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Advocating With Social Media

Here are step-by-step guides for both Facebook and Twitter, so taking action over social media will be quick and easy:

Facebook

  1. Find your legislators.  Search for your lawmaker’s first and last name.  From the list that appears, choose the one with the little check mark in the blue circle—that means it’s actually the legislator’s page.
  2. Like the page.  Liking your legislators’ pages on Facebook is a great way to stay on top of what they’re posting.  That way, you can see when they post something stroke-related and comment away!
  3. Find a relevant post.  On your legislator’s page, scroll through his or her recent posts to find one that has something you can connect to stroke.  Stroke can connect to a wide variety of issues.  Some are obvious, such as medical research or healthcare, but you can also connect stroke to less-obvious issues like jobs or the economy.  Being creative and linking stroke to issues your legislator cares about will help your post get noticed!
  4. Post positively.  Because posting to social media is so easy, negativity is rampant.  In fact, the vast majority of posts Congressional staff track daily are negative.  Therefore, they’re much more likely to notice, flag, and respond to positive, informative posts from civically engaged constituents like you.
  5. Use our hashtag!  This July, we’re using the hashtag #StopStroke.  Make sure to include this in your post so we can see all the hard work you’re doing to advocate for stroke survivors and their families!

Sample Facebook comments:

Thank you @FredUpton for your hard work to pass the 21st Century Cures bill.  This legislation will help stroke survivors nationwide by supporting medical research and innovation at the National Institutes of Health. #StopStroke

@SenatorMarkKirk, the FAST Act helps diagnose and treat stroke patients more quickly.  Thank you for introducing this vital legislation. #StopStroke

@AmyKlobuchar, the FAST Act is a bill that increases access to treatment for patients suffering a stroke.  Please cosponsor this important legislation!  #StopStroke

Twitter

  1. Find your legislators.  Because twitter handles vary widely, the best way to do this is to go to the legislator’s website (you can find a list of senators’ websites here and House members’ websites here). From the member’s homepage, there’s usually a twitter icon linking to their twitter feed.  Follow that link to find their official twitter account.
  2. Follow your legislators.  Once you’ve found them, make sure you follow them.  This will help you stay up-to-date on their posts so you know when they’re talking about stroke-related issues and what they have to say.
  3. Tweet at your legislators.  To tweet at your legislators, copy their twitter handle into a new tweet (be sure to include the @ sign in front of it!).  Then, compose your positive tweet.  As with Facebook, positive and informative interaction is very likely to get noticed as it stands out so clearly from the vast amounts of negative communication offices receive over social media.
    Note:  if you start a tweet with you legislator’s twitter handle, be sure to put a period before the @ sign.  This will ensure your tweet is visible to everyone, not just that legislator!
  4. Don’t forget to include #StopStroke!  This is our hashtag for July advocacy.  Including it in your tweet tells National Stroke Association and the world that you are actively working to stop stroke in the U.S.!

Sample Tweets:

@AmyKlobuchar thank you for helping caregivers for stroke survivors nationwide by introducing the AGE Act! #StopStroke

Cosponsoring FAST Act will help stroke survivors get treated & diagnosed faster, minimizing long-term disability #StopStroke @repblumenauer

Support increasing NIH funding for research into the brain to help find new treatments for #stroke. #StopStroke @RepDianaDeGette

Thanks @RepBeatty for cosponsoring the FAST Act to help #stroke survivors get the treatment they need more quickly #StopStroke

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