For anyone needing a refresher on how our federal and state government work, here are some videos to bring you up to speed. Note, these videos were created to help individuals organize against Trump.
Find My Legislator
It’s important to know who represents you at the state and federal level. Click here to find your elected officials in the Colorado legislature. (When you navigate to the page, enter your address into the search box on the map.)
Once you’ve identified who represents you, we suggest 1) putting these folks into the contacts on your phone, and 2) going to their websites and signing up for their electronic newsletters. Once you’re on their mailing list, you will be able to stay current on what they are working on, and you will know when they are holding town halls.
What to Say When you Call your Rep
Calling your elected official (representative or senator at the state or federal level) is one of the simplest yet most effective ways for you to advocate for passage of a bill! The aids who answer these calls are keeping a tally count of the number of calls they receive both for and against passage of relevant legislation. They report these counts to the official, and this really influences how the official votes. We know that because elected officials confirm this is true!
Here are some tips for being as effective as possible when you call.
- Give your name, zip code, and tell them who you are
- In most cases, don’t bother calling elected officials who don’t represent you. They only really care about their own constituents.
- You are most effective if you are calling to ask them to vote yes or no on a specific bill, rather than a more general issue.
- You don’t need to be an expert! Keep it short – simply asking them to vote for something and providing a one sentence reason is enough.
- Always be respectful. You are talking with an aid who is overworked and just doing their job. Thank them.
Below is a sample script based on a fictional bill. Remember, it is always better to speak from the heart rather than sound like you are reading a script. The more often you call, the more comfortable you will get making these types of calls.
“Hi, my name is Jane Smith and I’m a constituent of Senator Zenginger. My zip code is 80004. I’m calling about the bill to prevent election subversion in our state. I hope the Senator supports this bill and asks her colleagues to do the same. It’s so important to protect free elections in our state. Thank you so much.”
So you’re fired up and ready to make some calls, write some letters, and send some tweets. What now? How the heck do you figure out what’s going on in Colorado that needs your attention? CLEAN stands for Citizen Legislative Early Action Network. It was designed to provide everyday citizens like you with up to date information on upcoming bills in the Colorado House and Senate. Click here for more information and to join their electronic mailing list. Please note: clean is run out of the Longmont Dems, but it is designed for all Coloradans.
Get involved with the Democratic Party Locally
If you are a registered Democrat, consider getting involved at the county level. There are active groups throughout Colorado. These groups are focused on getting Democrats elected throughout your county, which is incredibly important. Click on your county to link to your local group: Boulder, Longmont, Larimer County, Denver, El Paso County. Don’t see your county listed? Google them. Sign up for electronic newsletters put out by your county so you know whats going on.
Republicans Looking to get involved
Indivisible is for everyone who believes Trumpism is taking our country in the wrong direction. Now is the time to get involved with your own party and fight for democracy versus authoritarianism. Democracy is not a partisan issue. We need your help.