Supporters of the National Cooperative Development Act can encourage their political Representative to show a committment towards the legislation by filling in this form, powered by PopVox.
The National Cooperative Business Association, which represents cooperative interests across the US, has created a suggested letter template, which you could use in your letter. The NCBA also points interested supporters to read some of the talking points on the official campaign website.
I'm writing to ask that you become a co-sponsor of the National Cooperative Development Act, which will empower Americans and strengthen communities cooperative development in urban and rural areas.
The National Cooperative Development Act would establish a National Cooperative Development Center to provide capital, training and other resources to foster cooperative development. The Act would strengthen communities and generate jobs by spurring cooperative development and thereby, advance the economic stability of local areas; increase the circulation of capital locally; and develop, attract and anchor new productive capital in urban and rural underserved communities.
Cooperatives are values-based, business owned and controlled by those that use the cooperative's services. In the United States, more than 29,000 cooperatives operate in every sector of the economy and in every congressional district; Americans hold over 350 million co-op memberships. US cooperatives generate 2 million jobs and make a substantial contribution to the US economy with annual sales of $652 billion and possessing assets of $3 trillon.
Cooperatvies operate across all sectors of the US economy and include agriculture, food distribution and retailing, childcare, credit unions purchasing, worker-owned, housing healthcare, energy and telecommunications cooperatives. Cooperatives promote the fullest possible participation in the economic and social development of all people.
Please become a co-sponsor of this important legislation.