

Be succinct, polite, and direct. Boring, even. Make your point and get out: “I care about your tax returns.” Include the hashtag #TrumpTaxes.

Tweet your message as often as you like and as often as your followers will put up with it, or until Trump reveals his tax returns.

 

This New York Times article contains a full transcript of the January 11 press conference. Scroll down about 40 percent of the way to find the exchange about tax returns:

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Join the Postcards for America Page on Facebook and Keep Bombarding Trump with Postcards

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

The OTYCD page on joining #TheIdesOfTrump–the effort to bury Trump in postcards on March 15–is the most popular in the young blog’s history.

Seeing as you all have such an appetite for sending postcards, we’re doing a post on one or our favorite Facebook activist pages: Postcards for America.

Its main goal is to encourage you to send postcards to your members of Congress about your fears and concerns. But it also alerts you to other postcard campaigns and suggests legislators who might benefit from receiving great wobbling piles of postcards that tell them they’re wrong, or in some cases, exquisitely correct and in need of thanks.

Apply for admission to the Postcards for America Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/postcardsforamerica/

Please note: Postcards for America is a closed group. You can apply to join and you will have to wait for an administrator to approve you before you are admitted.

 

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Stock Up on Postcards and 35-cent Stamps

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

 

Stock up on postcards and 35-cent stamps.

 

When a Congressional representative from another state does something that delights you or annoys you, don’t call their offices.

 

Jamming their lines only makes it harder for their own constituents to get through, and they only listen to their own constituents.

 

Instead, see if you have friends in that state and urge them to contact their reps. Help them find their reps’ contact info if they need it (See the first blog post, ‘Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives’, for tools to help you do this.)

 

If you still want to say something to the out-of-state rep that made you happy or mad, send a postcard. Your opinion will show up in a physical way while leaving the rep’s phone lines free.

 

It also sets a price on your emotions: OK, you’re mad, but are you 34 cents’ worth of mad? Yes? Then have at it.

 

Good ‘happy’ example: Sending thank-you postcards to Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, Jack Reid, and John McCain for calling for a bipartisan investigation of the Russian hacking scandal.

 

Good ‘mad’ example: Sending a postcard to Ohio governor John Kasich, asking him to veto both of those Ohio anti-abortion bills.

 

IMPORTANT: When you write your postcard message, you need to leave room for your name and your full address. This is per Emily Ellsworth, author of Call the Halls. Initials and a zip code are NOT enough. If your postcard lacks a full address, the MoC’s office folk will probably trash it. If you can’t fit your address and your message on a postcard, best to send an email or a letter instead.

 

Here is a link through which you can purchase postcard stamps:

se/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=buy-stamps&productId=S_117604

 

This “Fanciful Flowers” stamped card is the closest thing to a pre-stamped postcard that the USPS sells:

https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=cards-envelopes&productId=S_222110

 

 

Many venues sell postcards. If you live in a touristy area, you’re set–try your local Visitor’s Center and souvenir shops.

 

You can also try stationery and paper goods stores; museum gift shops; big pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS; and any place that sells tchotchkes, knick-knacks, keepsakes, and assorted shelf-clutterers.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum Store sells postcard versions of his Freedom of Speech painting for a buck each (Item no. P057):

http://store.nrm.org/stationery/postcards/freedom-of-speech-postcard.html

 

The first action that the Women’s March organizers asked in their 10 Actions/100 Days campaign is to send a postcard to your senators about the issues that matter most to you, and say how you will fight for them. They included a postcard design that you can download and print:

https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

If you’d like a fine, subtle, albeit pricey way to troll Trump, stock up on postcards of Titian’s painting of Danae.

 

Danae is a mortal princess from Greek mythology who was impregnated by the god Zeus when he visited her in the form of–no joke–a golden shower.

