The Standard Telephone Co. Wants YOU to Ring Your Rep
August 8, 2017
Over the past few months, we’ve been thinking a lot at The Standard about what we can do to support positive, productive activism. As we’ve gone out and talked to people who are engaged in this very thing, one piece of advice we’ve heard again and again is this: speak up! There are lots of ways to take action, lots of ways to make a difference, but there is no substitute for the simple act of making your voice heard.
With this in mind, we’re launching Ring Your Rep, encouraging guests, staff, and the public to take direct action by contacting their representatives and voicing their positions on important issues. Whether it’s health care, the environment, immigration, LGBTQ rights, education, we’ve seen firsthand that speaking up makes a difference. Not only that, it’s contagious.
We’ve installed a customized phone booth on The Plaza of The Standard, High Line that dials directly to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard. Head for the yellow revolving doors of the hotel’s entrance, and you’ll see it directly to your right, just below the High Line on 13th St. Simply lift the receiver, and you’ll be connected. Punch in your zipcode, choose the rep to whom you wish to speak, and leave your message. For the uninitiated: congressional staffers tally up calls for/against, and these calls can play a roll in how senators and representatives vote.
But wait: what if I don’t know what to say?
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