The liberal online activist group MoveOn.org has House and Senate staffers bracing for electronic gridlock today as it mounts a massive virtual protest in favor of President Obama's healthcare reform.
In a message to offices on Capitol Hill, officials are predicting a big wave of E-mails, faxes, and calls beyond what the offices normally tally. Here's the memo:
Administrative Managers, Chief Clerks, and System Administrators.
Virtual March Planned. A political action organization is planning a virtual march on Congress on February 24, 2010, by initiating mass faxes, phone calls, and possibly emails to individual offices. We are aware of this event and will be monitoring the situation throughout the day. As a result, you may see an increase in the number of voice mail messages being left, an increase in the faxes coming in to your offices, and possibly a higher than normal volume of e-mail. Please remind staff to retrieve and delete messages as soon as possible to allow other constituents to leave messages. Queues for incoming faxes should be checked more frequently as well.
Whispers also received the action call from MoveOn:
Dear MoveOn member,
If you've never picked up the phone to call Congress about health care, today's the day to change that. Will you join the Virtual March for Real Health Care Reform?
With the future of health care reform hanging in the balance at the president's summit tomorrow, this may be our last big chance to make sure Congress knows that voters want real health care reform.
So we're aiming to send one million messages to Congress TODAY. The message? It's time to get the job done and pass comprehensive health care reform.
Will you join the Virtual March? Click below and we'll sign you up and automatically send a fax in your name today:
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Lenore, Joan, Stephen, and the rest of the team