If you text
cancel, then the bot can no longer reply to you. Text
start at the bot to re-join the resistance.
changezip to fix those, or
reset to reset everything—like unplugging your cable modem.
Resistbot keys its reminders based on your signup time, to change when you get reminders use
Resistbot is free! You’ll only need to pay whatever your mobile carrier charges you for text messages. Most now offer unlimited texting. No data is required. However if you’d like to help us pay for texting, faxes, and postage for your letters, donations keep the bot online! (Not tax-deductible at this time.)
Each carrier seems to handle message encoding a little differently. As we work through all of these specific cases, you can fix this problem by removing all ‘special’ characters from your message: return breaks, directional quotes / apostrophes, symbols like %, $, etc. This should make your message go through.
Some carriers on certain mobile plans, especially prepaid plans, will block shortcodes. Please call your carrier and ask them to unblock shortcodes on your account! You can also try texting
resist to our full number 202-335-4008 or use the Facebook Messenger version.
You don’t need a smartphone, just a text-capable mobile phone. Open the app you use to text. On many phones it’s called messages. In the phone number, or ‘To:’ field, type
50409, and in the message body,
resist. Send that message and you’re in.
Resistbot starts simple, with just your two Senators. Over time, it will ask you for more information to match you with your representative in the U.S. House, and experienced users will get the
senior commands to message each Senator, and the
house command for their representative.
As you use the bot more, you’ll discover more and more of what it can do. You can say
less if you want it to contact you more or less frequently,
feedback to let us know what you like and don’t like or if you have an issue, or
commands is the cheat code to show you everything it can do.
To cut down on costs/fraud, currently we only respond to U.S. numbers beginning in +1. However if you have a U.S. number, simply provide the zip code, and later address, when prompted by the bot for the last place you lived or where you’re registered to vote / get your absentee ballot from. Then we can direct your messages to the right members of Congress.
We’re a group of volunteers deeply opposed to the direction of the country. We built this to faithfully deliver your voice to Congress. Resistbot was founded by Eric Ries and Jason Putorti.
Resistbot is an experiment in daily civic engagement. It will text you once in a while to see if you’d like to pressure your officials or keep you posted on what we think you’d be interested in. You can text
stop anytime to leave the resistance.
If your answer isn’t here, you can email us. Please include your name, phone number, cell carrier, and phone model to help us fix the bug. Screenshots help too!
Donate to help keep our texting going. Every $6 pays for 800 messages and we can’t continue withour your support. You can also volunteer as a programmer (our tech stack contains Python, Flask, RapidPro, AWS), help us QA, or submit our user’s letters to the editor. If you have a resistance group that wants to use this, or have any other questions we didn’t answer here, please email us. You can join the conversation over at Product Hunt or Twitter.