Advocating to Policy Makers
"You can change the image of things to come. But you can't do it sitting on your hands...The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges."
--The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America Chair.
Representatives and politicians DO listen to their constituents. That's why it's important to advocate for causes you support. Make your voice heard beyond the voting booth and let congress know that funding for research is important; it's important for the economy, for innovation, for medical advancement, and for the future. You can be an effective advocate!
How to be an effective Advocate: A quick guide on the do's and don'ts of advocacy.
What you can do now
- Stay informed with Research!America's Advocacy Network and Issue Alerts
- Call or write to your congressional Representative
- Arrange a meeting with your congressional Representatives
- Attend a town hall meeting
- Engage the media: Write an op-ed piece or letter to the editor