On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
-- Oscar Wilde
Policymakers want to hear from you. In surveys, we’ve found that policymakers, especially elected officials, are very eager to hear real-world voices. They trust you more than professional lobbyists.
You will find advocates among policymakers – both elected officials and staff. You may find one passionate about your issue or open to becoming a champion.
Tips no advocate should forget
Common advocates’ mistakes
Administrative Advocacy -- to engage state agencies
Calling a policymaker
How to contact elected officials -- to find contact information
Writing to elected officials
Visiting with a policymaker
Leading, serving and getting appointed to taskforces
Importance of legislative staff
Legislators – who are they?