Here is what we often do:
1. Write a Letter to the Editor;
2. Send the Letter to the Editor to politicians;
3. Turn the Letter to the Editor into Precinct Caucus resolutions, resolutions for different organizations;
4. Turn the Letter to the Editor into a petition or statement for others to sign;
5. Turn the Letter to the Editor (often two or three letters on the same topic but from slightly different perspectives) into leaflets;
6. Use all the above for tabling with banners;
7. Use the Letters to the Editor as a call to meetings, pickets and demonstrations.
8. Use the Letter to the Editor as an outline for talks, speeches, forums and debates.
9. Use the Letter to the Editor as a platform to run for public office.
10. Always conscious of trying to build a movement.
The thing is to be persistent and never give up until you get what you are after or unless you lose... if you lose, then try to merge your work with another ongoing struggle so all is not lost.
"Kitchen table" issues require working people coming together around the kitchen table creating organizations which become part of larger movements. Try to fill all four chairs around the kitchen table.
Obviously there are fairly well organized movements for peace, a living wage, health care reform we can all plug into.
Other issues are out there that movements need to be built around from the ground up.
I guess we have to think in terms of every person a "citizen lobbyist" but it sure would help if we had a massive "People's Lobby" we could all plug into that was serving notice on politicians that we intend to build a political party that would be part of our movements challenging Wall Street for political and economic power so we could finally get the kind of country we can all be proud to live in.
In my opinion, and what I have found, is that when you are willing to write down your views and sign your name for the public to consider, you immediately gain credibility.
Try writing a Letter to the Editor and experiment with the above suggestions.
Example of a Letter to the Editor that has helped to influence a movement and served as a catalyst to spark a movement:
Where is the real minimum wage?Published 9:00am Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Albert Lea Tribune
Holiday shoppers and voters should beware of the bait and switch.
Bait and switch is an illegal advertising gimmick in the retail world; but, in politics bait and switch has become the way of life, the new normal.
Once elected, Obama pulled a switch and delivered Obamacare/Romneycare or as it should be known, the Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010.
The above Letter to the Editor led to this Open Letter to the Governor of Minnesota being drafted with the participation and agreement by many people. It is now being circulated: