Activist Toolkit: Engage Policy Makers
Governments are looking to October 2013 as a deadline to finish the TPP. It has never been more critical to express your concerns of and demands for the TPP to the Administration and Members of Congress.
Here are some simple ways to begin.
- Write to the White House: Fracking has no place in the TPP! Use our format or create your own.
- Send a Postcard to your Members of Congress. Protect Workers and the Environment, No More Race to the Bottom!
- Ask your representative a TPP question at a town hall meeting. When Members of Congress are home in their districts, they often hold town hall meetings or forums to gather input from their constituents. These local gatherings provide a great opportunity to voice concerns, questions, and demands regarding the TPP. By asking effective questions at town hall meetings, you can raise awareness of the TPP and push the TPP onto your legislator's agenda. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your town hall meeting.
- Meet your Member of Congress. Meeting with staff in the office of your Member of Congress office is one of the most effective ways you can voice your concerns and impact the outcome of the TPP. While communicating with legislators might sound intimidating at first, organizing a Congressional visit is easy once you know what to expect and how to plan it. Plus, remember that it is the job of Members of Congress to represent their constituents -- they want to know what is important to you. Here are four steps to organizing a successful meeting.
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