We know that constituents building relationships with their representatives and lawmakers is one of the most effective ways to create political change. This Congressional Management Foundation report found that direct constituent interactions have more influence on lawmakers' decisions than other advocacy strategies — and that is where you come in. The District Liaison program exists as a way for politically engaged peace activists like yourself to get connected with other folks in your Congressional district, and leverage your power as a constituent to push your representatives towards peace legislation.
Member of Congress letter directed to Biden, encouraging direct negotiations that address issues involving Ukrainian neutrality as part of a formula for peace.
Contact House and Senate Staffers: https://fcnl.quorum.us/staff
Senate Committee Chairs: https://www.senate.gov/committees/
House Committees: https://www.house.gov/committees
House Staffers: Contacts for House Staffers
Contact Budget, Appropriations & Armed Services Committee Members in the House and Senate
Congressional Liaison Report Back Form
How do I set up a meeting with my representative?
Once you find the contact information for your legislature, most legislators’ websites include a “Request for Meeting” form that you can fill out online OR offer an email address for the person in charge of scheduling their appointments. Before calling your lawmaker’s office, fill out the form or send an email request for a meeting. Use our Request a Meeting Template here.
How can I find out more information about my legislator’s voting record?
You can go to Govtrack.us to find out more about your representative’s voting record. It can also be helpful to go directly to your representative’s website to find out more about their general stance on U.S. foreign policy. There, you’ll also find public statements on particular votes or legislation they’ve introduced, which can be helpful to reference in your meeting with your representative.
How can I find out if my representative is taking campaign contributions from weapons manufacturers?
You can use OpenSecrets.org to search for your representative by name. There, you’ll see your representative’s top campaign contributions by industry AND company. You can then ask your representative to take the CODEPINK pledge to STOP taking campaign contributions from weapons manufacturers.
How can I find out more about the local costs of U.S. Militarism?
Use the National Priorities Project Trade-Offs Tool to understand the budget costs of the Pentagon in your local community. This tool allows you to determine how much of your state, city, and even congressional district’s tax dollars are siphoned into the Pentagon budget every year and, importantly, how we could spend that money for human needs instead.
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