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10-Minute Actions

Minimal time. Maximum impact.

Start a “Text Tree” to Get Friends to Call Congress

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Why It Works

Calling Congress—ideally over and over again—is the most efficient way to show lawmakers how passionately their constituents feel about an issue. OK, maybe you’ve already called Congress several times to tell them Scott Pruitt needs to go. So, here’s a way to multiply your impact with a single text message to friends, asking them to call Congress and tell their friends to call Congress. Your friends are more likely to do something if YOU ask them to do it, so like an old-school phone tree, this can be a powerfully simple tool.

How to Do It

Reach out to as many (at least 10) friends with the sample message below to ask them to tell their senators: give Pruitt the boot! This will create a “text tree” so you all can call Congress at the drop of a hat when there are key moments for our EPA, clean air and water, food safety, and public lands. It’s best to send your message as a group text (but you can also send it by email, Facebook, WhatsApp, or any social media site—your call). Feel free to use our sample message below or write your own.

Hey friends! EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is a threat to our environment and our health. He needs to be fired, and we need to push Congress to act. I’m starting a text tree so we can amp up the pressure together – do you have 1 minute to call your senators right now?

If you’re in, do three things:

1. Reply to this chain and say “yes”
2. Copy this entire message and send it to 5 (or more!) other friends or family members.
3. Follow the instructions to make your first call right now (or anytime tonight) at this link: 
https://act.nrdc.org/call/allin-fire-pruitt-180412

Then, stay tuned for more call-in alerts via text at urgent moments. When they come, copy and paste them to your text tree.

 

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