 

Here’s the link through which you can order the Danae postcards (warning–the company is in the UK, so the postcards and the shipping will be on the expensive side of things):

Danae

 

And here is the story of Danae:

http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Danae/danae.html

 

 

And if you’re crafty, visit Michael’s or A.C. Moore and buy card stock, paper cutters, and rubber stamps and make your own postcards.

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Mail Postcards to GOTV for Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones. GREAT UPDATE! Doug Jones WON! Thank you!

Mail postcards to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for the open Senate seat in Alabama. Tony the Democrat is calling all hands on deck–this means you, plus your friends, too.

Final update: Around 10 pm EST on the night of December 12, media outlets began calling the special election for the open Alabama Senate seat for Democrat Doug Jones. Wow, it feels good to type that. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Progress report, November 12: Today, Tony the Democrat tweeted on the @DemocratWit account that over the past 10 days, 1,660 writers have mailed more than 56,000 GOTV postcards for Doug Jones.

It’s unclear how much of a dent this makes in the list, which covers Democratic voters in the entire state. Tony joked there were ‘billions and billions’ on it (if you get this Johnny Carson/Carl Sagan reference, Sarah Jane loves you).

In related news–Harry Enten, a senior political writer and analyst for 538, tweeted (his handle is @ForecasterEnten) that a new poll would appear on Monday November 13 at 11 am Central time that would show Doug Jones with his first lead over Roy Moore:

I can report (unless my sources have failed me) that tomorrow will showcase the first public poll to show Doug Jones with a lead in the AL-Senate race. This race is very real.

Per Tony the Democrat, we have 24 viable writing days until the special election on December 12. Please join the postcard-writing team, and please recruit friends to join you!

Original post text follows:

Alabama voters are faced with a stark choice on December 12, 2017: elect a man who put two Ku Klux Klan terrorists in jail for the infamous 1963 bombing at a Birmingham church, or elect the former judge who was booted from the state’s Supreme Court twice for flouting the rule of law. (The first time, he defied federal court orders to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Alabama Judicial Building. The second time, he told state judges to continue banning same-sex marriage though it had been ruled unconstitutional.)

Jones is putting up a heroic showing against Moore. A Fox News poll taken on October 17, 2017 showed each man with 42 percent of the vote–tied! In blood-red Alabama! (To be fair, other polls, which all sampled “likely voters” from Alabama instead of registered voters, show a six- to eleven-point gap between the candidates.)

Jones is accepting the help of the 4,000-strong postcard-writing army raised by Tony the Democrat, but Tony needs an even bigger army for this task, the first general statewide Congressional campaign he and his compatriots have tackled.

Tony is asking every member to write and mail five postcards AND recruit five friends to write five postcards each to GOTV for Doug Jones.

 

If you want to receive a handful of addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Address Bot:

484.ASK.ABBY aka 484.275.2229

If you want a lot more than five addresses at a time, or texting isn’t convenient for you, email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

General rules that apply to all Tony the Democrat postcard campaigns:

 

Write legibly.

Choose your postcard designs wisely. Stick to neutral, benign imagery.

Mail completed postcards daily.

Best not to sign your postcards at all, but if you must, use your initials or your first name.

Only write to each voter once.

If you photograph your finished postcards to post on social media, always make sure to cover up or blur the addresses.

Stick to homegrown-looking postcards. Don’t use the candidate’s campaign graphics or imagery.

Stick to the talking points.

Contact Tony and his team if you have questions.

When addressing the postcards, don’t assume that every voter in the household is a registered Democrat. Stick to greetings such as ‘Important Voter’ or ‘Best Voter Ever’.

 

Every postcard for Doug Jones needs to say the following phrases:

Democrat Doug Jones is running for U.S. Senate.

Election Day is Tuesday, December 12.

Liberty and justice for all have been Doug’s life’s work.

 

Again, please send postcards daily, as you complete a batch, but know that the deadline for mailing tends to be a week before the election.

