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Who Can It Be Knocking At My Door?

The classic Men At Work, “Who Can It Be Now?”

It occurs to me that since our illustrious elected representatives are going to be in their home districts on a break through the month of August…they won’t have anything better to do than listen to their constitutents.  After all, they work for us — and it is high time we remind them of that fact, don’t you think?

So, here’s my little nugget of an idea:  how about we all spend some time this week finding out from the various offices what the schedules are going to be for our Senators and Congresspeople for previously scheduled public events.  You know, the usual meet and greet fests at senior centers and county fairs and the like.

And then, we start showing up for the public meetings.  Or, even better, we start calling the local offices of our elected representatives and setting up a meeting — either with them directly or with staffers — to express how we are feeling about the priorities or lack thereof on the issues that are important to us.

Let’s just call this the “You Work For Us” summer tour, shall we?

I’d love your thoughts on this.  Ideas that you have on how to best implement this.  Things we can do above and beyond what I’m talking about — calls, letters to the editor in the hometown papers every time there is an appearance planned in a particular location, calls to local talk radio, calls to local candidate offices, etc., etc.

It’s time to get up off our butts and start kicking some ass.  And this is the first step in that…because they ought to be hearing all of our voices and not just the jaded ones from inside the Beltway cocktail weenie circuit.  If we don’t do this, then we are ceding the discussion to the wingnuts and the consultants and lobbyists — and I refuse to allow that to happen.  What do you guys think?

PS — For a little inspiration, let me remind everyone of one of our prior Roots Project actions from the NY group.  Priceless!

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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