Beltway Insiders' Startup Helps You Lobby Congress

Environmental activists from over 30 organizations attempt to deliver about 770,000 signatures to Senate leaders. Photograph By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Kelly Derricks, a former psychiatric therapist, founded the nonprofit Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance this year to advocate for families of soldiers who were exposed to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange. She uses “every social media outlet possible” to get the group’s message to Congress. She’s weighed in on hundreds of bills through PopVox, a website that lets individuals lobby lawmakers. And to Derricks’ surprise, her representatives have actually responded to explain where they stand.

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