Please let your Members of Congress know that you support FASTR and that they should too! More details on the bill can be found on our FASTR homepage.
Below are ways in which you can help pass FASTR and spread the word about the positive effects this legislation will have on research, the academic community, entrepreneuers, students, and the general public. Now is the time to reach out to your Members of Congress and tell them at they should support FASTR!
1. Write a letter of support for FASTR legislation and send it to your elected officials.
Click here for a draft letter of support. You can modify this letter to include ways open access has impacted your life or could impact your life if FASTR were passed. Here are links to find your Representatives’ contact information.
2. Engage your Representatives on social media by tweeting at your elected officials about FASTR using the hashtag #MoveFASTR, or post about the bill on Facebook. You can find a list of all the twitter accounts for Congress here.
Here are some useful tweets that you can use —
[name of group] urges House to #MoveFASTR and make taxpayer funded research available to all #OpenAccess
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR represents the next step forward in the competitiveness agenda. It’s time to pass it! #OpenAccess #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] Job growth generated by FASTR will spread across broad sectors of the economy, from ag to ed. Pls pass it! #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR spurs innovation and encourages job creation. Please help us #MoveFASTR!
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR provides additional transparency on federal spending. Pass it out of committee today! #OpenAccess #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR codifies @WhiteHouse Directive to provide greater public access to taxpayer-funded research. #MoveFASTR
.@[Your representatives’ twitter account] FASTR ensures permanency of public access to scientific research once and for all. Let’s get it done! #MoveFASTR
You can also post these messages on your Representatives’ facebook pages.
If you have any questions about any of the action items above, please contact Shawn Daugherty at email@example.com or at 202.296.2296.