Advocacy Week: 26-30 April 2021
Virtual Capitol Hill Meetings, Webinars, Write Your Members of Congress, and More
The week of 26-30 April 2021 OSA will be holding a week of activities for OSA members in the United States to advocate for optics and photonics to U.S. policy makers and to learn about policy opportunities. During OSA Advocacy Week, listen to webinars that provide tips for communicating to members of Congress, learn about different opportunities provided by OSA for getting involved, and how OSA can help you with these activities. OSA will provide opportunities to write your members of Congress and to participate in Virtual Capitol Hill Meetings (deadline to sign up for hill meetings has passed). Advocacy Week participation has no fees.
Webinar topics will include information and tips for hosting a district visit (members of Congress touring your facility or laboratory), tips for what information you should include in a "Write Your Rep" letter, hear about a unique public policy learning experience and career opportunity known as a Congressional Fellowship, learn about why you should participate in Capitol Hill Visits and what to expect if you sign up, and much more.
Thursday, 29 April, View Webinar Recording – Congressional Fellowship Q&A: A Unique Career and Learning Opportunity for PhD Scientists and Engineers
Wednesday, 28 April, View Webinar Recording - Get Involved: Learn more about OSA’s public policy programs and how you can get involved
Tuesday, 27 April, View Webinar Recording – Writing your Members of U.S. Congress: Tips for writing an effective letter
Write Your Members of Congress
If you are unable to participate in the Virtual Capitol Hill Meetings, you can choose to write your members of Congress instead. For those interested in reinforcing the issues being discussed during the virtual meetings, OSA will have template letters prepared for you to edit and send to your members of Congress. OSA will also hold a webinar to provide tips for making your letter more impactful. Letters provided include support for R&D funding and the RISE Act, the Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus, and the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act.
Write to your U.S. members of Congress
Virtual Capitol Hill Meetings
U.S. Congressional Representatives need to hear from the scientists and engineers who live or work in the districts they represent. OSA is organizing virtual meetings the week of 26-30 April to give OSA members who live in the U.S. the opportunity to advocate to members of Congress and their staff. OSA will organize and schedule the meetings, put you in a group with other participants from your state, provide you with training, and an OSA staff member or experienced participant will attend each meeting with you. The deadline to sign up for Virtual Capitol Hill Meetings has passed. Thank you to all the volunteers who have signed up to participate.