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Mon, Feb. 13th, 2017 09:38 pm
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I feel like I basically got nothing done in January because I was sick through most of it--one of those awful colds where you just keep coughing and coughing and not getting any rest because you're coughing so much. Thankfully, it's now gone.

Questions re: calling your members of Congress: Does it matter if you call during business hours, or is voicemail left after hours okay? And if they've already made a statement on something, is there a point to calling about that issue?

I have also started doing stuff for one of my local Indivisible groups \o/! I still need to look into more cybersecurity stuff as well. And I am doing that thing where I am reading way too much news. Some of it is necessary for volunteer work, and some of it is useful for work, but I really do not need to be refreshing five sites all the time, along with my personal social media accounts. I tried setting up something like Flipboard or another aggregator, but it feels a bit disorienting. I like being on the news provider's website and getting a better sense of their style and what they report on and etc. I suppose once I've figured it out for many sites, the aggregator will make more sense.

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Tue, Feb. 14th, 2017 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] the_rck
My impression is that calling after a politician has made a statement can still have an impact and that that's true whether one is objecting to the content or supporting it. Constituent support stiffens spines. Constituent disagreement scares most representatives.

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Tue, Feb. 14th, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] larryhammer
This. (The Indivisible Guide even highlights this.) It may not affect the current stance, but can influence the next one. And this is a long game we're in -- a very long game.

As for time, that depends on whether you're trying to reach a staffer or just leave a message. If the latter, time does not seem to matter. Staff touches can (potentially) have a higher impact, especially if you're trying to gather info about the MoC's position, but are definitely more effort.
Edited (caveat) Tue, Feb. 14th, 2017 05:19 pm (UTC)

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Wed, Feb. 15th, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] larryhammer
I do most of my calls during lunch, in the stairwell. Not ideal, but my best option ATM.

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