HR 3035: A Textbook Example of Successful Grassroots Advocacy
by POPVOX on Dec 20, 2011
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POPVOX is neutral - we don’t take sides, we don’t endorse, we just get messages to Congress in the most effective way possible. Almost daily, we get questions about what makes up a great ...
POPVOX is neutral - we don’t take sides, we don’t endorse, we just get messages to Congress in the most effective way possible. Almost daily, we get questions about what makes up a great grassroots campaign -- how individuals and groups can truly reach Congress and have an impact, instead of just adding to the noise of the hundreds of millions of messages bombarding Congress each year.
The efforts of consumer and privacy advocates opposed to H.R. 3035, the Mobile Informational Call Act, provide a unique success story. The bill was introduced on September 22, 2011. Consumer and privacy advocates rallied in opposition to the bill. On December 14, the bill's sponsor, Lee Terry, responded by sending a letter to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, asking that his own legislation not be advanced.
Congressman Terry illustrated effectiveness of constituent input. The advocates leveraged tools like POPVOX to get the message out in just the right way to have major impact. And to his great credit, the bill’s sponsor, Lee Terry, listened.
How did they do it? A timeline of the efforts of the past three months present a textbook example of what a grassroots campaign should do: demonstrate support from real people, rally polifluentials and local press, engage with the official process, gain national attention, and effectively get their message to Congress.
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