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Chemistry Advocacy Day

ACS and Advocacy

As one of the largest scientific organizations in the world, ACS regularly engages the Executive Branch and U.S. Congress to encourage legislation and policies that advance chemistry and STEM education. ACS advocates for strong funding for scientific research, strengthening of STEM education at all levels, sustainable chemistry practices, and much more. However, ACS cannot do it alone. It needs the voices of constituents to emphasize the importance of science, and more specifically chemistry! Find out more about ACS advocacy. 

NCW Chemistry Advocacy Day â€“ October 20, 2021

As part of National Chemistry Week 2021, ACS is encouraging chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to catalyze positive change by participating in NCW Chemistry Advocacy Day taking place October 20, 2021. Participants will engage in advocacy by contacting their members of Congress via email or phone.

You may be wondering, why on the 20th and why only one day? Evidence shows that high constituent engagement on a specific issue in one day increases visibility and the likelihood of members of Congress taking action to address that issue! ACS makes engagement easy through resources including:

  • how to find your members of Congress
  • scripts for your call
  • links to email templates you can send in minutes
  • information on the chemistry issues up for consideration in Congress now

How to Prepare

To prepare for NCW Chemistry Advocacy Day, take the next steps:

  1. Save Wednesday, October 20 on your calendar and revisit this page for tips on advocacy and the legislation ACS is advocating on.
  2. Sign up for Act4Chemistry, ACS’ legislative network, and receive periodic updates about advocacy actions you can take.

Quick Advocacy Tips

Emails and calls are easy ways to connect with your lawmakers and support chemistry. Here are some tips about engaging in advocacy while having fun!

  1. Find your policymaker's name and contact information.
    • Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents but won't pay much attention to someone else's voters.
  2. Policymakers and their staff like specifics.
    • Identify yourself, where you are from and why you are calling/emailing.
    • If you are referencing a specific bill, include the bill number (e.g., H.R. 123 or S. 456).
  3. It is important to describe the importance of the issue to you, your institution, community or state. Personalize it and make sure to focus on local impacts if you can.  
  4. Clearly identify your “ask.” Clearly state what action you would like your members of Congress to take.
    • If you are requesting they vote Yes or No on an upcoming vote on a bill, be direct and say so.
  5. If your legislator responds, follow up with a thank you note. This is important to establish a relationship with your elected officials and their staff.
  6. Let ACS know about your advocacy actions!

If you wish to learn more about how to advocate, sign up for the free and on-demand ACS Chemistry Advocacy Workshop. Check back on this page during NCW Chemistry Advocacy Day for legislative bills currently up for consideration in Congress along with sample call scripts and emails.