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PIA Month is Underway!

We are now about halfway through 2007's PIA Month, which stands for Political Involvement and Advocacy. If you've been reading about PIA Month, you...
August 15, 2007

It's August, it's hot - but it's time to turn up the heat even more!

We are now about halfway through 2007's PIA Month, which stands for Political Involvement and Advocacy. If you've been reading about PIA Month, you already know that this is PIA's annual grassroots effort to contact Members of Congress during the August congressional recess - when our elected representatives are in their districts, seeking input and support from you, their constituents.

There is no better time than August for grassroots political involvement. Members of Congress are back home visiting Main Street. Away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., they have more time to listen to the concerns of Main Street insurance agents - that's you! They want your support, they want your votes and they want your contributions. PIA Month is just another opportunity to let our elected officials know that Main Street agents need their support, too, by supporting our positions in Congress.

If you haven't already done so, we urge you to join with your fellow PIA members around the nation and get involved.  How?  There are many ways, and your PIA National has gathered the tools you can use to make an effective presentation, from talking points to issue sheets to tips on setting up meetings. There's even a way to send a quick, personal email if your schedule doesn't permit a visit.  Just see the links at the end of this item for all of these resources.

So why should you get involved?  Because this year, perhaps more than others, the forces on the "other side" of our issues are organized and spending millions. What do they want? Some want federal regulation of insurance. Some want a so-called "optional federal charter." Some want to repeal McCarran-Ferguson. But what they really want is for Congress to give them an unfair competitive advantage over Main Street insurance agents by passing special interest legislation just for them. That's what PIA is against.

PIA National President Donna Pile has recorded a brief audio message to "rally our PIA troops." Give it a listen. Then, get involved!  Here's how:

Political Involvement and Advocacy Month (PIA Month) serves as an opportunity for each PIA member to become more active in the politics that shape their lives and to continue that involvement into the future. Members can get ideas on PIA national's website here.

District Lobbying Day is a nationwide series of in-district visits with Members of Congress, conducted by PIA members across America. While visits were centered on August 8, PIA members can visit their Members of Congress anytime before they head back to Capitol Hill. The important thing is that a critical mass of PIA members visit their Members of Congress to speak about issues important to Professional Insurance Agents. Learn how you can participate in PIA's District Lobbying Day here.

Contact Congress Online: If your schedule doesn't allow for a face-to-face meeting with your Members of Congress, please take a moment to contact them through PIA's Online Grassroots Action Center. We've already created a message that can be sent via mail, fax or email. Click here to take action now. 

Let us know about your meetings and what you are doing to celebrate Political Involvement and Advocacy Month!  Fill out the online feedback form on the PIA Month website or click here. Your feedback is vital.