|Frequently Asked Questions about Calling Congress|
What is a Congressional Call? A 30-second call to your congressional representatives' offices (202-224-3121) to express support for the closing of the SOA or a specific bill that addresses US policy towards Latin America.
Why is SOA Watch so passionate about individuals calling their Congressional representatives? Several SOA Watch activists have worked inside congressional offices and we have seen firsthand the impact these calls have. Political offices tally every single call they receive and a weekly summary of calls is given to the political representative. Anyone making a 30-second Congressional call can get the issues or a specific bill noticed by their Congressional leader.
Do I need to be an expert on politics or the issue to call? Nope. You're a citizen telling the people elected to represent you back in Washington, D.C. that closing the SOA and human rights are important to you. The job of the person answering the phone (usually an intern) is simply to take down your information. You won't be quizzed. At most, they might ask for your address or zipcode to verify that you live in the Congressional leaders district.
What do I say? "I'm an SOA Watch supporter and I would like to see my Representative co-sponsor HR2989, the bill to suspend operations and investigate the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation." That's all there is to it. Who do I call? Call your U.S. Representative who represent your area. How often should I call? We recommend calling every week.
What tips do you have for getting in the habit of calling every week? Put your congressional representative in your cellphone and pick a set day and day to do it each week (ie. Monday evening while sitting in traffic on the way home).
Can I call when the office is closed? Yes. Simply leave a leave a message on the general voicemail. The messages are checked each morning and your call will still be tallied in the memo.
Who's eligible to call? Anyone who is a U.S. citizen and/or living in the United States can call congress.
Do you have to be 18 or older? No. We've seen 1st grade students call.
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