Many people came early to the Advocacy 101: The Basics event in Raleigh on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017. This event was a nonpartisan basic skills session for the citizen advocate. It was a great event that filled up (100 people) in 3 days!! Stay tuned for another one likely in the end of March.
We covered 4 main areas with 4 presenters.
- Knowing Your Rights During Marches or Protests – Irena Como (ACLU-NC Attorney)
- Why citizens should ‘lobby’, how to find who your representatives to contact, tips – Gailya Paliga (NC NOW President)
- Meeting with Your Legislators, things to know – Paula Wolf (political consultant and past lobbyist for numerous nonprofits)
- Writing Letters to the Editor – Dianna Wynn (LWV-Wake – Communications Coordinator)
Paula Wolf’s presentation included great tips about building a relationship with elected officials, and some of her personal stories of lobbying at the NCGA.
Dianna Wynn had some great tips on writing letters to the editor (LTEs) and Op-Eds.
Irena Como’s presentation was very timely as more and more people are protesting, in NC and around the country. One revelation from her presentation was that it may be better not to have password protection on your cellphone, since if you are forced to give access through the phone to the police, then legally it looks like you gave them permission to access your phone.
We had snacks and drinks on one side of the room and the organizations had tables on the other side. NC NOW’s table included purple Forward NOW t-shirts and Women’s March On Raleigh t-shirts for sale.
The facebook event for the Feb 16 Advocacy 101 event is https://www.facebook.com/events/885425918265515/.