Studies show: In-person visits are MOST influential!
Recent evidence of this fact… … record signatures on the HALS letter!record signatures on the HALS letter
Advocacy Day Logistics and Planning It all starts with constituency…
How Are District Visits Different from DC Visits? The good news: – Your flying to DC demonstrates your commitment – You will have the opportunity to meet with more members and staff The not-so-good news: – The meeting will often be shorter and much more directed – Schedules can change at a moments notice!
Whats Going on With the Meetings? We are working with ASLA to get meetings scheduled for all participants. – We are working on meetings for everyone with their one House Rep and two Senators for the address we have on file – We are requesting for between 10 and 4 on 4/30 – We are doing our best to cluster meetings – All meetings have been requested. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions email@example.com
Whats Going on With the Meetings? Full schedules will be available onsite Because of the Spring Recess, many offices are not scheduling for the week of 4/27 until the week of 4/20.
Things we need to be sure we know… Are you now not sure whether you will be able to attend or want to participate in meetings? Do you have time constraints we should be aware of? Is the address you registered with the one you want us to use?
What to Know Before You Go! Three Key Questions What do you want? Who are you talking to? How should you ask?
What Do You Want? You must Make the Ask Two kinds of asks – Policy – Relationship Building
Policy Asks (Examples) Cosponsor Complete Streets Legislation Funding for HALS More details at ASLAs Advocacy Day siteASLAs Advocacy Day site
In addition to Policy Asks, Think About Relationship Building Asks Site visit Statement in Congressional Record Congressional Record Local (District or State) meeting Newsletter Article Website statement / photos
Who are you talking to? Who do they care about? Why are you relevant? What does the elected official care about? Legislation introduced Committee assignments How can you frame the message? A Legislator Profile form might help!Legislator Profile
How Should You Ask? Developing your Message Be Specific Be Personal (and Positive!) Be Informative Be Trustworthy (if you dont know the answer to a question, what should you say?) Be Brief: The Five Minute rule A Personal Story Worksheet Might Help!Personal Story Worksheet
The Five Minute Action Plan What three things will you do next to be prepared? (Lets go to the poll!)