Advocating by Phone

Calling congressional representatives and companies to advocate for or against an issue is a great way to build pressure against or support an issue.

Congressional offices tally every issue that people in their district contact them about.  This tally can push politicians to hear and/or support an issue.  With a 30-second call you can being building support for a issue or bill.

Many corporations depend on the support of their customers and investors and can be pressure to hear and/or support an issue when enough customers and investors threaten to stop doing business with them.  For example Bill McKibben, founder of, recently wrote an article for YES! suggesting that banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the oil and gas giants, which depend on bank loans and lines of credit to build their pipelines. “It’s probably sustained public pressure that will do the most good,” he wrote.

*NY Times, “Heres Why You Should Call Not Email Your Legislators”

Below are some resources to help make those calls.


Resources to Help Organize Calls

Phone numbers for US Senators

Phone numbers for House Representatives


Resources to Help an Individual Make a Call

How to call your reps when you have social anxiety

Shy Person’s Guide to Calling Representatives

Borgen Project guide to Calling Congress

Phone Call Campaigns

Daily Action
Receive daily action alerts about political phone campaigns and if interested get instantly connected to your state politicians to voice your concern

  • All you have to do is text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). You’ll be prompted to enter your ZIP code and that’s it—you’re signed up. You will subsequently receive one text message every workday about an issue that we have determined to be urgent based on where you live. You tap on the phone number in your message, listen to a short recording about that day’s issue, and from there you’ll be automatically routed to your Senator, member of Congress, or other relevant elected official. In 90 seconds, you can conscientiously object and be done with it.