DON T GET MAD BECOME A ONE–HOUR ACTIVIST
No matter what your political persuasion, The One–Hour Activist is your guide to influencing lawmakers, candidates, and reporters. The One–Hour Activist reveals fifteen powerful, proven grassroots actions that persuade lawmakers and candidates to see things your way.
Each action is designed to grab the attention of your representatives and build relationships that serve your issues over the long run. And each action takes less than an hour to complete, so you can make a difference without giving up your life!
The One–Hour Activist is packed with insider advice from elected officials, professional organizers, lobbyists, and journalists who share state–of–the–art tips for getting your message across. Real–life examples of effective letters, e–mail, phone calls, public testimony, and news story pitches from concerned citizens just like you illustrate the actions.
Tactics you will learn:
- How to distinguish your letters and e–mail in the flood of correspondence elected officials receive
- Why lawmakers crave your personal stories, local information, and opinions
- Powerful ways to influence candidates so you represent more than a single vote on Election Day
- Strategies for identifying, tracking, and analyzing current legislation
- Ways to neutralize the efforts of your opposition
- Political organizations than can coordinate your efforts with others who share your views
- What local newspaper editors seek to publish in letters from readers like you
- Advanced grassroots actions that include meeting with elected officials, delivering public testimony, and pitching news stories
Introduction: Democracy in Action.
Part One: Gather Information and Strategize.
ACTION 1: Learn How Grassroots Advocacy Works.
ACTION 2: Pick Your Issues and Your Angle.
ACTION 3: Identify Your Representatives.
ACTION 4: Join an Interest Group.
ACTION 5: Create a Legislative Agenda.
ACTION 6: Analyze a Bill.
ACTION 7: Conduct Opposition Research.
Part Two: Contact Your Elected Officials.
ACTION 8: Write an Effective Letter.
ACTION 9: Send a Powerful E–Mail.
ACTION 10: Make a Compelling Phone Call.
ACTION 11: Persuade Others to Act.
Part Three: Get Involved with Elections.
ACTION 12: Get Out the Vote.
ACTION 13: Contribute Money to Candidates Who Support Your Cause.
Part Four: Work the News Media.
ACTION 14: Start a Press Clippings File.
ACTION 15: Write a Letter to the Editor.
Part Five: Super–Powerful Actions That Take a Little More Time.
ACTION 16: Have a Face–to–Face Meeting with Your Representative.
ACTION 17: Testify at a Public Hearing.
ACTION 18: Participate in a Protest.
ACTION 19: Volunteer for a Political Campaign.
ACTION 20: Pitch a News Story or Interview.
It s Time for Action!