Four Things to do Before You Lobby Your Lawmaker (Advocacy Planning)

Lobbying your elected officials is more than picking up the phone and leaving a message with an intern. If you want your ask to rise to the top of the advocacy pile take these four critical advocacy planning steps before you lobby your elected official. Do your homework. When I 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…

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…

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