Your help is essential in reaching our nation’s leaders. While significant scientific progress has been made in the past decade, there are competing forces in the political arena willing to set science back 100 years. These groups have the resources, the volunteers and the funding to make real and lasting political changes. Don’t let America fall behind in scientific innovation and research. The scientific community should be the most outspoken authority on matters of science policy, your voice is too important to go unheard.
As the world shrinks and advocacy groups begin to adapt their message for specific audiences, elected officials find themselves inundated with special interests (biomedical research, education, transportation, agricultural, and countless others). To reach Members of Congress, the messages you deliver have to be accurate, believable and clear (ABC). This applies whether you email, tweet, meet in person, or send a letter.
These are an effective way to deliver your message. And, as elected officials, members and their staff meet with constituents regularly. You don’t even have to come to Washington, D.C. to make this happen; you can schedule a visit at the local district office.
Attending a Town Hall Meeting
Another great way to meet your member and get your issues on their radar is to attend a town hall meeting and ask a question. Members schedule these throughout the year; sometimes in person and sometimes via phone. Find a town hall meeting near you.
The Society office is here to help! Send an email to Ellen Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance preparing for a meeting.