Every summer, Congress takes a recess to allow Representatives and Senators to spend time in their district offices to meet with their constituents. JWW organizes in-district meetings during the recess so that our community members can get facetime with their elected officials (which officials and when meetings will take place will be worked out as recess draws nearer).
We train our fellow advocates to effectively use these in-district meetings to update the representatives on what is happening in places where we work, to advocate for specific policies and legislation and to build relationships with key Congressional staff—the secret to effective advocacy.
In-district advocacy is one of the most effective tools in our toolkit. Constituents wield great power over their members of Congress because they can vote them in or out of office. Meeting with an elected official face-to-face when they are in their district office provides a great opportunity for advocates to make their case for why, as a voter, they want their Representative take a certain action.
You can join JWW during our summer in-district meetings, and you can also set up meetings on your own, to begin to build your own relationship with your representative’s office — and we can help! You can also advocate through emails, phone calls and social media to build relationships with elected officials and their staff to further our cause to make prevention of genocide and atrocities a priority in U.S. foreign policy. By getting involved and taking action you help Jewish World Watch grow our community of advocates who assist us in this work. Advocacy is a strength-in-numbers game, and the more advocates we have supporting our actions and policy recommendations, the greater our impact in Washington, D.C. as well as in our conflict areas.
We are fortunate to live in a country where our elected officials receive their power from the citizens who put them in office and therefore must listen to that constituency. Make sure you take advantage of your voice, especially since many of the people for whom we advocate do not have the same rights and privileges.