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As global conversations escalate around the world with the adoption of social media for social change, it is clear direction is needed to properly spread philanthropic and charitable messages to achieve real solutions.

Just last month, Ramaa Mosley, a Los Angeles director and mother of two, created the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls after hearing a radio host report nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria had been kidnapped by armed extremists, later identified as militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

In a matter of days, hundreds of thousands of people across the globe began to post photos with the caption #BringBackOurGirls.

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PHOTOS: Protests For Missing Girls In Nigeria

Not taking away from her efforts and success in spreading the word but an effective solution was needed in the message. Mosley herself admitted she did not have much personal experience with social media, but heard her daughter use the word “hashtag”.

“I thought it was sort of a phrase that young people use,” she said. “Then I realized recently that a hashtag is like a call. It’s like a call out to the world and it’s also an amalgamation so you can pull together information, put that information in and get information back.”

The challenge with #BringBackOurGirls, although it’s actively engaging thousands to post to their social networks, a real solution and information on how to bring about change in the call out was lacking.

With that said, here are a few tips on how to effectively utilize social media for social change.

Instead of posting photos or memes socially with only the hashtag, call on your your elected officials by including their social handles and tags.

“MI Senators @SenCarlLevin & @Stabenow: Do whatever it takes to #BringBackOurGirls”

“Call our senator @SenCarlLevin now (313) 226-6020 and tell him to do whatever it takes to #BringBackOurGirls”

“Email @SenCarlLevin now and tell him do whatever it takes to #BringBackOurGirls here: https://www.levin.senate.gov/contact/email/

Your message should be direct, focusing on an immediate action someone can take, include the mission’s hashtag and be sure to make it short enough to include a photo. Photos expand your social media presence by increasing attention and engagement.

Some may say, well how can my senator change what is going on in Nigeria, shouldn’t we go straight to the President of the United States.

“It starts with the local and state elected officials. People want to go straight to the the top and don’t realize the senators and representatives are the people that have an audience with the President everyday. The more you petition them, the more the president hears it… We have to make them [the government] see that people really care and build from there.” said John Conyers III, eldest son of long-standing U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district, John Conyers, Jr.

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United States Senators Social Media Account Handles and Facebook Links

