FWD.us is proud to announce a new way to help constituents and advocacy organizations have productive meetings with members of Congress on the topic of immigration reform.
Starting today, anyone is able to access FWD.us Push4Reform information packets tailored specifically to each member of Congress on the topic of immigration reform. These packets include in-depth constituent stories, letters from within each member’s respective district, state-specific statistics, and access to additional resources.
Why this matters:
When individuals meet with their Congress member, they often attend the meeting armed with only their personal experience. While powerful, these meetings can also sometimes end without a specific request of the member of Congress.
When advocacy organizations meet with a Representative, a staff member will typically compile a one-off packet of information containing relevant statistics and individuals affected by the issue at hand, containing:
- A high-level overview of the issue at hand
- Statistics and information about how the issue will affect the Representative’s state and district
- Key immigration reform resources
- A collection of high-quality stories and other personal content that will help the Representative understand the issue from an individual’s perspective
Finding these statistics, stories, and letters that are pertinent to each Representative’s district is often the most time consuming part. With 535 Members of Congress, this is a daunting task for many organizations. And it’s even more of a daunting task for a constituent to compile information about why their very personal story should matter to their member of Congress.
How we’re changing the game:
FWD.us has brought together the power of these important statistics and personal stories with our ability make this always up-to-date information available at the click of a button.
Now, when an advocate wants to meet with Rep. Mike Honda about why immigration reform is important to her and her community, she can simply visit Push4Reform and print or email the information packet tailored to her district.
We’re excited to offer a new product that allows more people to have more informed, impactful conversations about the incredible benefits of immigration reform. Some of us have our own stories, some want to tell stories of friends. And for those of us who aren’t economists, having a resource that presents state-specific data is a huge help.
Does this have everything it should? Not yet! We need your help to make sure we continue to build a great tool that has the most powerful and precise arguments for immigration reform. Your stories and letters can help tremendously with this effort so we hope you can share your own immigration story on Built By Immigrants or write a public letter to your representative. Finally, let us know in the comments what else you’d like to see in these Push4Reform info packets!
We’re continuing to use traditional grassroots organizing tactics combined with the power of technology to help drive meaningful conversations between constituents and their legislators. Push4Reform packets are one more way we’re helping to bridge the gap between tech and politics.