Presentation on theme: "Presented by Hunger Action LA on behalf of new advocates everywhere"— Presentation transcript:
1 Presented by Hunger Action LA on behalf of new advocates everywhere Don’t Be Scared ofBig Capitol BuildingsPresented by Hunger Action LAon behalf of new advocates everywhereBased on Five Rules of Effective Advocacy By Nancy Amidei, University of Washington Civic Engagement Project
5 B BUT WAIT A MINUTE, YOU SAY--------------- I can't advocate through my job, how do I organize advocacy efforts?"You may not be allowed to directly advocatebut may be able to train parents, clients, etc to do sobMany nonprofits do not realize they can do more advocacy than they believeYour group can take the 501h election using IRS Form 5768
7 For example: Why are People Hungry? They Don’t Have EnoughMoney to Buy FoodAnd why is that?They Have To PayToo Much MoneyforRentMedicineGasolineFood
8 Why Should Nutrition and Exercise be supported? Because…..Because…..Because…..Because…..
9 How Policies Are MadeThe federal, state, and local governments can write bills and pass them as lawAdministrators of programs can make decisions that don’t involve making new lawsAll governments have budgets that can prioritize health, human services, and other issues we care about
10 What Level of Government and what Process? City LA: 15 councilmembers + MayorCounty LA: 5 supervisorsState Senate: 40 Assembly: 80Bills proposed and passed through committees, legislature and signed/vetoed by Governor. Budget deadline end of June. Adminstrative changes can also be made in programsFederal House: 435 Senate: 50Similar to state process but less structured of a calendar
11 Who ya gonna call? Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: www.lavote.net VOTING AND ELECTIONSLocate District By Name or Address
12 You should see something like this District Look Up by AddressHouse number of residence address. (No Fraction)Home NumberDo not include street type (ave., st., blvd., etc.)Street NameClick here for help and examples.
13 THERE'S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS! What group do you represent?How many people are members, orhow many people do you serve?What other groups could you unite with to build a strong coalition?
14 THE 30 SECOND VERSION “Hi my name is ___________. I am with ____ and we represent _______.I live in your district.I want you to support/oppose_______________________”.