Building Political Will / Advocacy Best Practices. National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness February 7, 2008. Phyllis Gilberti Director of Field Mobilization 202-942-8258 email@example.com. Is building political will within the domain of possibility?
National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness
February 7, 2008
Director of Field Mobilization
A pattern of what works exists
“Two steps forward, 3 steps back.”
We’ve changed the minds of elected officials.How can we make federal policy change?
“The only things that we will do (Congress) are the things that you make it impossible for us not to do.”
- Congressional staff to RESULTS (A nonprofit, grassroots citizens' lobby that identifies sustainable solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty as a human rights issue)How Does Policy Change Happen?
Writing Letters and Making Phone Calls to Elected Officials
Relationship Building with elected officials and their staff
In person meetings in Washington or in the district
Public Education – Town Hall Meetings etcHow Does Policy Change Happen?
Just because an elected official says it doesn’t mean that it will happen.
Persistence and follow through are the golden keys.How Does Policy Change Happen?
– Benjamin Franklin
He said ‘no’ to co-sponsoring homelessness legislation at least three times
He ended up being a co-sponsorAnne’s Story
Are there any barriers that have prevented you from participating in advocacy efforts?
Talk about a failed advocacy effort. What happened? Why did it fail?Discussion Questions