NSS Legislative and Political Action Network Center
March Storm Update
February 15, 2017: To NSS Members and anyone who supports a Citizen’s Space Agenda (a message from NSS Executive Vice President Dale Skran):
I hope you all are having a good week. I wanted to give you all an update of where things stand on recruiting for March Storm 2017.
At this time there are 17 official registrations, with around 10 others verbally committed that are yet to register. There has been a heavy emphasis on getting more students involved this year, and that is showing in the registration numbers so far, as almost all of those currently registered are students. We are seeing excellent support from universities around the country, with some providing travel money to allow students to participate.
The more students the better, but this is a shout-out to everyone else to sign up now. The sooner we know how many are coming, the more meetings we can set up. This is a critical time for the space program and we need your voice in Washington the week of March 12th!!
Although we are requesting a sign-up fee this year, students are free with an ID, and scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the fee.
Please forward/distribute this message as widely as possible. All those who support a Citizen’s Space Agenda are welcome to participate without regard to prior membership in any space related group.
As a reminder, here is a link to the March Storm registration page:
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
March Storm Registration is now open
The Alliance for Space Development (ASD), the National Space Society (NSS), and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) are sponsoring the annual March Storm Washington DC Blitz March 12-16, 2017.
This year we are requesting participants pay a $35 registration fee —students can register for free (you are asked to bring your student ID to the training session), and scholarships are available if you are unable to pay the fee.
We are using Eventbite, a popular and reliable service, to collect the fees. Eventbrite will walk you through the process and inform you how to apply for a scholarship.
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Hold these dates! March 12-16, 2017 for March Storm
The Alliance for Space Development (ASD), the National Space Society (NSS), and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) are sponsoring the annual March Storm Washington DC Blitz March 12-16, 2017. This is an early “heads up” to hold those dates. Sunday March 12 will be an all-day training event, followed by up to four days of Congressional visits. Blitzers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 days of Congressional visits, but those days can be picked from among March 13-16.
March Storm 2017 will support the Alliance for Space Development 2017 objectives, which will be available January 1st, 2017. However, it is very likely that at least two of the objectives will be supporting a gapless transition from the ISS to future commercial LEO stations, and continuing to to press for the Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act (H.R. 4752) to make space development and settlement a permanent part of the NASA mission.
NSS working to influence the next Administration
On Saturday October 8th, 2016, NSS organized a workshop directed at recommending a space policy to the new Administration. Steve Jurvetson, a partner at the well-known Sand Hill Road venture capital firm DFJ hosted the meeting at the DFJ offices. Eleven thought leaders from government, industry, and academia gathered in a fruitful collaboration to produce a set of five recommendations. NSS Senior VP Bruce Pittman organized the meeting, which included a tour of Steve Jurvetson’s private museum of space artifacts.
The resulting paper, which has been submitted to the Transition Team, is available in a PDF version.
NSS Political Action Network (PAN)
The PAN is NSS's phone tree and is instrumental in contacting members personally to notify them of important issues and to request their participation in efforts to call, write, or email others, including their elected representatives, about particular space issues. This activity is open to all NSS members. Please join the NSS and its Political Action Network using our Online Membership Form. See also Guidelines for Contacting Congress.
2015 Success Story: Who Ya Gonna Call? The Oklahoma Space Alliance
NSS members often associate Congressional visits with events like the SEA Blitz, the March Storm, and the August Home District Blitz. Even so, the great majority of these visits are with staff, not the Senators/Congress members themselves.
Hence, it was with considerable surprise when the office of Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK District 1) called Steve Swift, the President of the local NSS Chapter (the Oklahoma Space Alliance) requesting a briefing on space matters. Bridentstine is on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment.
Steve and members of the Oklahoma Space Alliance ended up talking with the Congressman himself for 1-½ hours on February 18, 2015! To prepare for this important meeting, the chapter prepared a four-page document of talking points. Although this document is localized to the situation in Oklahoma, it is a good model for any NSS Chapter to follow. Please join us in congratulating Steve and the Oklahoma Space Alliance on this significant achievement!!!
The National Space Society participates in the annual Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) legislative blitzes in Washington DC in which space advocates let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious and sustainable path forward in space. The Space Exploration Alliance includes groups ranging from NSS and Explore Mars to AIAA, the Moon Society, the Mars Society, the Planetary Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, SEDS, and Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation.
In September 2012, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech, members of the National Space Society (NSS) went to Capitol Hill and urged Congress to support our nation’s space program in a Legislative Blitz that was co-organized with Explore Mars, Inc.
Every February, as the U.S. Congress begins its deliberations on the federal budget, NSS members visit Representatives and Senators in their offices in Washington, DC, in support of the Society's most important space-related agenda items for the year. This event, held over a three-day period, typically involves meetings with over one hundred congressional offices. This activity is open to all NSS members no experience necessary, and, the more the better! and allows members of Congress to hear directly from their constituents about the importance of expanding civilization into space.
NSS Policy Committee
The National Space Society's Policy Committee is responsible for formulating and implementing the Society's positions on space activities, from NASA to industry to commercial and entrepreneurial spaceflight. As a grass-roots advocacy and educational organization, NSS is proactive and forward-thinking in sharing its message with the public and with elected officials. The NSS Policy Committee, chaired by NSS Executive Vice President Dale Skran, seeks to further the NSS mission through the following:
The Policy Committee discusses, debates, and formulates the positions that the NSS takes to advance the cause of human beings living and working in communities beyond the Earth. These positions are reflected in formal position papers, letters to elected officials, press releases, web site content, and messages presented during one of grassroots visit to Congress that NSS supports, which include the February SEA Blitz, the March Storm, and the August Home District Blitz.
The Policy Committee also serves to call our members to action, and to otherwise communicate NSS messages and policy positions to the public and to elected officials. Policy implementation activities include activating the NSS Political Action Network and providing logistical support for the Legislative Blitz.
What is an NSS Position on Legislative Matters?
There are two kinds of NSS Positions on Legislative Matters:
What is not an NSS Position on Legislative Matters?
Pretty much everything except what is listed just above, including:
Where can I find official NSS positions on Legislative Matters?
There are three places/methods of finding NSS positions:
Where can I find other kinds of NSS positions?There are various items on the NSS web page that should be considered official positions of NSS apart from the Legislative page. For example, the NSS Space Settlement Roadmap is an example of an official NSS position found on the NSS web site.
Prior Legislative Alerts: