Ready, Set, Advocate! It’s AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day

By Elizabeth Holland

Today, nearly two dozen of your law librarian colleagues will meet with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss the most pressing issues affecting your profession. Help to magnify their influence and make a difference for law libraries by contacting your members of Congress today!

Our Legislative Action Center is ready to send customizable emails to your members of Congress on our top Lobby Day issues with just the click of a button. Prefer to advocate over the phone?  You can find lobby day talking points on all of our legislative priorities on AALLNET, along with our best tips for contacting legislators.

This year, Lobby Day participants are targeting members of Congress with specific asks based on their interests and committee assignments. If you registered in advance to participate in our Virtual Lobby Day, you will have already received the materials you need to take action on targeted issues. If not, never fear! Enter your home address in our Legislative Action Center to get all the information you’ll need about your members of Congress.  For instance, you can consider your members’ committee assignments to determine what issues they’re most likely to support. If your Congressman sits on the House Judiciary committee, pitch him on ECPA reform. If he sits on House Oversight, consider asking him to co-sponsor FASTR. If he voted “yea” on the Amash amendment to defund the NSA, you may have luck in asking him to co-sponsor the USA FREEDOM Act. On the Senate side, Rules Committee members can be approached about supporting the Government Publishing Act of 2014 to change the name of GPO. Senate Judiciary Committee members are good targets for ECPA reform or the USA FREEDOM Act. Are your members of Congress on the Appropriations Committees? Contact them in support of GPO and LC. The Action Center profiles will also show if your legislators are co-sponsors of AALL’s target legislation—if they’re not, you can ask them to co-sponsor.

Participating in the Virtual Lobby Day is really that painless. By making a call or sending an email today, you’ll give AALL a strong showing on Capitol Hill and help to advance a policy agenda that makes a difference for law libraries.

Thanks for all that you do!

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