Many of you know that I joined Twitter back in June. This has been the best thing for me and my business venture (more on this later in another post) and I love twitter. I go on record right now as saying that I don't necessarily recommend twitter for everyone. It is addicting and can be time consuming! For me, though, I have made friends, locally and nationally. I have made a world of contacts for my PartyLite business and my Family History business. I've also been able to have some contact with a few celebrities that actually do respond to a vast majority of their messages. It's been fun. Steve and I have both made contacts in the photography world, as well, which has helped Steve learn more about this field as he ventures into developing his great talent! One last thing I would like to talk about today and thus the reason for the post....I have learned more about deaf culture and the fight for things to help...Well, read on:
One great person on twitter is @deafnessguide. She is currently lobbying for HR3101. She has made visits to Washington, DC to lobby for this cause and will be making another visit tomorrow, Monday, 23 Nov 2009. In preparation for her time there, she tweeted out the following message on Saturday. I felt strongly enough to try and help get the word out, so I have asked her for more information to share and copy/pasted the list of the offices she will be visiting on Monday.
If you don't see your specific representative on this list, it is most likely because she has already visited their office, but you are welcome to contact their office (and all of your states offices) and encourage their support of this effort. For more details, please visit: http://captionaction2.blogspot.com/. There is a lot of information for this cause. Also, if you scroll down on the right side, you will see the "Caption Action 2 Blogroll", which includes a file of "Congress Staff Contacts". Pull that list up, share with your family and friends. Email the contacts, as they are the ones that will really help in gaining more support for this cause. There are also links for a summary of HR3101. Also, if you click on "Write your Representative", you can use this to get a phone number or snail mail address.
If you happen to already be on twitter, please follow @deafnessguide and @NADtweets. Also, @MarleeMatlin, who is the NAD spokesperson for accessible broadband services and Internet media. There are many others that I would recommend following, if you are already there or choose to take the plunge into twitter. Oh and you can also support this cause on Facebook, by clicking here.
The idea is to work together, so their offices will know this is not a one woman effort. If you would like to be part of this, let me know ASAP with the easiest and quickest contact info for you. So, efforts can be coordinated to have you contact their office shortly after her visit, while it is still fresh on their minds. Here is that information:
Putting together a to-visit list for my fourth and final visit to Capitol Hill Monday. After list is complete, I'm going do something new..
I am going to send out a series of tweets, one for each state, with the names of the Reps I am going to visit. If you see your Rep name..
Either reply to me or DM me and I will mention you to the office staff when I stop by. Then, you can call or email and verify who u are.
And, I will send you a tweet when I stop at your Representative's office. That will give you a chance to call right away.
Alaska deaf: Visiting Alaska rep Don Young on Capitol Hill Monday for HR 3101.
American Samoa deaf: visiting Rep. Eni Faleomavaega on Capitol Hill Monday for HR 3101.
Arizona deaf: visiting Rep. Jeff Flake on Capitol Hill Monday for HR 3101.
Arkansas deaf: visiting Rep. Vic Snyder on Capitol Hill Monday for HR 3101.
California deaf: visiting these representatives' offices Mon on the Hill: Berman, Chu, Dreier, Harman, Herger, Lewis, Matsui, Miller...
More California deaf: visiting these too: Nunes, Pelosi, Radonovich, Thompson, and Waxman.
Connecticut deaf: visiting office of Rep. Rosa DeLauro Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Florida deaf: visiting these representatives Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Kosmas, Meek, Posey, and Young.
Georgia deaf: visiting these representatives Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Bishop, Deal, Linder, and Price.
Illinois deaf: visiting these reps Mon on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Biggert, Costello, Davis, Halvorson, Jackson Jr., Kirk, Manzullo, Rush.
Iowa deaf: visiting these two reps Mon on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Bruce Braley and Tom Latham.
Kansas deaf: visiting rep. Lynn Jenkins Mon on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Kentucky deaf: visiting reps Harold Rogers and Ed Whitfield Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Louisiana deaf: visiting reps Joseph Cao and John Fleming Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Maryland deaf: visiting one representative from Maryland, Roscoe Bartlett, Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Massachusetts deaf: visiting one representative from Massachusetts, Rep. Richard Neal, Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Minnesota deaf: visiting three reps from Minnesota, James Oberstar, Erik Paulsen, and Collin Peterson Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Missouri deaf: visiting 3 reps from Missouri, William Clay, Emmanuel Cleaver, and Ike Skelton Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Nevada deaf: visiting one rep from Nevada, Dean Heller, Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
New Jersey deaf: visiting 2 reps from New Jersey Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Frank Pallone Jr and Albio Sires.
New Mexico deaf: visiting 1 rep from New Mexico Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Harry Teague.
New York deaf: visiting 5 reps from NY Mon on Capitol Hill: Michael Arcuri, Yvette Clarke, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, and Paul Tonko.
North Carolina deaf: visiting rep. David Price Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Northern Mariana Islands: visiting Rep. Gregorio Sablan's office Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Ohio deaf: visiting one representative from Ohio, John Boehner, Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Oklahoma deaf: visiting one representative from Oklahoma, Tom Cole, Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Oregon deaf: visiting one representative from Oregon, Peter Defazio, Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101.
Pennsylvania deaf: visiting 6 PA reps Monday on Capitol HIll for HR 3101: Dent, Holden, Murtha, Sestak, Shuster, and Thompson.
South Carolina deaf: visiting 1 SC rep Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: James Clyburn.
Tennesee deaf: visiting 2 TN reps Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Steve Cohen and John Duncan.
Texas deaf: visiting 9 Texas reps Mon on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Ralph Hall, Jeb Hensarling, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson..
More Texas deaf: visting these reps Mon for HR 3101: Kenny Marchant, Michael McCaul, Solomon Ortiz, Lamar Smith, and Mac Thornberry.
Utah deaf: visiting 1 Utah rep Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Jason Chaffetz.
Virginia deaf: visiting one rep from Virginia on Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Frank Wolf.
Washington deaf: visiting 2 Washington reps Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Jim McDermott and Adam Smith.
Wisconsin deaf: visiting 1 Wisconsin rep Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: David Obey.
Wyoming deaf: visiting 1 Wyoming rep Monday on Capitol Hill for HR 3101: Cynthia Lummis. (end of tweet series)