PEN: We have a question for you. Was it easy to get set up on the People Lobby page? Were you able to get right in?
JB: Yes, once I figured out the password issue, it was pretty easy. And there were my members of Congress. It just took a minute. AND, lo and behold, there was a customized question for each member of Congress, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, which really makes this a piece of cake. No one has to scratch his head or think too hard about what to ask. Two examples: "Can we count on Senator Mark Kirk to vote against fast track for the TPP?" or "Can we count on the Senate Finance Committee to hold full, open hearings on the TPP?" And you get the names of the people you talk to and record what they commit to or don't. Pretty clear, pretty straight forward, PEN.
PEN: You heard it, folks. It just takes a minute and you'll be ready to participate in the new People Lobby. We have BIG plans for this concept, to use it also to track votes after our advocacy, as I suggested already. We are focussing on the TPP in the first instance, but we can add any issue you can think of to the interface, which has a dropdown menu to enable this function, we can do state level issues ultimately, there really is no limit to the potential power of the people here.
JB: Thanks so much to you and your team, PEN. This is a great people power tool and this is a perfect moment for us to flex our collective people power. It was a pleasure talking with you again.
PEN: And thank you to you Joan, again for your most diligent activism. We are so excited about this. It's working so well just out of the box.
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