Issues and Advocacy

Passion to Action

Stay engaged beyond Election Day by taking action on issues you are passionate about! The Passion to Action initiative provides workshops relating to timely local and national social issues as well as tools, information and resources you can use to constructively enact positive change. Check out our events calendar for information about upcoming events and workshops.

Contact your elected officials

Talk to your elected officials about policy issues that matter to you. Ask them to vote a certain way on pending legislation, request that they raise awareness about an issue that is not currently receiving attention or thank them for a particular vote or policy statement.

  1. Find out who represents you. Depending on the issue that you care about, there are a number of officials you can call at the local, state and federal levels. Be sure to research who has power and influence on the issue you care about.
  2. Research the issue. What kinds of issues do you care about most? Which issues are currently being considered at the official level? Check out reliable news sources, specific organizations you care about and trust, and political offices' websites to see when meetings will happen, when issues are discussed and when legislation will be voted on. Attend public meetings, such as city council meetings or town halls, to learn more about the issues and where your elected officials stand. You can also talk to other people about what issues they have been keeping track of and care about.
  3. Call! Calling is often more effective than emailing or writing a letter to get your message across. It is preferable to call the local or district office over the D.C. office, and be sure to call during regular business hours.

Keep your message brief and clearly identify the issue you are calling about, why it is important to you, and the specific actions you want the elected official to take. Providing your address or zip code will also be helpful to show you are a constituent.

Sample script

Hi, My name is Baxter Bearcat. My zip code is 13850 and I am a constituent of [insert official's name]. I am calling to [insert message*] because [add in additional details if desired]. Will you please pass on the message?** Thanks for your time.

*Your message could be a number of things: urge him/her to vote [yes/no/abstain] on [issue/bill/legislation], consider the interests of [organization/group], take [issue/cause] seriously, make a public statement about [issue], thank him/her for [doing, saying, voting ___].

**You may also leave contact information, if you want: If there are any questions, I am happy to discuss this further. Here is my contact information: ___.

If you feel shy or nervous about calling, that is okay. Nobody will tell you that your issue is unimportant or argue with you. If the person says that the representative has a stance that disagrees with your message, simply reiterate your message. You may also elaborate more on the issue if you want to.

Find your officials

Quick list

  • NY Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (District 123) — 607-723-9047 or 518-455-5431
  • State Senator Fred Akshar — 607-773-8771 or 518-455-2677
  • Congressmember Anthony Brindisi — 202-225-3665 or 607-242-0200
  • U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles (Chuck) Schumer — 607-772-6792
  • U.S. Senator Kristin Gillibrand — 212-688-6262
  • Congressional Switchboard — 202-224-3121
  • White House Switchboard — 202-456-1414

Contacting Senators and Representatives

By email

All questions and comments regarding public policy issues, legislation or requests for personal assistance should be directed to the senators or representatives from your state. Some senators and representatives have e-mail addresses while others have comment forms on their websites. Always include your postal mailing address to show your constituency.

By postal mail

You can direct postal correspondence to your senator or representative at the following addresses:

For correspondence to U.S. senators:

Office of Senator [Name]
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

For correspondence to senate committees:

[Name of Committee]
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

For correspondence to U.S. Representatives

Office of Representative [Name]
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

www.senate.gov
www.house.gov

By telephone

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the senator's or representative's office you request.

Contact the President:

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500

White House Switchboard: (202) 456-1414

www.whitehouse.gov

Track legislation:

Monitor current legislation by bill number, subject or sponsors at thomas.loc.gov