Many of us have an internally running script saying how dissatisfied we are with some political action. Every now and then I suggest to others that they should stop complaining on social media and do something more constructive. Here are some suggestions - modified from the American advocacy group, Climate Reality Project:
Call your elected officials’ offices, especially if a decision or vote is pending. Expect that you are talking to a staff member rather than the representative - who will nevertheless be monitoring opinions.
Ask for the staff person dealing with the particular issue. Leave a message if you don’t get through to a live person
Identify yourself as a constituent, when you are one.
Know your facts and state what you think the leader should do.
Note any expertise you have in the area.
Make the call short. There are likely many calls coming in.
Call all the leaders who have an impact on the issue - municipal, provincial and national
When using social media, share good information by linking to it rather than simply ranting..
When writing letters to the editor:
Keep it short (100-200 words) and note the article you are referring to. Expect even a short article to be cut - and make every sentence stand alone.
Check submission rules for the particular publication. Timely letters - sent almost immediately as a response are more likely to get published.