Keep the pressure on Congress!
Response to our Phone-a-Thons has been so enthusiastic that we are repeating them regularly in different locations.
We ask people to call Congress on the spot (using our phones) with a message about current issues. Tell your senators and representatives you want the troops in Afghanistan to be brought home. Ask for dipomacy and negotiation with Iran.
Senators' contact info is available at http://www.senate.gov and you can find Representative's info at http://www.house.gov.
Check out our GPB video channel on YouTube for videos of our Phone-A-Thons.
Recipe for a Phone-A-Thon
Fair weather (or rain date)
Wide, busy sidewalk (Union Square in NYC works well.)
Table (pretty tablecloth a good option)
Big, bright explanatory poster (sample text below)
Flyers - Write one on a pressing issue.
Phone number for the Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121
Use local phone numbers if DC offices are busy which can be found in the "Directory of Elected Officials" (League of Women Voters)
4 - 5 Outgoing Persons With Cellphones (OPWC)
Begin during office hours; midday works well. Place one OPWC near the table. Scatter the remainder nearby. Holding flyers in one hand and a phone in the other the OPWCs encourage passersby to call their senators and representatives. After someone stops and stares in amazement the OPWC says, "Yeah, you can use my phone." Dozens of people will make the calls to their senators and representatives and some will sign the email list.
This recipe works best during office hours. Callers are excited to know they are about to speak to a living human being who is actually sitting in a Congressional office.
It will be a first time for most of the callers and many will be obviously nervous. You can listen as people get over their hesitation while they speak. By the end of the calls their voices will be stronger and more confident. They'll leave with flyers and hopefully with the resolve to become more active. Bev, Caroline, Diane, Eva-Lee & Fran
Sample text for poster:
Call your senators and representatives.
Right now! For Free!
Tell them to stop funding war.
DON'T BE SHY.
Let us know what all you and your member coalitions are up to! We will continue to keep in touch on our end as well. Email us at grannypeace@gmail.
In Peace as Always!
Let us know...
what all you and your member coalitions are up to! We will continue to keep in touch on our end as well. Email us.