 

Read about the October 2017 Fox News poll that shows Moore and Jones as tied:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/10/doug_jones_were_better_than_ti.html

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/10/is_doug_jones_really_tied_with.html

 

 

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Join the Postcard GOTV Campaign for Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen, Who’s Running for Jason Chaffetz’s House Seat

Join the get out the vote (GOTV) postcard campaign for Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen, who’s running for the Utah house seat being vacated by Republican Jason Chaffetz.

We wrote about Dr. Allen back in April (she announced her candidacy well before Chaffetz quit–scroll down for a link to the OTYCD post on her) and we’re thrilled that she was chosen as the focus for one of Tony the Democrat’s GOTV postcard campaigns!

The special election for Chaffetz’s house seat, in Utah’s 3rd District, will be held Tuesday, November 7.

If you want to receive a handful of addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Address Bot:

484.ASK.ABBY aka 484.275.2229

If you want a lot more than five addresses at a time, or texting isn’t convenient for you, email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

All postcards should be in the mail no later than October 31, but given the way that Tony’s army of postcard-writers is growing, they might burn through the whole address list well before Halloween.

You’ll receive a full set of guidelines with your rack of addresses, but know that all postcards should include the following information:

Elect Democrat Kathie Allen to Congress for Utah’s 3rd District.

Vote Tuesday, November 7th.

Dr. Allen is trained to consider facts, diagnose problems, and find solutions.

 

If you have room, you can add something like:

Ask your friends and family to vote Democrat in this special election.

When we vote, we win.

Thank you for your time and your vote!

 

Read the April 2017 OTYCD post on Dr. Kathie Allen’s run for Chaffetz’s now-vacated House seat:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/10/07/chase-jason-chaffetz-out-of-his-utah-house-seat-support-democrat-kathryn-allens-2018-house-race/

 

Since we wrote that post and loaded it with links, Dr. Allen launched a spiffy campaign web site:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com

 

Here’s her Meet Kathie page:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com/meet-kathie/

 

Here’s her Issues page:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com/issues/

 

Donate to Dr. Allen’s campaign:

https://www.drkathieforcongress.com/donate-now/

 

Volunteer for Dr. Allen:

http://www.drkathieforcongress.com/volunteer/

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/KathieAllenMDforCongress/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@kathieallenmd

 

Since we first wrote about Dr. Allen, she gained the endorsement of 314 Action, one of our favorite orgs. Here’s her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/kathie-allen

 

Here’s a profile story on Dr. Allen from Vogue:

https://www.vogue.com/article/who-is-kathryn-allen-running-for-jason-chaffettz-house-seat

 

 

 

 

 

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Send Postcards to Help GOTV for Phoenix Democrat Kevin Patterson

Update with Results: Patterson pulled in 47.93 percent of the vote to his opponent’s 52.07 percent. This represents an increase in the Democratic vote of 4.3 percent, or 1,300. The margin between the two candidates was less than 1,500. That’s an impressive result for a guy who went up against an eight-year incumbent who outspent him five to one.

Update: Tony the Democrat and the postcard-writing volunteers completed mailings to the full list of addresses in Phoenix, so this campaign is closed. Please look for the post on Karen Keys-Gamarra’s campaign for the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia. We’ll update this post after August 29 to let you know how Kevin Patterson did.

Join a postcard campaign to help get out the vote for Democrat Kevin Patterson, candidate for city council in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Tony the Democrat’s latest postcard campaign is on behalf of Democrat Kevin Patterson, who is running for City Council from District 6 in Phoenix. The special election takes place Tuesday, Aug 29.

 

To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229

 

If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards     @       TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Your handwritten cards will go to people in District 6 who have voted Democratic in the past.

Same general rules are in effect but the particulars have changed.

Address the cards to ‘Important Voters,’ ‘VIP Voters,’ ‘Best Voters,’ etc. Do not include a party affiliation in the greeting in case the household is mixed.

