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?
Welcome to FCNL's Native American Legislative Update! The NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL's Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage your members of Congress. FCNL's Congressional Advocate for Native American policy is Kerri Colfer (Tlingit).
In a head-spinning week, Congress and the White House came to a series of agreements that avoided the possibility of a government shutdown but left peace and justice advocates with little to celebrate.
We caught up with Lon Burnam and discussed Quaker beliefs, election security, and the health of our democracy. Burnam was a Friend in Washington in 2015 and served as state representative for District 90 in Texas. He was first elected in 1996 and served until 2015.
This has been an inspiring time in Washington, D.C.! We have been riveted by our baseball team, the Washington Nationals, who unexpectedly made it into the playoffs and won the World Series! I became a big fan of this team. That they won and that I became so invested is testament that change can happen.