everything is awesome episdoe 131 - 5calls.org

Everything is Awesome Episode 131 – 5Calls.org

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everything is awesome episdoe 131 - 5calls.org

It’s never been more important to have your voice be heard and the website/app, 5calls.org, makes it incredibly easy. Co-founder Nick O’Neill joins me to talk about how 5calls came about and the importance of calling your representatives. Yes, there is talk about Wawa, the Eagles, and all the tangents you expect to come from this show.

Why Calling Works

Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to have your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representatives, informing them how strongly their constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position.

Don’t just take it from us:

  • ‘Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators’ ~ NY Times
  • ‘Don’t just write to your representatives. Call them — and go to town halls.’ ~ Vox
  • ‘I can tell you the calls we’ve gotten in my district office and here in Washington surprised me, meaning the numbers of calls.’ ~ Washington Post
  • ‘Most members tell me blizzard of angry constituent calls were most impt factor in getting the House to sideline the amdt’ ~Robert Costa

5 Calls does the research for each issue, determining which representatives are most influential for which topic, collecting phone numbers for those offices and writing scripts that clearly articulate a progressive position. You just have to call.

Calling Tips

Calls should take less than a minute. You’ll be speaking to a staffer, so make your point clearly so they can tally your opinion correctly. The provided scripts are useful but you can add your own words.

Be respectful. The staffers that pick up the phone are not looking to challenge you and you should treat them with the same respect you expect from them, regardless of which party they work for.

Who made 5 Calls?

5 Calls is a volunteer effort. Founded and run by husband & wife team Nick and Rebecca, many dedicated volunteers contribute design, code and issues to the site including: @monteiro, @stewartsc, @liamdanger, @capndesign, @jameshome, @beau, @cdoremus, @ocderby, @mr0grog and more supporters.

Our iOS app is made by @subdigital, @mccarron, @chrisbrandow and more supporters

Our Android app is made by dektar, gregliest and more supporters

Our issues, scripts and social team is @charmbtrippin, sara.n.g, amanda.l, @djpiebob, @theRati, @lhhargrave, amanda.n, @sagerke, Eleanor Wertman, @goldengateblond, @2girls2dogs1dh and more contributors.

We want to make advocacy accessible. We hope 5 Calls will make it effortless for regular people to have a voice when it’s needed most.

Join us

We want to make advocacy accessible. We hope 5 Calls will make it effortless for regular people to have a voice when it’s needed most.


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All this and more on this weeks edition of Everything is Awesome!

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Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr

Kev is the co-founder of Crude Humor Studios and That's Entertainment. He also writes, produces, and directs their skits, shorts, and web series, while sharing managing editor duties for That's Entertainment.

Kev is the host of the podcast, Everything is Awesome and is the co-host of The Zombcast. He is the former host of the podcasts Happy Hour with Steel Tip, Creepcast, Happy Hour, 30 Minute Outsider, The Muff Squad, That's Entertainment, 215th Entertainment Presents: Sounds of Philly, Academic Nerds, and OuaT: The Unofficial Once Upon a Time Podcast.

Kev also writes for Dark Knight News and is working on a science fiction series.

Most of all, Kev is a dad to two wonderful children.
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