 

All postcards should say the following:

 

Democrat Kevin Patterson is running for Phoenix City Council District 6.
Election Day is Tuesday August 29th.
Kevin says YES to families who deserve housing affordability in safe neighborhoods.
Other things you can say, if you have room on the card:
I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Kevin taught at-risk Phoenix high school students in psychology helping them earn college credit.
A Phoenix resident for 19 years, Kevin is married with two young daughters.
Fast-growing cities need hard-working problem-solvers in City Council like Kevin.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.

Early voting begins Aug 2 through Aug 25.

 

Thank you for your time and your vote!
#PattersonPHX
 Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org
Take a photograph of your finished postcards and email it to the Tony the Democrat
address above before requesting more addresses.
Please get your finished cards in the mail no later than three days after finishing them.
Do not contact the voters again.
Note: Tony the Democrat is actually leading two GOTV postcard campaigns right now. We
have not mentioned the other campaign because its special election takes place August 8-
-too late to help out. If the candidate wins we will mention it in a good-news update post.
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UPDATE: Tell Walter Shaub, Head of the Office of Government Ethics, That He Is Awesome BEFORE JULY 19 2017

UPDATE: In early July 2017, Shaub announced that he would resign as director of the Office of Government Ethics. His last day is July 19, 2017. He leaves his post before his term would have ended in January 2018.

Shaub has taken a job with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which focuses on election law.

A story on the NPR website quotes him as saying, “the current situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is. At the Campaign Legal Center, I’ll have more freedom to push for reform. I’ll also be broadening my focus to include ethics issues at all levels of government.”

We at OTYCD are grateful for Shaub’s service and we’re doubling down on the need to tell him, early and often, that he is awesome. We need more people like Walter Shaub keeping an eye on the government and taking it to task.

Read stories about Shaub’s resignation:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/06/535781749/ethics-office-director-walter-shaub-resigns-saying-rules-need-to-be-tougher

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/government-ethics-director-who-prodded-trump-resigns/2017/07/06/13ec784e-6270-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_story.html?utm_term=.efac275121b8

http://www.theroot.com/trump-administration-s-biggest-critic-in-the-office-of-1796701505

 

Follow Shaub on Twitter:

@waltshaub

 

Learn about the Campaign Legal Center:

http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/

 

Original text of this post follows.

Tell Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, that he is awesome. 

Heading the Office of Government Ethics, in any administration, is pretty damn thankless. Your job is to tell people they can’t do something they want to do because it’s against the rules. You are, in essence, a professional speed bump.

Well, under this Republican administration, we’re all finding out how important rules are. Seems we only miss them when we have a rabid orangutan in the office of the president breaking them left and right, seemingly for sport.

Shaub has taken more than his share of crap since Trump was elected. He called out Trump’s bad behavior and got called on the carpet by Jason Chaffetz, the Republican house rep from Utah who heads the house’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee. You read that right–Chaffetz thinks it’s a better use of his time to chew Shaub out for doing his job rather than, you know, having his Congressional committee investigate Trump’s many and legion shenanigans.

 

In the past, OTYCD asked you to call your MoCs and stand up for Shaub. Today we’re asking you to speak directly to Shaub and thank him and his colleagues for being there. We should be thankful that the OGE a) exists and b) is not a joke. Shaub and his team are used to doing their duty in silence, with the occasional raft of complaints flung their way. Let’s change that.

 

 

Call the OGE to voice your support for Shaub and his team:

202.482.9300

 

Send an email:

ContactOGE@oge.gov

 

Send a postcard:

U.S. Office of Government Ethics

1201 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500

Washington D.C. 20005

 

Image of Shaub is via Wikipedia.

 

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Learn When to Call Your Members of Congress a Second Time on the Same Issue

June 2017 Update: It’s the last week of June. The Senate version of the AHCA is out. It’s terrible. Some Republican senators are wavering. Now is the time to call, call, call and tell your senators that you oppose the AHCA.

