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Advocacy Teams

Quaker Vision. Collective Action.

By Shoshana Abrams, Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, Teresa Rugg, Theo Sitther


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

Intro| Why Advocacy Teams| Steps | Options | 2019 Campaign

What You'll Do

Ready to Start an Advocacy Team?

Fill out a quick survey to assess whether an Advocacy Team is a good fit for you.

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Already on a Team?

Check out these resources to help you with your advocacy.

Toolkit 

The power of Advocacy Teams comes from the strong relationships we build with Congress grounded in mutual respect and listening.

You will build an ongoing relationship with your members of Congress.

You will learn how to work with the media to see the news you want.

You will foster a network of advocates in your community.

You will help your members of Congress become champions for peace and justice.

You will change Washington for the better.

Group photo from our Advocacy Teams Summit at Annual Meeting 2018

Jennifer Domenick

Your Advocacy Can Change Washington

70 years of witness in Washington has shown us that when people talk to their representatives, change happens. A recent survey of hundreds of Congressional staff conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation confirms that in-person lobby meetings with constituents are the most effective way to influence the policy decisions of their members. That's why FCNL has been building our program to empower grassroots advocacy in order to foster congressional champions for peace and justice.

Advocacy Teams were founded in June, 2015, recognizing this need for deep, relationship-driven constituent advocacy. There are now almost 100 teams with over a thousand people around the country.

6 Steps to Starting an Advocacy Team

1. Tell us you’re interested

Think Advocacy Teams are the right fit for you? The first step is easy: answer a few questions at fcnl.org/getstarted and we’ll get in touch to start you on steps 2-5!

2. Take the leap

We’ll support you to host an advocacy workshop that starts your team with momentum. To prepare, gather 3-8 people to join a one-hour Host Committee call with FCNL. We’ll introduce you to the Advocacy Teams program and get you started with recruiting the 15-30 people for an advocacy workshop.

3. Launch a team

An FCNL staff member will lead a workshop in your community. The group will dive into our approach to advocacy, the campaign, and effective grassroots tools for social change. All you have to do is bring the people, find a location, and provide some simple supplies. You and FCNL decide whether to move forward with a team.

4. Build your skills

New teams take part in a one-time series of four trainings to build your team’s structure and get you ready to lobby as a group.

5. Sustain the momentum

Meet in person with your team once a month around a national call to hear from experts, celebrate, and learn from other advocates. In these meetings, you’ll take action and plan for the month to come. One or more delegates from each team join an additional call twice a month for legislative updates, training, and collaboration.

6. Make real change

Advocacy Teams act for change on a regular basis, using lobbying and media engagement as their tools. In the first two months, FCNL Advocacy Teams organized 80 lobby visits and published 30 letters to the editor in support of the Iran nuclear deal. Since then, the network of teams expanded rapidly, growing ten times bigger and taking on campaigns for criminal justice reform and a moral budget.

Join a Team

Option 1: Join an info call

Event Upcoming Advocacy Teams Info Call 

Advocacy Teams Trainer Sarah Freeman-Woolpert will discuss how to start or join an Advocacy Team and work to mobilize your community to advocate for peace with justice.

Option 2: Join an existing team

Is there a team near you? Email shoshana@fcnl.org to get in touch with the team, and listen to a recorded call introducing you to the program.

Option 3: Join a workshop

We may be in the process of starting an Advocacy Team near you. Look for upcoming workshops in your area.

Event Upcoming Advocacy Workshops 

We're on the road giving you the skills you need to effect real, concrete change with Congress. We hope you can join us for a workshop in your area, as we launch new Advocacy Teams around the country.

Our Campaign in 2019: Repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force

For nearly two decades, U.S. presidents have used two laws from 2001 and 2002 to justify sending the U.S. military to conduct operations at least 18 different countries. And that count doesn’t include covert lethal operations waged away from the public eye. As a first step, Congress should repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force that have been used by three presidents to justify endless wars.

Shoshana Abrams

  • Advocacy Teams Manager

As FCNL’s Advocacy Teams Manager, Shoshana Abrams is responsible for deepening and expanding our Advocacy Teams program, a network of hundreds of Quakers and friends lobbying to build congressional champions for peace and justice.

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

  • Advocacy Teams Trainer

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert recruits, trains and supports Advocacy Teams around the country to develop deep advocacy skills to lobby political leaders for peace and justice. Sarah contributes to the strategic development of the FCNL Advocacy Teams through outreach, team-building and problem-solving to expand a robust, self-sustaining network of grassroots advocates.

Teresa Rugg

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

Teresa Rugg supports new and prospective Advocacy Teams to launch and develop deep advocacy skills. Since 2004, Teresa has been immersed into the world of grassroots advocacy.

Theo Sitther

  • Advocacy Teams Trainer

As an Advocacy Team Trainer, Theo provides teams with extra support to be strong communities and advocates.