You just voted in the midterms. Congratulations! All done for the next two years!
JK, now is the time to take a look at the folks who have been elected and make sure they know who they’re representing.
In my case, that means they’re representing someone that gets sweaty palms making a doctor’s appointment, so reaching out to a politician (who, let’s be honest, is probably an extrovert) makes my gut twist. So what can someone like me do that’s a bit more impactful than changing my facebook profile picture?
Go old school. A note, ideally handwritten.
No email. No text. No tweet.
Elected officials get plenty of bots and form letters– those become a tally mark.
When is the last time you were inspired by a tally mark? We are fighting for the arts! We are not tally marks! We are squiggly lines and crescendos and powerfully projected monologues, flossing and podcasts!
I ask that you take out some paper (or in my case, some pop-up cards) and start treating that representative like a person, a person that will value your insights and opinions. Because as a voter in their district, THEY DO!
I never know quite what to write in these things so I asked Charmaine, our activism whiz, to make me a template.