Contact the decision makers, the opinion leaders, and like-minded thinkers and doers in the local community.
Turn your ideals into action with NCJW's advocacy tools: learn about basic outreach strategies, gain tips for speaking out to elected officials and local media, connect with coalition partners, and access research databases.
Advocacy is all about action. Speaking out on important issues -- in person, on the phone, via letters, faxes, emails, or phone calls, as an individual or in a group -- is part of the democratic process. Make the most of the opportunity.
- Do your homework. Learn as much as possible about the issue of concern.
- Choose the method that is most comfortable for you. There are many ways to make your opinions known. The important thing is to do it.
- Have a clear, focused purpose for your action. Address one issue at a time. And use the facts. The more prepared you are, the more persuasive you can be.
- Be specific about what you want to achieve. What do you want your senator, representative, or other public official to do?
- Communicate as a constituent. Show the legislator or official specifically how his or her constituency is affected by or concerned about the issue.
- Be courteous and reliable. Do not promise what you can not deliver in terms of help or information. Leave your contact information. And always follow up on requests for additional materials or further clarification.