First, a “Politics” Recap (if this is old news, then scroll down): Remember, there are two facets to politics: electoral, and legislative. Electoral politics deals with elections, and policy politics deals with passing or not passing legislation. While these are obviously tied together in some ways, they are distinct and separate too. In this post, we will be talking almost exclusively about the latter: the art or science of passing or not passing legislation. See Merriam Webster’s definition of politics here (which is better than Google’s definition): Definition of politics b : the art or science concerned with guiding or … Continue reading Why Should I Care About Policy & What is Digital Advocacy?
How “Politics” Works When it Comes to Passing Legislation 1. Understand Controversial vs. Non-Controversial Legislation Non-Controversial It’s easiest to think of legislation as either controversial or non-controversial (obviously some bills are in-between). An example of non-controversial legislation would be a … Continue reading How Legislation (Really) Gets Passed
Action pages are way better, way more effective, and way more empowering than simple online petitions. We need to make a clear distinction between online petitions and online action pages. Online petitions simply collect a bunch of names around a … Continue reading Why Action Pages Are Way Better Than Petitions
Quite often, I am asked the question: “Do legislators care about emails?” or “Do legislators respond to emails?” The answer to this question is yes, they do care, and here’s why: One Email Actually Represents Many Here’s an insider secret: … Continue reading Why Politicians Respond to Emails, Tweets, & Calls
Too many good organizations are putting off grassroots lobbying & advocacy. Here’s why you should start advocating ASAP 1. Further Your Mission (Hugely) It’s amazing what can happen with some words on paper and the stroke of a pen. … Continue reading Why to Lobby & Advocate
At Ujoin.co we work with a lot of 501c3 nonprofit organizations, and, well, I wish I had a dime for every time I hear someone tell me they’re not allowed to lobby or advocate. The big takeaway is that for … Continue reading Can a 501(c)(3) Organization Lobby? Yes, it can!
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