Free the People From Corporate Rule!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday, May 28 will be a “Day of Action to Free the People from Corporate Rule” at Congressional offices across the country.

The goal is to visibly and measurably increase the pressure on House members to co-sponsor the We the People Amendment (HJR48).

>> READ our Call to Action for May 28!

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Find an Action Near You

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What's Needed

  • You, and some friends, or your community group if you already belong to one -- organize a demostration/press conference at the nearest office of your member of Congress.

>> Click here to find your Representative if you don't know or if you're not familiar with where their offices are (click their name to go to their website and check their office locations, depending on the size of your district there might be a couple).

  • Invite 3-5 community organizations to speak at your demonstration about how the issues they work on connect with corporate rule and how ending corporate constitutional rights will help "Free the People" they work to protect.

>> Ask the groups to pass a resolution of support in advance that you can bring into the meeting with your Congressperson (MTA National will provide a template)

  • Schedule a meeting with your Congressperson or their staff (Reps should be back home in their District the week of May 28) to happen right after your demonstration/press conference.

>> Plan to go into the meeting with 4-5 other folks from the event and together request they co-sponsor the We the People Amendment (HJR48).

  • Share what happened to reach more people!

>> MTA National will provide a template press release and tips for taking photos and recording the event to help spread the word on social media to folks who were not in attendance.

>> Sign Up to Organize an Action in Your Community!

Resources

Action Planning Webinar

Download the webinar slides.

Additional Support Webinars:

  • Wednesday, April 10
  • Thursday, April 25
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 22
  • Wednesday, June 5 (debrief)

All support sessions scheduled for 2:30pm Hawaii / 4:30pm Alaska / 5:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Mtn / 7:30pm Central / 8:30pm Eastern

Click here to RSVP for these meetings (not required but strongly encouraged, registration only needed once). 

Suggested Action Planning Timeline

Background on Move to Amend

Check out these resources:

Researching Your Representatives

>> Click here to find your Representative if you don't know who it is.

  • Are they a We the People Amendment co-sponsor? Were they in the last Congress?
     
  • Have they taken Move to Amend's Pledge to Amend?
     
  • What other legislation do they support? (choose their name in the drop down and make sure "sponsor" and "cosponsor" are both selected)
     
  • Who funds your Representative? (enter the name in the search bar)
     
  • Also check their official website to see what they list as their most important priorities -- is there a nexus with corporate power? Do an internet search for their campaign website as well and also check to see if they have a page of endorsing organizations or issues they campaigned on. 

Inviting Community Organizations to Speak at Your May 28 Event

Remember, you have two requests (and of course helping promote the action is appreciated!)

  • Send a speaker to the demonstration
     
  • Pass a resolution of support for the We the People Amendment to present to your Representative at the meeting

Here are materials to help you:

Scheduling Your Meeting with Your Representative

Scheduling of appointments should begin ASAP since your Congressperson's schedule always fills up fast when they are back home. Note that many offices will not confirm a meeting until 1 week out whether you will be able to meet with the Representative themself. A meeting with staff is still very valuable too, don't be discouraged if you don't get the Congressperson. Remember the larger your event the more like the Rep is to make themselves available to personally meet with you.

Get to Know the Name of the Office Scheduler 

The scheduler is typically the only staff member that can schedule a meeting for a member of Congress. However, some offices have a Washington, DC scheduler and a District scheduler. Check your representative’s official website for details on how to contact them. If not, a phone call to the congressional office can secure the name of the scheduler or any other appropriate staff member.

Script for Finding Scheduler Contact Information

“Hi there, I’m calling from the Move to Amend Coalition, and I’m wondering if I could get the name and email address of your scheduler please?”

Submit a Meeting Request with Sufficient Lead Time

Send a formal invitation to the scheduler at least three to four weeks in advance of the proposed visit date. Appointments may either be made by email or by phone. Every office differs in their preferred scheduling process, so please check with them to determine which process to use.

Phone Script

“Hello, my name is [name] from Move to Amend. May I please speak to the in-District scheduler?” (Write down the scheduler’s name. Be sure to get the correct spelling.)

“I am a constituent of Representative / Senator [NAME] and I would like to schedule a meeting with Representative / Senator [NAME] and/or her/his Legislative staff person while [she/he] is in District on May 28. I'd like to discuss the We the People Amendment (currently House Joint Resolution 48) and the importance of addressing the problem of big money in elections and corporate influence over the political and legal process."

"May we do this on the phone, or would you prefer an email or fax?”

At this point, you may either continue, or take down the email address. Although you should make every effort to get a meeting with the legislator, many times you will be referred to the appropriate staff person, e.g., the one who handles legislative or government affairs issues.

If you are able to continue on the phone, let the scheduler know who is coming:

“At this time, the following people will be attending: [list names and affiliations].

We would like to schedule a meeting on May 28 following a demonstration/press conference we will hold in front of your office.”

Note: You may have to contact the office several times before someone returns your call or confirms an appointment. Be persistent and proactive—you are calling as a voting constituent!

Sample Email

Dear [Name of Scheduler],

Volunteers with the national Move to Amend campaign would very much appreciate a meeting on May 28 with [Senator]/[Representative] [Name] and/or [his]/[her] Legislative staff person to discuss the We the People Amendment (currently House Joint Resolution 48) and the importance of addressing the problem of big money in elections and corporate influence over the political and legal process. We are holding a press conference and demonstration outside your office that day and would like to meet with the Representative following the event. 

Thank you so much for your consideration of our request.

Cordially,

[Your name]

Be Prepared to Submit Your Request Multiple Times

Congressional offices receive many requests on a daily basis and often times, communications may be directed to the wrong person. If the Scheduler cannot locate your request, don’t panic. Calmly suggest that you can send the request again. Be sure to be persistent if you don't get a response, and don't just rely on email alone!

Additional Lobbying Resources

Promoting Your Action

  • Half Page Flyer (to use this Google document, make a copy and then enter your specific information in the highlighted areas - you will not be able to edit this file directly)
  • Template press release (coming soon)

Get Creative

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