Attend a Mom Power Summit
A mom power summit is a locally organized Moms Clean Air Force event that brings together our membership and local leaders to bring attention to issues and policy that impact clean air and children’s health.
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, our events and meetings with elected officials are primarily virtual. All in-person events are held in compliance with local public health guidance. Keeping our families safe while we engage with our elected officials is our top priority.
Connect to Your Mayor and City Council Members
Mayors and city council members are elected to serve their constituents—that means you! They generally oversee a city’s main departments, including police, fire, education, housing, and transportation.
They are concerned not only with daily affairs, but also with the future development of the city. They manage the city’s financial operations, appoint community members to boards and commissions, and protect the welfare of the city and its inhabitants.
Mayors and city council members are there to listen to and serve you.
Engage with Local Elected Officials on Social Media
Most local elected officials are active on Facebook, Twitter, or both. Social media is an easy way to engage with them and start a conversation online that other community members can join. Keep the following best practices in mind when reaching out to your elected officials on social media platforms:
- Tag them. Tag your elected officials and any local groups or organizers that you mention in your post so that they receive a notification.
- Identify yourself as their constituent. Local elected officials are most likely to respond to the people that they serve.
- Respond to their posts. Ask a question or start a discussion in the comments section. Since they are already active on the thread, there is a good chance that they will see your comment.
- Follow up. If they respond, thank them for engaging with you and ask follow-up questions to keep the conversation going!
Tips and Resources
Introduce yourself to your mayor. Write a handwritten letter of introduction. Then follow up with a phone call to see if you can schedule a time to sit down in person or virtually and talk. Think about joining a city board or commission.
Letter of Introduction to Your Mayor
Guide to Meeting with Your Mayor
All Aboard: Joining Boards and Commissions
EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHER MOMS
Check out our library of resources, designed to help you understand and explain the impacts of air pollution and climate change on our children’s health.