Capitol Hill in DC
By Jennifer Prince — Monday, November 5, 2018.
It is the day we’ve all been waiting for — Monday! The time to let our advocacy efforts shine in legislative meetings. After an early wake-up call, we all took the long metro ride to Capitol Hill, eager to talk to our Californian representatives. We met with the offices of representatives Zoe Lofgren, Jimmy Panetta, Ro Khanna, & Anna Eshoo; and with senators Dianne Feinstein & Kamala Harris. In each legislative meeting, we were able to present bills/policy proposals about all five of our MAP issues (immigration, criminal justice, environmental justice, mental health, and gun violence) and also ask them questions about the Democratic party’s long-term plan for the coming years, especially in light of the crucial Midterm Elections tomorrow.
Along the way, we simmered with everything we’ve learned so far on this trip. Each staffer gave us thoughtful responses to our questions, sparking important conversations with them that have transformed the ways we are planning to approach our 5 issues as the 2018–2019 year progresses.
Keep scrolling to see an image-filled, chronological breakdown of our busy day.
7:30 AM- Met at the Crystal City Shops (underneath our hotel) to eat breakfast and catch the bumpy, cramped metro.
9:15 AM — Arrived at the Cannon House Office Building to kick off the day.
10:00 AM — Our first meeting: Zoe Lofgren.
10:45 AM — Our second meeting: Jimmy Panetta
11:30 AM — Our third meeting: Dianne Feinstein
1:00 PM — Our fourth meeting: Ro Khanna
2:00 PM — Our fifth meeting: Anna Eshoo
3:00 PM — Our sixth meeting: Kamala Harris
More fun pictures from the Kamala Harris meeting!
More in-depth analyses of our meetings will come soon; we all need some time to recharge for our flight back home tomorrow. For now, enjoy the pictures and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about what we advocated for, how we advocated, and why we advocate!