Why do we email or call government officials?

War on Want understands the root causes of poverty to be political, the result of choices made by government and corporate elites. Our 65+ year history has taught us that collective action by ordinary people is the most effective way to bring about the type of change that can challenge the structures of poverty and injustice in the long term.

We take different kinds of action to hold those who make decisions to account and to push for positive change, and each action has a purpose and function that we have thought through carefully, often together with campaign partners. Each action is only a single part of a larger campaign strategy.

Some types of actions we take:

  • Conduct research necessary for action (check out our reports and briefings)
  • Participate in public meetings to affect discussions and/or get critical feedback
  • Hold briefing sessions for MPs and other government officials
  • Protest to make our voices heard, especially when critical voices have been ignored or excluded from decision making

We often invite our members and supporters to participate in a campaign by emailing a government official, maybe an MP, MEP or a government minister, asking them to take action in a specific way on a campaign issue. This is a way to:

  • Inform government officials of important issues and provide them with evidence based research to help them make informed decisions
  • Shape discussions that government officials are having about issues important to us
  • Make clear that constituents/the public are paying attention to issues and to what MPs are doing
  • Elicit responses from government officials that can help in campaign planning and strategising (even if the response is negative, it’s useful for us to know so we can get a feel for the ‘temperature’ in government on certain issues)

We don’t ever want to limit our campaigning power to what could come from lobbying politicians, that way nothing would ever change. At the same time, engaging those in positions of power is an important part of making change, even if it is only one element of a broader campaign.

Latest news

Buenaventura after the Civic Strike: What Next in the Resistance?

20 September 2017 - 12:15pm

DATE: Tuesday 26 September 2017

TIME: 7-8.30pm

LOCATION: Unite the Union, 128 Theobald's Road, London, WC1X 8TN

Join us for a panel discussion with Adriel Ruiz Galvan and Gilberto Lopez Vallecilla, two frontline community activists who were at the heart of the mobilisations which brought the city of Buenaventura to a standstill earlier this year. They have travelled to Europe to denounce the ongoing human rights abuses and to denounce the UK and Europe's 'Free-Trade' connnection to violence in the city. 

Read more

Event: Precarious Workers of the World Unite

19 September 2017 - 4:45pm

Date: Monday 25th September 2017

Time:  11:30 -12:30

Location:  Synergy Centre, Brighton,

Event: Precarious Workers of the World Unite: 

Britain is facing an epidemic of insecure work. Zero hour contracts proliferate and millions of workers are denied basic employment rights and protections. Yet across the country workers are getting organised and fighting back. Join us and hear from workers from McStrike, the Picturehouse and cleaners campaigns, and discuss how precarious workers can win.

Read more

Join the conversation

Join us next Wednesday for the first ever protest of precarious workers. Its time to #EndPrecariousContractshttps://t.co/TZVgMVzUHE 50 min 21 sec ago
Theresa May will give a #Brexit speech in Florence today - the city where 'greed was good' https://t.co/cPmn8XTGS7https://t.co/WkUJbgyCTl 1 hour 46 min ago
Can't wait for #twt2017 Check out the great sessions we've planned: https://t.co/laxKKZFfy9 @TWT_NOW #palestinehttps://t.co/CtGWF4X7SR 4 hours 23 min ago