Grassroots activism

Grassroots Activism: How much contact (with politicians) is too much?

Grassroots Activism: Are You Pestering, Ghosting, or Relationship-Building? Grassroots Activism: How much contact is too much contact with politicians? What’s your level of grassroots activism with politicians and decision-makers? Do you call the same lawmaker every week? Do you just show up for a lobby day and then disappear from Read more…

March for Our Lives can flip lawmakers on gun control. But their activism needs to include certain strategies.

Three ways supporters of March for Our Lives students can flip lawmakers on gun control

People often ask how they can persuade lawmakers on the other side of an issue or decision-makers who don’t represent them. It’s possible, but involves second-degree advocacy. For students and supporters of March for Our Lives there are three strategies that can flip lawmakers on gun control.   In the Read more…

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Why politicians respond to some callers and not to others (and 5 steps to be in the right category)

Ever wondered why some activists seem to have more luck not only getting a response from a politician, but actually seem able to persuade them to vote one way or another? As reported by Wired, the OpenGov Foundation’s latest report shows Congressional offices pay attention to callers who seem to Read more…

5 Steps to Speaking at Public Hearings or Town Meeting

Sure, “decisions are made by those who show up”, but decision-makers are influenced by who speaks up. If you’re a voter in town, you have every right to have your say. But how do you make sure you’re persuasive? Just about every proposal needs a public hearing, regardless of where Read more…

Is outrage the new addiction?

It used to be I caught up on my friends’ and relatives’ headlines thru Facebook but lately I find myself absorbing the toxicity of the latest, subtle addiction to grab hold of our nation: perpetual outrage. Sometime in the last year Facebook went from a platform for posting family photos Read more…

The Left must disavow Anarchists

The Left must disavow Anarchists. Not because of a false equivalency with white supremacists, but because their tactics are completely counterproductive. What’s the purpose of a rally? Showing politicians a broad base of support for policies? Persuading voters watching from home to join them in pressuring their elected officials? Showing Read more…

Attacking middle-class white men for not being good (environmentalist/feminist/sensitive/etc) enough is not a winning electoral strategy.

Reeling from a Trump Presidency, some liberals are further alienating the very voters needed to swing the country left.  A couple of weeks ago, Josh Barro wrote a kick-ass piece for Business Insider, “Liberals can win again if they stop being so annoying and fix their ‘hamburger problem’”, which in Read more…

Advocacy in the Time of Trump: Moving Beyond Tactics

Political activism is trending in the U.S. and there’s no shortage of tips and tactics out there. The problem with diving straight into tactics – without understanding the rules of the political engagement – is that new activists can sabotage their own efforts. It’s like building a house starting with Read more…

Five Strategies the #resist Trump movement should adopt

A fellow political operative wisely opined on Facebook recently that opponents of President Trump are talking (and fighting) a lot of tactics and not a lot about overall strategy and achievable, consensus goals. What, he mused, are our goals? First, let’s be realistic about the landscape: The Republicans control the Read more…

Be an Activist, not a Wacktavist!

Politicians live in a world of competing interests from thousands of different constituents. Effective activists – from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Gay Marriage advocates – know that to rise to the top and be taken seriously, they must build political relationships and capital, and maintain credibility.  Read more…

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