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Stephanie Vance "the Advocacy Guru" of Advocacy Associates moderated a panel discussion on "Ethics in Grassroots".

Stephanie Vance "the Advocacy Guru" of Advocacy Associates moderated a panel discussion on "Ethics in Grassroots".

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  • About half (44%);


  • 1. Grassroots Code of Ethics A Presentation from Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates
  • 2. It’s Quiz Time (With Fabulous Prizes!)
    • Percentage of adult Internet users who have contacted Congress about a policy issue.
    • Percentage of Congressional staff who believe that the form communications they receive are sent without the constituent’s approval.
    • Percentage of Internet users who place a high value on the role of advocacy campaigns in our democracy.
    • 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.”
  • 3. The Proposed Code
  • 4. Legitimacy
    • Communications should be direct from the citizen or with the express permission of the citizen.
  • 5. Authenticity
    • Communications should be authentic representations of that individual’s views on a specific policy issue.
    • Advocacy practitioners should always provide tools for personalizing the message.
  • 6. Relevance
    • For general grassroots communications, tools should be in place to establish a constituency relationship between the citizens and the policymaker.
  • 7. Transparency
    • Grassroots advocacy practitioners should not take steps to hide an organization’s involvement in an advocacy effort.
    • Likewise, communications from citizens that are generated as a result of an advocacy campaign should not be given less weight than those developed spontaneously
  • 8. Civility
    • Grassroots advocacy practitioners should encourage civility in communications between citizens and policymakers.
  • 9. Honesty
    • Grassroots advocacy practitioners should never knowingly provide false, misleading, inflammatory or inaccurate information in an effort to persuade citizens.
  • 10. Our Panel
    • Les Francis, Washington Media Group