Contact Congress and Take Action Today

Your voice makes a difference. Getting involved can be as simple as sending a letter or visiting your representatives or you might want to consider a one-year fellowship in a Congressional office or with the Department of State. Make sure that your representatives in the US House and Senate know how their decisions on key issues will impact you.

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Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus

About the New Caucus
The Optics & Photonics Caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Morelle (D-NY) and Mast (R-FL) and Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Daines (R-MT). The purpose of the Caucus is to educate members of Congress and their staff regarding the importance of light-based research and technologies to the United States, as well as highlight the needs of this community.

Attend the Virtual Launch
On 24 February 2021, the National Photonics Initiative will host a virtual event to launch the O&P Caucus at 12:00 PM ET. The launch will feature remarks from the four co-chairs and Administration officials and include a short Q&A session. Register in advance for this online event.

Request for Your Action
As part of the ramp up to this launch event, the National Photonics Initiative reached out with a request for the SPIE community. Please use the following letter template to send to your representatives in both House and Senate (excluding the co-chairs), requesting they tune in to the live launch event to learn more about the Caucus and suggesting they join as a member.

If possible, it would be ideal if you could send this letter by email. Due to security procedures, paper mail is unlikely to make it to congressional offices prior to the launch event.

Download the letter template

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As co-leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics and OSA have worked closely with Congress over the past year to establish this Caucus. We are very excited about this new voice for the optics and photonics community and look forward to your participation and support.

Congressional Visits Day

If you're interested in joining a meeting in Washington, DC, participate in the U.S. Congressional Visits Day (CVD), an annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. As a member of the planning coalition, SPIE invites your participation.

Learn more by visiting the National Photonics Initiative Congressional Visits webpage.

SPIE Members at CVD 2016
SPIE Members Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and Kim Arcand
on Congressional Visits in Washington, DC