Talk to Friends and Family
conversations are the most powerful way to communicate with Congress.
They are also the most effective for empowering people to act —
one person, one conversation at a time!
- If you feel nervous, mentally "begin at the end" -
imagining the result you would like to see, such as your friend
singing at a weekly vigil, or your father the veteran participating
- Start small and realistic, with positive energy and intentions
- no guilt-tripping.
- When you are relaxing at home, or out and about doing errands,
or having lunch with a few colleagues, or in an intimate conversation
with a close friend, take some time to discuss the issues around
Iraq or Iran. This can be brief, just a couple of minutes, or
an extended discussion. Ask the person(s) you're talking with
how they feel about the occupation, mention something you've done
recently (like a letter to the editor, or a vigil at a senator's
office) and mention ways that this person might take action. Listen
deeply - your receptiveness may be the most important part of
- Often people respond well when they are asked to do something
specific and limited, such as taking the "No War on Iran"
resolution letter to their mayor, or holding a banner at a street
action. If they're not willing to take action right away, express
your appreciation for the conversation; for example, "Thanks
for hearing me out."
- If they are willing, thank them and make sure they have the
information and personal support they need to take the action.