1. Be on time.
2. Have the lead spokesperson briefly introduce him/herself, your local activist organization, and USCPR. Then have the other participants in the meeting introduce themselves.
3. State accurately how many people you represent.
4. Make your “ask” up front. This is the most important part of the meeting and the reason why you came. You are asking the Member of Congress to do something for you. Don’t be bashful about asking. They are expecting an ask. An ask is something specific, such as “We would like you to sign on to the Dear Colleague Letter condemning Israel’s human rights violations.”
5. After making your “asks” up front, focus on broader concerns and educational initiatives about the Palestine/Israel, time permitting.
6. Be disciplined—don’t contradict or argue with each other. If you do so, your group will look highly unprofessional and will not be taken seriously.
7. Be respectful, courteous, and thankful. This is not the proper time to badger members of Congress for previous votes, statements, etc.
8. Be calm—don’t be intimidated. People wielding power can be scary sometimes. Odds are that you know much more about the issue than does the member of Congress or his/her staff person. Keep this in mind when making your points.
9. Address members of Congress correctly by calling them “Senator” or “Representative,” unless otherwise directed by the member of Congress.
10. Take notes.
11. Get the staffers contact information and be sure to follow up immediately with resources.