Activist Tips

Jessica Smith-Szabo, staff director for Ohio Citizen Action, addresses the crowd in Columbus at a rally protesting FirstEnergy’s utility bailout request in April 2015.

Ohio Citizen Action promotes all sorts of methods for people to engage with corporate and government decision makers – and each other- to create the world in which they want to live. Here are a few resources to help you get more involved. If you’d like to suggest resources for posting here, contact aoster(at)ohiocitizen.org.

Find out who represents you 

By texting your zip code to 520-200-2223, you will receive contact information for your 2 federal senators, your federal representative and your state senator and state representative. Copy this information into the address book of your phone for future – and frequent- use.

How to lobby your representatives

When you’ve identified legislation you either oppose or support, use these tips to make the most of any meetings you schedule with decision makers.

Writing effective letters-to-the-editor

When you get a letter-to-the-editor published in the paper, you raise the profile of your issue. It’s also a way to communicate indirectly with decision makers and inspire and activate others who share your position. These tips will help you to get published and to write a great letter.

Leafleting campaign events or town halls

Another great way to raise the profile of your issue is to ask a question at a campaign event or town hall.  You raise the probability of your question getting asked by leafleting attendees at these events. Here are some tips to help.

Writing compelling testimony at public hearings

Public speaking ranks among people’s greatest fears, but these tips can help prepare you to be focused and successful in communicating during public hearings.

How a bill becomes law in Ohio

Lawmaking is a complicated process and it was set up to be that way. Here is an outline provided by the Ohio General Assembly.


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