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Congressional Recess Guide:

How to Contact Your Members of Congress Directly

Want to make your voice heard in Congress without going to Capitol Hill? Here are our top tactics for getting in front of your U.S. senators and representatives — in person, in writing, and over the phone.

Summer Break: Key Time to Speak Up to Your Elected Officials

A few times each year, Congress goes on break from their work in Washington, D.C. During this “recess,” members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate head to their home states to answer to voters and meet them face-to-face.

This is a great time to hold your congressperson accountable for their stance on abortion rights — in person. At parades, town halls, and other public appearances, it’s time to remind lawmakers and the country: WE WON’T BACK DOWN.

Congress is on summer break until Sept. 6, 2022. That means many U.S. senators and representatives are in their home states.

During this break, activists in our movement are getting elected officials on the record about abortion.

Sign Up for Events

Check out local events that will put you in touch with your member of Congress. Can't find one? Host your own!

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Recess Organizing Tactics

Call Out Officials Who Oppose Abortion

Learn how to publicly question anti-abortion lawmakers and share a recording of your interaction far and wide.

 

Protest at Lawmakers’ Local Offices

If your congressperson opposes abortion rights, follow these tips to stage a protest at their local office.

Ask Questions at Town Halls

Town halls are great places to meet your lawmakers in person and get them on record about their stance on abortion rights.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Congressional Scorecard

Ready to hold  your U.S. senator or representative accountable on abortion rights?

See if they’re a champion of sexual and reproductive health — or if they’re working to strip us of the right to control our bodies.

SCORECARD

Recess Organizing Tactics

Sample Script: Questions to Ask Congresspeople

Use this list of questions to get  your U.S. senators and representatives on record on abortion.

 

Protest Signs and Slogans: Use Inclusive Language

Here’s how to write signs that ensure every abortion rights advocate feels at home in our movement.

Take Action From Home

Can't meet your representatives in person? Call or email them, or write a letter to the editor of a newspaper.

Now Is the Time to Hold Congresspeople Accountable

In June 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade — stripping millions of Americans of the right to abortion. This is the culmination of a 50-year crusade to end safe and legal abortion.

Lawmakers hostile to sexual and reproductive health have made it clear that they intend to take away more of our rights, including access to contraceptives and same-sex marriage.

With our freedoms on the line, NOW is the time to hold elected officials accountable for restricting or banning access to abortion and other human rights.

That’s where you come in.

Abortion bans and the politicians pushing them are out of step with the 80% of Americans who want abortion to be legal.

Abortion and birth control must be protected. Access to essential health services must be restored.

Learn About the Issues

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Be the first to know about decision day events this summer, when the Supreme Court decides whether to take away the constitutional right to abortion. 

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Thank you, Indivisible

Our guide is based on Indivisible's powerful congressional recess resources.

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