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In the lead up to ‘unpresidented’ Presidential Inauguration, I have a suggestion to those attending the Women’s March in D.C. on 21 January 2017 or to any U.S. citizen, anywhere in the United States, especially those who desperately want to make a difference in the fight against in the incoming Trump administration, but don’t know how.

[Please note: At the bottom of this post are links and contact information; a guide on how to contact your United States Representatives. This post will be updated throughout the week – leading up to the 21 January 2017 march – as more information becomes available.]

When in D.C. – Marching and protests definitely send message, but while in Washington D.C. this week (or if you’re planning to visit D.C. anytime in the next 4 years) there’s an even more direct way to send a message to the government. Below is a reference on how to contact your state and district representatives in Washington D.C.

Find your representatives and talk to them about the issues that matter to you in person. Go in groups large or small, but go! Talk to other representatives too, especially Republican leadership like Paul Ryan (R-WI, Speaker of the House) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY, Senate Majority Leader). Thank Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for all the work they do on behalf of every American. If someone is not available on the day, talk to their staff and leave a respectfully worded note (written in advance) and be sure to include your name and contact information. I also recommend calling local news organizations; let them know your intentions and invite them to tag along.

The D.C. Residents Women’s March on Washington (WMWDClocal) had this to add to the discussion as well:

“If you plan to visit your Member (in D.C.), please schedule an appointment. It will be difficult to get on the calendar on short notice, but the fact that you tried will be noted. You likely won’t get to see the Member him/herself. That’s OK. The staffers are very knowledgeable and will convey your message. Speaking of your message…know your talking points cold. Be prepared to make your case concisely…3 minutes or less. Have information that you can leave behind. The Unity Principles document would be good for a leave-behind folder. Include your contact information for follow up questions.”

The WMWDClocal group have also assembled a comprehensive guide on visiting your member of congress in Washington D.C. Should be considered required reading when visiting the nation’s capital.

When in Home – And if you can’t make it to D.C., you can call representatives on the phone from home. Respectfully tell them (or their staff) your story of why the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Planned Parenthood, the environment, and the rights of minority groups are important to you! As with in person visits, have your talking pointings organized in advance and be sure to provide your name and contact information for any follow ups.

When in Seattle, WA – I will be marching in Seattle, WA on 21 January and encourage everyone in the area to join the nearly 40k of us (Women’s March on Seattle). Those living in, visiting, and marching on D.C. have a unique opportunity to speak for us all, but that doesn’t mean your voice should stay silent. Please share this information with anyone interested in making a difference and let all our voices be heard!

Thank you.

A GUIDE TO CONTACTING YOUR UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVES

How to contact U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

How to contact Congress
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

U.S. Senators’ Suite and Phone Numbers in D.C. http://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf

Visiting hours at the capital
https://www.aoc.gov/visitor-hours

(Closed on Inauguration Day, but contact them directly for the best day/time to visit representatives.)

Guide to Visiting Your Member of Congress (by WMWDClocal)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NCJiym6AGmMVRpcXZtLXEyNGc/view

Paul Ryan (R-WI, Speaker of the House)
1233 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3031
Fax: (202) 225-3393

Mitch McConnell (R-KY, Majority Republican Leader of the Senate)
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499

Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
332 Dirksen Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5141
Fax: (202) 228-0776

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4543

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, Democratic Leader of the House)
233 Cannon H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4965

Chuck Schumer (D-NY, Democratic Minority Leader of the Senate)
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6542