Make your connections count
First, learn how to find and connect with your public officials and other MS activists in social media. Then get talking!
Make sure your messages are heard by using the hashtag #MSactivist in your messages in Facebook and all other social media (not just Twitter). Use one or two additional hashtags based on importance – such as:
If it’s important that your followers or officials know where you’re from, use your two-letter state abbreviation as a hashtag, such as #CA, #NE, #TX or #DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia).
Current advocacy issue - Rally for Medical Research
On September 18, the National MS Society and MS activists will join more than 300 organizations in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on Capitol Hill. Reinforce their message through social media!
I'm an #MSactivist joining 300+ orgs in DC at the #RallyMedRes on #CapitolHill. Please make #NIH funding a national priority! #MSresearch
Sequestration (March 2013) slashed the #NIH budget by $1.6B – including #MSresearch. I'm an #MSactivist and I #RallyMedRes today!
#DearCongress please make #NIH funding a national priority, so researchers won’t lose #MSresearch grant funding. #MSactivist #RallyMedRes
@ (insert your Congressperson here) As an #Msactivist I urge you to invest in the #NIH and future of #MSresearch #RallyMedRes
Medical research is important to me because [insert personal reason here]. I’m joining the @National Multiple Sclerosis Society to rally for medical research and urge Congress invest in the NIH so we can find better treatments a cure for MS! ntl.MS/NIHSep2014
Current advocacy issue - complex rehabilitation technology
Support Access to Complex Rehabilitation Technology (create a separate Medicare benefit for complex rehab power wheelchairs).
If your member of Congress hasn't sponsored the complex rehab bill yet:
@representative Please support #HR942 which provides #complexrehab technology to #Medicare recipients. I’m an #MSactivist
@senator Please support #S948 which provides #complexrehab technology to #Medicare recipients. #MSactivist
If your elected official has sponsored the complex rehab bill, thank him/her:
@representative, thank you for signing #complexrehab #HR942 led by @RepJoeCrowley & @JimPressOffice #MSactivist
@senator, thank you for signing #complexrehab #S948 led by @SenSchumer & @SenThadCochran #MSactivist
The Congressional MS Caucus — now more than 180 members strong — seeks policy solutions for people affected by MS.
Ask your member of Congress to join the MS Caucus:
@publicofficial As #ST [replace with your two-letter state abbreviation] constituent & #MSactivist, I ask you to please support people w #MS nationwide #MScaucus
@publicofficial As your constituent and an #MSactivist, I ask you to please support people w #MS nationwide by joining the Congressional MS Caucus.
If your member of Congress has joined the MS Caucus, thank him/her:
Thank you to @publicofficial for joining the #MScaucus — now more than 180 members strong! #MSactivist
Huge thanks go out to @publicofficial for supporting those w/ #MS by joining the #MScaucus! #MSactivist
On Twitter, replace @senator or @representative or @publicofficial with your official’s Twitter handle, #DearSenator or #DearHouseRep (respectively or) #DearCongress. A period (.) in front of an @mention ensures that all of your followers see the tweet.
On Facebook, either:
post on your profile and tag your official (replace @publicofficial with the title of your Senator's or Representative’s Facebook page) or
post/comment directly on your official's page and omit @publicofficial.