Effective Activism

 

Effective Activism

 I found an excellent site for information relating to effective communication, advocacy and activism.
 
RESULTS is an advocacy non-profit organization that works to create the public and political will to end poverty. I am posting the below page with their permission. Please click on the the heading view their site and additional information on this topic. Click on any link to view specifics on that statement.
 
   

 

The Activist Milestones — Developing the Skills to Become a Trained Citizen Activist

Each milestone builds upon the next within each grouping. You can choose to accomplish them in order or skip around. The milestones are designed to challenge and inspire you as you grow as an advocate. By attempting and accomplishing each one, you build skill, talent, and confidence in exercising your personal and political power. Good luck and have fun!

 

Empower Yourself

  1. Choose one RESULTS global or domestic issue and learn its basics.
  2. Create and deliver an EPIC laser talk to another activist about the issue you choose.
  3. Take a leadership role in your group.
  4. Attend the RESULTS/REF International Conference in Washington, DC.
  5. Set personally challenging goals and achieve them.

 

Milestones for Working with Congress

  1. Send an e-mail to your member of Congress.
  2. Make a phone call to your member of Congress.
  3. Write a letter to your member of Congress.
  4. Establish a relationship with the congressional aide who handles your issue.
  5. Get your member of Congress to take an action in response to your request. (coming soon)
  6. Ask a question at a town hall meeting or a candidates forum.
  7. Meet face-to-face with your member of Congress.
  8. Establish regular conference call or video meetings with an aide or member of Congress.
  9. Arrange a site visit for your member of Congress to communities affected by poverty.
  10. Inspire your member of Congress to write an op-ed on our issues. (coming soon)
  11. Get your member of Congress to take leadership on one of our issues.
  12. Reach a level of relationship with your member of Congress that enables 24-hour turnaround on phone calls.

 

Media Activist Milestones

  1. Write a letter to the editor and send your published letter to your member of Congress.
  2. Write or generate an op-ed and send your published piece to your member of Congress.
  3. Meet face-to-face with the editorial board of your local paper. (coming soon)
  4. Generate an editorial or article in your local paper and send a copy to your member of Congress.
  5. Organize a _press conference or statewide media call on a RESULTS issue.
  6. Create an opportunity for your group to regularly contribute to public dialogue via a weekly column or blog. (coming soon)

 

Milestones for Working with Your Community

  1. Host a table in your community to share the word about RESULTS.
  2. Organize a letter-writing meeting in your community.
  3. Speak to a local community group about RESULTS and/or one of our issues.
  4. Train a local community group in advocacy.
  5. Host a successful outreach meeting to engage new activists.
  6. Create, manage, and activate a community action network of grassroots and activists.
  7. Organize an educational site visit to communities affected by poverty.
  8. Organize a monthly letter-writing meeting in your community.
  9. Conduct a friends and family fundraising campaign.
  10. Organize a RESULTS fundraiser.
  11. Build a coalition of community allies.
  12. Organize a community forum on a RESULTS issue.
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