Making Contact with your member of Congress is an important part of being an effective and strong advocate for the United Nations. Policy enacted by Congress greatly impacts the UN’s ability to address the most pressing issues and crises across the globe. As a constituent, you have the power to inform your elected official on the importance of the UN and the reasons they should support it.
There are multiple channels you can use to contact your Member of Congress and advocate for the issues you care about. Each method has its specific benefits and purpose. As you plan your advocacy, you should think about the best way to accomplish your goal based on your time and resources.
Picking up the phone and calling your member of congress is a quick and effective way to share your point of view on an issue. Most importantly, office staff keep track of the number of calls they receive on a specific issue so every call really counts. When calling a congressional office it is good to keep the following in mind:
- Be sure to call your MOC’s Washington, DC office, as the staff there handles Federal legislation. You can find out the telephone number for the offices by visiting www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.
- Before calling, be prepared with a short script that covers the following pieces of information:
- Who you are and where you are from
- Why you are calling and what you would like your member of Congress to do
- Share a brief personal story related to your message
- Thank the staffer for their time
- When you call, make sure you are talking to the right person. You can briefly mention that you would like to share an opinion on foreign policy and the United Nations.