Here’s How You Can Take Advantage of The Congressional Recess

April 14, 2017

Photo by George Miller (CC BY 2.0)
Photo by George Miller (CC BY 2.0)

For the next two weeks, the entire Congress will be in recess; working from their district offices back home. This is the perfect opportunity for you to engage with your Members of Congress (MOCs) on issues that you care about. Congress will only take action when you speak up, so let them hear you loud and clear! Here are three things you can do to be effective during this recess:

     1. Participate in a town hall and other public events.

As MOCs head back to their districts, they will be holding local town halls to meet with voters, give updates, and hear from their constituents directly. Use the Town Hall Project to find one near you. If your MOCs are not holding town halls or other public events, reach out to their offices and urge them to participate.

     2. Request a meeting with your MOCs in their district office.

Take a group of voters with you and request a one-on-one meeting with your MOC or their staff. This is a great opportunity to discuss the issues you support or oppose. Use this tool to find the contact information of your MOCs.

The following pieces of legislation are crucial and still their making the way through Congress: Senator Ben Cardin's (MD-D) bill S. 411 which would end racial and religious profiling across all 50 states, Senator Kamala Harris’s (CA-D) bill S. 349 which would guarantee access to legal counsel for those detained while attempting to enter the United States, and Representative Don Beyer’s bill H.R. 1566 which will strengthen hate crime reporting. All three of these bills are worthy of your support.

     3. Connect with other local groups.

Local groups are doing great work holding MOCs accountable. Connect with your local Indivisible, ACLU, and MoveOn groups to find others who share your values. There is power in numbers; we see the effect of this every single day.

We encourage you to use these resources during this recess period. You have the power to enact change in Congress but only if your Members of Congress hear from you. If there is something we can do to help, please email us at action@mpac.org.

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