Call every day this week (June 26-30) but please, only call your own senators.

If you or your family would be hurt by the passage of the AHCA, think hard about whether you are comfortable telling your story. If you can tell it, please do.

Calling is especially urgent if your Republican senators are any of the following people:

 

Susan Collins of Maine

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

Rob Portman of Ohio

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Dean Heller of Nevada

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Jeff Flake of Arizona

 

Text of the original post follows.

You’ve called your senators and your house rep to oppose the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. (OTYCD suggested this action on January 5.)

But ACA issues are still making headlines. In the early hours of January 12, the Senate voted 51-48 on an action that would help them bulldoze the law later on. It paves the way for the passage of a reconciliation bill, a type of bill that can’t be filibustered:

Should you call your members of Congress every time the ACA comes under threat?

Usually, the answer is no, you should not call your members of Congress if you have already called to speak your mind on a specific issue.

But there are a few exceptions. If they apply to you, go ahead and call again.

 

You have new information that the member of Congress can freely use. An ACA-related example would be your willingness to share a story about how the ACA’s repeal would hurt you directly and personally, which you did not share when you called the first time.

Important side note: “Free use” means you’re letting your reps talk about your ACA story in public, in their own words, as they see fit, in whatever venue they choose, and on whatever media platform they choose (social media or otherwise). Once you give them your story, you lose control over it.

You are never obliged to share personal medical information in public. And if the ACA story is not about you–if it’s about a spouse, a grown child, a minor child, a friend–you must get that person’s permission before you share it with your reps.

But many members of Congress who are trying to defend the ACA have explicitly called for personal stories from their constituents. Offering yours can help the cause, if it’s your story to tell and you feel comfortable sharing it. (End of side note.)

 

You can call to thank or complain to your members of Congress after a key vote takes place. Some Democratic senators voiced objections during the Jan 12 actions. Two were Ron Wyden of Oregon and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Do they represent you? Then you could call and say thank you–but you should be specific, and cite exactly what they did to merit the thank-you.

Sample thank-you script: “I am (Firstname Lastname) from (town, zipcode). I see that Senator (Lastname) spoke up during the late-night session that ultimately voted to weaken the Affordable Care Act. I thank you for fighting for the law, and I will remember that you did the right thing.”

If you are angry about how your senator behaved during the vote, you could call and complain. But again, be specific. Tell the senator exactly what they did to make you complain.

Sample complaint script: “I am (Firstname Lastname) from (town, zip code). I see that Senator (Lastname) voted for Senate Resolution 3 on January 12. This bill paves the way to cripple, even kill the Affordable Care Act. My family and I depend on the ACA for our health care. I oppose what Senator (Lastname) just did, and I will remember that you did the wrong thing.”

Updated to add on May 21: You can also call multiple times on the same issue if you are joining a campaign that requires daily calls. A good example is the recent effort to ask your MoCs, daily, to pursue an independent investigation of the #TrumpRussia scandal and encourage them to slow or stop the work of Congress until that happened.

Never forget: Do not call anyone who does not represent you. Stick to your two senators and your one house rep.

Also, only call the relevant reps. The January 12 vote took place in the Senate, so you should call your senators, and only your senators; you should not waste time and energy calling your house rep.

And still call if your members of Congress don’t reflect your views. If anything, it’s more important for you to call. If you don’t say something, it’s that much easier for your reps to believe that people who think like you don’t exist.

If you are so delighted, or angered, by the actions of an out-of-state member of Congress  that you must say something, find a street address for their office and mail them a postcard. Alternately, you could leave a message on their Facebook page or tweet at them. But please keep the phone lines free for their own constituents.

 

Bonus resource: Below is a link to Liberal Spirit, an exceptionally useful web page on the topic of contacting your members of Congress. In point 3, the author generally recommends against calling your reps a second time on the same topic.

https://www.liberalspirit.com/dca