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Your Job Isn’t Done – We Still Need Your Help!
By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach
The election may be over, but your job is not done! Being an advocate for the AIA means more than just voting – it is even more important to forge relationships with your legislators and members of their staff. Building those relationships means a commitment to year-round advocacy, and that starts the moment the lawmakers are elected.
AIA members have the opportunity to work on these relationships through the Grassroots conference in the spring and other events throughout the year. To help facilitate members creating these ties earlier, we have created a new part of DesignVote12. Now that the election is over, we need AIA members to introduce new members of Congress to the AIA. This includes newly elected legislators in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. By meeting with them soon after the election, we can be assured that they will come to Washington with the needs of the architectural community on the forefront of their minds.
Think you don’t have time to meet with your legislator? Setting up a meeting is easier than you think. Consult our seven steps to scheduling an in-district meeting to see just how simple it is. AIA Advocacy has also already developed talking points for you to use in your meeting, and will be providing a full list of newly-elected legislators with their office contact information as it becomes available.
If you can schedule a meeting with your newly elected members of Congress or their staff, send us an email to let us know. AIA Advocacy staff will make sure that you have the support and tools you need to start building strong relationships immediately.
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