6 Tips for Effective Advocacy

  1. Get Connected: Regularly communicate and network with others working similar issues. You can share information and coordinate advocacy activities.
  2. Be Persistent: Write and call your MP regularly about the issue, especially when new developments occur.  Give the MP adequate time to respond and continue the dialogue.
  3. Diversify: Try to get your message across in a variety of ways.  Be creative in thinking about new tactics!
  4. Be Consistent: It is important that decision makers receive a consistent message from you and your group.  Consistency can be achieved through formulating clear objectives and creating materials that explain your objectives concisely.
  5. Use Your Vote: Your vote is leverage.  When contacting your elected representative, let them know that their actions will matter to you at election time.
  6. Follow Up! After you have taken action, stay informed about the progress made on your issue.  After you have signed a petition, let your MP know why you signed it.  After participating in a demonstration, let your MP know that their constituents were present.  By following up on such actions, you can demonstrate commitment to the cause.
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