Call-on Congress 2014 Grassroots Action Committee


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Presenting our GAC team and why they are committed to our annual Call-on Congress event and what we are focusing on at this years. If you have follow up questions let us know via email at: advocacy @ or visit our website at The audio along with the presentation can be found at

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  • INTROS—Name, connection to CRC, how long you’ve been involved with Fight CRC
  • INTROS—Name, connection to CRC, how long you’ve been involved with Fight CRC
  • ROSE – Read the info from this slide, then talk about why you attend Call-on Congress year after year and how you can use what you learn at ConC after you return home
  • TOM*Be sure to mention that you can meet with your elected officials on the Hill and in your home town—August is a great time for local meetings because members are in recess and Fight CRC can help you set up and prepare for these meetings.
  • TOM*Be sure to drive home how your elected official cares about you because YOU put them in office
  • ELAINE*Talk about how EASY it is to push for a state proclamation and how this year all 50 governors have received proclamation requests—this should be an annual thingMention that it is important to respond to action alerts and your call or email matters! Advocacy is a long process…it requires patience and tenacity. *Town Hall Meetings are a great way to take what you learn at Call-on Congress and share it with your community; you can invite health care professionals and your elected officials’ staff*Letters, emails, and CALLING the offices are the best way to get in touch with the staff—they WANT to hear from you, that’s why they ran for office
  • PAM*Be sure to mention the Advocates group on Facebook*This may help you with talking points:
  • BELLE*Mention the social media cheat sheet & other social media tools:—Do Something--Change Policy—Eadvocacy)*Facebook—more interactive, Twitter—more of a shout out*# symbol is used to categorize posts—give an example
  • EMILY—closing remarks
  • Call-on Congress 2014 Grassroots Action Committee

    1. 1. WELCOME! Thank you for joining the Call-on Congress Training Webinar. The presentation will begin shortly. For more information about Call-on Congress and advocacy, visit
    2. 2. Meet the Hosts • Emily White – Program Coordinator, Fight Colorectal Cancer • Rose Hausmann – Co- Chair, Grassroots Action Committee • Tom Foeller – Grassroots Action Committee
    3. 3. Meet the Hosts • Elaine Newcomb – Grassroots Action Committee • Pam Seijo – Grassroots Action Committee • Belle Piazza – Grassroots Action Committee
    4. 4. Fight Colorectal Cancer • Patient Education & Research • Outreach & Awareness • Policy & Advocacy
    5. 5. Advocacy • What is advocacy? • National – Call-on Congress • Local – Grassroots • What are we going to talk about? • Securing a state proclamation • Writing letters and emails • Meeting with your elected officials • E-Advocacy
    6. 6. Call-on Congress • Annual Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. • MARCH 16-18, 2014 – Registration closes February 21st • Two days of advocacy training, one day of meetings on the Hill • Detailed information can be found at
    7. 7. What can you do? Meeting with legislators • Before your meeting • Keep your thoughts organized • Be punctual • Be prepared • During your meeting • • • • • DON’T be political Be responsive Your story is powerful. Emphasize how these issues impact you personally. Keep it simple Leave behind information after the meeting for the staff and legislator to refer
    8. 8. What can you do? Meeting with legislators •After your meeting • Fill out a Legislator Post-Visit Worksheet • Send a thank you letter or email to the legislator as well as any staff you may have met with following your meeting. • Post on the legislator’s Facebook wall or send them a Tweet to let them know how much you appreciated being able to meet with them. • Send any follow-up information or materials that you mentioned during your visit. • Share the story of your visit with others! Post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.
    9. 9. Local Advocacy • Congressman Payne – Our Colorectal Cancer Champion
    10. 10. TAKE ACTION! PUSH FOR A STATE PROCLAMATION • For instructions and materials on how to have your state recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, visit WRITE LETTERS AND EMAILS • If you cannot meet with your member of Congress face-to-face, you can still rely on letters and emails. They’re a reliable way to communicate your priorities – and your elected officials need to hear constituent feedback! HOST A TOWN HALL MEETING • In 2013, we launched our Town Hall Meeting series in Kansas City, MO! This year, we’re looking to expand the series to cities across the US, and we need your help! If you’re interested in hosting a Town Hall Meeting in your community, email Emily (
    11. 11. E- Advocacy E-Advocacy • Sign up for social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram • Create your profile • Send friend requests to and follow your family and friends • “Like,” “join,” and follow Fight Colorectal Cancer on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram
    12. 12. E- Advocacy E-Advocacy •Facebook vs. Twitter  What’s the difference? •What’s the purpose of the “#” symbol? •Hashtags to use: #1MilStrong #ColonCancer #RectalCancer #ColorectalCancer #CancerSurvivor #FightCRC #FightCRCAdvocate #CRCresearch #CRCadvocate #CRCawareness