Survive and Thrive Bootcamp Advocacy Cheat Sheet

STORY TIPS:

  • When writing elected officials, they need to know you are a constituent up front.
  • Craft a way to make the audience the hero.
  • Be positive.
  • Use plain language.
  • Avoid jargon and abbreviations.
  • Tell you story as if you are having coffee with a friend.
  • Speak from and to the heart.
  • Talk about success.
  • Be concise.
  • Quality of life over numbers.

STALK THEM (NICELY)

Find them

Follow Their Social Media

  • Facebook: Town Hall
  • Links on their home page

Get Their Newsletter

  • On their site

Track’m With Google Google Alerts

Find the local reporters who cover your members of Congress with Google

HOW TO ACT EASILY

Suggested by Briley: https://www.countable.us/

PREPARE FOR MEETINGS

  • Who will be there? Staff is fine.
  • Research both their voting record and supporting data
  • Have Talking Points so you can be clear
  • Make ONE Clear Ask, sign a pledge, cosponsor, vote
  • Bring Materials. Prepair a hand out one page
  • Share on Social Media

SAMPLE TOPICS

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