International Politician Directory
We often are urged to write our local Congressmen about pressing political concerns, but how often do we really follow that advice and how difficult is it to do? Just as internet technology has played a significant role in the latest election, it also plays an important a role in developing contact with those we elect.
Don't feel your message will fall onto deaf ears; an elected official's primary responsibility is to represent his constituency, so it is important to make your voice heard when trying to find people. Staff is hired just to read snail mail or e-mail sent to elected officials, and feedback is something politicians take very seriously.
The best way to contact the President of the United States is at the White House website. You are required to fill in your e-mail and other information, but it is much easier than sending an e-mail from your own account. Visit the government made easy website for a list of categories of U.S. politicians. Click on the relevant link to find out how to contact the President, a Senator, a U.S Representative, State Governors and State Legislators.
The University Library gives information on contacting all of the above categories of politicians on one page. In addition to e-mail, it includes mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and information about other political groups.
There are also sites devoted to particular issues. One example is the site devoted to Health and Human Services. Here it is possible to send concerns or questions that relate to the issues surrounding the President’s policies on physical fitness and sports.
Roll Call provides more information on the issues being discussed in Congress, as well as contact information for specific politicians. This is a great resource for citizens to receive the latest information on hot topics being addressed in Congress.
It is just as simple to contact world leaders as it is U.S. politicians. The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, can be contacted via email or regular post. The email form is similar to the form provided for contacting the President of the United States. The Peace Factory has a partial list of world leaders as well as advice about how to phrase a letter. Some of the contact information does need to be updated, however, much of it is still pertinent.
Much of the information on the Web about contacting world leaders is concerned with specific issues. For instance, if you want to make your voice heard about the situation in East Timor, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network has a detailed list of information for legislators in the U.S, Indonesia, the United Nations and Timor.
Our World Our Say has a comprehensive contact list of all the elected officials in Britain as well as some information about other leaders around the world. Australian members of parliament contact information can be found at D Max.
How to make your voice heard amid the pile of e-mails? First, make sure your e-mail or letter is clearly written, with no spelling or grammatical errors. Keep the message succinct, but not overly-brief. About 400 words should be sufficient. No matter how passionately you feel about an issue, avoid using all-caps, because in e-language, that is like yelling. Make sure points are well organized and use evidence to corroborate information. Finally, encourage others to write as well. Issues that are addressed by many are more likely to be heard.