Step 6: Partner with others
The average congressional district has over 700,000 people, so one person is going to have a hard time changing a member of Congress's mind if they are going at it alone. That is why finding groups and organizations to partner with will be key to your success.
To find other organizations working on your issue, a simple Google search is your best bet. This will give you a list of organizations to reach out to, most of whom will be happy to hear from passionate individuals who care about their work. Reach out to the organizations and see what issues they are advocating for and, if it aligns with your passions, how you can participate in their efforts.
It is also helpful to think about nontraditional partners who would care about the issues that you are passionate about. For example, there is an ongoing fight over the ownership and management of public lands in the US. Some think states should control land and be able to profit off the resources; others think that land should be managed by the government and conserved. In this fight, a nontraditional coalition has formed.
Progressive environmentalists have teamed up with conservative sportsmen groups. Both groups have the same goal in mind: to keep lands under federal management so they can be preserved. This is a great coalition and a good example of non traditional partnerships. See if you can think of some groups who might care about your issue, even if it is for a different reason than you.
Reach out to the right people.
When researching organizations to partner with, make sure you are contacting the right person to see if an opportunity exists to work together. Most websites have a list of staff and their positions, so it is good to contact the person who has Advocacy, Government Relations, or Campaign Manager in their title. Emailing them directly, as opposed to using the organization's general contact email, is always best.