Grassroots Code of Ethics A Presentation from Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates
It’s Quiz Time (With Fabulous Prizes!) <ul><li>Percentage of adult Internet users who have contacted Congress about a policy issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of Congressional staff who believe that the form communications they receive are sent without the constituent’s approval. </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of Internet users who place a high value on the role of advocacy campaigns in our democracy. </li></ul><ul><li>All statistics from the Congressional Management Foundation’s fabulous report “How the Internet has Changed Citizen Engagement” and “How Capitol Hill is Coping with the Surge in Citizen Advocacy.” </li></ul>
Legitimacy <ul><li>Communications should be direct from the citizen or with the express permission of the citizen. </li></ul>
Authenticity <ul><li>Communications should be authentic representations of that individual’s views on a specific policy issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy practitioners should always provide tools for personalizing the message. </li></ul>
Relevance <ul><li>For general grassroots communications, tools should be in place to establish a constituency relationship between the citizens and the policymaker. </li></ul>
Transparency <ul><li>Grassroots advocacy practitioners should not take steps to hide an organization’s involvement in an advocacy effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise, communications from citizens that are generated as a result of an advocacy campaign should not be given less weight than those developed spontaneously </li></ul>
Civility <ul><li>Grassroots advocacy practitioners should encourage civility in communications between citizens and policymakers. </li></ul>
Honesty <ul><li>Grassroots advocacy practitioners should never knowingly provide false, misleading, inflammatory or inaccurate information in an effort to persuade citizens. </li></ul>
Our Panel <ul><li>Les Francis, Washington Media Group </li></ul>
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