Journalism In Verse

A Dream of Mitch McConnell, Jenna Spagnolo in Collaboration with Google Dream, 2016

Call Your Senator, How Effective?

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Rip the paper longways.
Mock the vote. I called my government and
talked to its staff.

Their official avenues for outrage can be found
in any 6th grade civics textbook:
non-violent protests, illustrated with candlelight
vigils, never boycotts and strikes or releasing the living from cages,
voting,
calling your elected representatives.

I did it: I called Mitch McConnell
for robbing a president of his Supreme Court
nomination unconstitutionally, another
lawmaker who thinks he shouldn’t have to
follow the law.

I called
during regular business hours, Eastern Standard Time,
to slow down DC operatives working in large rooms.
On the phone I mustered concern to a woman who politely listened on behalf of
Mitch McConnell— Senate Majority Leader of Kentucky— (202) 224-2541
and I sent a letter so manicured hands will open envelopes and roll up cuffed shirts… Staff will glance at my words and
file them with
exacting disregard.

I wondered: How effective is calling your senator?
Searched and found no statistics, just
advice on how to do it.
This one way we’re
allowed to persist. Enjoy the hold
music.


The child of a journalist, Jenna Spagnolo knew they would be a writer at a young age. Jenna regularly reads their poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area and is one-half of the brains behind Poets Reading the News. Jenna is skilled at connecting people, activating collaboration and strength in others, and works as a professional communicator, journalist, and digital marketer for nonprofits. Reach them through editors@poetsreadingthenews.com.

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