# First Last Party State Facebook Twitter Videos Photos Klout.png Followers
1 Jeff Sessions R Alabama Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
2 Richard Shelby R Alabama Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
3 Lisa Murkowski R Alaska Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
4 Mark Begich D Alaska Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
5 John McCain R Arizona Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png #N/A
6 Jeff Flake R Arizona Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
7 Mark Pryor D Arkansas Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png #N/A
8 John Boozman R Arkansas Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
9 Dianne Feinstein D California Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
10 Barbara Boxer D California Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
11 Mark Udall D Colorado Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.pngInstagram.png #N/A
12 Michael Bennet D Colorado Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No Tumblr.png #N/A
13 Richard Blumenthal D Connecticut Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
14 Chris Murphy D Connecticut Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No Google+</span #N/A
15 Tom Carper D Delaware Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
16 Chris Coons D Delaware Facebook.png Twitter.pngTwitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.pngInstagram.png Google+</spanQuora #N/A
17 Bill Nelson D Florida Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
18 Marco Rubio R Florida Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
19 Saxby Chambliss R Georgia Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
20 Johnny Isakson R Georgia Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
21 Mazie Hirono D Hawaii No Twitter.png Youtube.pngVine.png Instagram.png #N/A
22 Brian Schatz D Hawaii Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
23 Mike Crapo R Idaho Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png #N/A
24 Jim Risch R Idaho No Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
25 Dick Durbin D Illinois Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
26 Mark Kirk R Illinois Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.pngInstagram.png Tumblr.png #N/A
27 Joe Donnelly D Indiana Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.pngInstagram.png #N/A
28 Dan Coats R Indiana Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
29 Chuck Grassley R Iowa Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
30 Tom Harkin D Iowa Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
31 Pat Roberts R Kansas Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
32 Jerry Moran R Kansas Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
33 Mitch McConnell R Kentucky Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
34 Rand Paul R Kentucky Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No Googleplus.png #N/A
35 Mary Landrieu D Louisiana Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
36 David Vitter R Louisiana Facebook.png Twitter.png* Youtube.png No #N/A
37 Angus King I Maine Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
38 Susan Collins R Maine Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
39 Barbara Mikulski D Maryland Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
40 Ben Cardin D Maryland Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
41 Elizabeth Warren D Massachusetts Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png Googleplus.png #N/A
42 Ed Markey D Massachusetts Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
43 Carl Levin D Michigan Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
44 Debbie Stabenow D Michigan Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
45 Amy Klobuchar D Minnesota Facebook.png* Twitter.png* Youtube.png No #N/A
46 Al Franken D Minnesota Facebook.png* Twitter.png* Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
47 Thad Cochran R Mississippi No Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
48 Roger Wicker R Mississippi Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
49 Claire McCaskill D Missouri Facebook.png Twitter.pngTwitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png Googleplus.pngTumblr.png #N/A
50 Roy Blunt R Missouri Facebook.png Twitter.pngTwitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
51 Vancat Montana
52 Jon Tester D Montana Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
53 Mike Johanns R Nebraska Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
54 Deb Fischer R Nebraska Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
55 Harry Reid D Nevada Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png Googleplus.png #N/A
56 Dean Heller R Nevada Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
57 Jeanne Shaheen D New Hampshire Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
58 Kelly Ayotte R New Hampshire Facebook.png Twitter.png* Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
59 Cory Booker D New Jersey Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
60 Bob Menendez D New Jersey Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
61 Tom Udall D New Mexico Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
62 Martin Heinrich D New Mexico Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
63 Chuck Schumer D New York Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
64 Kirsten Gillibrand D New York Facebook.png* Twitter.png* Youtube.png No #N/A
65 Richard Burr R North Carolina Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
66 Kay Hagan D North Carolina Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
67 John Hoeven R North Dakota Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
68 Heidi Heitkamp D North Dakota Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png Storify.png #N/A
69 Sherrod Brown D Ohio Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
70 Rob Portman R Ohio Facebook.png Twitter.pngTwitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
71 Jim Inhofe R Oklahoma Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
72 Tom Coburn R Oklahoma Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
73 Ron Wyden D Oregon Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.pngInstagram.png Google+ #N/A
74 Jeff Merkley D Oregon Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png #N/A
75 Bob Casey, Jr. D Pennsylvania Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No Tumblr.pngGoogle+Foursquare.png #N/A
76 Pat Toomey R Pennsylvania Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
77 Jack Reed D Rhode Island Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
78 Sheldon Whitehouse D Rhode Island Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
79 Lindsey Graham R South Carolina Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
80 Tim Scott R South Carolina Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png #N/A
81 Tim Johnson D South Dakota Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
82 John Thune R South Dakota Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
83 Lamar Alexander R Tennessee Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png #N/A
84 Bob Corker R Tennessee Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
85 John Cornyn R Texas Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
86 Ted Cruz R Texas Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png SoundCloud.png #N/A
87 Orrin Hatch R Utah Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
88 Mike Lee R Utah Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
89 Patrick Leahy D Vermont Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
90 Bernie Sanders I Vermont Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No Google+ #N/A
91 Mark Warner D Virginia Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png Google+Linkedin.pngFoursquareScribd #N/A
92 Tim Kaine D Virginia Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
93 Patty Murray D Washington Facebook.png* Twitter.png Youtube.png Instagram.png Googleplus.png #N/A
94 Maria Cantwell D Washington Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
95 Joe Manchin D West Virginia Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No Tumblr.png #N/A
96 Jay Rockefeller D West Virginia Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png Flickr.png #N/A
97 Ron Johnson R Wisconsin Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
98 Tammy Baldwin D Wisconsin Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
99 Mike Enzi R Wyoming Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A
100 John Barrasso R Wyoming Facebook.png Twitter.png Youtube.png No #N/A

Written by Ashley “AC” Trybula, Regional Online Editor for Radio One Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Raleigh and Richmond.

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