Learn how to lobby your representative to do more to stop and prevent genocide and mass atrocities by meeting with your representative or members of their staff.
Choose your issue. Lobby meetings are often centered around a specific “ask” of the legislator, typically their support on a particular piece of legislation, releasing a statement or signing on to congressional letters, etc. For information about current legislative options, contact [email protected]
Schedule your lobby visit. The first step in planning your lobby visit is scheduling your meeting. Since congress members’ schedules often fill up quickly, it’s best to contact them as far in advance as possible.
Recruit attendees. Recruit other activists and community leaders to take part in your lobby meeting. Consider asking local members of diaspora or survivor communities, faith leaders or student leaders who are engaged on your issue. Aim for 3-6 participants for your meeting—more than 6 people can lower the effectiveness of your meeting.
It’s important to be prepared for your meeting. Make sure that you go in to the meeting with specific “asks” that you want your representative or senator to work towards and the background information necessary to explain why the issue should demand their attention.
Follow your Agenda. Remember that your time with your representative or senator may be limited, so prioritize in advance.
Thank the office for their time. Be sure to send a follow up email or call to the office thanking those who participated for their time. Pass along any additional information that the legislator may have asked for during the meeting. Remember that one objective of your contact is to establish an ongoing relationship with your legislator and establish yourself as a reliable source of information.
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