Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Guru, entertained us while informing us about being an advocate at today’s keynote. Oh and I am now famous by association, as she has had Nancy Pelosi in her car. 10,000 bills are introduced in a session of Congress, 4% passes and of those 33.3% are about renaming post offices and Federal buildings. Who’d a guessed. The process is slow and inefficient on purpose so that only those bills that are full of compromise are passed.
Why should a legislator care about us? Because we live, work, and serve as and for constituents in their district. – “Representatie democracy relfects and amplifies the POWER of the grassroots.”
How do we ask? Establish relevance, outline the Ask, Frame the message, Make it personal, Reiterate the Ask and Follow-up! Persistence is the silver bullet of advocacy. “persistence can grind an iron beam down into a needle.”
Repeat after me, “Legislator, will you support $250,000 for library courier service in Kansas?”