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.
League Lingo Moment
- What is Local Action?
- When you can speak "for the League"
Deeds Not Words - Local Action
Start Your Local Advocacy efforts with these toolkits
How to get started:
- Find out how this issue affects your community.
- Do research of League positions and other advocacy activities taken.
- Put together a list of common concerns about this issue.
- Learn about challenges and successes that previous efforts have faced.
- Get a team together.
- 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.
- Join forces with a group already working on this issue.
- Let your elected officials know how you feel.
- Hold a candidates’ forum.
- Hold an educational forum.
- Attend lobby day or rally.
- Research which level of government to contact.
- Focus on one issue at a time.
- Be professional.
- Provide your contact info and the bill number.
- Be clear with your position.
- Be prepared to counter opposing argument.
- Humanize with personal stories.
- Being polite.
- Encourage them to reach out if they have questions.
- Cultivate relationships.
- Leave a one-pager.
- Flood the scene with your message.
- Followup with staff.
- Let your organizational partners know you are working on this issue.
- Post alerts on websites and social media.
- Speak with one voice.
Activist Alert - Dream Act
- League Urges U.S. House to Pass Clean Dream Act
- Learn more about the League of Women Voters' position in Immigration
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