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2014 Legislative Blitzes: Washingon DC in February, Home Districts in August

Washington Legislative Blitz February 23-25, 2014: The National Space Society will be participating in the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) 2014 legislative blitz in Washington DC in February. NSS encourages all members to sign up for and participate in the SEA Blitz as described at www.spaceexplorationalliance.org/blitz/ from Rick Zucker of Explore Mars. Dale Skran, Deputy Chair of the NSS Policy Committee will be coordinating NSS members as needed. Please send him a short email message at dalelskranllc@gmail.com indicating you plan to participate when you sign for the Blitz.

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. The major goal of the SEA blitz from an NSS perspective will be to provide as much support for the NASA budget as possible during these difficult budgetary times. Now is the time to stand up for space and be counted. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, February 23-25, 2014.

Home District Legislative Blitz August 2014: If you live too far from Washington to participate in the 2014 SEA Blitz, NSS is currently planning on organizing a "home district" blitz later in the year, probably during August when Congress is in recess and members of Congress are in their home districts. If you are interested in participating in the home district visits please send an email to Dale Skran at dalelskranllc@gmail.com. This email should contain your contact information. By doing so, you are giving permission for a statewide coordinator to contact you for purposes of organizing home district visits.

Additionally, we are seeking at least one volunteer to coordinate visits in each state. If you are interested, please send an email to that effect to Dale Skran at the email address above. We especially encourage multiple volunteers for larger states such as California and Texas. Thanks for your support.

Dale Skran
Deputy Chair, NSS Policy Committee


Prior Blitzes

From Sunday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 26, 2013, the National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance¬†(SEA) held the annual grassroots visit to Congress known as the “Legislative Blitz,” in which space advocates came to Washington to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious and sustainable path forward in space.

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.

From Sunday, February 26 through Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance held the annual grassroots visit to Congress, known as the “Legislative Blitz.”

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 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 and Find Your Elected Officials.


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 Paul Werbos, 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 our Society's annual grassroots visit to Congress, which is known as the "Legislative 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.


 

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