New tool to bring pressure to bear
You've probably seen me messing about with new fields for blog posts over the last day or so, but I think I've finally got this ready for you all to use.
You will notice two new fields in your blog posting form, right at the top: "Media Contacts," and "Other Contacts." In media contacts, you can fill in the email address of a writer/reporter, an ombudsman, or whatever; in other contacts, you can fill in the email address of a legislator, or an opinion maker. (Note that the email addresses are obfuscated; that means that bots and crawlers won't suck of email addresses from our pages and use them to send spam.)
Now, when you do that, what happens?
1. Clicking on the email address will bring up your email program, so you can send mail to whoever the poster listed. For example, Ohio suggested sending an "Attagirl!" message to Elizabeth Warren; well, now you can click on Elizabeth Warren's address and do just that.
2. The email addresses are also archived (see the Contacts link on the main menu. So, over time, as we add addresses to our posts on a case by case basis, we'll be accumulating a useful list of addresses we can use in future campaigns -- to kick over the table, as it were.
Now, please have the courtesy to at least consider following the posters directions when sending the mail. It goes without saying that when you use this tool, your mail should be courteous, well-informed, original (not copied and pasted), and shove the Overton Window left!
Finally, this is not a complete system of contact information; it's very lightweight. But I think it is sufficient for our purposes now. One obvious improvement would be to add a field for letters to the editor; maybe I'll get to that tomorrow.