On Monday, June 8, 2020–the fourth and final day of our conference–we take Capitol Hill! Hold your members of Congress accountable and educate them on the most pressing feminist issues.
Before You Get to the Hill
You will need to schedule meetings ahead of time with your members of Congress. Here’s how:
- Call your representatives and senators’ offices. To call directly, find your senators’ contact information at senate.gov and your representative’s number at house.gov. You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for the member by name.
- When you get through to the office, explain that you are a constituent and that you will be in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 8 as part of the Feminist Majority Foundation-National Organization for Women joint conference. Ask to schedule a short meeting with the member of Congress, ideally, or if they are not available, the women’s issues staffer. The best time to meet is 12-4 PM.
- If you are unable to schedule a meeting, don’t lose hope. Once you are on the Hill, you can drop in on your Congress members or join forces with another group.
Unsure what to say on the phone? Here’s a sample script:
Hello, my name is _______, and I’m a constituent in Congressperson ______________’s district. I will be in D.C. on Monday, June 8 for the Feminist Majority Foundation and NOW conference and I’d like to schedule a meeting with (your congressperson’s name) to talk about women’s issues.”
Let them respond first. If your congressperson is unavailable, ask to schedule a meeting with their women’s issues staffer instead.
If you have trouble contacting your congressperson’s office or if you are planning to visit in a large group, please reach out to us; we are happy to help!
On Congressional Visit Day
On Monday morning, we will host a briefing to give you ideas and tips for meeting with your representatives and senators. Then we will break so that everyone can visit their Congress members. In the afternoon, we’ll invite you to join us for lunch to share how your visit went!
If you aren’t able to join us for the Congressional Visit Day, we encourage you to make an appointment to see your Congress members in their state or district offices when you get home.
Call us at 703-522-2214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.