Citizen Action Kit: Five Easy Ways to Become a Citizen Lobbyist

The Physicians Committee

Citizen Action Kit

Five Easy Ways to Become a Citizen Lobbyist

There are many ways to influence your Representatives in government.

Contact Your Members of Congress
In order for your elected officials to do their jobs, they need to hear from their constituents. By writing, calling, or meeting with your elected official, you will make your voice heard.

You can also ask your friends and neighbors to contact their legislators in Washington. The more calls and letters Members of Congress receive, the more likely they are to take action.

Media Outreach
You can educate the public by writing letters to the editor or opinion pieces for newspapers or magazines. A single letter to the editor can reach many thousands of people. And even if your work isn't printed, just submitting a letter or opinion piece about a certain topic shows editors that the issue is one their audience is interested in and can lead to increased coverage of that issue. 

Newspaper and magazine websites and blogs often have a comments section under the article. You can take advantage of them and can encourage others to post their comments, too.

Social Network
Educate and motivate your friends and family by forwarding our action alerts and issue-related news through e-mail or posting information through your social media channels. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our updates with your network! If you aren't on Facebook or Twitter yet, join now—they are free and excellent tools for raising awareness.

Throw a Party
Issue-themed parties allow you to educate others about a particular topic in a fun way and motivate them to take action. Hold a potluck, give an informal talk, and provide letter-writing supplies to attendees—what could be better than getting together with your friends to make the world a better place?

Coordinate a Lobby Visit
Coordinate a group visit to your Representative's local office (or Washington office, if you can). A face-to-face meeting is one of the most effective ways to influence your Members of Congress.