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May is the Month of the Advocate

By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

    You are your profession’s most influential advocate, and this month we want to celebrate you! Between writing emails to help save 179D, calling on members of Congress to reform federal design-build, and meeting with legislators about the National Design Services Act, our advocates have been busy this year. Throughout May, we want to show you how every AIA member can make a difference through advocacy.

    AIA Advocacy has created the Advocacy Network specifically for this purpose: the ultimate goal is to build a lasting relationship between AIA and Congress, so that every member will be the messenger on key advocacy issues. The Network not only connects AIA staff and components with AIA members, but also AIA members with elected members of Congress. You will even have the chance to connect with other AIA members working on similar issues.

    For the next four weeks, we will be discussing how the Network benefits you, as well as how easy it is to participate. The idea behind the Network is that you dictate how involved you want to be. Being an advocate can often mean simply taking 30 seconds to send an email – which you can do right now via the new Advocacy Action Center!

    Interested in signing up now? Simply click here to send an email to indicate your interest in joining. Make sure to include your name and home address so we can make sure you are aligned with the correct legislators.

    Interested but not sure if the Network is for you? Stay tuned for more pieces throughout the month detailing how you can make a difference and how easy it is to participate.

    Click here to learn more about the Advocacy Network.

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