For those of you who are U.S. voters why not stop by and see your local Congresspersons while you’re in town? Think about it – haven’t we all dreamed of letting them know how we feel? Here’s your chance.
AARO has some suggestions for how to set up the meeting and topics for discussion (though I’m positive that folks here already have that covered, right?) They also include a link to the Overseas Vote Foundation’s fact sheets for each state.
I’m giving it a try. Asking for a meeting was easy since my reps have an automatic meeting request system on their sites. Thus far I have received one answer saying they will try to set up a meeting with my rep in person.
Some other ideas while you happen to be strolling around town:
1. Talk to local media. Ask them to reprint Colleen Graffy’s article so it gets the widest possible distribution. Point them to whatever site or organization you belong to that’s fighting FATCA/CBT.
2. Offer to provide more information to a reporter and accept any and all interview requests. Say that you can attest personally to the accuracy of Graffy’s article and give them a local angle.
3. Write up your experience and see if the local paper will print it.
Love to hear other ideas as well.
Will this do any good? No idea but I think it’s worth trying. My feeling is that it’s a win-win for us. If our reps are willing to talk to us then we win a chance to let them know how we feel up front and in person. If they won’t talk to us, then we have more ammunition for our argument that we are poorly represented AND we have a story for the local media.
But what I like the most about it is that it gives each and everyone one of us an opportunity to advocate and lobby for ourselves. Be persistent mosquitos, folks, and perhaps together we can unleash the perfect swarm.