Getting Started

1) Read this law on the books . With our bill we are asking for this to be enforced. 2)Contact the US Senator or Congress person’s scheduler to make an appointment with their aide on campaign finance during this five day time period where fellow Greens from every state will also join you on The Hill.
3) Coordinate the preferred method of transportation and accommodations for the days you will be there for each lobby member. Check the Travel page for more information.
4) Plan for 10 – 15 minutes meeting time for each of the 2 Senators from your state and each Congress member during the hours of 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday of this 5 day session.
5) The photo and press conference at the steps of the Supreme Court will be on Wednesday April 3rd at 3:00pm.

Contact the US Senator or Congress person’s scheduler to make an appointment with their aide on campaign finance during this five day time period where fellow Greens from every state will also join you on The Hill.
6) Coordinate the preferred method of transportation and accommodations for the days you will be there for each lobby member. Check the Travel page for more information.
7) Plan for 10 – 15 minutes meeting time for each of the 2 Senators from your state and each Congress member during the hours of 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday of this 5 day session.
8) The photo and press conference at the steps of the Supreme Court will be on Wednesday April 3rd at 3:00pm.

9) Stay tuned for suggested questions to ask during the visit and also for the bill that is in the works which we ask each member to sponsor/co-sponsor.
10) Keep in mind that while our united effort will be to get all elections publicly funded your fellow state Greens may also want other concerns brought up as well. Make a plan on what you will leave for the legislator in regards to all of these issues.
11) Feel empowered to use your Constitutional right to petition your government and participate in creating and enforcing the laws that enhance a better form of democracy that is one of our international four pillars.

Questions to ask Congresspeople    (click to view pdf)

What to wear:

Think business casual. Be comfortable, for sure, but having a look that shows a bit of professionalism helps our approach.

It’s not like one has to wear a suit and tie, but if one can be comfortable in a suit – by all means do it. Depending on how many days you plan to be there you could wear something different, but if there for several days you could mix and match and also keep in mind you are going to different offices and if you have a designated outfit to wear while lobbying for a couple of hours a day, it can be what you wear for that and then change for the rest of the day.

You can get decent office clothes at chain stores like Marshall’s and TJMAX . When we were there in 2010, it was fun to see a bit of surprise that the aides had because I had a dress on and Josh had on dress slacks, a collared button down shirt and penny loafers. They might have expected Greens in tie dyed t-shirts.  So we have the Green Party golf shirts in our merchandise still, I believe. Dresses or pant suits are fine (don’t let the fact that Hillary Clinton wore pantsuits influence you choice there – LOL). I wore high heels and switched them out in the elevator to sneakers that we carried there in a backpack. While that experience was kinda funny – I am not doing that again. Just be SURE to wear comfortable shoes, but if you don’t be sure to bring some along. There is mostly hard marble flooring in every building and of course concrete in the surrounding Capital area. Lots of walking. But there are elevators and handicap access. Mostly, we stress to be comfortable. ~ Jennifer Sullivan

Finding your Congresspeople and Senators

US House

US Senate

Congress At Your Fingertips

Can’t attend? You can still participate! Visit this link for actions you can do.