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Advocate. Support. Endorse. Act.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED


Raise Awareness-develop your message-know your audience

  • Select only your most persuasive arguments.
  • Stay on message.
  • Write down your main points and emphasize them.
  • Tie every answer you give back to your messages.
  • If you are talking to an elected official, talk about benefits to the community.

    Write letters to the editor
  • State your reason for writing.
  • When applicable, refer to any news item or letter that you are countering.
  • Limit your message to one or two key points.
  • Follow the word-count rules.
  • Take a firm and clear stand on the issues, but be reasonable.

    Write an op-ed piece
  • Talk with the editorial page editor to pitch your idea.
  • Be concise: have something original to say, with one idea and cite examples.
  • Follow the word-count rules set by the paper.
  • Take a firm and clear stand on the issues, but be reasonable.
  • Guide to placing op-eds and letters to the editor.


    Contact Legislators
  • Learn How to Lobby - A successful lobby campaign incorporates multiple approaches to educating and communicating with your coalition and policymakers.
  • Build your Coalition and have each member contact the legislators in their home district.
  • Legislators pay attention to well presented positions by constituents.
  • Do research and become knowledeable about legislation and your policymakers.
  • Identify legislation clearly and include the bill number if you know it.
  • Gain the attention of policymakers by contacting them through a personal visit, by letter or phone.
  • Keep communication personal and send it on plain stationary.
  • Don't be afraid to clip articles and attach them to the personal letters.
  • Staff people's views are important and they may have great influence on the legislators for whom they work.
  • Follow-up with e-advocacy efforts—email is a powerful tool to communicate with your coalition and legislators.


    Get Press support
  • Call your local editorial page editor to set up an appointment.
  • Prepare an information packet to pass out at the meeting.
  • Bring a small group of your most influential coalition members.
  • Pick your three most persuasive points and strongly advocate for them.
  • Afterwards, follow up with a thank you note, and provide any follow-up material.

    Host an event
  • Consider holding rallies, parades, candlelight vigils, or anything else that involves your coalition and draws media attention.
  • Send out a press release to the media several days before the event, inviting them to attend and providing information about the event.
  • Follow up with the media the day before the event and then again the day of the event.
  • Provide information packets to the media at the event.
  • Have visually exciting backgrounds, including coalition tee shirts, banners, posters, graphs, etc.

    Hold a news conference
  • Schedule a news conference only when you have important information that should be released
    to the general public.
  • Send out a press release to the media several days before the conference.
  • Follow up with the media the day before the event and then again the day of the event.
  • Provide information packets to the media at the conference.
  • Have visually exciting backgrounds, including coalition tee shirts, banners, posters, graphs, etc.

Get Involved
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Passion and Perserverence
Talk to any lobbyist and you will find that legislative changes take years to achieve. As in any business or sales endeavor, successful policymaking efforts require persistance. Time, energy, focus and patience are needed to make policy changes. Your coalition should be sent legislative alerts as often as needed. That might mean 3 times in one month and then not another alert for several months. There are always new bills introduced and others that may go nowhere. There's no magic to successful lobbying—just a passion for making changes and the perserverance to see the effort to the end of the policy cycle.

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YOUR MISSION IS OUR MISSION.

Partner with Voices of Hope Productions to market your message, develop your documentary video story, or advocate for your cause. You can be assured we will work with you to raise awareness of your organization, and build resources to bring about positive and lasting change-one story at a time.

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"The first thing to keep in mind, is that your objective is not to make a 'TV show' or a 'show' of any kind. You are collecting evidence; you are encouraging witness; you are emboldening ordinary people to 'go public.'"

George Stoney from forward in
Turn on the Power! Using Media for
Social
Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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