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[Updated] Let's Blitz Congress!

Space Exploration Legislative Blitz, Feb 23rd - 25th

Posted by Casey Dreier

2014/01/17 04:08 CST

Topics: FY2014 NASA Budget, Space Policy, astronomy, events and announcements, human spaceflight, Planetary Society Political Advocacy

Update: The blitz is at capacity! Thank you to everyone for signing up and to everyone else for all of your interest. I'll be posting updates after the blitz in February. --Casey

The Space Exploration Alliance (of which The Planetary Society is part) is organizing the 2014 Legislative Blitz, happening February 23rd - 25th in Washington, D.C. We're organizing hundreds of meetings with lawmakers throughout Congress to speak up for space exploration, and we need your help.

It costs $25 to register (only $10 for students), which pays for materials and room rentals. We'll have two days of meetings and one day of training, though you can pick and choose which days you'd like to participate in. We'll train you on how to talk to lawmakers, prep you with major talking points, and guide you through the halls of Congress. We'll also have special social gatherings in the evening after both days.

U.S. Capitol Building

Andy Withers

U.S. Capitol Building

The Society has focused a lot on Planetary Science funding lately, but this blitz incorporates all space exploration. This is a big picture event.

We're arguing for an increased commitment to NASA, for human space exploration of Mars, more scientific missions to the solar system and space telescopes. We're here to show that yes, people care about space exploration in the United States; that we hold in our collective hands an astonishing potential, and that we just need to decide to act.

The sooner you register the better decisions we can make regarding meetings, rooms sizes, etc. So please register as soon as you can and join us in Washington, D.C. this February. (You'll have to make your own decisions regarding places to stay, but I'd recommend using Kayak or AirBNB to book rooms close to the Capitol building).

I'll post more details about this in coming weeks, but also make sure to pass it along to your friends.

 

Or read more blog entries about: FY2014 NASA Budget, Space Policy, astronomy, events and announcements, human spaceflight, Planetary Society Political Advocacy

Comments:

Steven Durham: 01/19/2014 11:43 CST

Obama stop been a stick in the mud + invest $1.5 billion in the planetry scoiety

Shayla Williams: 01/19/2014 07:00 CST

I would absolutely love to participate, but find it a little cost prohibitive. Would anyone be willing to share and split the cost of a room? Is anyone going to be driving from or through NC that I could carpool with?

Herbert Thompson: 01/19/2014 09:32 CST

I'll be on the Hill February 26th and would love to support the Society's efforts - where can I find the Talking Points? Why would you charge people to help support the cause of a organization they belong to? I'm a charter member and find that a bit suspect :( It's costs you almost nothing to share the info you would like us to present to members - I will not need a meeting room to visit members.

Casey Dreier: 01/19/2014 09:51 CST

Herbert: The blitz is organized by the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA), a loose collection of space societies (http://spaceexplorationalliance.org). It's a bigger-picture event, geared towards demonstrating constituent support of space exploration by the United States. The $25 registration fee pays for all of the printed materials, room rental, and the small amount of labor required to organize everything. I've been assured that this all goes into expenses – the SEA does not profit from this event. I'll make sure to post the talking points for the Blitz once they are finalized. The Society has talking points specifically for planetary science posted on our main Save Our Science page. The direct link for this PDF is here: http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/resources... We always encourage our members to visit their representatives, so please let me know what feedback you receive.

Burton Weast: 01/22/2014 06:03 CST

As a former Oregon Lobbyist and AA for Senator Wyden (I am now retired) I would be glad to contact him. However, the talking points link doesn't seem to work.

Casey Dreier: 01/23/2014 03:40 CST

Burton: Apologies... the correct URL is this one: http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/resources/society/advocacy/2013/FY14-NASA-Budget-Congressional-leave-behind-Planetary-Society.pdf

John Timlin: 02/04/2014 04:08 CST

I ahppen to live in Baltimore, so it's only a 40 minute drive to the red line for me. So would I be able to come out for the blitz or would I need to pay the fee also?

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