Time to Plan District Advocacy Meetings
By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, July 1st, 2013
For the third year in a row, members of the National Peace Corps Association are gearing up for a concerted effort to meet with members of Congress (or their staff) during the traditional August summer recess.
This year’s activity kicked off a little early, as eight Massachusetts RPCVs attending Peace Corps Connect – Boston, coordinated a meeting with the district office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Along with sharing their Peace Corps experiences and the positive impacts Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) bring to the Bay State, the group thanked Senator Warren for being an original co-sponsor of the Peace Corps Equity Act, and urged her to be a strong voice for robust Peace Corps funding in Fiscal Year 2014.
The group came away so energized from the experience, they are starting to organize other meetings for August with other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. They’ve got one additional meeting already scheduled and they are going for more!
When it comes to August district advocacy meetings, Massachusetts RPCVs are getting us off to a great start!
The question is…are you ready to join in and help the Peace Corps advocacy message sweep across the nation?
Ready to Help? Here’s What You Do:
Step 1: The first step is to go to the bottom of our August District Advocacy Page to see if anyone is listed yet as planning to help coordinate meetings in your region. If someone is listed, please contact them to express your interest in participating or assisting. This is very important, as we want to make sure we don’t have multiple people requesting a meeting with the same congressional office.
Step 2: If no one is listed for your area and you are willing to organize one or more meetings in your area, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today. Let us know where you live and what office (or offices) you would like to organize a meeting with.
In the coming days, we will reach out to you with some basic instructions on how to schedule meetings with your district offices. You will take the lead on scheduling the meeting and (if possible), finding 1 – 3 other local RPCVs to form an advocacy team. We will help provide you with participants if necessary. We will also provide you with background materials and key talking points to help you plan and prepare for your meetings.
The Boston get-together with Senator Warren’s staff is district meeting number one for 2013. How many meetings do you think our community can organize this year?