Mission to Washingon 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
What it is:
NORPAC’s Mission to Washington is an annual event where we bring close to a thousand people to Washington, DC, in order to advocate for a stronger U.S.-Israel relationship with Members of Congress. Mission attendees are bused (or can use their own transportation) to Washington in the morning and arrive at the Washington Convention Center where they attend a brief plenary session with short speeches from the Congressional leadership. Afterwards, individuals converge to their assigned groups – usually of 4 to 6 people – and meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss this year’s talking points regarding pressing legislation related to Israel.
What we advocate for:
Each year NORPAC selects different issues to present to Members of Congress related to legislation in the U.S. House and Senate. Previously we have advocated for stronger Iran sanctions, continued foreign aid, increased military and strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, and additional funding for the Iron Dome anti-missile defensive system. A talking points handout is supplied to all Mission attendees before the event to bring them up to speed on the latest, most pressing issues.
Who comes on the Mission:
People of many different ages and backgrounds come on the Mission to Washington. We have high-school and college students, and many adults working in different fields on the Mission each year. The minimum age for attending the event is 12, accompanied by a legal guardian if under 18. We are not lobbyists! We often have people attend the Mission who have never advocated for Israel to a government official before. It is a unique experience for people of all ages, educational and inspirational for everyone involved.
Why wait? Join us on this year’s Mission to Washington and help us make a difference!
After you’ve registered, here are some important links to help you prepare:
(Please note these links may be updated periodically so please check back in soon!)