Southwestern Region

Capital Hill Presence

Our Government relations vision is to promote the Fraternity and its work on the Congressional Level. Our target audience is members of Congress, Congressional staff members, the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional black associates.

Our tactical plan is to do a one or two-day sweep of Capitol Hill offices. Fraternity and Sorority members will address Members of Congress and their staff, informing them of the work that Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta are doing for their constituents. They will be introduced to our partner connections and understand legislation that we support or oppose. Special emphasis will be placed on district-specific activities that have the greatest impact on the Members’ constituencies. Leaders from both organizations will meet with the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate, the Congressional Black Caucus and other leaders that champion causes supported by Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta.

When available, our service statistics or “service fact sheets” will be available for members of Congress and their staff to illustrate the levels of service that Phi Beta Sigma renders in each Congressional District. Not only is this a unique courtesy but also a tool to foster the communication that must exist between the Fraternity and Congressional Offices. It is imperative the every chapter report their service activities in order to accommodate the report sharing effort. Also, it would be beneficial for members of Phi Beta Sigma to participate in the advocacy activities of our strategic partners including the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. It is also helpful that brothers identify themselves as members of Phi Beta Sigma, while working with these partners.

Phi Beta Sigma’s current grassroots advocacy efforts are implemented through Blue Alerts. This is one of the easier ways for members to address their concerns and/or support for Congressional activity or specific legislation. Additionally, Blue Alerts help support the direct advocacy component.