Americans are seeking new ways to engage their local and federal governments after a tense 2016 election resulted in Donald Trump being declared the president-elect.
Emily Ellsworth, a writer and editor who used to work for representatives Chris Stewart and Jason Chaffetz, is giving those Americans a leg up. On November 11, Ellsworth — who's a registered Republican — tweeted a useful guide for getting Congressional legislators to listen to their constituents.
"On Friday night, I saw a bunch of people on my timeline that were asking questions like, 'I want to reach out to my member of Congress. I want to write them a letter. I want to do this. I want to do that,'" she told Revelist. "I thought that's actually something I know about because that was my life for almost a decade. If people want to reach out to their representatives, I think that's fantastic, and I want to make sure that they're spending their energy in the best way possible to make the maximum impact."
She started with a simple tweet that's since racked up over 12,000 retweets.