AFTER THE MARCH – Next Steps
Science advocacy connected with the March for Science doesn’t end when the March finishes. In fact, what you do after the March is as important as the March itself. Be sure to click on ASCB’s “Be an Advocate for Science” papers.
LETTERS / E-MAIL / CALL
Let your members of Congress know that you participated in one of the Marches. Stay in contact with them and share your thoughts on important science-related policy issues. You can use a sample letter as a guide. For more general suggestions on writing to your Congressional representatives, refer to the ASCB’s Be an Be an Advocate for Science – Contact your Representative.
Most members of Congress hold Town Hall meetings as a way to stay in touch with their constituents. These meetings are an excellent chance for you and your colleagues to ask them about their support for science. It also tells them that they need to represent you in Washington. While you can attend on your own, bringing a group of your colleagues with you shows your Member of Congress that science matters in her community. Where and When is a Congressional Town Hall Near Me?
SCHEDULE A MEETING
Personal meetings with your representative are valuable ways to share your thoughts and help them understand the important research being done in the district and the challenges facing researchers in their community. You can meet with them in their office or you can invite them to spend time in your laboratory so they can gain firsthand understanding of a basic research laboratory. For tips on meeting with your elected officials, use the ASCB’s Be an Advocate for Science – Meet with your Representative.
All too often, public officials have never been in a scientific laboratory and do not understand what is done there and how this work is impacted by federal funding. A tour of your laboratory is an excellent way to introduce your Member of Congress or their staff to the important federally funded biomedical research being done by his or her constituents. It is also a great way for you and your colleagues to meet your Representative. For tips on inviting your elected officials to visit your lab, use the ASCB’s Be an Advocate for Science – Take Your Senator or Representative to Work.
ESTABLISH A LOCAL SCIENCE POLICY ADVOCACY GROUP
One long-term way to make sure that science policy advocacy is a part of your department or institution is to establish a science policy advocacy group. These groups are great ways to harness the energy of your colleagues and make sure that science policy advocacy becomes a part of your institution. For tips on setting up a local group, use the ASCB’s How to Start Science Policy Advocacy Group and How to Sustain a Science Policy Advocacy Group.