Advocacy 101. TOPICS. Why advocate? Who is my Legislator? Where do Legislators work? What is the Legislative Process? How do I communicate with my Legislator? When is the best time to advocate? The 11 Commandments of Advocacy. Why be Advocates?.
1. Maintain Persons in their Own Homes with Dignity.
2. Remove Barriers to Economic and Personal Independence.
3. Provide a Continuum of Care for Vulnerable Elderly.
4. Provide Managed In-home and Long Term Care Services.
5. Protection from Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation.
6. Opportunity for Employment & Community Service.
7. Empower Elders to Volunteer and Serve the Community.
Prohibited AAA Advocacy Activities
Each Senior Services Board member is visiting their Delegate and Senator in August to present senior needs and issues.
The Senior Advocate Alertis published during the Virginia General Assembly Session every other week. Special issues are published as needed.
Call (757) 222-4525 and leave your message!
What should the General Assembly do for seniors in the 2011 legislative session?
Advocacy 101: Summer 2010
Advocacy 102: Fall 2010
Problems faced by Senior Home Owners
What can the General Assembly do to help?
Idea: “Senior Home Ownership Support Act”
Committee ActionAll bills are referred to a committee that hears the patron and any other witnesses.
Option 1: Report it to the floor:
Option 2: Pass by Indefinitely (PBI)
Option 3: Defeat
Option 4: Continue/Carry Over
Option 5: Pass by for the day
Option 6: No Action or Left in Committee
Option 7: Incorporate into other Legislation
Legislators want to know:
3. The ideas we have to make things better.
Be courteous and reasonable.
The golden rule applies – remember how you would want someone to speak to you.
DON'T apologize for writing or taking their time. If your letter is short and expresses your opinion, they are glad to give you a hearing.
DON'Tsend a carbon copy to other legislators or House and Senate leadership. Write each one individually.
(There are exceptions to this DON’T)
Bernie Henderson, a former director of the Health Regulatory Boards, and a successful participant in the legislative process passed this along many years ago.
Whether professional or citizen lobbyist, these guidelines are very helpful.
Politics is both the art of compromise and the science of accomplishing the practical. To go to the legislature with the attitude that your way is the only way to address an issue is a virtual guarantee for disappointment and defeat.
It is almost always better to gratefully accept half a loaf than no loaf at all. Take as much as you can get and wait until another time to try for the rest. If your position is right, it will stand the test of time - if time proves you are not right - chalk it up to the wisdom of the legislature.
Don't fight the inevitable; instead try to use it to your greatest advantage or to at least minimize the damage.
There is a new day with every dawning and your strongest adversary today may be your closest ally tomorrow, so when opposing someone's position, be sure you don't oppose the person. Don't write off anyone, regardless of how wrong you believe they may be.
Intelligence is not only knowing the correct information, it is realizing what you do not know and having enough sense to admit when you don't have the answer to a question. There is no advantage in risking being considered unreliable, foolish, or untruthful. There is no substitute for honesty and candor, even if it means putting your proposal in jeopardy.
Pick your battles carefully. There is no need to waste everyone's time or consume your own influence on matters that have no chance or that are being sufficiently and fully considered without your involvement. Know when to keep quiet and when to sit down.
Never ask a legislator to take a position that you know will get him in trouble with his constituents.
Take time to say a sincere "thank you" even when a person has done no more than listen.
Be careful to give your word only after you are sure you can keep whatever commitment you make - and then never go back on it.
Success is not measured by getting everything you want - it is measured by doing the best you can and by being sure that no one could have done a better job under the same circumstances.
you may get something very different and not at all what you were after. When the session is done you don’t want to be wishing you had never asked.