1. Background

Lobbying at Annual Meeting

November 14-17, 2020

This year our practice of fierce love must include lobbying Congress for strong action to address police abuse that results in murder and violence against Black people, the militarization of the police, and legislation that begins to transform policing.

Legislative Ask America Needs Police Reform 

We call on Congress to swiftly pass meaningful police reform legislation.

Understanding the Issue

As we prepare to lobby at FCNL’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute, learn more from José Woss about the role that national legislation can play in addressing the crisis of racism, police brutality, and the militarization of police.

Lobby Day FAQ

How will lobby visits work?

FCNL’s Organizing Data Strategist Justin Hurdle is coordinating with congressional offices to schedule lobby visits for each state’s delegation on Tuesday, Nov. 17 (from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST). You will receive an initial lobby visit schedule in mid-October.

Because our lobby day takes place just two weeks after the Nov. 3 election, most appointments will not be finalized until the days leading up to the event.

Who will be in my meeting?

You will be connected with other constituents from your state in mid-October.

  • Senate: Senate visits will include others from your state.
  • House: House visits will only include constituents from your congressional district.

We are working with congressional offices to schedule visits with both your senators and representative. However, based on their availability, we cannot guarantee appointments with all three offices.

I’ve never lobbied before, what training and support will FCNL provide?

We’re excited you will be lobbying with us! Training sessions and resources to prepare you to lobby on Nov. 17 will be provided ahead of the event – stay tuned for updates. On Monday, Nov. 16, your delegation will receive a lobby training with an FCNL staff member. (See the full schedule here.)

What if my member of Congress loses re-election or is retiring?

There is a chance that legislation could be voted on before the current congressional session ends, so it’s still important to lobby your member of Congress even if they are not elected to the next session that begins in January 2021.

What technology do I need to have in order to participate in lobby visits?

Like the rest of the Annual Meeting/QPPI event, we will use Zoom for lobby visits. You can choose to join the visits via the Internet (using Zoom’s video conferencing feature) or by telephone through the provided dial-in information. Some visits may use a different technology if the meeting is setup by the congressional office. If that happens, it will be noted in your lobby visit schedule. FCNL will arrange the zoom links.

Questions About Lobbying

Lobby questions can be directed to Justin Hurdle at 202-465-7565 or jhurdle@fcnl.org.