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1 Based on Five Rules of Effective Advocacy By Nancy Amidei, University of Washington Civic Engagement Project Don’t Be Scared of Big Capitol Buildings Presented by Hunger Action LA on behalf of new advocates everywhere

2 Advocacy just means speaking up!!

3 End Hunger ! Even if you’re shy you can be an advocate!

4 OR IF YOU’RE NOT SHY, IT JUST TAKES A SHOE!

5 I can't advocate through my job, how do I organize advocacy efforts?" You may not be allowed to directly advocate but may be able to train parents, clients, etc to do sob Many nonprofits do not realize they can do more advocacy than they believe Your group can take the 501h election using IRS Form 5768 B BUT WAIT A MINUTE, YOU SAY

6 Framing Your Issue in Simple Terms

7 For example: Why are People Hungry? They Don’t Have Enough Money to Buy Food And why is that? They Have To Pay Too Much Money for Rent Medicine Gasoline Food

8 Why Should Nutrition and Exercise be supported? Because…..

9 How Policies Are Made The federal, state, and local governments can write bills and pass them as law Administrators of programs can make decisions that don’t involve making new laws All governments have budgets that can prioritize health, human services, and other issues we care about

10 What Level of Government and what Process? CityLA: 15 councilmembers + Mayor CountyLA: 5 supervisors StateSenate: 40 Assembly: 80 Bills proposed and passed through committees, legislature and signed/vetoed by Governor. Budget deadline end of June. Adminstrative changes can also be made in programs FederalHouse: 435 Senate: 50 Similar to state process but less structured of a calendar

11 Who ya gonna call? Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Locate District By Name or Address NameAddress VOTING AND ELECTIONS

12 You should see something like this District Look Up by Address Click hereClick here for help and examples. Home Number House number of residence address. (No Fraction) Street Name Do not include street type (ave., st., blvd., etc.)

13 THERE'S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS! What group do you represent? How many people are members, or how 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 _______________________”.

15 BREAK TIME LOTERIA

16 A CAMPAIGN: THREE AUDIENCES TO KEEP IN MIND Elected Officials and Their Staff Other Voters The Media

17 Stories Stories bring issue to life Stories have changed minds when statistics and reason haven’t worked

18 IS IT OKAY? ……to meet with a staff person instead of the real legislator? …..to not know everything if they ask you a question? ……to leave materials behind?

19 The Advocacy Team Facilitator Story Teller “Ask” Person Time Keeper Note Taker

20 Besides Legislative Visits Press Conference Panel Inviting Officials To a Tour

21 TOP SECRET ADVOCACY TIPS REVIEW THEIR RECORDS KNOW THEIR INTERESTS FIND A CHAMPION FIND OUT WHO OWES WHO

22 AMERICAN ADVOCATE COMPETITION!! ADVOCATE


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