Meeting in-person with your Members of Congress is an important way to build a relationship with them and hold them accountable. It is also an important way for you to bring them information and experiences on an issue that they might not have, liked we discussed in "What is advocacy and why should I do it?"
Before your meeting, you will need to identify personalized and local information. Your representatives want to know how a bill, or an issue, affects their district or state. They also want personal stories from a constituent related to that bill or issue.
Tip: In addition to meeting with your representatives in person, you can also call their offices, send them letters or emails, and engage with them on social media. We cover some of these tools in “Other ways to engage your Members of Congress."
Before your meeting, there are a few things you’ll want to do.
Tip: You DO NOT need to be an “expert” in the issue(s) you care about in order to have an impact. Your story – your personal experience with the issue and your community’s experience with the issue – is what’s most important.
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