Your representative’s local offices are open for anybody to visit. Take advantage of this by showing up with a small group and asking for an impromptu meeting. Even without an appointment, it is much harder for a staffer to turn away a group than a single constituent.
- Find out where your representatives local offices are -- check their official webpages
- Call the district office a month or so in advance and ask to schedule a meeting with your group when the member is home on recess
- If the legislator isn’t available, meet with a staffer — the best person to meet with is the District Director
- Prepare several questions ahead of time, but focus on only one issue and one request of the legislator
- Recruit 3-5 community members, leaders, friends and allies to join you in the meeting
- Prepare with your group and rehearse the order in which you want to talk for your 10-15 meeting
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