As the August recess unfolds for Congress, we continue to move forward with plans for a grassroots campaign to lobby Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee. As a next step, we want to identify ASMP members who might have direct relationships with the House Judiciary Members. In addition, I’d like to identify members at the local chapter level who may have an interest in being part of an ASMP political action committee to arrange in-person meetings with Representatives when they are home on breaks in their Districts.
To help with this process, we have developed a list of House Judiciary Committee Members and the pertinent contact information for them as well as the districts they represent.
Mike Klipper and I are starting to arrange the next set of Hill visits here in Washington D.C., but we also know that in-district visits by members can be crucial to building support for our cause. Meetings with House Members in their home districts can often enable useful conversations about the realities of our profession as House Members have more time to talk, listen, and learn.
We continue to develop talking points to help with in-district home visits, and we will also be developing leave-behind materials that include “truth and myth” papers designed to counter the arguments of those who might oppose the creation of a small claims process to deal with copyright infringements. We will have these materials ready to prepare ASMP members with their messaging to Representatives and their staffs.
Please submit your name to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 18th if you are interested in being involved in political action in your state, or if you have personal connections to the House Judiciary Members on our list.