If your Facebook news feeds are anything like ours (a claustrophobic echo chamber of liberal despair) then you’ve probably felt overwhelmed by the din of so many calls to action – rallies, vigils, petitions, actually caring about local politics.
A new website, 5Calls.org, simplifies civic engagement.
The site offers an up-to-date list of issues, explains why each one is important, and then provides the phone number for your representative along with a concise script to read from. All you have to do is input your zip code, and the interface leads you through the process of making each call.
The site was developed by a group of volunteers and friends from San Francisco, and the idea itself was conceived by two volunteers for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“We’re a group of like-minded volunteers, mostly friends who met in San Francisco at some point in time, though more distributed around the U.S. now,” explained one of the founders, Nick O’Neill, in an interview with TechCrunch. He added, “This is all side-project, working nights and weekends.”
Calling your representatives has more influence than other forms of communication. The staffers for each representative note each call and the caller’s opinion, and then pass the information to the representative.
Save the link in your bookmarks bar right next to Facebook and PornHub (xHampster if you’re a hipster). Take five minutes to make five calls. You know what else you can do in five minutes to have a larger political impact?