Meeting directly with your members of Congress is the most effective way to make your voice heard!
This advocacy involves speaking, listening, and asking questions in ways that invite you and your members of Congress to be vulnerable, to be moved, and to be sensitive to the very real issues that you care about!
In order to schedule a meeting with one of your members of Congress, call (using the Congressional Switchboard number above) in advance of your trip to Washington, D.C. or in your home district. When you call, ask to speak with the scheduler to request a meeting and inform the person on the phone of your name, where you live, and why you want to meet. If possible, know the date(s) you prefer, what you would like to speak to the congressperson about, and approximately how many people will be attending the meeting. You will likely have a chance to meet with an aide, not with the member of Congress themselves, but that’s okay—building relationships with their staff is great!
Our friends at RESULTS have some great tips for meeting with your members of Congress here.
Consider these points as you think through what you’d like to cover in the meeting: