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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. Legislative Asks

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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 build meaningful relationships with their members of Congress.

  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.

  4. Submit a lobby report

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More Advocacy Tools & Resources

Advocacy Resource Meeting With Congress for the First Time 

Thanks so much for participating in our Meeting with Congress for the First Time advocacy training. On this page, we've compiled all of the training emails from this course just in case you've missed one (or more!) and are looking to catch up.

Advocacy Resource Step Six: Tell Your Story 

After all the planning, the preparation, and the scheduling, it's time to get to the real heart of how you can persuade your member of Congress: telling your story.

Advocacy Resource Step Five: Plan Your Meeting 

Every lobby visit follows the same basic template. This step walks you through that template, and gives you a lobby visit roadmap you can fill out and print to take with you on your visit.

Advocacy Resource Step Four: Lobbying is a Conversation 

FCNL’s lobbying practices are rooted in Quaker belief of there being that of God in every person. We see every member of Congress as someone we can work with, and worth talking to. This is pretty unique as Washington becomes increasingly partisan. But we wouldn’t have our reputation as an integral voice for peace and justice if it weren’t for this fact: lobbying the Quaker way works.

Advocacy Resource Step Three: Get the Facts 

Join FCNL's experts for livestreamed Q&As. These videos will tell you all you need to know about the policy before meeting with your member of Congress. Our staff will help you understand how policy changes will affect you and your community. You don’t need to be a policy expert before you go to your meeting -- just an expert on your own story.