“Young people have been at the forefront of every great social movement in our country’s history.” Sherrod Brown
Last night I wrote to a Senator from New Jersey because he speaks so eloquently for the disenfranchised and this morning I wrote to one of my Ohio Senators to thank him for fighting the good fight and to let him know I was behind him. I went to a cocktail party of like-minded women last night, about 15 of us, and we discussed what we were doing and what we could do to make sure our voices were heard. It was refreshing to be able to talk politics with smart women who were taking their concerns directly to our representatives in Congress. Apparently, one Senator turns away when he sees one of these women in his path (She was able to sit and have a formal talk with him about her concerns. When she brought out charts for him to look at he realized that she came to play :))
I wrote to two Senators that I respect and wanted to encourage them to keep speaking for me. Too often they only hear from us when we’re angry. Another woman at the party last night met with one of our Representatives and got the ins and the outs of what works. Writing and calling works. He received calls and letters 1000-1 against the Republican health care bill. He didn’t publicly come out and say he was against it until he got that overwhelming response. It takes courage to buck your party and sometimes they need encouragement.
You probably have people in Congress that you respect and want to encourage. Why not send them a letter today? Whether our political views are the same, I hope we all become more politically active. It’s easy to complain, but only when we all start talking can real change happen.