CORRESPONDENCE

NDD United communicates with Congress, the Administration, the media, and the public through letters, sign on letters, and press releases. Below is a list of our most recent correspondence:


TOOLS

Below is a list of tools that NDD United has developed to help advocates participate in the campaign and educate others about the value of NDD programs, as well as the impact of budget cuts. NDD United encourages groups to customize language from any of the materials for use in their own efforts.

  • Tax Reform Toolkit - Increasing the deficit by $1.5 trillion puts NDD programs at risk of additional cuts down the line, as seen in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Tools in this toolkit include sample social media posts, telephone scripts, letters to the editor, and more. 
     
  • Faces of Austerity 2.0 Toolkit - Please use this toolkit to promote our October 25th “Faces of Austerity 2.0” Day. Tools include sample tweets, press releases, and OpEds, as well as other helpful information about amplifying your message.
     
  • “Raise the Caps” Toolkit – Please use this toolkit to promote our September 6th “Raise the Caps” Day. Tools include sample tweets, press releases, and OpEds, as well as other helpful information about amplifying your message. 
     
  • NDD United Action Center – Thanks to the support of Bread for the World, NDD United now has a platform for grassroots to get involved in our efforts. Constituents can send an editable message directly to their Members of Congress through our online form available here.  Sample language is provided but can be personalized.
     
  • Faces of Austerity Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure (Nov. 2013) tells the stories of those who've been impacted most by Washington's failure to protect the programs that keep us healthy, safe, and educated. Its an excellent reference for explaining sequestration and demonstrating the impacts of cuts. Download a copy here.

EVENTS

NDD United hosts events to help educate the community, Congress, and the public about the importance of NDD programs. Through this outreach, we are able to raise awareness of potential threats to NDD and work collaboratively to influence federal budget decisions. Some of the events we support are:

  • Town Halls – These events bring together members of the community and provide an arena for discussing what the community as a whole can do to fight sequestration. Presenters at these Town Halls include former and current Members of Congress, administration officials, and budget experts. They also provide a venue for groups to promote their own activities and efforts around austerity.
     
  • Press Conferences – NDD United leadership regularly participates in press conferences with Members of Congress and other community leaders calling for an end to the harmful sequestration cuts. In the past, NDD United has collaborated with the defense industry and university representatives, as well.
     
  • Briefings – In conjunction with the release of our report Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Make Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure, NDD United held a Capitol Hill Briefing featuring Americans featured in the report, as well as other briefings about NDD and the impact of budget cuts on Americans’ lives. These types of events put a face on the budget cuts and help educate Hill staff, the media, and advocates about the impacts of austerity on individuals and communities.
     
  • Twitter Days – Twitter activities for NDD United are typically planned to accompany the release of sign on letters and other publications and events. NDD United often supplies supporters with draft tweets and tips on social media advocacy to amplify the message.