When elected officials are called out in public, it can spur them to take action, quickly! We call this “bird-dogging” — showing up at political or community events virtually and asking the elected official to fill out the survey. Because of the pandemic, we want to ensure that all activists are staying safe and birddogging online. It becomes more effective when it happens multiple times: at every public event, an activist or group of activists is there, putting them on the spot, insisting on a straight answer. Bird-dogging is a really fun tactic that you can build a team to get involved in, and we can train you on everything you’ll need to know to get results.
1) Recruit some friends
2) Find your new or re-elected state senator
3) Ask your question!
Have your crew copy and paste the link many times over because in virtual events the public comment feed moves quickly. You want to remain visible. Dropping in the link over and over with your question is like holding upvirtual signs. Have each member of your crew repeat the question relentlessly, getting reporters to inquire, etc. The key is to be respectful but also relentless and highly visible.