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Action Alert: Invite Your Members of Congress to the 2013 NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill!

Tom Harkin speaks at the 2012 Congressional ReceptionThe inauguration is over, the new 113th Congress is underway, and it is time for the annual NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill. We are asking for your help to get your member of Congress to attend this briefing. NCIL, as the national advocate for CILs, SILCs, and the Independent Living philosophy, has the sole mission of being your voice in Washington, and representing your interests. NCIL conducts this annual briefing in order to educate members of Congress on a number of relevant policy initiatives that aim to advance disability rights and the ability of Americans to live more independently. This is why we would like for your congressperson to show up to this briefing to learn about issues affecting our members, and hopefully leave better equipped to vote for Independent Living.

Simply email this customizable invitation to your congressperson, and urge them to come. They will consider attending if they hear from constituents within their home districts, so we are really counting on our members to make this event a success. 

Follow the links below to find contact information for your state’s Representatives and Senators. You will likely have to submit an email using the form on their website. Remember to comment on the responses you receive on our Facebook page!

Dear ____________________,

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) would like to invite you to attend our annual Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill. Last year’s NCIL Briefing was our most successful ever, and was well attended by leaders in the disability community, the Administration, and both parties in Congress. NCIL was proud to host a successful event on the Hill in 2012, and invites you to start off 2013 with the same spirit of cooperation and progress.

The reception will include a short presentation on the state of the Independent Living Program in America, and brief remarks by members of the NCIL Board of Directors. Members of the House and Senate are also invited to provide brief remarks. Last year’s speakers included disability rights champions like Congressman Langevin, Congressman Hoyer, Congressman G.T. Thompson, and Senator Harkin. Materials will be available throughout the reception. Amerigroup Foundation has generously sponsored this event for the past two years.

I sincerely hope that you can attend. If you have any questions about the event please contact NCIL Policy Analyst Austin Walker by calling (202) 207-0334 or email We hope to see you there!

RSVP online.

NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 201-00 (please note room change!)
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM



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