5 Calls: Make Your Voice Heard!
Be a social justice advocate from the comfort of your own home!
Turn your passive participation into active resistance. Facebook likes and Twitter retweets can't create the change you want to see. Calling your elected officials can.
Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls.
Why Calling Works
Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to make your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representative, informing him or her how strongly constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence your elected official's position.
5 Calls does research for each issue, determining which representatives are most influential for which topic, collecting phone numbers for those offices and writing scripts that clearly articulate a progressive position.
You just have to call from the convenience of your home.
How do I use "5 Calls"?
You can download the free "5 Calls" application from the app store onto your smartphone. "5 Calls" is available for iPad or iPhone (iOS) and for Android. You can also go to the 5 Calls web site and get the information on current legislative issues right online.
Open the application on your phone, then just enter your zip code. You'll be presented with a list of current issues. No doubt one or more will be of interest to you.
Type in your ZIP code (or let your browser or the app find your location for you).
Choose an issue that’s important to you.
Make calls! You will typically reach either a staff person or voicemail for your elected official.
Even if you only leave a message, the office you are calling will know your position on an issue. If you do leave a voicemail, insiders recommend that you also leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
Research has shown that among all the methods of constituent contact, talking about why a particular policy is important to you and how it affects your life has the most impact on influencing how an elected official votes.
Research also shows that calling with a personal story has much greater influence than emailing an impersonal message.
You have three members of Congress – two senators and a house representative.
Some issues need calls to all three (we’ll tell you when they do). For those, call the first person on the list. When you’re done, enter your call results and then move to the next person on your list. Lather, rinse, repeat until you’re done.
Some issues only need a call to your House rep; for others, just your Senators. Again, 5 Calls will make it clear whom you should call.
You may also see issues that ask you to call a non-Congressional entity, office, etc. Those calls work the same way.
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Join in every Moral Monday (or more often if you want).
We want to make advocacy accessible.
UUCGN Social Justice Committee hopes 5 Calls will make it nearly effortless for regular people to have a voice when it’s needed most.