The No Labels Citizen Toolkit
All too often, members of Congress only hear from the obstructionists who don’t want them to work across the aisle. We need to make sure they know there’s a grassroots movement of hundreds of thousands calling for solutions.
Invite Your Friends
Lawmakers in Washington listen to their constituents — so it’s crucial we build our grassroots community across the nation. Use the tools below to spread the word about No Labels to your friends and family.
Invite your friends via Facebook [INVITE_FB]
Sick of gridlock in Congress? No Labels is making a difference in Washington. Get involved: www.nolabels.org.
Tweet about No Labels [INVITE_TWITTER]
Sick of DC gridlock? Join @NoLabelsOrg and change Washington: www.nolabels.org #FixNotFight
Email your friends and family to join No Labels [INVITE_EMAIL]
I wanted to make sure you heard about No Labels, a grassroots movement of hundreds of thousands of Democrats and Republicans. I’m a big supporter of the group — we’re pushing our lawmakers to work across the aisle to solve problems for America, instead of putting their political party first.
In Washington, there’s no forum for Democrats and Republicans to meet together to talk about problem solving — they only get to meet with their own parties. But No Labels has organized a group of more than 90 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who meet regularly to forge across-the-aisle solutions.
I thought you might be interested in getting involved — click here to learn more: www.nolabels.org.
Contact No Labels Back Office with any questions or issues
Spreading the word online and in the press is a great way to amplify the No Labels message. Use the tools below to access talking points and tips for writing letters to the editors of your local paper, op-eds, and blog posts.
How do you want to speak out?
Letter to the Editor
Spread the word about No Labels and the Problem Solvers in your local paper with a Letter to the Editor! Check with your local paper for length requirements. Generally, letters to the editor are a maximum of 200 to 300 words.
Write an op-ed for your local newspaper and galvanize citizens to join No Labels and grow the movement. Look at your local paper’s website for a recommended word count — op-eds typically run from 500 to 800 words.
A blog can be a great forum for spreading the word about No Labels. If you do not currently have a blog, you can create one for free via WordPress.com or Tumblr.com. Most blog posts are between 100 and 400 words.
Tell Your Story
Using the form below, tell us why you support No Labels, then share your story over social media. Your story could be featured on our blog or on the website.
While many are cynical about what is going on in Washington, you decided to be part of the solution by advocating for a new politics of problem solving. Sharing your personal story with friends and family over social media, by email and in person is the key to building the movement and expanding No Labels’ impact. Washington gridlock harms us all, and others you know will identify with your story and see why they should join our cause.
No Labels’ message resonated with my own desire for a system that promoted the ideals of every American, not just party leaders. No Labels wants to make government work and so do I. Collin Smith
I have been a citizen leader for No Labels in Connecticut since 2011. Washington is terribly broken and there is no other organization doing what No Labels is doing to come up with solutions to make our government work. I believe in the “fix not fight” approach of No Labels and support their primary principle of putting our country first. Paul Connery
Coming from the red portion of a blue state, I’ve seen the need for a solution to the polarization. When I came across the work of No Labels, I realized I’d found it. America is made up of Democrats, Republicans and everything in between, and No Labels is working to bring them together. Tara Campbell
In Dec 2010 we got together with a couple of friends and got to our usual conversation about politics and the accompanying complaining about the state of our political system. We decided, instead of just complaining, let’s do something about it . So we not only joined No Labels, but started a chapter in Westchester which has grown to over 600 members. Many people doubted our ability to succeed, but we have learned that when citizens join their voices together and ask for change, change happens. By joining No Labels, citizens become empowered to influence Congress to stop fighting and start fixing our broken system.Ron and Debbie Tobias
We need our leaders to work together now, and the only way that will happen is if more of us demand it. We need to make it politically and practically unacceptable for members of Congress to not be problem solvers by having constituents like you hold them accountable for their actions.
By creating or joining a No Labels chapter in your community, you can help change the culture of Washington. Working together should be a sign of strength, not weakness, and our leaders must focus on the next generation, instead of the next election.
Being part of a No Labels chapter is a great way to make an impact and build relationships with others in your area who also care about promoting a new politics of problem solving.
Stay in Touch
If you have any ideas or questions about No Labels, contact Anthony@nolabels.org or 202-588-1990
Problem Solvers Daily
Sign up for Problem-Solver’s Daily, an email newsletter that features the most important news of the day, hand-picked by the No Labels staff with our take on what’s going on. Learn what’s happening in Washington and what you can do to help get our leaders to stop fighting and start fixing!
Writing a Blog Post
Write a blog post for your personal or No Labels chapter blog, then share it with your friends and family over email, Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to also send it to Anthony Pigninelli at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can try to place it elsewhere as well. If you do not currently have a blog, you can create one for free at WordPress.com or Tumblr.com.
BE CREATIVE! Include pictures, videos or other creative ways to make your post more entertaining and encourage more people to read it.
KEEP IT SHORT. Most blog posts are between 100 and 400 words.
FOCUS. Make sure to focus on just one or two topics and avoid tangents.
DON’T BURY THE LEDE. Make sure the reader knows what the blog post is about from the opening paragraph.
MAKE IT PERSONAL. It is normally best to tie the blog post back to what matters to your community and to you personally.
CITE ANY SOURCES. If you are using information from another source, make sure to give them credit and link back to them when appropriate.
END WITH A CALL TO ACTION. What should readers do now that they’ve read your post? Examples include: Contacting a member of Congress, sharing your article on Facebook
Writing a Letter to the Editor
- Please check your local paper for length requirements. Generally, letters to the editor are a maximum of 200-300 words.
- Be sure to include your name, the city in which you reside and, if you are a student, the school you attend (if it is in the same state).
- Be concise and direct: Make sure to get your point across early (within the first or second paragraph) and let them know how this issue is affecting you and why it matters.
- Focus on just one or two topics and avoid tangents.
- Mention NoLabels.org to direct people to our website.
- If you have any questions, please email Anthony Pigninelli at email@example.com.
Writing an Op-Ed
- Look on the paper’s website for the recommended word count. It will typically be between 500-800 words.
- Pick a timely news hook. Get the reader interested with a relevant example of how Washington’s dysfunction has affected your life or your community recently.
- Don’t bury the lede. Make sure the reader knows what the blog post is about from the opening paragraph.
- When you have a first draft, or if you have any questions, please email Anthony Pigninelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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