It’s time to welcome the 113th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook.
We’re calling it the “Hello, my name is ____” campaign. We want your elected officials to know you and your heart or stroke story- and to remember it when they vote this year. When you record your video, consider using this script (and try to keep your video to about 60 seconds!):
“Hi my name is [your name] from [City, State].”
“I am passionate about policy changes that can help improve cardiovascular health in this country because [tell your story].”
“Now that I’ve shared my story with you, I have one question for you: Will you remember me when you vote this year?”
Watch an example from our National Grassroots Director, Clarissa Garcia:
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Once you’ve recorded your video on your phone, tablet, or camera, save it and upload it to Facebook. To upload your video to Facebook:
- Scroll to the top of your Facebook homepage where your status box is.
- Click Add Photos/Video.
- Click Upload Photos/Video.
- Select your video from the location you saved it to on your computer or mobile device.
- Write a post for your video. Make sure to ‘tag’ your Representative and Senators and our American Heart Association: You’re the Cure page! We recommend using this caption:
Hello, @[Enter your lawmakers names starting with an “@” symbol to tag their accounts], my name is [your name], and I’m an @[American Heart Association: You’re the Cure] advocate. Here’s why I support heart-healthy and stroke-smart public policies. Will you remember me when you vote this year?
(Note: Use our Legislator Search tool to identify your Representative and Senators. You’ll need to “Like” their Facebook pages in order to ‘tag’ them with your video.)
If you’re unable to upload a video, there’s another easy way to introduce yourself to your legislators. Simply share your story by sending a personalized email today!
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see your videos. Thanks for being the cure!