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Connecting with Congress: It Just Got Easier
By Laura Nagle, IJM Advocacy and Mobilization Intern
It's never been easier to connect directly with your members of Congress. Facebook has introduced a tool (“the Constituent Badge”) that can help you advocate on behalf of causes like the fight against modern-day slavery. You can opt-in to this new functionality, which creates a badge on your profile, as well as your posts and comments, validating your official Congressional district. Through this constituent badge, lawmakers can more easily recognize their constituents, allowing them to have better visibility into what is most important for those in their district. Lawmakers can also directly communicate with their district’s constituents through this tool. The constituent badge tool creates a simple and direct stream of communication between lawmakers and their constituents.
Not only does the constituent badge create a new flow of communication between directly with your lawmaker; it also creates a new flow of communication between you and those in your community. By opting into this badge, you’ll have the opportunity to see links, posts, and relevant articles important to people in your area. This means you, as the constituent, have a new means of spreading information to other advocates in your district.
This Facebook badge is a valuable tool to consider for those of us advocating for an end to slavery in our lifetime. It’s a new means to communicate with lawmakers about legislation, harnessing social influence to push for action in Congress and fuel the movement in your area.
Curious about how to opt-in and where to get started? Once you log in to Facebook, take these simple steps to get started:
- In the search bar, type in “Town Hall”.
- Select the shortcut titled “Town Hall: Look up your government representatives”.
- Enter your home address [right side of screen].
- Select “On” in the Constituent Badge drop down menu [right side of screen, below your address].