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Planning A Joint Virtual CCL Meeting With Your Member Of Congress

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This training walks through how to plan a large joint CCL meeting with one or more of your chapter's members of Congress. The goal of this event is to show your incumbent member(s) of Congress the strength of CCL and to encourage them to work with your group to take further action on climate change and enacting solutions.

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Background

Members of Congress are looking for ways to connect with constituents during this time of social distancing, and you can help them do that! Zoom makes it easy to gather a large crowd of volunteers in one meeting. The goal of this event is to show your incumbent member(s) of Congress the strength of CCL and to encourage them to talk about bipartisanship. Be sure to consider who would be the most strategic member of Congress to invite.
 

Picking A Main Topic For Your Online Meeting

Work with chapters in your district/state to plan a Zoom meeting with your Representative and/or a Senator. Decide who will select which MOC to focus on, come up with a date, and work with the liaison to create an invitation. Be sure to include a main topic in your invite, tailored to the interests of your MOC:

  • Climate, energy, conservation and the environment
  • Bipartisanship in Congress
  • How has your office adapted to the pandemic and how should we work with you

More Specific Ideas For Republicans:

  • How has Leader McCarthy’s Jan 16th party-wide meeting on climate played out within the party as the pandemic has temporarily reshaped American Life? Do you believe it is important for Republicans to provide more leadership on climate policy? 
  • CCL advocated for several climate-related bills at our recent lobby day: the RECLAIM ACT, Growing Climate Solutions Act,  the USE IT act, the Climate-Safe Fisheries Act, and of course the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend act. All were bipartisan. Do you have any thoughts or plan to support any of these bills? How are you working to protect the environment?
  • CCL has been working with several groups to help advance our priorities, including environmental groups, local businesses, faith leaders [groups could consider entering specific names here that are of greatest interest in their district/state]. Which organizations do you enjoy working with and who do you think would be important to passing the kinds of innovation and market-based policies that Republicans can get behind?

More Specific Ideas For Democrats:

  • President Trump has shown that a dedicated executive can do severe damage to regulatory approaches to reducing emissions. How do we create durable solutions that can survive successive administrations?
  • CCL has had success in encouraging bipartisanship in Congress. For us, it’s important that climate be a bridge between the parties, rather than a wedge. It’s hard to see examples of bipartisanship in today’s politics. Give us some hope; where have you seen bipartisanship work well, and what were the important factors that enabled the bipartisanship that we might try to recreate?
  • CCL has been working with several groups to help advance our shared priorities, including environmental groups, local businesses, faith leaders [groups could consider entering specific names here that are of greatest interest in their district/state]. Which organizations do you enjoy working with and which you think would be important to passing the kinds of policies that both Democrats and Republicans can get behind?
Steps To Plan Your Meeting
  1. Coordinate with CCL chapters in the District (Representative) and in the State (Senators)
  2. Identify an appointment setter and meeting planner for each meeting. This should include the liaison
  3. As a team, select a topic, create an agenda and pick a date 
  4. Work with the liaisons to create an invitation for your members of Congress
  5. Invite all the CCLers in the district/state. This is for you, so it’s best not to invite non-CCL allies.
  6. Collect everyone's questions in advance and select the ones you will ask during the meeting. Allowing impromptu questions during the meeting might take your meeting off topic. 
  7. Have a dress rehearsal in advance with a volunteer playing the role of the MOC. Volunteers who are managing security as Zoom co-hosts should be able to avoid/contain Zoombombing. 
Additional Resources

CCL Community’s How to host Zoom meetings and Practicing video conference security training pages.

Length
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Video Outline
To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.

Intro & Background
(from beginning)

Steps To Plan Your Meeting
(4:36)

What To Talk About?
(17:05)

How Is This Different Than A Lobby Meeting?
(28:02)
Instructor(s)
  • Terry Quain
  • Larry Kramer
  • Alexa Foster
Audio length
Press play to start the audio (37m 47s)
Audio embed code
Audio Outline
To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.

Intro & Background
(from beginning)

Steps To Plan Your Meeting
(4:36)

What To Talk About?
(17:05)

How Is This Different Than A Lobby Meeting?
(28:02)
Instructor(s)
  • Terry Quain
  • Larry Kramer
  • Alexa Foster
Downloads
Category
Training
Topics
Lobbying Congress, Chapter Organizing
Format
Audio / Video