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Get ready for recess

Both houses of Congress periodically go on breaks where they return to their home states to meet with their constituents. Find out when and where your representatives' next town halls, office hours, and other recess events are happening at the Town Hall Project—and then get ready to engage with them by using our Recess Toolkit and other quick how-tos below.

Recess Toolkit 2017

Learn how to effectively and respectfully engage with your members of Congress using this toolkit as your guide.

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October Recess: Issue Updates

In this guide, you will find a brief overview of the current state of some of our most pressing issues, including guidance to use when talking to your representatives and actions you can take during the upcoming recess.

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ACA "Thank You" Host Guide

Host “Thank You” events at your member’s district office to thank them for being never wavering “No” votes on health care repeal.

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Adopt-a-District Guide

Every American deserves to be heard by their elected officials and get answers to their questions, especially when it comes to matters of life and death. If your member of Congress is too ashamed of having voted for a disastrous health care bill to face you and your neighbors, you can invite a more progressive representative from a neighboring district to do what yours won’t: talk about health care and this bill’s implications in your district. 

This guide was created by the Center for American ProgressIndivisibleOFA, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and the Town Hall Project. It includes key facts, message guidance, and steps for inviting members of Congress to your district—and helps you get to work on hosting an event, tweeting, and bringing district-specific impact numbers into the public conversation.

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Social media can be great resources, especially for organizers—and many are ready-made tools for expanding the reach and impact of the work OFA volunteers are already doing in their communities. To get started, or even just to brush up on your social media skills, check out the mini-toolkits below, designed for you to use on your phone and on the go.


Digital Mini-Toolkit: Using social media for an event

People learn best through stories. Tell yours—here's how to show off your organizing work before, during, and after an event.

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Digital Mini-Toolkit: Using #hashtags and @handles

Amplify your message by using hashtags and handles the right way. Don’t just post your content into the void—make sure you’re plugging into the right conversations with the right folks.

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Digital Mini-Toolkit: Building your digital network

Organizing is all about establishing and building relationships, so it’s important to devote time and thought into building your digital network, just as you do for your in-person network.

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Digital Mini-Toolkit: Tips & best practices for writing (on social media)

Share your story and your organizing in a way that’s clear, concise, and respectful. Most of all, write like a human.

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Digital Mini-Toolkit: Facebook Live checklist

Elected officials need to be held accountable. Use Facebook Live to broadcast key moments with just your phone to help build the pressure.

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Digital Mini-Toolkit: Photography tips and tricks

You don’t need to be a professional photographer with a fancy camera to capture your events. Your camera phone can should be able to do the job well enough to capture excellent photos.

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