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  1. A Policy Agenda: A sticky note lover’s dream!

    I love sticky notes.  I mean I really love sticky notes.  (Well, actually, I love office supplies in general, but that is another story.)   I even have sticky note apps for my desktop and phone!!  The reason for my obsession:  I have many random thoughts throughout the day, and I often panic that I may…

  2. By popular demand… press release:

    Thanks to Mended Little Hearts for the original template:  I modified it a bit for  CHD Awareness week. As I was typing this, it also dawned on me that you should contact your governor or city official’s office and see if they will submit the press release.  Much more likely to be picked up. 🙂…

  3. Dream Big!

    Today, I offer a word of encouragement:

  4. Hang tight…

    I am working on an action alert at ACHA.  It should go out on Thursday and I will post here.  If I come across anything in the meantime, I will be sure to let you know!!!

  5. Take Action!!!

    So, you’ve worked on your story, know what you want to ask for, got a few facts straight, done a little homework on your lawmakers – or at the very least, know their names.  Now, it’s time to get set, and GO!!! My journey started small.  When I first started, I was simply asked to…

  6. So what is it we’re fighting for?

    Part of being a good advocate is to be very clear about what you want, and have something specific to “ask” your legislator. The problem is, there are many people asking for a lot of different things.  I, personally, feel that it is most effective to join with others who have a common message.  There…

  7. Friday Brain Fart

    Today’s post was supposed to be part of the series an introduction to advocacy.  It was supposed to talk about how to choose your messaging. We’ll that one is going to have to wait!!!  I had the original post written two weeks ago.  A lot has happened this week.  Several very thoughtful conversations led me…

  8. The power of words.

    Ever laugh so hard milk came out of your nose?  Chances are, someone told you a funny joke or a good story.  This funny story moved you to action – in this case snorting out milk.  While that is not the reaction we are looking for from our lawmakers, we want to apply this same…

  9. The power of numbers.

    I firmly believe that your story is what moves people to action.  But, it is important that your message be grounded with accurate information. Let’s review: The key to successful advocacy is developing a relationship with your lawmakers.  Most of my relationships are based on feelings. We laugh, we cry, we get angry.  Only with…

  10. Getting to know your Lawmakers…

    They make the decisions, but they work for you.  I used to be so intimidated by elected officials.  But, that is exactly what they are – elected.  By us! However, they don’t know what is important to you unless you tell them.  Think about it for a second.  Do you put the interests of your…

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