Episode 9: Get Ready to Take Local Action

In Episode 9, we talk about ways League of Women Voters members can take local action to make their communities better.

 Suffragists picketing in front of the White House in 1917. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress).  Learn more about "Alice Paul's Enduring Legacy of Nonviolent Action."

Suffragists picketing in front of the White House in 1917. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress). Learn more about "Alice Paul's Enduring Legacy of Nonviolent Action."

League Lingo Moment

  • What is Local Action?
  • When you can speak "for the League"
     

Deeds Not Words - Local Action

Find out more about the Campaign to Make Democracy Work approved at 2016 convention

Start Your Local Advocacy efforts with these toolkits

  1. Redistricting Action Kit
  2. Money In Politics Action Kit 
  3. Climate Change Toolkit

How to get started:

  1. Find out how this issue affects your community.
  2. Do research of League positions and other advocacy activities taken.
  3. Put together a list of common concerns about this issue.
  4. Learn about challenges and successes that previous efforts have faced.
  5. Get a team together.
  6. Make talking points to get you started, and use language from action alerts. Go to LWVUS action alerts or your state league’s action alerts.
  7. Join forces with a group already working on this issue.
  8. Let your elected officials know how you feel.
  9. Hold a candidates’ forum.
  10. Hold an educational forum.
  11. Attend lobby day or rally.
  12. Research which level of government to contact.
  13. Focus on one issue at a time.
  14. Be professional.
  15.  Provide your contact info and the bill number.
  16.  Be clear with your position. 
  17. Be prepared to counter opposing argument.
  18. Humanize with personal stories.
  19. Being polite.
  20. Encourage them to reach out if they have questions.
  21. Cultivate relationships.
  22. Leave a one-pager.
  23. Flood the scene with your message.
  24. Followup with staff.
  25. Let your organizational partners know you are working on this issue.
  26.  Post alerts on websites and social media.
  27. Speak with one voice.

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