Set Up a Meeting with your Representative This Week!
This year we begin to reform the Violence Against Women Act, to stop the injustices, to protect our families, and to save our children.
The name of our campaign is “Truth and Consequences: Election 2006.” Our objective is simple:
To meet with candidates in every single district around the country, explain the abuses of VAWA, and ask for their support to request Congressional hearings right after the November 7 election.
To do that, we’ve put together a Coalition of almost 50 organizations, 37 state-level contact persons, and a variety of Special Reports and other resource materials. These can be seen at
So let’s roll
up our sleeves and get on with it. These are the steps you need to do
Find out what Congressional District you live in. Go to
and enter your Zip code in the box at the top of the page.
Get the telephone number of your Congressman’s local office. You can do this by:
Reviewing your representative’s web page,
Looking up the number in the telephone book, or
Calling the Capitol
switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking to be connected to your
your Congressman’s local office and ask to speak with the
Scheduler. Explain that you are a member of a coalition of 50
organizations around the country. Request to meet with the
Congressman (or staff) to discuss how the Violence Against Women Act
affects families and children. Keep it short and sweet -- you just
want to set up a face-to-face meeting.
Scheduler may ask you to send or fax them a request letter. If so,
just fill in the blanks on the letter shown below and send or fax it right away.
all there is to it! The July 10 Alert will explain how to prepare
for your meeting.
“I belong to an organization in my area that is arranging to
meet with the Representative to talk about VAWA. Should I coordinate
with my group?”
Yes, by all means.
“One of the senators in my state is also up for re-election
this year. Should I try to meet with the Senator, as well?”
Yes. We encourage you to coordinate this meeting with others in your
“The Alert only mentions meeting with the incumbent. What
about the challenger?”
Good question. As the campaign
progresses, we’ll be asking persons to get involved in
activities such as putting up signs and making phone calls for the
candidate. Obviously, you can’t do that for both the incumbent
and the challenger. So you have to choose. The incumbent wins 95% of
all races, so generally you’ll want to meet with the incumbent.
Sample letter for requesting a meeting.
Copy the section below and
paste it into your favorite word processor. Then fill in the
information indicated in [brackets].
[Letterhead with your name, address, and phone number]
[Date of letter]
[Name of scheduler]
[City, state, zip]
Dear [Name of scheduler]:
I am a member of a coalition of 50 organizations around the country. [If you are writing as a representative of a local group, indicate the name of that organization.]
I am following up on our conversation to meet with Congressman [Last name] to discuss the Violence Against Women Act and how it impacts families and children.
The best dates for me to meet are [fill in several dates and/or times, and any other information about location].
Thank you for your help. I'll look forward to hearing from you.
Date of RADAR Release: June 26, 2006
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R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org