ACS CAN: Ask Chris Hansen – Patti and Mary: How Can We Get Lawmakers to Listen to Us?

ACS CAN: Ask Chris Hansen – Patti and Mary: How Can We Get Lawmakers to Listen to Us?


this next question comes from patty in memphis
tennessee and mary and in casper wyoming and their question is how can we get our law makers
to listen to us should we keep contacting them if we don’t think we can change their
minds was a really good question alot of people ask this question first of all they will listen to you you are their constituents you put them
in office and and and that is something that they are
well aware so they do listen to you and sometimes it’s just making sure that we’re contacting them with
the right message at the right time they don’t always respond everything because they
have people contacting them about a lot of things but we have people and in washington d_c_
and state capitals around the country that know these people and and know what the
messages are that they need to convey and the timing that we need to do it so the other thing yet you have to be aware of
it is that a couple things one they’re human beings and i wish you know when you talk to members of congress
when you talk to governors when you talk to state legislators they have families that have cancer family
members that have cancer friends who get cancer and that die of cancer uh… there’s a lot of sensitivity to that
and they’re also a lot of these people these things don’t all happen at one time
sometimes a member of congress is not sensitive to something until something happens and their
families and you don’t know exactly when that happens the other thing is that they are or they are very receptive to stories that
strike them and a lot of times when you talk to these
people have heard this from any number of them they’ll be talking through how they made a decision on how they were
going to vote on something and what they’ll do is they will tell a story
about somebody who told them a story that just struck them that just illuminated the issue for them and they
basically decided how to vote based on that so you can have an impact in
please keep contacting them even if you think that they’re not listening they are listening so patty mary thank you for your question

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