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Basic Advocacy skills

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    • Advocacy 201
      The Basics
    • Basic Advocacy Skills
      Documenting
      Planning
      Writing Complaints
      Letters to the Editor
      Getting help
      Testifying
      Press Releases
    • Keep Advocacy Records
      Keep Everything
      Letters
      Emails
      Phone records
      Phone call summaries
      Conversation summaries
      Send MOUs after promises in calls
      Use of Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested
    • Plan Your Advocacy
      Who is your Target?
      What is important to your target?
      What tools do you have (list all)
      First Contact Planning
      How can your target respond?
      Make a tactical map
      Be ready for anything
    • Writing Complaints
      Make sure you know who actually receives complaints and send your complaint to that person or office
      Your first sentence needs to state what you see as unfair
      Your second sentence needs to say what rule you believe was violated
      Describe the situation, ask for remedies, add attachments
      Call to make sure they got it
    • Letters to the Editor
      The letter must be short (typically 140 words or less)
      Include your address and phone number, so the paper can contact you
      Don’t use a form letter
      No wasted words, and all message
      Refer to web site for more info
    • Testifying
      Keep your testimony to NO MORE than 5 minutes
      Expect questions
      Type out your testimony and rehearse it
      Make copies
      Get there early and sign in
      Put contact info on your testimony copies
      Officials have complete control over whether you testify
    • Press Releases
      Put your contact info at top
      Do on letterhead if possible
      Title should say it all
      Best if there is an event, a beginning, something genuinely new
      Include ALL the media in the target area
      5-7 days before, unless it is really big, then 7-10 days
    • Getting Help
      Communities that focus on the same stuff you do are the best single source of answers
      Locals
      Web based communities
      Facebook
      People who do advocacy
      Locals
      Etc.
      Learn how to do legal research (take a class)
    • Soul Resources
      Setting up a social network: http://bit.ly/ozg5R
      Why Advocacy? http://bit.ly/WlQpu
      The Little Book of Advocacy: http://bit.ly/utTw6
      Introducing Personal Advocacy: http://bit.ly/oj4as
    • Web Resources
      Personal Advocacy: http://bit.ly/3tPfo4
      5 steps to successful advocacy:http://bit.ly/4FfEf
      Self-Advocacy: http://bit.ly/dMWzD
      What is Advocacy? http://bit.ly/45yD8S
      Electronic Advocacy: http://bit.ly/QnTn6
      Epolitics: http://bit.ly/71kA
    • My Resources
      My Twitter Accounts: mdrcngd, commpower
      FrindFeed: http://friendfeed.com/normandelisle
      My Blogs:
      The Recovering Life
      LTC Reform
      Communities of Power
      Universal Education
      MDRC Website: http://www.copower.org/
      Linkedin Profile: http://bit.ly/s1mS
      Email: ndelisle@prosynergy.org
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    • Final Thoughts
      "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”- Abraham Lincoln
      "Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations...can never effect a reform.“ –Susan B. Anthony
      "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground.“ –Frederick Douglass