Thirty-nine newcomer Congresswomen and men, and 5 newcomer Senators are going to Capitol Hill in January! To give members of Congress and their constituents the opportunity to see for themselves, a U.S. nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Alliance, is hosting a Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, December 14-21st. Constituents in their state or district have the most influence in convincing them to take this important trip.
Notably, the newcomers are able to visit Gaza prior to assuming office, without restriction. However, because incumbents and their staff are government employees, the State Department states they are not allowed to go – and that rule has blocked everyone.
Click Here Now to invite your Representative and Senators to experience Palestine in December! (there’s even a special template for inviting Congressional newcomers)
- CALL their office,
- ASK for their Scheduler, and
- SAY, as a Constituent, that you’ve just emailed the invitation to join Rebuilding Alliance’s Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza — and you need an answer before Nov. 13th when Ethics Committee applications are due.
To contact the newcomers, please check your voting materials to send them the invitation by email and to follow-up with a phone call. Again, call and ask for their scheduler, and tell them that, as a Constituent, that you are inviting them to on an expense-paid Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to the Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza on December 14-21st. The trip is sponsored by Rebuilding Alliance, a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit, in full accordance with House and Senate Ethics Committee rules.
Regarding timing, incumbents must send their application to the Ethics Committee a month before departure so there’s only a few days left for them to sign up. With newcomers, because they’re not yet sworn-in, the Ethics Committee confirmed that they do not require review — this means you have a bit more time to convince them to go.
Please note: Rebuilding Alliance’s Congressional Leadership Learning Mission is a Constituent Accompaniment Tour, so if you would like to your accompany your Senators or Representative plus raise the funds to pay your own way, please click here to apply. The cost is $2700 per person not including airfare.
Emailing and calling Congress today to invite them is crowd-based advocacy at its best — helping them see for themselves really matters.