On Aug. 5, my colleague Jeannie Fox, deputy public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and I attended Farmfest 2008 in Redwood Falls. We listened to debates between Minnesota’s U.S. Senate candidates as well as Congressional candidates from across the state. We also had an opportunity to talk face-to-face with Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson about the importance of including federal fiscal aid to the states in any future economic stimulus bill. We also talked with state House Minority Leader Marty Seifert and various legislative staffers, among others.
With Congress in recess until after Labor Day, Minnesota’s senators and House members are at home attending town hall meetings, debates, picnics and various events open to the general public. Congress also plans to adjourn in early October so that members can hit the campaign trail. These events are a great opportunity for nonprofit leaders and community members (like you!) to talk to your members of Congress about the issues that matter to you and your organization. Our members of Congress cannot represent us well if they don’t know what we think about the issues that matter most, whether it’s education, health care, social services, or the environment. To find out what public appearances your member of Congress will be attending, contact their office.