Outlined below is the script used in November 2017 as we were fighting to defeat HR 3905. The language will vary based on the bill or reason for the call, but this provides a concrete example of how we approach our elected officials.
Phone number (general) is 202.225.6201
“Hi – my name is _________ and I’m a 16y old constituent of Representative _________ living in __________. Is he/she available to speak with me about House Bill ________? It is coming up for a vote and affects an area in Minnesota that I both love and visit – The Boundary Waters Canoe Area.”
If NO – then ask if you may speak with one of his senior staff members
If they are unavailable – ask for any senior staffer who will take your message and give it to the Congressperson
(Be super polite!)
“I’m calling today to ask that the Congressman please vote “NO” on HR 3905, an extreme and harmful bill that is being considered by the U.S. House Natural Resource Committee on November 7 and 8, 2017.
HR 3905 would grant the right to mine on Superior National Forest lands next to and upstream of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness forever. The leases would be granted without any meaningful consideration of environmental, economic, or social impacts.
Sulfide ore copper mining is America’s most toxic industry (according to the EPA). Putting it next to the most-visited Wilderness in the nation, a Wilderness that both Rep. LaHood and I visit and love would be disastrous. This is AMERICA’s wilderness, much like Yellowstone and Yosemite
(Only even more visited and more delicate) and every American has a stake in protecting it. This is the only wilderness easily accessible in the Midwest, and as an Illinoisan it is very very important to me that it be preserved.
The leases would be given to Antofagasta, a giant Chilean mining company with no ties to America and with a track record of terrible water pollution and bad treatment of their workers.
This bill also stops the two-year Forest Service environmental impact study. This study is supported by Agriculture Secretary Perdue and Interior Secretary Zinke. More than 126,000 people have already participated in the two-year study.
HR 3905 shuts down my voice, and the voice of all Americans who want to participate in the fate of the Boundary Waters.
PLEASE ask the Congressman to call me today to discuss this. I’m headed into class now and have to turn my phone off, but if you email me a time for a phone call, or text me, I’ll check throughout the day. My teachers all know I’m doing this work and will give me a pass to go to the office and talk if I have a little advance notice.
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Thank you so much. This is such an important issue and I really look forward to talking to the Congressman.”