First, breathe. Yes, breathe. Three deep breaths, with long exhales, every time you start to feel anxious, fearful, overwhelmed, or confused.
Second: save contact information for the national and state legislators who represent you, so that you’re ready to easily contact yours when relevant issues come up.
One of the most effective ways to get a message to a legislator is to call a district office on the phone. (Even more effective, if you have time: visit the office, but check first whether you need to make an appointment.) Snail mail letters are the next-best way to have your opinion counted, but are often delayed, especially if sent to Washington, DC. Emails are less effective, though they too matter. More on this in the future, but for now: look up the phone number, mailing address, and email address of your Congressional representative and your two Senators and put them in your contacts list or somewhere else they’ll be handy.
- Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (or search here for other states: United States Senator )
- 16th Congressional District Eliot L. Engel office locations (or search here for other states: United States House of Representatives )
Add your state senator and state representatives as well — here they are for New York:
Consider: Join us at the (usually) weekly Ethics in Action gatherings!
Food for thought:
“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.” William A. Ward
“We have learned to say that the good must be extended to all of society before it can be held secure by any one person or any one class; but we have not yet learned to add to that statement, that unless all [people] and all classes contribute to a good, we cannot even be sure that it is worth having.” Jane Addams