How To Lobby Your Members Of Congress Members of Congress rarely hear from their constitue

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How To Lobby Your Members Of Congress Members of Congress rarely hear from their constituents on most issues. Sometimes hearing from a handful of concerned citizens will cause a Senator or Representative to pay attention to a particular issue and encourage him or her to vote the right way. In general the more personal your lobbying contact is, the more effective it will be. While a personal discussion with a Member of Congress is most effective, a meeting or telephone conversation with one of his or her assistants is almost as good. A personal letter is much more effective than a form letter or postcard. You do not need to be an expert on the issue to call or write your Member of Congress' office. All you need to communicate is that you want the Member to support or oppose a particular measure. When you call a Member's office give your name and address and ask whomever takes your call to let the Member of Congress know that you favor or oppose something. It is very important that you lobby both Members of Congress who may support your views and those who may not. Lobbying can change votes so it is critically important that you lobby those who disagree with you. Lobbying supporters provides them with evidence of support for their position and allows them to be more active in support of that position. If you don't know your Members of Congress, your county courthouse voter registration office can give you their names and addresses. You can contact Members of Congress in either their local offices or in Washington. In Washington write or call: The Honorable________________ The Honorable_____________ U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 202/225-3121 202/224-3121 Thank you for your help. Issues on which activity is anticipated this term: Possible Senate amendements favoring school prayer H.R. 1257 Insurance Redlining H.R. 1900 & S. 984 Privacy for Consumers and Workers H.R. 5 & S. 55 Striker Replacement Bill Congressional Campaign Finance Reform Proposal Hyde Amendment - Reproductive Health Services in Health Care Reform Issues of ongoing ACLU concern: H.R. 2119 Remedies for Immigration Law Enforcement Abuse Support Statehood for the District of Columbia S. 17 & H.R. 224 Support the Equal Remedies Act H.R. 1308 & S. 578 Support Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act Protect 1st Amendment Activities from FBI Investigation H.R. 40 Support Commission to Study Reparations for African Americans ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher://aclu.org:6601 | American Civil Liberties Union National Office ftp://aclu.org | mailto:infoaclu@aclu.org | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"

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