No matter who is in office (and whether we voted for them or not), our representatives have an obligation to listen to us, their constituents. It’s vital that we write, call and show up to let our state and federal representatives know what’s important to us and hold them accountable on issues that affect all women, including sexual violence, poverty, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights and more.
A great place to start is by looking up your representatives.
Find your state representative by using your zipcode here : http://www.ohiohouse.gov
Find your state senator here: http://ohiosenate.gov
Find your federal representative here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OH
If you’re feeling nervous about calling in to talk to your representative’s office, that’s OK! You’re not alone in feeling that way. This kind of political engagement is familiar to some, and very new to others. When you call, you’ll likely speak to an aide. They will not challenge you or argue with you, they will simply listen to your message and take note of your opinion. Write yourself a short script, or Google one if it helps. Give the aide your zipcode as well, so the office knows you are a voter in that district. These phone calls help our representatives gauge public opinion on specific issues, and it does make a difference.
If you want to learn more about contacting your representative, we highly recommend reading this article by Emily Ellsworth about the most effective tactics for contacting your reps. The Indivisible Guide also has lots of information on political resistance.
Long-term, Hear Jane Roar seeks to encourage more women to run for office and to elect representatives committed to fixing Ohio’s gerrymandering problem. Not sure what gerrymandering is? Watch this quick educational video to learn more: