How To Contact Your Members of Congress Concerning The Government Shutdown

Simone Graham – Editor: One of our local nonprofits, California Association of Nonprofits, is providing information and links to California representatives so that we can express our concern or opinions about the impending government shut-down. This is their February 5, 2019 notice to the public.

CalNonprofits: You probably know that if Congress and the White House don’t reach an agreement by February 15, 2019, the federal government will shut down again, inflicting more and lasting harm on our communities and nonprofits. We know how much the recent shutdown hurt because you shared your stories and worries with us and we sent those compelling stories to all the California members of Congress.

Now our representatives in Washington D.C. need to hear from all of us directly. Our members of the House of Representatives and our Senators need to hear the local impact of the recent shutdown, and we nonprofits can do that best. Tell them about the people in your community losing their housing or jobs, or the loan your organization needed to cover payroll, furloughed federal workers coming to food banks, and what happens if they shut down the government again.

Even if you know your representatives are committed to ending the shutdown, it’s important to let them know that their community is watching and supporting their efforts. Increasing the pressure on federal officials is the best way to prevent another senseless shutdown.

How to make phone calls, send email, or post on social media
Three ways to contact your members of Congress: by phone, email or social media (or all 3!)

Phone Calls:

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office: (202) 224-3841
Senator Kamala Harris’ office: (202) 224 – 3553
Call your U.S. Representative. Simply call the House switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected with your Representative. Not sure who that is? Click here to find your representative.
Sample: Hi, this is ___________ and I work at ____________, a nonprofit in (city) in your district. I’m calling to remind you of the hardships suffered here in (city) by the last federal shutdown. A government shutdown hurts so many people so disastrously. Shutdowns should never be an option. Don’t be afraid to give them specific examples of how the shutdown hurt your community.

Send an email making the same points to each member of Congress:

Email Dianne Feinstein through her website here
Email Kamala Harris through her website here
Click here to find your representative, click on their name to go to their website, then click “contact” on their site.
Social Media

Sample tweet:

.[@Representative/Senator’s Twitter Handle] The #government-shutdown hurt our families and community. Another one will cause deep and lasting harm. Shutdowns are completely unacceptable and should never be an option. @CalNonprofits

Dianne Feinstein’s Twitter handle is @SenFeinstein

Kamala Harris’ Twitter handle is @SenKamalaHarris

Click here to see the Twitter handles for all California members of Congress.

If we can stop another shutdown, we will have helped our communities immensely.

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