Camera-shy politicians, beware! The American Life League has tasked its social media-savviest supporters with seeking out high-ranking, reproductive rights-minded members of Congress for selfie-centric advocacy during National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week.
Although it’s been part of the annual promotion before — an ALL aide said the group first rolled out the NPLTW program in 2004, gradually building from a single day of action to a full week of exposure — the Congressional Photo Challenge is being emphasized this year in the hopes fans will push themselves to score actual face-time with elected officials.
The rules of the game are simple: NPLTW fans have one week (the contest kicked off Tuesday and draws to a close May 4 at 11:59 p.m.) to snap pictures of themselves — wearing an ALL-produced shirt , or at the very least, some sort of religious garb (homemade, even) modified to include the official NPLTW badge — completing various tasks. The 500 assignments are weighted according to difficulty; shots of everyday living, such as posing in front of one’s local grocery store or among a group of friends, might earn just a few points, whereas striking a pose alongside emergency services personnel or a local leader would presumably merit double-digit props.
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“Some tasks may be more challenging than others, but the main point is to be a visible public witness to defending preborn babies from abortion,” organizers explain on the campaign site .
Sidling up to someone in the legislative branch while sporting ALL-approved duds is the objective of this year’s “bonus” challenge. Executing said maneuver with a lawmaker on the opposite side of the argument would be gravy.
“We thought it would be a great opportunity to open a dialogue with members that are not pro-life,” NPLTW Project Manager Ray Flores told HOH, adding he is eager to see “who is brave, daring, courageous, bold or crazy enough to track down [Speaker] John Boehner or [Senate Minority Leader] Harry Reid.”
Per Flores, participants have had limited success setting up shots with pols in the past. “It’s been small town mayors … or ‘friendly’ members,” he said of stolen moments staged with ideologically aligned pols.
But cozying up to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., while robed in a cottony political statement and hearing that shutter click — that, Flores suggested, would be absolutely priceless.
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