Activist Tips

Jessica Smith-Szabo, staff director for Ohio Citizen Action, addresses the crowd in Columbus at a rally protesting FirstEnergy’s utility bailout request in April 2015.

Ohio Citizen Action promotes all sorts of methods for people to engage with corporate and government decision makers – and each other- to create the world in which they want to live. Here are a few resources to help you get more involved. If you’d like to suggest resources for posting here, contact aoster(at)ohiocitizen.org.

Find out who represents you – By texting your zip code to 520-200-2223, you will receive contact information for your 2 federal senators, your federal representative and your state senator and state representative. Copy this information into the address book of your phone for future – and frequent- use.

Tips on how to lobby your representatives – When you’ve identified legislation you either oppose or support, use these tips to make the most of any meetings you schedule with decision makers.

Tips on writing effective letters-to-the-editor – When you get a letter-to-the-editor published in the paper, you raise the profile of your issue. It’s also a way to communicate indirectly with decision makers and inspire and activate others who share your position. These tips will help you to get published and to write a great letter.

Tips on leafleting campaign events or town halls – Another great way to raise the profile of your issue is to ask a question at a campaign event or town hall.  You raise the probability of your question getting asked by leafleting attendees at these events. Here are some tips to help.

Tips on writing compelling testimony at public hearings  – Public speaking ranks among people’s greatest fears, but these tips can help prepare you to be focused and successful in communicating during public hearings.