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Advocacy Teams Toolkit


Advocacy Teams can find lobbying, media, and organizing resources and report back on their work.

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Lobby Visit Report  |  Media Report  |  Community Event Report  |  New Member Report  

Advocacy Teams Calls

Monthly National Calls

Read the transcript of the May National Call.

Read the transcript of the April National Call.

Next National Call: June 3
Next Communicator Calls: May 14 and 28

New member call:

This call is a great resource for new team members to grow in their advocacy. You can also check out the materials packet to the right.

Our Campaign in 2020: End Endless War

For the better part of two decades, Congress has ceded war powers to the executive. Congress must take back its authority by holding debates and votes every time the U.S. considers war. As a Quaker organization, we hold firm to our faith that war is not the answer.

Tensions with Iran have escalated and Congress has failed to act to explicitly reject war and insist on diplomacy. That's why this election year, Advocacy Teams will build on our past work to end endless wars. We will focus on persuading Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen and affirmatively state that Congress explicitly prohibits a war of choice with Iran.

Legislative Ask The NDAA Must Prevent Unauthorized War with Iran 

The United States and Iran are moving closer to war every day. Iran’s provocative naval maneuvers and the U.S. response could easily lead to an accidental military confrontation.

Lobbying

Meeting face to face with your members of Congress is the single most effective way to persuade them to support an issue you care about. Use these resources to meet directly with your members of Congress.

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 Using Follow Up to Build Relationships with Congress 

Learn how follow up with congressional offices can be a tool to deepen relationships.

Advocacy Resource “We get heard by listening”: FCNL Advocacy Teams Use Quiet Power to Make Noise in Washington  

The world of foreign policy can be noisy. In this interview, Anthony Wier, who leads FCNL's work on nuclear disarmament, explains how the quiet, behind-the-scenes work done by grassroots FCNL Advocacy Teams cuts through the noise on Capitol Hill.

Updates from Advocacy Teams

FCNL in the News No more blank checks for military actions 

As community members, we are very concerned about expanding U.S. military actions around the world.

FCNL in the News A Christmas gift for our armed forces  

Like many West Virginians, I am thinking of our troops serving overseas during this Christmas season. It is hard for families to be separated during the holidays. That is why many of us are sending thoughts, prayers, even gifts to adopted soldiers. Here is a gift idea. Let's be very careful with how and where we ask our soldiers to serve.

Background Annual Meeting 2018: Advocacy Teams Summit 

On Wednesday, November 28th 80 advocacy team members from 25 states, 41 teams gathered together to learn and build relationships across the country.

Background Advocacy Teams Update: Berkeley Team Advances Congressional Sign-On Letter 

FCNL’s Advocacy Team network is made up of more than 1,500 Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington, D.C. Our success comes from our commitment to building relationships with Congress grounded in mutual respect and listening. We regularly feature stories from our network, this story comes to us from our team in Berkeley, Calif.

Media

Working with the media is an effective way to advocate; members of Congress pay close attention to their local media -- especially when they're mentioned by name.

FCNL in the News Advocacy Teams in the News 

Members of Advocacy Teams are publishing letters to the editor and op-eds all around the country. See where they're getting published!

Advocacy Resource Publish Letters to the Editor 

Publishing letters to the editor and op-eds is a great way to get the attention of your members of Congress. But first, you need to write a piece that tells your story – not just the facts.

Advocacy Resource Influence Local Media 

Newspapers in your area can influence policymakers and your community. Building a relationship with reporters and the editorial board of your local newspapers can help change or amplify their coverage of an issue you care about.

Outreach

Numbers make a difference, and legislators will be more inclined to vote your way if they feel there is a groundswell of support behind your position. You can create that wave through community education.

As a member of the Advocacy Teams network, you are an extension of FCNL’s work both in Congress and at home. When each person follows these guidelines, it strengthens the recognition of your work and helps you create professional-looking material. Here are some materials to get you started.

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Advocacy Resource Outreach Conversations 

Lobbying with a group multiplies your power; every person’s stories and connections can help move policy change forward. Finding a group to lobby with takes intentional conversations – just like a lobby visit!

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