Living in a representative democracy, we elect officials to the House of Representatives and to the Senate — there they pass laws on our behalf and to serve our interests. However, these officials need to be held accountable and we need to be consistent in lifting our voices — especially from immigrant communities — on the issues that affect us. This is a concern for all of us in the U.S., including non-citizens.
In this period, immigration policy change that is centered on human rights and dignity for all, will require community pressure to push for congressional approval, particularly those policies that require funding. NNIRR believes we need to closely monitor Congress, actively engage with elected officials on the issues, and press our opinions on multiple levels — whether in petitions, direct phone messages, visits in DC and locally, street actions and more.
Here are some tools that will help you keep Congress accountable!
Contact Your Congressional Representatives
Here is a video from Brave New Films that explains how to do it and why you should do it.
- A good resource on approaching members of Congress: Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda (English version). Indivisible: Una Guía Práctica para Resistir al Trump Agenda (Spanish version)
BUILDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY POWER THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Check out this educational tool, a free download that is part of our BRIDGE popular education program. This is a great tool to spark further dialogue and discussion to help build a strong movement. It will help you to raise awareness on legislative issues and shows how legislative advocacy can be a powerful organizing vehicle.