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Being Heard By Congress

Updated on July 14, 2016
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How To Be heard

A great number of people talk about change.Very few people do anything about change. When it comes to politicians, and getting them to change things that touch us all, we need to be doing. Doing something in this respect , means being heard. They don't know what we want, till we voice it. Politicians and corporations alike can only be moved by numbers. Numbers for or against a cause. It is our right to voice our opinions to each other. It is our duty to voice the same to them. Being heard is quite often as near as the telephone, keypad, or ink pen. Many 'grassroots' organizations, now making an impact, started out as a few voices. Even a solitary voice.

Here are some ways to be heard :

  • Write or e-mail legislators/ a personal letter is most effective
  • Tell your reasons for writing / share your personal story
  • Let them know you will follow-up, and do!
  • Ensure you contact the right legislator (you might not be taken seriously if you adress the wrong person)
  • A great site to go to is www.usay.org/states
  • Make phone calls / be brief and courteous
  • Don't be surprised if you only talk to a staffer. Building friendly relations with staffers could be your eventual access to legislator.
  • Know what you are going to say / always be prepared

The capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121

PUT THE MEDIA TO WORK FOR YOU The most effective tool to make one heard is the media. They are always hungry for a story. Newspapers, television, radio, and web news outlets. They will make you heard.

  • Radio show call-ins / if you are knowledgeable and can 'pitch' to station management
  • Letters to the editor/ If you send letters in response to timely issues, in a timely manner

Social pages like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace... etc Hubpages too is an excellent forum. Can learn so much from your fellows.

Don't forget the good old-fashioned face-to-face forum either. Where the community gets to speak out. Just be ready to present your issues, and designate a spokesperson for each topic. Ask questions . Be on time. Again, be brief. Thank them for their time.

Being involved starts right where you are. Your voice could not only be heard but could shake up the world!


Congress often gets a bad rep. Often it is well deserved; often it is not...while many will complain about congress fewer will actively make their voices heard beyond their own couch.

It is interesting to note how much disdain many feel for the congressional machine:

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How Does Your Representatives feel about Gun Control?

I think it is important to know in lieu of this recent tragedy and the current debate over gun control in this country. Call them and find out where they stand. It is important to let them know where you stand on the issues; don't think as some do that your voice can't make a difference.

You may consider these articles...

http://imkarn23.hubpages.com/hub/USGovernmentBYTheNRAandFORTheNRA

http://ibradmasters.hubpages.com/hub/It-is-not-the-NRA-or-the-Legal-Gun-Owner-that-is-root-cause-for-violent-deadly-crimes-in-the-US




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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much teaches12345... I am glad that you liked this one; and I hope you have an incredible day

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I very much appreciate your cooments, I very much agree with your insight Wayne Wilkins... I am pleased , in fact to meet you...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you xstatic for your reading and comment... and for sharing your example of active participation in the process that is the optimum quality of being a citizen, and one of the greatest benefits of being one...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you HLPhoenix for that story ... that is what I am talking about!!! That is a perfect example of seeing a problem and taking action to make change

      I would definitely use this example to show others how they really can make a difference simply by speaking up

      Thank you for your very insightful and informative comment

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I loved your post and the information on contacting congress. Your chart has some humor to it, but gets the point across. Very nice! Thanks for the education and I am more informed for reading this. Voted up.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I have been in regular touch with both Oregon Senators and my Representative over the last year especially. Also, I am pretty happy with their responses and the way they vote.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      I too appreciate Laurinzo's putting this issue front and center. Great idea, and timely. While we can't all always have things the way we like... individuals Can make a difference.

      When I was a Mediator in the San Francisco Bay area... I heard that the State was considering changing our standards regarding deciding Child Custody cases. At the time... prior to the custody hearing, Court Mediators worked with the people who hadn't come to an agreement on their own... and then the Mediator gave the Court the history of the mediation(s) and may have made 'suggestions' to the Court (which the Court sometimes considered and other times didn't.) The change being proposed in a new Bill was that the Court not only had to consider the Mediator's advice but that the Mediator would be empowered to actually decide which parent got what amount of custody... and the Judge could just follow the suggestion of the Mediator... This method was already used in some districts of the State... those of us who worked with the courts knew that some of the judges were prejudices against the father or mother.... but the Court Mediators were worse.

      I was outraged and a friend and myself made up a petition and went to several outdoor activities that weekend... we got Hundreds of signatures on a Petition against this change ...in which Mediators (who are supposed to be impartial) made the decision for the Court. We sent the Petition to the State Legislator who was carrying the proposed Bill and heard back from her immediately. This Bill was presented to her and sounded logical... she had heard NO contradictory opinions. Once seeing our Petition she backed right out of carrying the Bill... and at least at that moment in time this very bad idea was defeated in our District.

      Taking action can make a very big difference.

      Great Hub. Sharing.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Wayne Wilkins... and I agree that the squeky wheel gets the grease... so many laws have been amended and new programs amended; because one woice wouldn't be silenced...

      thank you for your very insightful comments, and that cartoon is hillarious

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Lol...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Leslie ...

      for the reading and the "link"

      Glad you "got it!!!" I knew you would my friend!!!

      Have a great one...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      This is SO needed! What a great idea for a hub - all the resources one needs to actually make their voices heard!

      Great idea, Laurinzo - love it!

      AND - i 'linked' it - AND - it worked..lol

      up and sharing.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Mark for your comments , and I agree 100%

      we have to...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah for your reading and comments...

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Good tips, and yes, everyone should make their voices heard.

      Mark

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Well i have actually worked

      With policitians and they look me straight in my eyes and lie

      To me. I am so frustrated

      Great hub

      Sharing

      Debbie

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      Laurinzo Scott 5 years ago

      Thank you Stephanie... I very much appreciate your input.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I like that your article is to the point. It is not preachy and stays on point. You give suggestions that are manageable yet effective for the everyday person who wants to affect change.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      That is an issue facing many of us. I think it is up to us, everyday people to do our part . Because many 'false' interest groups are out there speaking for themselves. They may not care unless enough people speak out on something. Thank you adoptive for your comment.

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      adoptivemomsvault 5 years ago from United States, West Coast

      Agree 100% - but didn't know where to start. I really want to talk to my representatives about healthcare (gosh it is expensive!!!!), but I just don't know if they will care or listen. This will inspire me to make that call. Thanks.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      You are so right Ginger. Sometimes they are our only source for voicing our needs. Many of them work much harder than the politicians they serve, hats off to them. thanks for your comment.

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      Ginger Ruffles 5 years ago

      These folks all have tons of staffers whose only job is to listen to us and help if they can. The ones that don't need to go!

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      Laurinzo Scott 5 years ago

      Yes Angela, it is that we have to be heard.Since we don't hear from them until election time. We need to go to the mountain, so to speak.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes, and I wished it worked better to Bob... but it won't work at all if we don't try. I believe in this process, even if it has some definite holes in it. It's up to us, to patch them. Yes though, it isn't as it should be... government by the people, for the people.

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      Bob Zermop 5 years ago from California, USA

      I wish this worked better than it does. In my experience today, politics are often just motivated by re-election and fueled by one-liners and sound bites. The average citizen is inaudible on most issues. I hope dearly your experience has been different.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I love this. If you don't like a law change it!