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Lobby Day is an opportunity for Bread members and activists to communicate one-on-one with their members of Congress and their staffs. When activists visit Capitol Hill in large numbers, all at the same time and around the same issue, they have a better chance of their advocacy being heard.
Unlike previous years, this year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day will stretch over two days. There will be a dinner and legislative briefing on June 11. The following day, on June 12, a morning gathering and breakfast will take place ahead of Capitol Hill visits with members of Congress.
The day will end with an evening reception, including awards given out to legislators, and a worship service where participants can share with others about their day. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the reception.
To learn more about what happens at Lobby Day, read about last year’s event here.
This year's theme is "For Such a Time as This." The theme is the same as the 2018 Offering of Letters, which is focused on urging Congress to make funding decisions that will end hunger by 2030. See the resources for participants section of this page for more information.
The Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day offers a unique opportunity to come together with advocates from across the country to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C. Studies show that one-on-one-communications between constituents and their members of Congress often cause a tipping point that results in lawmakers supporting a bill.
For many participants, Lobby Day is the first time they are meeting with their members of Congress or their staff in person. In-person lobbying on Capitol Hill is another dimension of advocacy — and a fascinating one for both new and veteran activists. It’s democracy in action, and often it’s awe-inspiring to actually be in the halls of power in our federal government and participating in its business.
The Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is for activists of all types — those who are new to in-person lobbying in our nation's capital, those who are veterans of it, as well as anyone with experience between those ends of the spectrum.
Those new to the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day or coming to Washington, D.C., alone can often visit congressional offices with other people from their state, which can make the process of in-person lobbying less intimidating.
This year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Participants will gather at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE., on Monday evening for a meet and greet reception followed by a dinner program and legislative briefing. We will reconvene at St. Mark’s on Tuesday morning before heading out to congressional office visits.
The closest Metro stops are Capitol South on the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines and Union Station on the Red Line.
A group rate of $259.00 per night is available at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Use Group Rate #8375 when reserving your room(s).
The deadline to reserve a room(s) using the group rate is May 15. You can reach the hotel at 202-488-7500.
The greater Washington, D.C. area is served by three airports:
The closest airport to this year’s event is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (5 miles away).
Amtrak is another transportation option, especially if you live in the Northeast. The stop would be Union Station – a mile away from this year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day.
The Washington, D.C. area is very public transportation friendly. Visitors and locals every day utilize the Metro system (subway), buses, and D.C. Circulator. There are also various cabs you can hail right from the sidewalk and of course, you can call an Uber, Lyft or your preferred on-demand transit method. See our guide to getting around Capitol Hill for more information.
If you have questions about this event, contact Paul Hegarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-822-7323, ext. 1149.
|12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m||Latino Leaders Convening (by invitation only)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Elder's Room
Pan-African Consultation (by invitation only)
2253 Rayburn House Office Building
|12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Latino Leaders Convening (by invitation only)—St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Elder's Room
|4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m||Registration
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Lobby
|4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Registration (St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Lobby)
|4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m||Meet and Greet Reception
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Courtyard
|4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m
Meet and Greet Reception
|5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.||Advocacy Summit Dinner and Legislative Briefing
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Nave
|5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Program and Legislative Briefing
|7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m||Registration
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church—Lobby
Need a place to store luggage? Bring your bags to the registration table by 8:30 a.m., and we will ensure it is securely held for you at the church. All bags must be picked up by 5 p.m.
|7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
|8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m||Morning Worship Program
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Nave
|8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
|9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.||Regional Caucuses and Brunch
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church—Various Locations
|9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
|11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.||Capitol Hill Lobby Visits
House and Senate Office Buildings
|11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Hill Lobby Visits
|4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.||Congressional Reception
2043-2045 Rayburn House Office Building
|4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Reception on Capitol Hill
|5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.||Closing Worship Celebration
2043-2045 Rayburn House Office Building
|5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
We have requested meetings with the senators and representatives from the districts of all attendees (more than 175 total). The following list of confirmed meetings is updated nightly.
The final schedule will be available at the Summit on Monday evening and discussed by the organizing teams during the Tuesday Regional Caucusing. Please contact Paul Hegarty at email@example.com if you have questions.
Didn't see your meeting listed? Please contact Paul Hegarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-822-7323, ext. 1149 for more information.
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