Want to Learn How to Talk to Politicians?
RHA is offering two workshops on June 15
If you’ve ever felt that elected officials are out of touch with what their constituents want, you’re not alone. And if you’ve wanted to share your thoughts with a politician but didn’t know how, Bill Kibler can help.
Kibler, policy director for watershed watchdog Raritan Headwaters, will lead two “Call to Action” workshops on Thursday, June 15, to teach area residents how to make their opinions known to elected representatives at all levels of government.
The morning workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the evening workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Both will be held at the Fairview Farm wildlife preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, where Raritan Headwaters’ main office is located.
“Talking to politicians may seem like a mysterious and intimidating task, but we’re here to help you make your voice heard,” said Kibler. “Believe it or not, your elected officials really do want to hear from you. They don’t want to make decisions in a vacuum, without knowing what their constituents think.”
Kibler and the Raritan Headwaters staff will help participants identify their elected representatives, decide how to contact them – by phone, email, fax, tweet or a letter sent by mail – and compose a message on a topic of their choosing.
“Every single person who attends the workshops will contact an elected representative that day,” promises Kibler. “We’ll guide them through the process and they’ll come away with the knowledge and confidence to do it on their own in the future.”
To register, contact Kibler at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshops are free, but donations are appreciated.