by Kathy Drasky
Out4Immigration has named August "Visit Your Representative Month". All people in same-sex binational relationships in the US and friends/allies of same are encouraged to make an appointment with your Congressperson or Senator at their local office (most are at home in their districts this month) and ask him/her to support equal immigration rights for LGBT people and their families.
Simply download this toolkit http://tinyurl.com/O4I-toolkit to get started. Everything you need to know about setting up a meeting, what to say and how to report your experience are included.
If you are looking to organize a local group of O4I members to meet in a particular district, please use the O4I YahooGroups forum to post a request and network. The group can be accessed or joined here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/out4immigration/
If your representatives have already signed on to support the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), you can still request a meeting with them to thank them in person for their support and ask them to use their knowledge of this issue to influence their colleagues to lend their support as well. It is also an opportunity to discuss the Reuniting Families Act and upcoming Comprehensive Immigration Reform and to gain assurance that same-sex binational couples will not be left out of these actions.
Have more questions? All your answers should be in the toolkit: http://tinyurl.com/O4I-toolkit or contact Tom Tierney at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com