UVDems February 26 Program: Citizen lobbying
February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(Click here to sign up for potluck)
Lobbying has a negative connotation to many, implying secret meetings and special interests having disproportionate influence on politicians. But lobbying is simply using communication and advocacy to influence the actions of elected officials. It is neither inherently good or bad. It is just a skill that can be used for good or bad purposes.
This Civics Workshop in Citizen Lobbying will focus on how citizens can have a voice in creating public policy – at the local, state, and federal level. We will identify the windows in the legislative and political process where citizen lobbying can make an impact, and we will identify specific communication strategies for effective advocacy, including written and oral techniques. Whether you want to pass a good bill or “kill” a bad piece of state legislation, support or defeat a governor’s nominee, or solve a nagging problem in your downtown, this workshop will give you concrete information so you can be an effective citizen lobbyist.
Bring a bill you are tracking to the workshop and learn how you can ‘lobby’ for or against.
The workshop will be facilitated by Karen Liot Hill, a seven-term Lebanon City Councilor and the Grafton County treasurer.
If you have wanted to speak up but not yet found your voice, this could be the workshop for you.
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