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LOTE ADVOCACY. Working with our legislators and leaders. Nancy H. Ketz nketz@nysaflt.org NYSAFLT Summer Institute August 9, 2012. Agenda. Knowing our leaders Current legislation The phone call The letter The visit Their advice to us. Knowing our leaders.

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lote advocacy


Working with our legislators and leaders

Nancy H. Ketz


NYSAFLT Summer Institute

August 9, 2012

  • Knowing our leaders
  • Current legislation
  • The phone call
  • The letter
  • The visit
  • Their advice to us
knowing our leaders
Knowing our leaders
  • Who are my legislators?
  • Federal: Senator and Representative
  • NYS: Senator and Assemblyman
  • For contact info, go to http://www.nysaflt.org and click on advocacy
  • Contact info for SED and Regents is also available there.
current legislation
Current legislation
  • A06232
  • S00721
  • HR01966
  • What is the status of these bills?
  • How do we learn what we need to know about legislation?
the phone call
The phone call
  • How hard is this?
  • Watch the role-play.
  • Good or bad example?
  • Why?
  • What about multiple calls?
the letter
The letter
  • Use NYSAFLT’s Advocacy Guide to Letter Writing (thanks Marie C)
  • Perfect length?
  • Where do I get necessary info?
  • NYSAFLT’s advocacy page, under talking points
  • What should be included?
parts of the letter
Parts of the letter
  • Title. Get it right!
  • Intro sentence: Who you are, making it matter.
  • Paragraph 1: Identify the problem.
  • Paragraph 2: Explain the significance of the problem.
  • Paragraph 3: Your specific request & thanks
  • Your name, mailing address, phone#, email.
more about letter writing
More about letter writing
  • Snail-mail or fax is better than email.
  • Only one person per letter.
the visit
The visit
  • Making the appointment.
  • From receptionist to scheduler.
  • What days/times are typical?
  • What if they offer you a chief of staff or area specialist?
  • How long will the visit probably be?
  • How many people should attend?
the visit continued
The visit, continued
  • What should you bring with you?
  • Folder with 1 – 4 pages of info, possibly 1 brochure, business card.
the visit1
The visit
  • If you are so inspired, what kind of prep work might you do in advance?
  • Check your legislator’s website and find out 2 or 3 pertinent facts about your legislator.
  • So what might a typical visit consist of?
sample visit
Sample visit
  • Introduce yourself (yourselves)
  • Possible 1 minute of acknowledging some fact about the legislator (the schmooze)
  • Get to the point of your visit. Discuss your problem, issue, its relevance, etc. (5 minutes)
  • Point out important materials in folder. (3-5 minutes)
  • Explain what you’d like the legislator to do.
  • Return to legislator’s personal connection.
  • Ask for a photo-op.
  • Say thank you; repeat request.
their advice to us
Their advice to us
  • Since there is no legislation presently being voted on, they suggest we go to more LOCAL, GRASSROOTS efforts.