Gaining Support of Congressional Representatives for Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act

EDIT: 33 cosponsors remain before the bill reaches the majority. Keep going!
With just under 50 remaining cosponsors necessary to pass the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 500) through the House of Representatives, it’s very important to take action as a community in order to reach this goal. Not only would it be really great for FIRST’s message and publicity, but it’s a really valuable experience for us because we’re gaining experience getting involved with our government.

Taking the time to call a representative and gain their support may sound intimidating, but in reality, it is super easy. These representatives exist to represent you and will take the time to listen to you as their constituent.

It can be helpful to know what to expect when you call your representative. The person who answers will likely not be the representative themselves, but will be someone who will take down your information and learn about the cause you’re supporting. It is important to know exactly what you’re talking about when it comes to this bill. I have attached the details listed under section 2 of the bill here:

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Christa McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire.

(2) In 1985, Christa McAuliffe was selected to be the first participant in the Teacher in Space program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

(3) On January 28, 1986, Christa McAuliffe and 6 other astronauts were tragically killed during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

(4) In 1989, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (in this Act referred to as ‘FIRST’) was founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

(5) The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

(6) Each year, more than 1,000,000 children from the United States and more than 86 countries participate in a FIRST program.

(7) Studies have shown that alumni of FIRST programs are more likely to become scientists and engineers and to volunteer in their communities.

(8) FIRST is dedicated to carrying on the mission of Christa McAuliffe of inspiring students and creating a new generation of dreamers and innovators.

(9) 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.

Be sure to explain why this coin is important, and why your representative should care. As Dean said in Houston, of 41 commemorative coins in U.S. history, 37 have depicted males. Additionally, it may be impactful to explain how the surcharges resulting from the production of the coin will benefit FIRST and then explain how FIRST has impacted you and the other 1,000,000 children from the United States.

For more information, here is a link to the bill itself: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/500/

To find out what representative you need to call, here is a link to the map of congressional districts: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/map

It is possible that your representative may already be supporting the bill. To check, go to the cosponsors tab of the bill’s webpage.

If your representative is already supporting the bill, that’s perfectly fine. You can still contact representatives outside of your congressional district. You can even call representatives from different states. I have synthesized a list of representatives who have NOT cosponsored the bill at the time of writing, as well as their phone numbers. Before calling a number on this list, it may be helpful to do some research on where that representative is from and why they should support our bill.

Thanks for helping out guys, let me know if you have any questions.

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So, some tips:
1.) A phone call or letter beats an email. Showing up at the office or a town hall beats all three.

2.) Write a letter to your newspaper’s editor and cc your representative(s). If you can get your sponsors to cosign the letter, even better!

3.) A letter writing campaign where many people write letters can be even more potent. It’s easy to dismiss one letter - hard to dismiss a dozen or a hundred. Make them personal. A rule of thumb is 5 paragraphs, with the first and last being a summary. The other 3 could be something like what your team does (esp outreach), how FIRST has inspired you, and how Christa McAuliffe’s story has inspired you.

4.) Tweet your letters and @ your rep(s). Maybe we should come up with a catch hashtag.

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All very great points. We should use the hashtag #CoinForChrista

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And the existing #morethanrobots.

Headed to the President’s desk next!

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And now it is a reality! Or, more accurately, a law. The actual coins are not listed on the US Mint site yet. Coming in 2021.

Press Release from Fred Upton, Representative for Michigan 6th District

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed S. 239, the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Upton introduced the House-version of the bill in January as H.R. 500 with more than 300 cosponsors.

The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 will mint a $1 silver coin – at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer - in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher and astronaut who perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and support the FIRST program.

“So many FIRST students that I have heard from look up to Christa McAuliffe as a role model, and she is. Her courage and legacy continue to inspire generations of young people to pursue science and technology careers. I’m proud that the bill President Trump signed today will honor Christa McAuliffe – a true American hero – while also providing critical resources for FIRST programs in Michigan and around the nation,” Upton said. “Michigan is a national leader in FIRST, and for our state and nation to maintain its competitive advantage in the future, our kids of today must have the resources and opportunities to develop critical 21st century career skills. This new law will provide a big boost for FIRST, and I’m so proud to see it signed by the President today.

Michigan has the most FIRST Robotics teams in in the nation. FIRST is the nation’s leading not-for-profit STEM education program with a proven track-record of encouraging students to pursue STEM fields. According to studies conducted by FIRST, over 75% of FIRST students find themselves in a STEM field as a student or professional after graduating high school.

Click here to learn more about the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019.

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