Many people have asked how they, as individuals, can play a meaningful role in the political process. Here are a few ways of becoming an effective activist:

Read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television and respond. If information or an editorial opinion is inaccurate or unfair, contact the newspaper, magazine, radio or television station and explain the facts. If the information or opinion is positive, a letter to the editor will reinforce positive messages.

Click here for more suggestions on how to effectively speak out to the media and for a list of local and national media contacts.

Your voice carries more weight in Washington than you might think. Members of Congress pay a lot of attention to what their constituents say; calls, emails and letters can influence a lawmaker’s vote. The White House also closely tracks messages it receives from the public. To carry the greatest weight, your message should be in your own words rather than a “canned” message identical to dozens of others arriving at the same time. Be concise, but try to combine your specific request to the legislator with a personal statement of why Israel is important to you.

Click here for more suggestions on how to effectively speak out to government officials and for contact information on your members of Congress and the White House.