2018 March Storm
NSS, the Alliance for Space Development, and the Space Frontier Foundation are sponsoring March Storm 2018, the premier citizen space related Washington visit event, March 11-15. Participants are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 days of Congressional visits. Training will prepare you to meet with Congresspersons and staffers even if you have no prior experience.
Please sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-storm-2018-tickets-41513120862.
March Storm 2018 will be advancing the 2018 Alliance for Space Development objectives:
- Establish an Ultra Low Cost Access to Space (ULCATS) program based on public-private partnership and streamlined governmental policy and regulations (see DRAFT BILL).
- Ensure a gapless transition from ISS to private space stations in LEO, with NASA assisting with development and serving as an early customer (see DRAFT BILL)
- Enable cis-lunar development through a series of programs, such as:
- A public-private partnership to develop and demonstrate a re-usable lander based in cis-lunar space.
- Setting a price that NASA will pay for commodities (water,etc.) at locations in cis-lunar space.
- Purchasing data gathered by private companies on lunar resources (water, etc.).
This year we have decided to request participants pay a $40 registration fee, and we are using Eventbite, a popular and reliable service, to collect the fees. PLEASE NOTE — students are free on display of a student ID card during the training session. Also, if you are unable to pay the $40, scholarships are available. Eventbrite will walk you through the process. Please send any questions to email@example.com.
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. New members can join the NSS Political Action Network using our Online Membership Form. Existing members can join the PAN by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See also Guidelines for Contacting Congress.
The National Space Society participates in three annual Congressional education events:
- March Storm: held annually in Washington DC during March, and sponsored by the Alliance for Space Development (ASD), NSS, and Space Frontier Foundation. See report on the 2017 March Storm: NSS Winds Blow into DC.
- August Home District Blitz: held annually around the country in the home districts during the August Congressional recess, and sponsored by the Alliance for Space Development, NSS, and Space Frontier Foundation.
- SEA Blitz: held annually in Washington DC during February, and sponsored by the Space Exploration Alliance, which 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 Share Space Foundation.
Talking points from some past blitzes include:
- 2017 August Home District Blitz Talking Points [PDF]
- 2017 March Storm Talking Points [PDF]
- 2016 August Home District Blitz Talking Points [PDF]
- 2016 March Storm Talking Points [PDF]
- 2015 August Home District Blitz Talking Points [PDF]
- 2014 August Blitz Talking Points and Organizing Guidelines [PDF]
- 2014 February Blitz Talking Points [PDF]
- 2013 February Blitz Talking Points [PDF]
A 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!!!
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:
- Statements, including press releases, position papers, and open letters that are approved by the NSS Policy Committee.
- Statements, oral or in writing, provided by the Chair of the NSS Policy Committee, who is empowered via the Bylaws of NSS to speak on behalf of NSS on Legislative matters.
What is not an NSS Position on Legislative Matters?
Pretty much everything except what is listed just above, including:
- Statements by NSS BOD members
- Statements or positions from NSS Chapters or the Chapters Assembly
- Statements by individual NSS members
- Statements by NSS employees or contractors
- Statements by NSS officers who are not the Chair of the NSS Policy Committee
- Statements by the Chair of the Policy Committee provided with a disclaimer that they are not official NSS positions
Where can I find official NSS positions on Legislative Matters?
There are three places/methods of finding NSS positions:
- The NSS Position Papers page, where you will find a list of official position papers. These papers are the official voice of NSS on legislative matters.
- The list of NSS press releases. Statements found in NSS press releases can also be viewed as NSS positions.
- You can write the Chair of the NSS Policy Committee, email@example.com.
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: