Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Speak up!

The Georgia legislature is in session now, writing and voting on bills of all kinds. It can be a challenge to keep up with it all, but as citizens it is our responsibility to hold our representatives accountable. In fact, we should speak up on all sorts of things. As they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. So if you want things to change in your neighborhood, your town, your state or your country, say so! Here are some ways to make your voice heard:

* Click here for some tips on how best to communicate with you representatives, whether by phone, mail, or e-mail.

* Visit here for a list of legislation, issues, and upcoming votes in the US Congress.

* Search here for the names and contact information of local and national media outlets. Write or call your local newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations with comments, suggestions, questions or letters to the editor.

* Contact your elected officials. Just enter your zip code here, and you'll get a list of all you federal, state, and local officials, along with their contact information and how they voted on certain issues.

* Visit to get the truth about what your representatives are doing. Then, you'll be better prepared to talk to them.

* For tips on engaging the media, see the December 7th post.

*For more tips on holding your representatives accountable, see the November 15th post.

Speak up! And claim the services and treatment you and your family and your community deserve.

1 comment:

Karama said...

Think about this post next time you complain about something. I find when I speak up, I'm often surprised at the good response I receive. Often folks want to help, they just don't know how.