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PSR's Lobby Team program ~ Campaign to Stop the Nuclear Arms Race
December 16, 2016
Alice Day, Daniel Hall and Martin Fleck (not pictured) met with Wyndee Parker, National Security Advisor to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in Pelosi’s office in the Capitol Building on September 26.
Physicians for Social Responsibility has embarked on a campaign to Stop the Nuclear Arms Race by generating opposition in Congress to the Pentagon’s plan to spend one trillion dollars over the next 30 years on a complete overhaul and rebuild of all three legs of the United States nuclear weapons “triad.” In particular, the campaign is designed to expand the number of Congressional “champions” who are willing to publicly challenge, in Congress and in the media, the entire trillion dollar nuclear weapons spending binge.
This campaign is built around the concept of a local “lobby team” in a state, consisting of PSR members and others, who take charge of researching, contacting, meeting with, and influencing the decisions of U.S. Representatives and Senators in their state.
A few states have well-established lobby teams, and many others are in development. The existing lobby teams have identified some Congressional “champions” and also chalked up some successes with other key players in Congress. But we need more. The plan is for these lobby teams to keep in contact with staff for their elected officials, with monthly emails and quarterly meetings, and also to arrange for in-person meetings between the lobby team and the actual Representative or Senator from time to time. PSR / National will supply suggested “asks” for each of these communications.
An ideal lobby team composed not only of PSR members, but also representatives from other key constituencies. For instance, an effective lobby team might consist of:
- A PSR representative who is a health professional
- A second PSR person, staff or volunteer
- A young person, such as a med student
- A person from the business community
- A person representing a faith community or a local interfaith organization
We need YOU! Would you like to get involved with a lobby team in your state? If you would like to be a part of PSR's Stop the New Arms Race campaign, please fill out this sign-up form. If you'd like more information, please email Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director, and he will work with you to make it happen. Thank you!