Surveys of Congressional staff have found that handwritten letters sent in by good old fashioned USPS snail mail are taken very seriously by elected officials.
It doesn’t take much time and can make a big difference.
Your letter will be strongest if you include a personal story. Here’s a sample of what your letter could look like:
Dear Representative ___,
Like nearly all Americans people I care about have struggled with health care. For example, my uncle went for ten years in need of a knee replacement. Even when he had health insurance, the insurer would not pay for it no matter how much pain he was in.
Please support Medicare for All because people like my uncle deserve better.
Sincerely, your constituent,
[sign your name]
See? So short! So easy! But so powerful!
Here in Milwaukee, we’re working on Representative Moore, who recently reversed her decision to support Medicare for All. Here’s how to get her:
Representative Gwen Moore
2252 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
And her phone number is: 202-225-4572
We will be canvassing the very friendly Bayview neighborhood on July 7. Meet at the Tippecanoe Public Library at 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 at 10:00 am for training. If you have already completed a training (including the new decision tree) you do not have to attend the entire training. Instead, arrive at 11:30 am and follow the instructions here.
There will be pizza at 2:00pm when we regroup to talk about what we learned and strategize for next time:
- 10am-Noon: Training at Tippecanoe Library
- Noon-2pm: Canvassing in Bayview
- 2pm: Final Door Knock
- 2pm–2:30: Post-Canvas Debrief
Here is a checklist to get the most out of your canvass:
An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Your RSVP helps ensure we have enough training materials and food for everyone.
Healthcare NOW, a single payer advocacy organization, is hosting a national conference June 22-24 in Minneapolis to support single payer efforts around the country.
Learn more and register here.
On May 19, we will canvass a section of the Riverwest neighborhood:
- Date: May 19, 2018
- Time: 12:30 to 5pm
- 12:30 to 2:30 training
- 2:30 to 4:30 canvass
- 4:30 to 5:00 debrief
- Training location: MLK Library, 310 W Locust St
Please arrive to the training site on time. Training will start promptly and we will travel to the blocks we will canvass after the training ends.
An RSVP to info (at) singlepayer.dsawi.org is appreciated but not required. Your RSVP helps ensure we have enough training materials and food for everyone.
- Date: April 8, 2018
- Time: noon to 5pm
Please arrive on time. Training will start promptly.
Please email info (at) singlepayer.dsawi.org to RSVP and for details. Your RSVP ensures we have enough training materials and food for everyone.
- Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
- Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
- Location: Community room of Milwaukee Public Library Central Branch (814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee)
We will be planning the next Milwaukee area single payer canvass, as well as working to refine our training process, canvassing documents, and website.
If you would like to get involved with single payer advocacy, this is a great way to get started.
- Date: January 20, 2018
- Location: Monona Branch public library, 1000 Nichols Rd, Madison
- Time: noon to 4:30pm
- Pizza provided during training, noon to 2pm
- Hosted by: Madison PNHP
- Training by: Milwaukee DSA
- Supported by: Madison DSA
Anyone can join, but please arrive a few minutes early–we have a lot of training to get through and will start promptly at noon. You can RSVP on facebook. Your RSVP helps us know how many copies of the training materials to print, but it’s OK to show up last minute. Madison DSA is organizing a carpool. If you need a ride, you can reach them at dsamadison(a)gmail.com