Speak Up Project (SUP) – The Power of Our Voices
In the previous SUP sessions we learned about how a bill is made, which California campaigns target hunger and homelessness, and in the fourth session of the SUP series, we focused on how to bring it all together and speak with a legislator.
Here’s a list of helpful tips for talking with your legislator.
- Do your homework and research the legislators before you head to Sacramento! Be aware of who you are talking to and what they stand for.
- Assign roles to team members (your group) so it is clear who is doing what. Here are some suggestions:
- Facilitator - moves meeting along, introductions, moves conversation from one issue to the next, wraps up and thanks the legislator/staff representative
- Storytellers - those who speak from the heart and share their first-hand experiences, it’s important to connect yourself and the community with the campaign you are supporting
- Timekeeper - watches time, discreetly indicates when people need to wrap up
- Note taker - documents what legislator or staff member says and commits to
- Pitcher - makes the ask to the legislature (i.e., what you are asking of your representative, will s/he support it, how?)
- Everyone - listen to the legislator/representative’s response and have a conversation!!!
- Build relationships with your legislators in-between visits to Sacramento, call or email them! Find your Legislator here <insert hyperlink: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html>.
- Be sure to introduce yourself and your organization to build recognition.
Here we come, Sacramento!