For years, people have written letters, sent faxes and placed phone calls to voice their opinions to legislators. But the volume and clutter have made it difficult to get through. As more and more members of Congress have adopted social media, several new channels have emerged to reach them. Here are our favorites:
- PopVox – find a bill you care about, support or oppose it, and share your opinion with Congress. PopVox provides a personalized dashboard and suggests bills that may interest you. Drill deeper and find the full bill text, endorsing and opposing organizations, current status and tools for sharing the bill such as widgets and banners.
- Qwanz – vote or create polls, send results to decision makers, and initiate change. Part serious, part fun, Qwanz has categories for Politics, Business, Culture, Lifestyle, Sports and Science & Tech.
- TweetCongress – are you a Twitter user? Find your representatives and engage him or her directly. You’ll find live feed “channels” for Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Senators, Representatives and even the media.
- YouTube – the House and Senate both have video-rich channels and often ask for comments from the public on specific issues. Select a state to find your representatives and see what they have to say.
You’re probably here because there are legislative issues that concern you. We encourage all of our visitors — Main Street members and otherwise — to get involved.