Make Connecting with Your Members of Congress a Priority in August

It's Not Too Late to Connect with Congress During August Recess

Dear Parkinson's Advocate,

Congress is now in recess through September 8, and your Members are back home meeting with people in your community every day. If you haven’t already made plans to visit with your Representative and Senators over the next few weeks, it’s not too late to reach out to schedule a one-on-one meeting with them or members of their staff.

Even if you are unable to schedule a meeting, there are still a number of ways that you can interact with your Members of Congress and their staff to make your voice heard.

Visit the PAN website for resources and to learn more about four things you can do to help in August:

1.    Schedule meetings with your elected officials or their staff.
2.    Send messages via social media.
3.    Send a letter to the editor.
4.    Attend a town hall meeting or invite your elected official to a local event.

No matter how you choose to engage, it is critical for the Parkinson’s community to deliver a strong message regarding the importance of preserving and strengthening federal funding for research. Because of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts (sequestration) that went into effect in March – and will remain in effect unless Congress acts – research funding for diseases like Parkinson’s has already faced cuts this year. We can’t afford to let more cuts happen!

Happy August Recess,

Jennifer Sheridan
Director of Policy

P.S.  For any questions, please email me at [email protected].


Date originally posted: August 8, 2013.