Thanks for adding your name!Please share how you'll be affected by Trump's repeals of our progress: Step 1 of 5 - Starting 20% Share support for the issue and use this tool to help draft a message to share with your representatives.There are just three steps: 1. Share a little about yourself. 2. Share your relationship to the issue and why it's important to you. 3. Wrap up the main point of your message and ask for a commitment.Get Started:Issue You Want to Write About*-- select issue --BullyingClimate ChangeHealth CareLGBTQPrison ReformWomen's RightsI am a (select all that apply)EducatorVeteran / Military FamilyYouth / StudentWomenSeniorSmall Business OwnerMedical ProfessionalElectedCommunity LeaderCoalition PartnerFarmerSportsman / HunterPerson of FaithFirst Time VolunteerLong Serving VolunteerLaw Enforcement / First ResponderAfrican AmericanLatinoStep 1: Introduce yourself and your relationship to the community. Start off your story by sharing a little about yourself. This allows others to connect with you, establishes credibility, and captures their attention. Write a sentence or two describing who you are and your relationship to or within the community where you reside. Example: I've lived in Nashville for 10 years, working every day as a teacher in East Nashville. I have two kids myself I'm trying to raise and we spend our weekends at Hyde Park. These details help people connect with you.A little about me* TIPS 1. Set your roots of the story. Explain why others should listen to you. 2. How long have you been in the community? 3. Where do you work or did you work? 4. What part of town are you in? 5. What can you say to show you are local? Because of the perspectives you selected, below are some specific questions to try to answer in writing out your introduction:What is your business?When did you start it?How many employees do you have?Why did you start your business?How was your business in 2008? How is it now?How is your business or other businesses impacted by the issue you are writing about?How does your perspective of a business owner shape your feelings about this issue?Can you give a specific example about your relationship with this issue?What branch of the military did you or your family member serve?How long? What was your rank/position and what is the right way to refer to you now? Retired? Veteran?Why did you decide to join the military? What influenced your decision?What grade do you teach? What do you teach?What got you into teaching? What influenced your decision to start teaching? Why do you stay?Where are you a student?What are you studying?When do you hope to graduate?Do you have student loans? What made you decide on your major? or if you aren't in college yet, what do you hope to be your major?What drives your faith?How long have you been a person of faith and what keeps you a person of faith?How does your faith influence the issue you are writing about?What type of law enforcement or part of 1st responder are you?How long have you been doing it?What influenced your decision to become a 1st responder or local law enforcement?How does your job as a first responder or local enforcement person influence your position on this issue?What is your role in the medical profession?How long have you been a medical professional?What influenced your decision to become a medical professional?How does your job as a medical professional influenced the issue you're writing about?Can you give a specific example?How old were you when you first started hunting/fishing?What got you into it? What was it like when you first started?How does your perspective of a sportsmen influence the issue you're writing about?Can you give a specific example?How long have you had a relationship with the issue you are writing about?As a senior, how has this issue influenced you the most?How does your perspective of a senior influence the issue you're writing about?Can you give a specific example?As a woman, how have you been influenced by this issue?Can you give a specific example?Step 2: What's your relationship to the issue or those affected by it?This is the meat of your story. Take a few sentences to explain how you're connected to this issue and why you decided to write about it. Why is it important to you or someone you know? Or, why is it important to your values? If it is important to your values, share some background as to where those values come from.Details Click HereTalk a little bit about your relationship to the minimum wage and why this is an important issue to you. How have you or someone you know been affected by low wages? How would seeing it raised impact you or someone you know? Or why is this an important issue to you based on your perspective?Facts and Impact of a Government Shutdown and Sequester to Your CommunityThe federal budget determines funding for our government and with that, sets our country’s priorities. Congress won’t just be debating numbers, they’ll be debating whether or not we give tax breaks to corporations, or fund everything from Head Start programs to research at the National Institutes of Health, to federal government workers – who live in every community across the country.Click for More Info About Closing Tax Loopholes/Tax FairnessClick for More Info About Gun Violence Proposals and ArgumentGuidance: How are you affected by climate change? Why is protecting the climate for future generations important to you? Where do those values come from? What motivated you to write about climate action? Why? For more guidance on how to write about Climate Action, Click hereClick here for talking points on Comprehensive Immigration ReformWhat's your relationship to this issue? Why did you decide to write about it?* TIPSShare what made you decide to write about this issue. Why did you decide it was important? Don't just say you think it is wrong or right - but share what's behind that feeling. Why? Do you have a relationship to this issue? If not, tell us where your values come from that drive your decision. Why do you feel the way you do? What is the reason for your choice?Drive home your pointEdit / rephrase any talking points below into your own words and close out your story with a call for action!Congress has lost focus on what matters most to middle class families and are too busy playing political games. Gridlock comes at a cost, and it doesn't just threaten the economic progress we've made but also prevents us from addressing our biggest challenges. It's unacceptable. I have made tough decisions over the years, now it’s time for Congress to do its part. Instead of playing politics, Congress should join the President and focus on creating a better bargain for the middle class.A Better Bargain for the Middle Class: #RaiseTheWageMessage and Mission: In the United States, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.No one who works full time in America should have to live in poverty. Raising the minimum wage is good for workers and good for the economy.Learn More: (click here)Enough already: What the country wants and what the American people need is for Congress to stop the fighting and