LOBBY

lob·by – ˈläbē/

verb: seek to influence (a politician or public official) on an issue.

Taking the first step in lobbying for a cause can sometimes be the hardest, especially if you have never lobbied before.  The goal of lobbying is to have a positive impact on decision makers so as to affect the process in our state legislation and in Washington, D.C.  Below we are putting together a basic outline of the steps you can take to help raise awareness and lobby.  Everyone’s time is precious and valuable, only you can determine what time you can resource to each step.  The most important steps involve contacting your legislators and spreading the word.  We will continue producing detailed informational pages on each step to reduce the time you need to spend on each item so you can be effective with your efforts.  Just click on the link for quick how-to instructionals for each step.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO LOBBY FOR YOUR EDUCATION VIEWS

CONTACT YOUR AREA LEGISLATORS

    1. FIND OUT WHO REPRESENTS YOUR AREA
      1. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
        1. MAIL IT
        2. FAX IT
        3. EMAIL IT
        4. CALL THEM
        5. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF YOUR LOCAL PAPER

SPEAK AT SCHOOL BOARD HEARINGS

SPEAK AT STATE HEARINGS

SPEAK WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

DISTRIBUTE FLYERS AND INFORMATIONAL NEWSLETTERS LOCALLY

“Lobbying to convince any individual of the merits of your position requires an understanding of the rationale that supports that belief. Your goal is not to threaten or antagonize, but to influence on the basis of your knowledge and understanding of the issues.” -League of Women Voters of Washington

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