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Today’s Action: Plan an event at your MoC’s office…it’s Congressional recess!

Congress has adjourned for recess and our Members of Congress are at home. And their number one priority should be listening to YOUR demands.

This week, it’s vital we hit up our MoC’s on major issues that need a little more support to cross the finish line. So every day, we’ll be featuring a different way to get your MoC’s attention! Next up…

Plan an event at your MoC’s office!

Maybe you prefer group plans over one-on-one meetings. Perhaps your MoC is someone who needs a bit of drama to change their mind on a sticky issue – or they could be a champion if they had the right kind of positive affirmation. If any of these are true for you, planning an event during recess is a GREAT way to make a big difference.

  • Try to schedule an appointment. Call or email your MoC’s office to see if they have availability (be sure to call the physical office you intend to visit!) But don’t worry if you can’t get an appointment – nothing puts on pressure like an unexpected event.
  • Know your target. If your MoC literally isn’t in office that day, request a conversation with the District or Office Director. Don’t give up until you’ve gotten it!
  • Plan the ask. Decide in advance who’s doing the talking and what the script is. Make sure your rep knows you’re their constituents and they work for you. We suggest focusing on the following topics, select whichever your rep needs the biggest push on:
  • Visual visual visual! Take plenty of videos and photos! Signs and props go a long way to quickly and clearly explaining your ask.
  • Invite the media. Amplify your message by notifying local news channels and papers in advance, and greet them upon arrival – and save their contact info for follow-ups.
  • Share on social media. Upload those videos and a summary of your meeting and asks on social media…be sure to tag your rep!
  • Remember…there’s still a pandemic. Enforce a mask rule, bring hand sanitizer, and maintain social distancing. Consider holding your event outside the offices instead of inside.

Gather your friends, family, and community and plan an event to your MoC’s office this week during Congressional recess! And if this strategy doesn’t make sense for you, we’ll see you tomorrow for your planning your next approach to getting their attention.

Credit where credit is due! Thanks to the good folks of Indivisible for their comprehensive guide to planning office visits.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition telling Senate Democrats to end the filibuster, and be sure to follow OD Action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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