Meet with your NYC Council Member at the 2018 AHA NYC Lobby Day.
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When he was in office, President Ulysses S. Grant would unwind in the lobby of the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C., where petitioners would approach him with requests. Legend has it that Grant coined the term “lobbyist” about those who would visit him in that lobby. The term was actually used before Grant’s presidency, but it referred to the same practice – attempting to influence legislators before a vote.
Many people believe that lobbyists are only high-powered insiders, but anyone, including you, can be a lobbyist simply by telling your legislators what you think. The single most important factor for any elected official is the support of people who live in their district. Since few people take to time to contact their legislators, a visit from a citizen lobbyist can make a significant impact.
That’s why the American Heart Association needs you on May 23rd. We are meeting with NYC Council Members to advocate for access to affordable healthy food, healthier meals for our children, effective physical education in our schools, and access to quality systems of care.