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The 2016 August Home District Blitz

All of the materials for the August ASD/NSS/SFF Home District Blitz can be found below:

You are ready to start storming! Your first priority is to get an appointment. The directions below may be helpful:

  • Google the legislator’s Official Site
  • “Contact Me"
  • “Request a Meeting”
  • Call “Phone Number” at bottom of page, AND/OR:
  • Fill out “Request Form”
  • Wait for response—if none, try again, and again, etc.  

The actual information for the meeting request should be something like:
Calling by phone: (Probably you will get a secretary)

“Hello! I am a member of the National Space Society and would like to know if I can arrange a meeting with Representative________ or one of his staff members?”

You’ll probably be told to send an email message and /or fill out a “Request for a Meeting Form.” For email or Request Form you might have to select a topic, like “Science.” Here is a sample:

Dear Representative______________, [Change to “Senator” if needed]

I am a member of the National Space Society and would like to know if I can arrange a meeting with you or one of your staff members?

The purpose of the meeting:

  • We would be supporting a Citizens’ Space Agenda advocating space development and space settlement. We are unpaid citizen volunteers.
  • We would be asking Representative  ______ if he/she would support legislation relating to the exploration, development, and settlement of space, and specifically H.R. 4752
  • Generally, we advocate collaboration between NASA and private space industry in developing a program to accomplish this.

Please let me know if a meeting is possible.

Sincerely,
Your name

 

 


NSS Political Action Network (PAN)

The PAN is NSS's phone tree and is instrumental in contacting members personally to notify them of important issues and to request their participation in efforts to call, write, or email others, including their elected representatives, about particular space issues.  This activity is open to all NSS members.  Please join the NSS and its Political Action Network using our Online Membership Form. See also Guidelines for Contacting Congress.

2015 Success Story: Who Ya Gonna Call? The Oklahoma Space Alliance

NSS members often associate Congressional visits with events like the SEA Blitz, the March Storm, and the August Home District Blitz. Even so, the great majority of these visits are with staff, not the Senators/Congress members themselves.

Hence, it was with considerable surprise when the office of Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK District 1) called Steve Swift, the President of the local NSS Chapter (the Oklahoma Space Alliance) requesting a briefing on space matters. Bridentstine is on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment.

Steve and members of the Oklahoma Space Alliance ended up talking with the Congressman himself for 1-½ hours on February 18, 2015!  To prepare for this important meeting, the chapter prepared a four-page document of talking points. Although this document is localized to the situation in Oklahoma, it is a good model for any NSS Chapter to follow. Please join us in congratulating Steve and the Oklahoma Space Alliance on this significant achievement!!!

Prior Blitzes

The National Space Society participates in the annual Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) legislative blitzes in Washington DC in which space advocates let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious and sustainable path forward in space. The Space Exploration Alliance includes groups ranging from NSS and Explore Mars to AIAA, the Moon Society, the Mars Society, the Planetary Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, SEDS, and Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation.

In September 2012, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech, members of the National Space Society (NSS) went to Capitol Hill and urged Congress to support our nation’s space program in a Legislative Blitz that was co-organized with Explore Mars, Inc.

SEA Blitz Participants
2012 SEA Blitz participants (click image for larger version)

Every February, as the U.S. Congress begins its deliberations on the federal budget, NSS members visit Representatives and Senators in their offices in Washington, DC, in support of the Society's most important space-related agenda items for the year. This event, held over a three-day period, typically involves meetings with over one hundred congressional offices. This activity is open to all NSS members — no experience necessary, and, the more the better! — and allows members of Congress to hear directly from their constituents about the importance of expanding civilization into space. 


NSS Policy Committee

The National Space Society's Policy Committee is responsible for formulating and implementing the Society's positions on space activities, from NASA to industry to commercial and entrepreneurial spaceflight. As a grass-roots advocacy and educational organization, NSS is proactive and forward-thinking in sharing its message with the public and with elected officials. The NSS Policy Committee, chaired by NSS Executive Vice President Dale Skran, seeks to further the NSS mission through the following:

Policy Formulation

The Policy Committee discusses, debates, and formulates the positions that the NSS takes to advance the cause of human beings living and working in communities beyond the Earth. These positions are reflected in formal position papers, letters to elected officials, press releases, web site content, and messages presented during one of grassroots visit to Congress that NSS supports, which include the February SEA Blitz, the March Storm, and the August Home District Blitz.

Policy Implementation

The Policy Committee also serves to call our members to action, and to otherwise communicate NSS messages and policy positions to the public and to elected officials. Policy implementation activities include activating the NSS Political Action Network and providing logistical support for the Legislative Blitz.

What is an NSS Position on Legislative Matters?

There are two kinds of NSS Positions on Legislative Matters:

  • Statements, including press releases, position papers, and open letters that are approved by the NSS Policy Committee.
  • Statements, oral or in writing, provided by the Chair of the NSS Policy Committee, who is empowered via the Bylaws of NSS to speak on behalf of NSS on Legislative matters.

What is not an NSS Position on Legislative Matters?

Pretty much everything except what is listed just above, including:

  • Statements by NSS BOD members
  • Statements or positions from NSS Chapters or the Chapters Assembly
  • Statements by individual NSS members
  • Statements by NSS employees or contractors
  • Statements by NSS officers who are not the Chair of the NSS Policy Committee
  • Statements by the Chair of the Policy Committee provided with a disclaimer that they are not official NSS positions

Where can I find official NSS positions on Legislative Matters?

There are three places/methods of finding NSS positions:

  • The NSS Position Papers page, where you will find a list of official position papers. These papers are the official voice of NSS on legislative matters. 
  • The list of NSS press releases. Statements found in NSS press releases can also be viewed as NSS positions. 
  • You can write the Chair of the NSS Policy Committee, dale.skran@nss.org.

Where can I find other kinds of NSS positions?

There are various items on the NSS web page that should be considered official positions of NSS apart from the Legislative page. For example, the NSS Space Settlement Roadmap is an example of an official NSS position found on the NSS web site.

Prior Legislative Alerts:

 


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