Speak Up for Justice: Request an In-District Meeting

Rembrandt's famous depiction of Esther planning fr her meeting with King Xerxes

by Becca Eastwood

The story of Esther proves the speaking up and advocating to the powerful on behalf of the powerless can change the course of history. This week we encourage you to request an in-district meeting with you Member of Congress during the August recess - or, if you did make a request last week, to follow up with that request.

Two weeks ago, you invited your Members of Congress to read Bishop Seitz of El Paso’s recent pastoral letter on immigration, “Sorrow and Mourning, Flee Away.” A couple days later, the House of Representatives passed a package of spending bills that included $1.6 billion allocated for construction on a border wall. But this is only the first step Congress must take to pass a final spending bill.

Meeting with Members of Congress in your districts and states is a crucial tool for raising the message that Bishop Seitz outlined in his letter:

“I ask lawmakers and policymakers in other parts of the country to end the demonization of our border, our border residents and migrants. Migrants and migration are not problems to be solved, but are rather “a great resource for humanity’s development.” Millions of people here on our border and throughout our country are praying for you and for a resolution to our broken system.”

In a recent survey of congressional staffers, 94% said ‘in-person visits from constituents’ have ‘some’ or ‘a lot’ of influence on an undecided lawmaker.[1]

Members of Congress listen when you visit them. Your voice matters!

How do you request an in-district visit?

  1. Check out page 15 of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s Summer of Action toolkit!
  2. Learn about who represents your community in Congress: go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to find out more about who represents you.
  3. Review the ‘ask’ documents (page 23) in the toolkit for a refresher on what we are asking our Members of Congress to do on the budget.
  4. Call your Member’s local office to request a meeting (numbers can be found on their websites). Sample call scripts and email templates can be found in the toolkit!
  5. Reply to this email if you need any assistance or have any questions! We are happy to help.

As always, email me if you have questions or concerns.