Members of Congress will be adjourning
for a two-week recess on Friday, November 16.
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation urges its member organizations and
individual supporters to schedule meetings with their Members of Congress
during the November recess to discuss policy matters pertaining to Israel/Palestine.
some tips on how to set up a meeting with your Members of Congress:
Setting Up a Meeting with Your
Members of Congress
1. Assemble a delegation of constituents. Assemble a delegation of up to 6-8 people to
meet with your Members of Congress. Ideally, delegations will be diverse and include people from different
organizations and communities.
2. Decide upon the issues you want to
discuss. Pick no more than 3-4
legislative and/or policy issues that you’d like to discuss with your Members
of Congress. Make sure that the issues
are focused and that you are asking your Members of Congress to do something
specific that they have the power to do. For a listing of major legislative issues related to Palestine/Israel in
the current Congress and the position of your Members of Congress on them,
please see the US Campaign’s 110th Congressional Report Card by clicking
consider discussing with them your opposition to increasing U.S. military aid to Israel to $30 billion over the next
decade. In August 2007, the United States and Israel signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) to that effect; however, Congress still needs to agree on
annual funding to make this MOU operative. For additional details and talking points, click
3. Fax a constituent meeting request to the
offices of your Members of Congress. To
get contact information for the schedulers in the offices of your Members of
Congress and a template constituent meeting request fax, click here.
your meeting. This might require
several communications between you and the scheduler before a meeting is
arranged. Be patient and be flexible
with your meeting request. If your group
is able to meet with your Members of Congress at any time during the November recess, you’re more likely to get a meeting than if you can only meet on a Monday
morning at 9:00AM, for example.
5. Tell us how your meeting went. After you meet with your Members of
Congress, please send us a report. It’s
important for us to know what Members of Congress are telling their
constituents and it makes it easier for us to work together to change U.S.
additional tips on meeting with your Members of Congress, click here.
willing to volunteer to set up a meeting with your Members of Congress or would
like advice on how to do so, please contact Josh Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy
Coordinator at 202-332-0994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
like to join the US Campaign’s Congressional District Coordinator network and
volunteer to organize people in your Congressional district to educate your
Members of Congress about the need to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine
to support human rights, international law, and equality for all, please click here.