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Spring Lobby Weekend

March 18-21, 2017 in Washington, DC

By Jessica Del Villar, Andrew Silva, Katie Breslin

For the first time in a generation, we have an opportunity to enact concrete policies that would begin to construct an economic system that benefits all.

Whose Economy?

The U.S. is a wealthy nation, yet our economic system is stacked against the majority of people in this country.

The U.S. is a wealthy nation, yet our economic system is stacked against the majority of people in this country, particularly people living in poverty, communities of color, and recent immigrants.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are committed to finding solutions to bridge the inequality gap - but they need to hear from grassroots advocates like you about why they need to take action now.

This year, we'll be dismantling income inequality.

Come to Spring Lobby Weekend and urge Congress to:

  • Support a jobs program for the 21st century.
  • Modernize our unemployment system for today's workforce.
  • Stop taxing single people and people under 25 into poverty.
Register for Spring Lobby Weekend 2017 

Join hundreds of young adults for training and advocacy in Washington, DC. This year's event will be held from March 18-21.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spring Lobby Weekend 

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

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, March 18

  • Welcome
  • Intro to Economic Justice

Sunday, March 19

  • Policy Deep Dives
  • Telling Your Story

Monday, March 20

  • Workshops
  • Using the Media for Advocacy

Tuesday, March 21

  • Lobby Day!
Students hold Spring Lobby Weekend sign
Students hold Spring Lobby Weekend sign

[LEFT] Students from Scattergood Friends School. Emily Sajewski / FCNL [RIGHT] A Spring Lobby Weekend participant takes a selfie with Sen. Cory Booker (NJ). Chris Letts / FCNL


The event will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC on March 18-21, 2017.

Registration Fees:

  • $50 - Regular rate
  • $25 - Reduced rate for people with low incomes


FCNL has reserved a large block of housing at a hostel near the Spring Lobby Weekend venue. If you are interested in arranging housing through FCNL, you can indicate this on your registration.

Housing costs $40/night and is available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. There is financial support available to lessen or cover the cost of housing.

For additional information, please visit the FAQ page.

Financial Support

If you are an individual interested in financial support, please first complete a registration, which does not require payment. You may indicate you’re interested in support as part of your registration and you will be automatically emailed an application. If you are a group interested in financial support or housing options, please contact Andrew Silva directly at andrew@fcnl.org.

Jessica Del Villar

  • Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach

Jessica is part of the 2016-2017 class of Young Fellows and serves as the Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach. She primarily focuses her efforts on recruiting for Spring Lobby Weekend. Jessica is a LA native and recent graduate of Duke University where she studied Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Latino Studies.

Andrew Silva

  • Events Planner and Registrar

Andrew Silva serves as the Events Planner and Registrar. Andrew helps to plan and execute FCNL events related to governance, lobbying, and fundraising. He also handles financial assistance and support for participants and assists with recruitment efforts in the hopes of both increasing attendance and expanding FCNL’s constituency. Since joining FCNL as the receptionist and then administrative coordinator, all events have experienced growth in attendance from the year previous. Andrew also serves on a working group tasked with expanding diversity and inclusion efforts at FCNL.

Katie Breslin

  • Advocacy Corps Coordinator

As FCNL’s Advocacy Corps Coordinator, Katie organizes, trains, and supports the efforts of 18 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.