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Contact-Congress: Your Letters

August 25, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

As congressional approval reaches new lows, it's more important than ever that people have a reliable public forum for communicating with their members of Congress. Yet, as we've seen during this August recess, communicating with Congress is actually getting more difficult. Less than half of senators and represntativs are holding public town hall meetings this year. Constituents trying to speak with their members are being threatened with arrest, and those fortunate enough to be able to attend meetings are having their rights to document the public events violated by police. Clearly we need better channels for open discourse between the public and their elected officials. That's what motivated us to build our free and open-source suite of OpenCongress v.3 tools, which put engaging with Congress at the center of the site experience.

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