So you want to make a difference, something like, say, stop the carousel of information. We could never, as lowly citizens, get something like that accomplished... oh wait, we did.
We did it by... calling Jeff Merkley and politely asking him to... scratch that, we COMPLETELY BYPASSED the politicians. We ignored them like they ignore us and took our message to the crime-infested, taxpayer funded, illegal alien love-fest until the media showed up and citizens who may not pay as much attention as you or I took note.
I spoke of "innovative ways" to get a bill passed in the Oregon legislature. You could call up Speaker Jeff Merkley [503-986-1200] and politely ask him to give a hearing to HB 2682 (repeal ORS 181.850) or any of the other 10 sensible immigration bills and see what that gets you. I actually do recommend doing that.
But more effective, write a letter to the editor asking Jeff Merkley to give the bill a hearing. Call him out in public like that.
Maybe two folks who are retired or have a weekday off would print up a banner saying "Jeff Merkley: why won't you give HB 2682 a hearing? Why do you support illegal aliens? 503-986-1200" and go hold the banner on an overpass. (I guarantee that if you are out there a second day the media will show up for you)
How about we all email and ask FOX12 reporter David Wilson to do a story on the Oregon Legislature ignoring the Thatcher/Flores immigration bills and maybe he will stick a microphone in Merkley's face and ask a tough question or two. The media will (sometimes) do the story that viewers want them to cover.
Take the five mintues to send an email or take the few hours of your day to wave a sign explaining just how Merkley refuses to do anything about illegal aliens. You can make a difference.