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Lobbyists aren't just professionals on Capitol Hill. Working with FCNL, hundreds of people are building relationships — and influence — with their members of Congress. Get involved with FCNL's advocacy programs for supportive coaching and networks of fellow advocates. Or use these resources to get started in advocacy.


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  1. Advocacy Resource How to Meet with Congress 

    Going on a lobby visit may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. We break down what to do before, during, and after your visit into 6 steps - and give you resources to make the most of your time in a congressional office.

  2. Work with FCNL Advocacy Teams 

    Quaker Vision. Collective Action.

    Advocacy Teams are Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington.

  3. Advocacy Resource Love Thy Neighbor 

    No Exceptions

    Our country is struggling with deep divisions. Amid the blame of and attack on those who are different - in political views, race, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation - it becomes even more urgent to highlight the value we place in one another. FCNL's #LoveThyNeighbor (No Exceptions) campaign seeks to shift the narrative.

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More Advocacy Tools & Resources

Advocacy Resource Why Won't My Member of Congress Meet With Me? 

A Former Staffer’s Perspective on Why Talking to Staff Makes for Effective Advocacy

When you first ask for a meeting with your member of Congress (moC), the response a staffer is most likely to give you is “No”. A former congressional staffer explains why this is, and how to make the most of it.

Advocacy Resource Update: 88 Reps Tell Trump to Seek Authorization Before Further Escalation in Syria 

88 representatives signed letter to President Trump urging him to seek authorization from Congress before further U.S. military escalation in Syria

UPDATE: Thanks for all who called your reps to sign on! Eighty-eight members of Congress signed the Lofgren-Amash-Lee-Massie letter to President Trump, urging him to seek authorization before further escalation in Syria.

Advocacy Resource Five Ways Forward for Friends 

Here are resources you can use guide and amplify your work as Quaker advocates. Join a community of Friends nationwide working for peace and justice.

Advocacy Resource Meeting Minutes as Advocacy Tools 

In Quaker meetings and churches, meeting minutes represent the wording of a decision or an agreed upon action to be taken by the meeting or church as a whole. FCNL recognizes the vitality of minutes as advocacy tools and as a means of communicating to members of Congress how a body of their constituents is thinking and acting on a particular issue.

Advocacy Resource Lobbying Members of Congress in Person 

Even with their busy schedules, members of Congress will still set aside time to meet with their constituents, giving you the perfect opportunity to advocate your cause to your representative or senator.