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Meet with Your Members of Congress during November Recess

November 14th, 2007

Members of Congress will be adjourning
for a two-week recess on Friday, November 16.

The US 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.

Here are 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 here.

Also, 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 here.

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.

4. Schedule 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. policy.

For additional tips on meeting with your Members of Congress, click here.

If you’re 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 congress@endtheoccupation.org.

If you’d 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.