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Monday, March 4, 2019

One Voice Matters

The DKG US Forum presents information to DKG members on legislative issues and actions that affect women, children and education so that they can make informed decisions. Members need to realize that their voice does matter and influence legislation and future results. We need to remember that through our voices and actions we can make a difference.

You are a voter.
You as a local constituent have the power to influence the U.S. Congress well beyond lobbyists for the simple reason that you can vote. You are a representative to a congressional district, and your voice does influence your legislator. 

The best bet is to meet with legislators at their local offices.
Congressional staffers can tell you that one powerful conversation from a constituent can convince them to take action.  You are more likely to have a face-to-face meeting with your legislator when they are in their home district offices. Follow up with phone calls and letters. Knowing that there are advocates in their districts will lead congressional members to follow up with their own research and seek to find a common ground.

Share your passion and concern.
You do not need to be an expert public speaker or political activist to advocate for the change you support. You do need to have an understanding of the issues.  It is important to know the pros and cons and to be factual and simplistic in conveying your concerns.  Don’t be afraid to ask if they would be willing to support a specific proposal, vote yes (or no) for a certain bill or amendment, or champion a specific issue.  Leave materials summarizing the purpose of your visit along with your contact information.

Follow up on your visitation.  
After you leave, you may think of an additional point or find relevant information to support your argument. Continue keep in touch throughout the legislative session. Remind them of your issues and ask about progress on specific bills.

Connect with your legislator via social media.       
Today many legislators communicate via social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Connect by following them, sending them direct messages, or posting to their sites. These connections help to personalize the relationship and build rapport.

Get involved.
Your voice and opinions are powerful and impactful. When you take action, you will make a difference and influence others.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

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