turn the focus back on jobs and investments in economic growth.Once again, Republicans refuse to do the hard work of governing. Just like they did time and again in 2011 and 2012 Republicans are once again manufacturing a crisis and threatening to take the world economy hostage. Enough Already!Harming the economy to refight old political battles won’t help middle class families. Americans know who is at fault if the government shuts down. Enough already! The Republican Party is threatening to shut down the government, or even worse, threaten to not pay the bills we have already racked up, to refight old political fights.Enough with the political games to sabotage our economy. Republicans need to stop sabotaging our economy to satisfy their obsession with slashing Medicare and Social Security, and defunding Obamacare. The American people want their leaders to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the economy. They’re sick and tired of having their economic security on the line.Paying our bills on time is non-negotiable. Congress needs to pay the bills Congress itself racked up. Period. End of story. Defaulting is just not up for debate.Even some Republican Members of Congress understand that the consequences of a government shutdown or debt crisis would be severe, which is why they are reminding their constituents that Social Security checks might not go out, our troops might not get paid, and the economy would take a huge hit. Enough Already.Better coverage, Affordable coverage. Obamacare is making health care work better for all of us, even if you already have insurance. It puts the health of your family first—ensuring access to free preventive care and protecting consumers from insurance company abuses. There's a lot of misinformation out there. For too long, too many hard working Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to insurance companies. ObamaCare gives families the security they deserve, it holds insurance companies accountable, lowers health care costs, gives Americans more freedom and control in their health care choices and improves the quality of care.Climate change is real. We are already feeling the impacts of climate change from destructive and deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy, droughts and floods in Tennessee, and wild fires. Scientists are in agreement. Despite these facts, Congress refuses to act, and the worst deny that this problem even exists. We have an obligation to future generations to do something about the issue of climate change. Which is I'm calling on Congress to act..I won't stop fighting to protect our children and protect our communities. I haven’t forgotten about Sandy Hook or Aurora, Tucson or Virginia Tech, and we can’t afford to let leaders in Washington forget that they can act to make our communities safer. Congress has the opportunity to pass legislation that the overwhelming majority of Americans support to make our neighborhoods safer by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. If that's not enough--if the will of the American people and the voices of the families affected by all these tragedies aren't enough--what will it take?It’s time Congress does the right thing for our country and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Our broken immigration system constitutes a major problem, and Congress has the keys to fix it. It's a solution that will not only address the outdated system, but also create jobs, grow our economy, strengthen our middle class, and reaffirm the American dream for this generation and generations to come. It’s time to pass comprehensive immigration reform.From protecting women’s health to passing paid leave, there is a lot of work to do to solve the challenges that face American Women. While millions are signing up for good health insurance plans that fit their budgets, hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans are being left behind. [Rep & Governor Haslam] are refusing to extend health benefits to putting these families in a coverage gap that keeps them from getting the security and good benefits that comes with health insurance, all because [Rep and Gov Haslam] have refused to expand Medicaid. It's time to put these people over politics and help all of our families get the security and good benefits that comes with affordable health insurance.Stop putting millionaires and oil companies before the middle class. It is time we ask everyone pay their fair share, which means instead of closing schools and head start programs we should close tax loopholes for oil companies and the rich.Make your point and ask for action* TIPS 1. How are you different today? 2. Mention the problem or need you want addressed. 3. Talk about what will help. 4. Make your "ask". Make your story more powerful: Add a photo! A quick photo of yourself holding a piece of paper with your call to act can be an extra powerful way to spread your message.Do you want to add a photo?*YesNo Make your story more powerful by including a photo of you holding a piece of paper with what you are FOR, signed by your first name and include your city which makes it local and powerful! We will add to our online blog -- and you can decide whether you wish to send it to your representative later!Upload a photo to feature with letter (or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org)FileCaptionTake a photo of yourself holding a sign that says "#EnoughAlready!" - [YOUR NAME] of [YOUR CITY]Upload it here or email to email@example.comYour photo can be as simple as this: First Name*Last Name*Street Address*City:* State*--GANCTNWYZip*Email* PhoneTwitter handle (Include the @ symbol!)So we can tweet a thank you to you, which will inspire others to write a letter as well! Select where to send your story!:Send to my Representative*YesNoALERT! If this is your first time using this tool you'll first need to respond to an email from "opencongress.org" that you'll receive after submitting this form. It will ask you for contact info so your email gets routed correctly.You only need to do this once! And then it will remember you for the next time! Here's what to look for: Send as Letter to Editor*YesNoALERT!We're emailing you a copy of your story you can send to local newspapers. Check your email for the subject: "I'm your draft Letter to Editor" In it you'll see a link to our barackobama.com Letter to Editor tool where you can select your state and find contact info for local papers. Here's what it looks like:Select to send your letter to local newspaper editors and blogs Tennessean Chattanoogan.com Nooga.com Chattanooga Times Free Press Cookeville Herald-Citizen Knoxville News Sentinel Murfreesboro Daily News Journal Murfreesboro MTSU Newspaper Cleveland Daily Banner Columbia Daily Herald Fake Paper 1 Fake Paper 2 Weakley County Press Organizing for Action - Tennessee Blog Enter the characters at the right in the box below and click submit!NOTE: Please wait 60 seconds while we send this amazing story to the right places!Set Story CategoryPersonal This iframe contains the logic required to handle AJAX powered Gravity Forms.