Neighbor-to-neighbor meetings: April 6-17
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform, is calling on faith communities throughout the United States to conduct "Neighbor to Neighbor" in-district meetings with their members of Congress during the April 6-17 Congressional break.
During these meetings, faith communities will discuss with their members of Congress how they have been good neighbors to our newly arrived immigrant neighbors, and then ask the member how she/he will be a good neighbor to immigrants through her/his stance on immigration reform. Neighbor to Neighbor meetings give you an opportunity to speak directly with your Congressional representative–to share with them the concerns and values that inspire you to call for comprehensive immigration reform.
Start planning now for your Neighbor to Neighbor meetings right now by doing 3 easy steps:
- Begin gathering a group: Think about colleagues, clergy or faith community partners who share you interest in supporting immigrants. Begin reaching out and inviting them to join you in visiting your member of Congress. Your group could be as small as 2 people or as large as 10. You may want to consider new allies made during the organizing of a prayer vigil.
- Schedule the meeting: Call your member’s district office and ask to speak with the scheduler. Explain who you are and that you’d like to schedule a meeting to discuss the importance of immigration reform to the faith community.
- Get the scoop on your Member: Spend a few minutes looking at the website of your member of Congress or on other sites such as www.thomas.gov. Look at his/her voting record and identify what issues may be important to him/her.
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has also put together a 2-page document entitled, "Neighbor-to-Neighbor Visits 101,"which is available here.