Space Exploration Alliance Legislative Blitz
The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) will be holding its annual grassroots visit to Congress, known as the “Legislative Blitz”, in Washington, D.C. from Sunday, February 23 to Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
With unprecedented budgetary pressures facing the legislative and executive branches of government, it is uncertain which path our nation’s leaders will take with respect to our nation’s space program. More than ever before, it is absolutely critical that the voices of the space advocacy community be heard in this debate. Come join space advocates from around the country to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.
The Space Exploration Alliance is a collaboration of leading non-profit organizations that advocate for the exploration and development of outer space, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Explore Mars, Inc., Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Moon Society, Mars Society, National Society of Black Engineers, National Space Society, The Planetary Society, Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
Please note that registration for this event closes on February 16, 2014. Due to scheduling requirements, we regret that we will be unable to accommodate any requests to register after that date.
March 2, 2012, Washington, DC (NSS PR) — The National Space Society (NSS) is pleased to announce that this year’s Legislative Blitz was very successful, as we called on Congress to work with the Administration and NASA to reach consensus on a unified and comprehensive human and robotic spaceflight program.
The annual Blitz, conducted in conjunction with 12 other non-profit space advocacy organizations that collectively form the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA), is a grassroots event that unites individuals from all walks of life and with diverse political beliefs to meet with members of Congress and/or their staff to stress the importance of space exploration and development.
What: National Space Society/Space Exploration Alliance 2012 Legislative Blitz
When: Sunday, February 26 through Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Description: Every February, as the U.S. Congress begins its deliberations on the federal budget, NSS members visit Representatives and Senators in their offices in Washington, DC, in support of the Society’s most important space-related agenda items for the year. This event, held over a three-day period, typically involves meetings with over one hundred congressional offices. This activity is open to all NSS members — no experience necessary, and, the more the better! — and allows members of Congress to hear directly from their constituents about the importance of expanding civilization into space.
How to Register: Please register here for the Legislative Blitz. For more information, please contact Rick Zucker at Rick.Zucker@nss.org or 508-651-9936.
A note from NSS Executive Director Gary Barnhardt:
The National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance invite you to participate in the annual Legislative Blitz in Washington, D.C. from February 27 to March 1. The 2011 Blitz comes at a crucial moment. In September 2010, Congress passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. It is now time for Congress to enact legislation that appropriates the required funding in compliance with the Authorization Act.
Over 100 meetings are anticipated with Congressional offices. Blitz participants will have the opportunity to discuss the future direction of our nation’s space program. Come join space advocates from around the country to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.
You can register to participate in the Legislative Blitz by following this link (Register Now!), or, for more information contact Rick Zucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can not attend please consider lending your financial support to the effort (Online Donation)
For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the schedule for four space lobbying efforts taking place on the Hill this winter:
Organizers: National Space Society/Space Exploration Alliance
Dates: Feb. 27 – March 1
“Keep Your Promise”
Organizer: Space Frontier Foundation
Dates: March 6-8, 2011
Dates: March 13-15
California Space Week Washington DC
Organizer: California Space Authority
Dates: March 28-31, 2011
SEA PRESS RELEASE
The Space Exploration Alliance, the nation’s largest coalition of non-profit space advocacy groups, is poised for its annual visit to Capitol Hill where members will embody the broad public support for human space exploration.
SEA members will be meeting with over 100 Congressional members and staff between February 21 – 23, one of the most ambitious campaigns since the inception of the annual SEA events in 2004.
From February 21-23, 2010, the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) will be holding the annual Legislative Blitz. The 2010 Blitz comes at a crucial moment in the formulation of space policy.
The National Space Society has this update on its blog about its recent blitz of Capitol Hill:
The National Space Society was part of Space Exploration Alliance 2009 Blitz which occured February 22-24, 2009 in Washington, DC. We had 128 meetings, of those, 37 were with Senate offices. Individuals representing National Society of Black Engineers, The Moon Society, The Mars Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The National Space Society and other organizations spent two days talking to representatives about the importance of space.
Read more about it here.
Volunteers are visiting Congressional offices today and tomorrow as part of the Space Exploration Alliance’s annual blitz in support of the space community.
From the NSS website…
The National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) are gearing up for the next Legislative Blitz in Washington, D.C. This event will be held from Sunday, February 22 through Tuesday, February 24. This event brings together members of the National Space Society and other non-profit space advocacy groups from around the nation for a grassroots “blitz” of the Hill, meeting with as many Congressional offices as possible to encourage our leaders to support space.
Every NSS member can help to make this year’s Blitz the most successful ever, so register today and make your voice heard! Vis www.nss.org/legislative to see how you can help.
The Mars Society’s Alex Kirk has an interesting story over at The Space Review about the Space Exploration Alliance’s recent lobbying of Congress. Space enthusiasts from throughout the country spent two days visiting 123 Senate and House offices, pushing for more space funding and informing staff members about key issues of concern to the space community.
“The results of these meetings were predictably mixed,” Kirk reported. “Some offices continued to show the strong support they have given NASA over the years; others continued to emphasize other priorities, such as food stamps and Medicaid, over full funding for the NASA budget. The vast majority of the offices visited, however, were somewhere in between these two extremes.”