Posted December 4, 2013
By Amanda Garlock-Corbin
My hometown of Seattle is home to the Seattle Seahawks and their crowd-noise world-record-holding “12th Man” fans. We call ourselves 12s, and we are one of the single greatest home-field advantages in the NFL because of the support we show our team at every game, home and away. The roar of the crowd is deafening to our opponents and is a force to be reckoned with. My fellow R.T.s, YOU are the largest 12th Man crowd in the imaging world, and your collective voice must be heard.
I am sure that as a member of the ASRT, you have received communication in the past requesting that you contact your legislators regarding either the CARE bill or MARCA. I am also pretty sure that many of you were left wondering, “How do I do this?” Well, I am pleased to say that the ASRT has launched our brand new ASRT Grass-roots Advocacy Action Center to help you do just that. As an active member of the Grass-roots Network, I have directed many of my fellow R.T.s to the prior version of the e-advocacy site to aid in the effort to gain support for our legislation. While it was a fairly easy site to navigate, our new platform takes the ease and user friendliness to a whole new level.
One click of the Take Action button allows you to enter your information once and have e-mails sent to all your representatives in the House or Senate at the same time. You can even have your information remembered by the system so that you can contact your entire state delegation regarding all current active legislation without having to re-enter all of your contact information. Trust me when I say that I understand the need for systems to be easy, efficient and user friendly. I am a staff technologist, just as many of you are. Time is a commodity that we all hold dear, and this new site allows the user to effectively communicate with legislators in less than five minutes, depending on how fast you can type! We all have heard how the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so let’s make it roar! I challenge all of you to follow this link and contact your members of Congress today: http://cqrcengage.com/asrt/.
Can you imagine the impact we could have if every member of the ASRT accepted this challenge? With more than 150,000 strong sending e-mails to the 435 House members and 100 Senate members, that is a roar that could not be ignored — just like the roar of my hometown 12s. I am confident that my ASRT 12th men and women can be just as “rowdy.” I would love to have Congress get a piece of our ASRT 12th Man roar! Will you join me?