We've teamed up with Friends Committee on National Legislation, Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Civilian Soldier Alliance to create this opportunity to make your voice heard in the halls of Congress.
This lobby weekend is designed to provide participants with expert views, opinions and experiences to help develop a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively lobby Congress. Moreover, keynote speakers will help provide further context from personal experience.
Our lobby weekend will focus on ending the war in Afghanistan, securing benefits for veterans, and cutting Pentagon spending. You can check out our lobby day "asks" on the FCNL website here.
The lobby weekend is open to all participants - from students and first-time lobbyists to seasoned activists. We will have two days of training and preparation to help you prepare for your lobby visits and deepen your impact.
Visit the Registration Page to sign up!
Registration by March 11: $20
Day-of Registration: $35
The lobbying trainings are being organized by Friends Committee on National Legislation for a small fee of ($20 if you register by March 11, $35 registration on site).
Additionally, participants are required to cover the costs of their own transportation, food, and lodging during the event.
March 19 marks the 8th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Every year, peace activists from around the country come to Washington to mark the anniversary.
In addition to the Spring Lobby Weekend, which is officially March 19-22, there will also be other events, forums, actions, parties, and more occurring throughout the weekend. We encourage all lobby weekend participants to take part in these events.
To view a full schedule of anniversary events happening in the city, check out the Washington Peace Center's calendar here:
7pm-9pm: Vigil at Walter Reed Army Hospital with Veterans For Peace
9pm-2am: Fundraiser for Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Civilian Soldier Alliance @ RAS Hall, 4809 Georgia Ave NW - live music, Ethiopian & Caribbean cuisine, a portion of the bar goes towards the organizations. Just a few blocks south of the Walter Reed vigil.
12pm-3pm: Join Veterans For Peace and others for a rally and civil disobedience at the White House
5pm-10pm: Dinner, Teach-In, and Concert @ Luther Place, 1226 Vermont Ave NW
10am-3pm: Lobby Training @ The Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW
9am-5pm: Lobby Training @ The True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW
All participants are required to schedule their own appointments with their Congress members. It's best to schedule your visit with your Congress member as early as possible. Try to schedule your meeting(s) for Tuesday, March 22nd, but you might have to be flexible. Click here to find your Congress members' contact information.
Airports: Washington, DC is accessible by 3 main airports: Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI). Of these, DCA is the closest to the city and is accessible by metro. There are buses, taxis, and shared-ride vans from all three airports. Check each of the airport’s websites to find more details. Kayak.com has great deals on flights.
1. Arrange your own housing
Most participants will want to arrange their own housing. The Washington Peace Center maintains a list of hotels, hostels and other small housing options around the city. Kayak.com also lists deals on hotels throughout the city.
2. Free Mass Housing
We have also secured free, mass housing at Westminster Presbyterian Church near Capitol Hill. Participants will need to bring their own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillows, and anything else they'd need to sleep. Also, there are no showers available at the church. The church is within walking distance of Capitol Hill and is a few blocks from a green line metro station.
Westminster Presbyterian Church:
400 I Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Contact Jonathan Williams, Peace Action National Organizer: