The Town Hall Project is an organization that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives. They list town halls, fundraising events, public speeches, and other public appearances o federal lawmakers in an easily searchable database on their website.
Sometimes these face-to-face meetings can be very powerful. Putting your elected official on the spot in front of a room full of people and reporters can encourage them to act. On the other hand, you have to be very careful how you approach your representative. Sometimes being aggressive or confrontational can have the opposite effect and embolden somebody with an opposing view. We recommend approaching your elected official cautiously and politely, while still conveying to him or her the importance of the issue.
If you get a chance to ask your representative in Congress a question, we recommend the following:
If he or she is supportive of EPA:
"Thank you Mr./Mrs. _________________ for your support of EPA and the important work they do for our country to ensure our air and water is clean. I am very concerned about the plans to cut their budget by 31% or more. What will you be doing in the next coming months to ensure this important Agency has enough resources to keep us safe from pollutants, toxins, and other environmental concerns?
If he or she is on the fence or does not support the EPA:
Thank you Mr./Mrs. ____________________. I would like to ask you a question about the EPA budget.
As a (mother, father, member of this community), I am very concerned about the dangers that would arise by not funding the EPA. I am worried that without funding, EPA will not be able to effectively manage programs that keep our water clean, the air we breathe safe, the food we eat free of harmful chemicals, and the places we go safe for our children. I am also worried about the effect this will have on our local or state government because they rely on EPA grants to manage our resources. Would you mind explaining to us why you oppose these lifesaving programs and what, you think, is more important than our health?
After you attend an in-person event, you can write an op-ed for an online publication or a local newspaper.