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Congressional Day of Action: 9 – 10 February 2020

The Planetary Society will hold its annual Day of Action at the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on 9 and 10 February 2020.

Right now, the future of Mars exploration, human exploration at the Moon, and space astronomy at NASA is being decided in the halls of Congress. It is critical that space advocates like you be heard in this debate. Join us: show Congress that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.

The Pennsylvania Contingent Advocating for Space

Antonio Peronace for The Planetary Society

The Pennsylvania Contingent Advocating for Space
Planetary Society members from Pennsylvania meet with Sen. Pat Toomey's (R-PA) office during the 2019 Day of Action in Washington, D.C.

We Provide the Meetings

After you register, we will arrange a minimum of three meetings with the offices of your representatives (both Senate offices and your Representative in the House). Meetings can be either with staff or with the elected official, depending on availability. A full schedule will be provided to you in advance of the event.

We Provide the Training

There will be an information and training session for all registered participants on the afternoon of Sunday, 9 February, led by The Society's chief advocate Casey Dreier. Additionally, you can prepare for the experience by taking the Society's free online class, Space Advocacy 101. Our training ensures you have time to practice your pitch to congressional offices, gives you an opportunity to meet your fellow group members, and helps you learn about the current political and budgetary landscape facing NASA and space exploration in the United States.

We will provide you with recommended talking points and other supporting materials during your training on 9 February.

You Provide Your Travel

Every participant is responsible for their own travel to and lodging in Washington, D.C. Our congressional visits occur during a busy time of year in the nation's capital, so we recommend making your travel plans as soon as possible.

Need travel tips and recommendations? We have some for you.

Who Can Register?

Any U.S. resident over 18 years old is encouraged to participate. Individuals under 18 may participate under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

What's It Like?

You can read this account by a Planetary Society member or a summary of our 2019 Day of Action. You can also listen to this episode of the Space Policy Edition podcast:

The following are two videos from earlier incarnations of our event when we were part of the Space Exploraiton Alliance "legislative blitz."

  1. The Congressional Blitz - Training Day
  2. The Congressional Blitz - Out around Capitol Hill
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