Take Action

The National Endowment for the Humanities is slated for defunding by the President’s budget.  Below are steps you can take to show your support of NEH and Delaware Humanities.

1. Contact your elected officials.

Visit the Federation of State Humanities Councils to find your Congressional representatives by typing in your address and tell them you want to keep the humanities in Washington. Use the script below or speak from the heart.

Type your address into the box provided, then contact your representatives to tell them that the humanities matter.  You can read from the script below, or tell them why the NEH is important to you.

Sample script: “Hello! I’m a constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and I’m calling to urge [name of Representative/Senator] to oppose President Trump’s elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities in his FY 2018 budget outline. Eliminating NEH would cause irreparable harm to the preservation of American history and cultural heritage. NEH funds the state humanities councils, which offer programs in the 56 states and jurisdictions. The councils provide programming in underserved rural communities that often have few cultural resources. Councils also proudly serve veterans through programming that helps them reintegrate into their communities. Thank you for your time.”

[During your call feel free to briefly describe a Delaware Humanities Council program that you particularly enjoy.]

Sen. Thomas Carper       Sen. Christopher Coons    Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester
202-224-2441                 202-224-5042                     202-225-4165

2. Attend a member of Congress’s town hall or other open meeting. Note that from April 10-21, 2017, legislators are on recess and many will be returning to their districts to hold town halls.

3. Email the member if you are unable to place a call or attend a meeting.

4. Write a letter to your elected officials.

Sen. Thomas Carper:    513 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Sen. Christopher Coons:  127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester:  1123 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

5. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspapers and magazines.

6. Create a buzz on social media. Follow your elected officials, and tell them why humanities programming is important. Tag Delaware Humanities Forum on Facebook and Twitter.

7. Email or call Delaware Humanities Forum with personal stories, testimonials, recent press, and other materials that demonstrate the impact of the humanities in your community.

8. Sign up for our email list if you haven’t already, and keep up to date on Delaware Humanities Forum events and opportunities.