Please share the following with your members.
June 15, 2017—The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for FY18 includes devastating cuts to federal humanities funding, including elimination of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Now is the time to urge your Members of Congress to support federal programs that are vital to our archives community!
House Appropriations Committee subcommittees are drafting their spending bills between now and the end of June. Our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance have created a legislative action center that allows you to send multiple email messages to Congress from a single website. Alerts specific to NEH, IMLS, and NHPRC include a pre-written letter that you can personalize or send as is. The system uses your ZIP code to identify your House member and Senators automatically.
Access the NHA Action Center<http://p2a.co/kVFEeav>.
Personalize your message! Whatever method of communication you choose, it’s important to personalize your message to your background, experience, institution, district, or state – something that, as a constituent, will resonate with your representative.
Need some background or ideas?
See SAA’s issue brief on Federal Grant Funding for Archives<http://www2.archivists.org/statements/issue-brief-federal-grant-funding-for-archives> as well as backgrounders on NHPRC<http://www2.archivists.org/statements/backgrounder-funding-for-the-national-historical-publications-and-records-commission> and NEH<http://www2.archivists.org/statements/backgrounder-funding-for-the-national-endowment-for-the-humanities>.
See your colleagues’ Federal Funding Impact Stories<https://archivesaware.archivists.org/>. (Or share your own story<http://www2.archivists.org/advocacy/share-your-federal-funding-impact-story>.)
And view the National Coalition for History’s in-depth agency-by-agency analysis<http://historycoalition.org/2017/05/23/trump-fy-18-budget-proposes-devastating-cuts-to-federal-history-archival-education-programs/> of the administration’s FY18 budget proposal.
Never before have federal archival, humanities, and history programs been under such attack. Act now to save them!
Tell us when you’ve taken action! #saveNHPRC #saveIMLS #saveNEH=
Why not a phone call? Many staffers’ voice mail boxes are full due to unprecedented advocacy activity, but if you prefer to try to make a phone call, find your Representative here<http://www.house.gov/> or Senators here<https://www.senate.gov/>.
Nancy P. Beaumont
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602
312-606-0722; 866-722-7858 (toll-free)