Ways to make your views known:
- CONTACT – Call/write/meet members of congress, your local government, and your chamber of commerce: business funds change.
- WRITE – Write letters to political, social and community organizations. Send letters to the editor to your local newspapers. Keep it brief. Keep it focused: ‘I am writing to you about ____’. Be helpful; offer facts and policy ideas.
- SUPPORT – Did someone make a hard situation that you liked? Send a note of thank you or congratulations. Decisionmakers need to know that someone appreciates all the Tums that they eat.
- ONLINE – Online activism, in chat rooms and forums. Start your own website. Email articles to friends. Facebook it, Ning it and use other social networking tools — avoid getting into arguments. Once the mud starts slinging then only the pigs are happy.
- HELP – Help advocacy groups and political campaigns.
- CALL – Call radio talk shows.
- LIVE – Have a life. Don’t make politics your life. Let people see you as a person. Have stories that make you human.
- BREATHE– Pace yourself, be patient but consistent and firm.
- CREDIBILITY – Never state facts without sources. Use credible sources.
- BELIEVABILITY – Never exaggerate or misrepresent facts.
- SLEAZE – Never resort to the sleazy tactics used by the opposition. It makes you look desperate and like a loser. America dislikes losers.
- PREPARATION – Never start or enter a debate without knowledge of the issue.
- CONFIDENCE – Never retreat when you know you are right. Finish with a firm statement and display confidence.
- FOCUS – Never allow the opposition to draw you off subject.
- OUTRAGEOUS – Never underestimate the power of a lie or propaganda; don’t let it go unanswered. Don’t assume people won’t believe it.
- RESPECT – Never act, talk or conduct yourself in a manner that diminishes or brings disrespect to your cause.
Adapted from Political Activists Online