Frequently Asked Questions


When and where is the grassroots lobbying day training?

The grassroots lobbying day training will take place at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC on Monday morning, June 11, from 8:30-10:30AM.

Our use of space at Church of the Reformation does not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by the church.

Below is a map of the church, which is located a few minutes’ walk from both the Union Station (red line) and Capitol South (orange/blue lines) metro stops.

 

When will I get my grassroots lobbying day packet?

As we finalize legislative talking points, we’ll post the materials on the website for you to peruse before the day of your meetings.  We’ll also give you a packet during the lobbying day training.

I’ve never met with my Members of Congress before—can I still participate?

Yes, absolutely.  Our Members of Congress are there to listen to our opinions on policy.  We’ll brief you on everything that you need to know and prepare you to be an excellent grassroots lobbyist even if it’s your first time.

How do I know who else is in my delegation?

People who volunteer to set up meetings with their Representative and/or Senators will receive the contact information for other constituents who sign up for the lobbying day.  They may contact you before the day of the meeting to coordinate with you.  At the lobbying day training, we will have time to break into delegations so that everyone can meet one another and rehearse their talking points.

Can the US Campaign set up meetings for me with my Members of Congress?

Unfortunately not, because of our limited staff resources.  However, we have posted a “how to” guide for setting up meetings with your Members of Congress.  Anyone can do it and no experience is necessary.  Just follow the instructions here to set up your meeting.

What times should I set up my meetings for?

Try not to set up any meetings before 10:45AM so that you can participate in the grassroots lobbying day.  If given the choice of times by a scheduler, try to schedule your Senate meetings first and then your House meeting afterward.  It is easier to assemble everyone in a state delegation to meet with their Senators and then break down into Congressional district to meet with their respective Representatives rather than the other way around.

What if my Member of Congress can’t meet with the delegation?

Congress is scheduled to be in session on the evening on Monday, June 11, which means that many Members of Congress will be trickling back into Washington sometime on Monday.  They may or may not be able to meet with you in person.  If they’re not available, offer to meet with their Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant.  It is just as important to build a relationship with the staffer as it is with the Member of Congress.   

How long do meetings last and how far apart should I schedule them?

A typical meeting could run anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more.  However, plan on meetings lasting an average of 30 minutes.  Leave at least 5 minutes to walk between Senate offices.  Leave at least 20 minutes to walk between the Senate office building and the House office buildings.  Whatever you do, don’t be late for an appointment!

How do I access the House and Senate office buildings?

Below is a map of Capitol Hill office buildings.  You will be meeting with your Members of Congress in public office buildings with public entrances.  Anyone is free to enter these buildings after passing through a metal detector.

 
What should I do between meetings?

We’re planning on getting a room on Capitol Hill where participants can relax between meetings and give report-backs on their experiences.  We’ll post details as we get them.