This Is The Long Game
We are going to quote from Indivisible here because the message is so important:
"This is the long game. We are going to lose a lot. We are going to get good at losing. We are going to lose cabinet votes for terrible nominees. We are going to lose bills that are offensive and appalling. But while we are losing, something else is going to happen. We are going to keep raising our voices and slowly our representatives are going to start listening to us. We've seen it happen...
It'll happen over months, where you keep showing up, regularly. Then, we are going to start winning. It'll sneak up on us... Every time we change the narrative, every time we delay, every time there's a newspaper story about a member of Congress avoiding his or her constituents, that's a win. And it matters." (read the rest here)
That means we have one job during the congressional recess next week, Feb 18-26: to attend townhall meetings. We want you to meet with your Representatives and Senators, and make your voices heard in person. Last weekend, Republican representatives faced tough crowds at townhall meetings, and got their feet held to the fire. Let's keep it up while our members of Congress are back in their home states starting in a few days.
1. ATTEND A TOWNHALL MEETING Find your local one HERE.
2. CALL the local office of your senator and representative, and ask about their plans to hold any events during recess. Or make an appointment to meet in person. You can also sign up for their newsletter to stay informed about future town halls and appearances.
3. SHOW UP using Indivisible Guide's event locator for planned actions in your area during recess.
USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
I am calling to see if Rep_ will be holding a town hall or any kind of public event where his/her constituents can meet with him/her. If not, I would like to know the best way to meet with the representative in person. I think it is incredibly important for Rep to hear the real concerns of his/her constituents. How else can they truly represent us in Congress?
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