How You Can Help

Welcome to the Lobby Center!

Thank you for helping to make some noise to save Oak Flat. There are currently two bills that we need folks to call their senators and representatives about. No lobbying experience? No problem! You’ll find everything you need to know below. If you have any questions, just shoot us a message.

The HOUSE bill: HR 2915, the Save Oak Flat Act. An update to HR 2811 was introduced to the House by Rep. Grijalva of Arizona. It has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. Please contact your representative in the House and ask them to cosponsor the bill. Our main goal right now for HR 2811 is to have a hearing so that the bill can move along in the process.

The SENATE bill: S. 1375, the Save Oak Flat Act. Senators Bernie Sanders and Tammy Baldwin introduced S. 2242 to the Senate in 2015 and are replacing that piece of legislation with a new iteration of the same. Our main goal right now for S. 1375 is to gain more co-sponsors.

Contacting your Congresspeople.

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Whether this is your first time talking to your Congresspeople or you have done it before, there is no reason to feel intimidated. Our democracy is meant to be “for the people, by the people” which means that your voice matters. You have a right to tell your representative and senators what you think.

Remember that there are two seperate Save Oak Flat bills in Congress: HR 2811 in the House and S. 2242 in the Senate.  These bills must both be passed in order to get the bill to the president’s desk.

  1. Get oriented. Do you know who your representative and senators are? If not, click here to enter your zipcode and find the email and phone number of your elected officials.
  2. Set up an appointment. If possible, meet with your representative and senators in person. You can set up a meeting by calling or email them using the contact info found in step 1. Check out our resource on how to lobby effectively.
  3. Come prepared. Print out this one-page flyer, fact sheet, and list of supportive groups to give to your Congressperson or staffer when you meet with them or to send it to them in the mail.
  4. Write or email. If you can’t meet with your representative in person, sending a letter or email is another way to help. We’ve written a sample letter that you can easily use. We encourage you to add your personal story to this letter. Why does Oak Flat matter to you? A more heartfelt story is more likely to grab a legislator’s attention.
  5. Follow up. If you are able to, check in with your legislators a few weeks after you contact them. No matter how you reached out to them, following up via phonecall or email is a good way to keep Oak Flat at the top of their agenda.

Other helpful resources.

 

Together we will save Oak Flat!

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Here are a few other ways you can help to Save Oak Flat:

SPREAD THE WORD about Oak Flat by sharing the Oak Flat story with your friends and family. Social media is a powerful tool for raising awareness, and we encourage you to like our Facebook page to stay updated.

GET INFORMED by checking out our FAQ and Media Clips sections.

RAISE AWARENESS in any way you can. Organize a walk in your hometown; do a chalk mural promoting the cause; write a letter to your local newspaper. Let us know if you need ideas and we will help you in any way we can.

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4 thoughts on “How You Can Help

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