Across Texas, people like you are showing up and lending their voice to this important issue.
How can I learn about advocacy opportunities around adolescent reproductive health?
Sign up for advocacy alerts from the Texas Campaign.
How can I find out who represents me?
What are effective ways to share my views with policymakers?
Lawmakers are most likely to listen to their own constituents, so it can be helpful to focus on your own elected officials.
CALL: The most effective way to share your views with elected officials is often to pick up the phone and call. Be polite to the staffer answering the phone, and have a clear and concise message ready. If you get nervous or are worried about forgetting key points, jot down a few notes ahead of time. You may have the best luck getting a human on the phone if you call the local or district office.
VISIT: If it’s not too far away, dropping in to the office, or showing up at a town hall meeting is a good way to meet the elected official or a staffer face to face.
WRITE: Emails or letters may be less likely to produce personalized responses, but they can be an effective way to make yourself heard, especially if you identify yourself as a constituent of that official.
CLICK: Most elected officials keep profiles on social media sites, like Twitter or Facebook. Following and commenting on posts can be useful.
APPS: Yes, there’s an app for that!
- Call to Action: This app automatically pulls up your congressional representative’s district phone number.
- Resistbot: This app lets you quickly send a fax to your congressional representative via text message.
- TexLege: This app has phone and office location for Texas lawmakers, as well as information on proposed bills and meetings and detailed maps of the Texas Capitol.
What are other ways to shape the discussion around public policy?
- Get involved in a group advocating for a cause you believe in. They often have infrastructure set up to make it easier to mobilize.
- Reach out to your local newspaper and write a letter to the editor or an editorial.
- Share posts on social media, but stop and take a moment to verify that the information is accurate.
How can I stay informed and find out what type of laws are being considered in Texas?
The Texas Legislature meets from January to May in odd-numbered years, and may also convene for special called sessions.
The easiest way to stay informed about proposed legislation is to read the local news. The Texas Tribune is a free online news source with extensive coverage of Texas policy and politics. Local newspapers also are a great way to learn about topics impacting your area. If you are interested in a specific topic, try subscribing to the newsfeed of non-profits or policy groups who work on that issue.
If you want to do your own research, the Texas Legislature Online website contains a wealth of information on current and historical legislation. You can search for bills by number or by keywords, watch live or archived hearing broadcasts, get information about elected officials, and learn about the legislative process.
If you want to follow specific topics or bills, you can create an account on the MyTLO page and receive alerts for meetings, topics, or bills.
For information on sex education advocacy, visit Texas is Ready.