Streamlining Local League Advocacy

This document outlines the steps that may be taken to take an idea and put it to action to make a difference. This especially focuses on the best practices used to make a difference while advocating as a small group or an individual.

LWVUS Action Myths

The Advocacy Department receives questions and requests related to using national positions, lobbying federally elected officials and balancing work between their Ed Funds and advocacy efforts on a daily basis. This document attempts to dispel some of the most common myths that are out there regarding all of these topics and more.

Additional Resources

  • Impact on Issues: This includes the official statements of position for each program area, briefly traces significant past actions and achievements, and indicates links among positions. Currently, Impact is published to reflect the LWVUS public policy positions of the 2010-2012 program adopted by the 2010 convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States; the "positions in brief" listed there summarize the official statements of position included in this guide. This publication will again be updated following the 2012 convention.
  • From the Board Policy Handbook--Criteria for approving requests for action: This will direct you to the guidelines that the LWVUS Board uses when establishing the League’s legislative priorities, and approving advocacy requests, sign on opportunities and permission to urge other Leagues/members to act on national issues.
  • League Basics: This includes a broad background on the way the League works together at all levels to be effective. This source will also help you walk the fine line between advocacy and lobbying and distinguishing your advocacy and voter services functions as a League.
  • Federal Action Request Form: Effective congressional lobbying on national legislative issues depends on a partnership at all League levels—lobbying in Washington and constituent lobbying at home. The Advocacy Department leads the organization’s federal lobbying work and provides information to state and local Leagues about advocacy priorities. All action at the federal level must be authorized by the LWVUS board. This includes any effort aimed at influencing a decision on a federal issue, such as communicating with an elected or appointed official, joining a coalition, taking part in a press conference or rally, or writing a letter-to-the-editor. A state or local League wishing to work on a federal issue or at the national level on an issue that has not been the subject of an LWVUS Action Alert must consult with the LWVUS about the intended action. As part of this consultation process, the state/local League is asked to complete the Federal Action Request Form and consult with LWVUS before taking these actions.  

LWVUS Advocacy Staff Contact Information

Jessica Jones Capparell                                            202.263.1328
Grassroots Advocacy Manager


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