1. Background

Frequently Asked Questions About Spring Lobby Weekend

March 23-26, 2019 in Washington, DC

By Katie Breslin, Annie Chiorazzi, Larissa Gil Sanhueza

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Spring Lobby Weekend including some about registration, housing, financial support, and lobbying.

If you cannot find the answer to your question here or want further information, please email annie@fcnl.org.

How do I register?

Registration closed on Friday, March 15.

Please note, payment must be completed by you or your delegation, unless other arrangements are made through FCNL, in order for your registration to be complete. It does not have to happen at the same time as when you submit your registration, but it does have to happen before the event.

How much does registration cost?

Registration costs $50 (with an option of $25 for those with low incomes).

When does registration close?

Online registration will close at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Onsite registration will be available after that point.

What does registration cover?

Registration covers breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, as well as all program materials. Registration does not include travel, housing, dinners, or local transportation.

Is the event only for young adults?

The event is primarily designed for and focused on young adults, however; you do not have to be a young adult to attend. There will be opportunities for those who are not attending Spring Lobby Weekend to support the lobbying happening in DC by taking action at home.

Can high school students/those under 18 attend Spring Lobby Weekend?

Young Adults under the age of 18 are welcome to attend Spring Lobby Weekend. However, given issues of liability, all minors must have a signed permission form that appoints an adult (someone over 18) as being responsible for the underage individual. The form must indicate that their parents/legal guardians grant permission for the adult who is attending Spring Lobby Weekend to be legally responsible for the minor. Additionally, the individual who is named as being legally responsible must attend the entirety of the event.

Those under 18 must fill out and submit this form.

How can I register a group?

The form linked above provides the option to identify if you are coming as part of a group. Please instruct all members of your group to either select the group they are a part of or fill the name in uniformly if it is not in the drop down menu.

Is there housing available?

FCNL has reserved housing at Hosteling International (1009 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001) for $50/night on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights.

The housing block is currently full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact annie@fcnl.org.

Is there financial assistance available?

As of March 5, financial aid has been closed at this time and we are not taking any further requests due to the limits of our financial budget.

What is the schedule?

You can find the most up to date schedule for the event on the main Spring Lobby Weekend page. As we finalize more details, this schedule will be updated.

When should I arrive and depart?

  • Arrival: Registration will open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 and programming will begin promptly at noon. We recommend arriving at the National Press Club by 11:00 a.m. in order to allow time for registration.
  • Departure: Lobby visits will be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, depending on individual offices’ availability. If you are booking your transportation, we recommend booking no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 as lobby visits with your representatives (rather than their staff) are more likely on Tuesday.

What meals are included?

Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are included in your registration fee. Dinners are on your own.

I have a dietary restriction. What do I do?

You may note your dietary restrictions on your registration form. We do our best to cater to dietary restrictions; however, we are limited in our ability to do so while still charging $50 for registration.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

You may receive a refund for your registration or housing payments until Friday, March 15. We will not be providing refunds after that date. No refunds will be given after the conclusion of Spring Lobby Weekend.

Where is the event being held?

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, we will be at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045). On lobby day, we will be based out of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill (212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20003).

How do I get around DC?

Washington, DC is one of the most walkable cities in the country. Additionally, all sites are relatively Metro accessible. Get more information on DC’s transit system..

What should I wear?

Casual dress is acceptable for the portions of the event when you are not lobbying. We strongly advise professional attire for your lobby visits; however, it is up to your personal preference.

We recommend dressing in layers and bringing sweaters as March weather in D.C. is unpredictable. Additionally, it is impossible to control the temperature of the meeting space to fit everyone’s individual preferences.

I have questions. Who should I Contact?

For questions about scheduling your lobby visit, contact Amanda Levin, FCNL's Lobby Visit Coordinator.

For all other questions related to Spring Lobby Weekend, contact Annie Chiorazzi.

Event Spring Lobby Weekend 2020 

Saturday March 28 - Tuesday March 31 in Washington, DC

At Spring Lobby Weekend 2020, hundreds of students, recent grads, Quakers, and young adults will come to Washington, D.C. to lobby their representatives.

Katie Breslin

  • Young Adult Program Manager

As FCNL’s Young Adult Program Manager, Katie organizes, trains, and supports the efforts of young activists and leaders to affect big, long-term change within Congress. She offers hands-on leadership experience for young people across the country who work on their college campus or in their home community to mobilize people to engage with Congress.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Event Planner and Registrar

Annie organizes and executes FCNL’s major events including the Quaker Public Policy Institute, Annual Meeting, and Spring Lobby Weekend. These events host hundreds of Quakers and like-minded folk from around the country to come together to discern our advocacy priorities for the upcoming year and to lobby for passage of legislation in keeping with Quaker values.

Larissa Gil Sanhueza

  • Program Assistant, Young Adult Outreach

As the Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach, Larissa Gil Sanhueza travels around the country to mobilize young adults in our grassroots advocacy network and to recruit attendees for our Spring Lobby Weekend, a four day lobbying and educational event. She also oversees the Delegation Leader Program, which encourages young adults to organize their peers in lobbying efforts and to lead a group traveling to Spring Lobby Weekend.