It was post-9/11, and Friends in Atlanta Friends Meeting wanted to publicly witness against war. Friends listened to their hearts’ stirrings during business meeting, and “War is Not the Answer” became the Meeting’s new yard sign.
As Quaker advocates, we know that the most effective way to influence our elected officials is to build a relationship with members of Congress and their staff. But this isn’t always easy, and many grassroots advocates across the country have discovered an important principle along the way: to be effective, sometimes you need to get creative.
We know that creative advocacy can draw media attention, engage the community, and help build a relationship with a member of Congress or their staff. But how can we design our own creative actions to advocate for an issue we care about?
It’s been more than six years since the Supreme Court struck down provisions in the Voting Rights Act designed to protect the rights of minority communities. Since then, voter suppression in the U.S. has run rampant.
Engaging in the National Vigil and December Sabbath
This December, people around the country are gathering to honor and remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence. This is a powerful opportunity to show solidarity with advocates nationwide and hold victims in the Light.
Drop by local congressional offices and make your voice heard!
Visiting the local offices of your members of Congress is one of the most effective ways to advocate for the policy issues you care about. Drop-by visits are usually short, but their impact can be immense.
Every year, I leave FCNL’s annual meeting feeling new energy and enthusiasm. I leave buoyed and encouraged by the shared commitment of several hundred Friends and friends of Friends to the causes of peace, equality, justice, and a sustainable future.