For many Oklahomans, visiting a legislator is something new. Even those of us have been to a rally on the lawn may not have working knowledge of how to do one of the most important things you can do at your state Capitol — and that is to have a productive conversation with legislators. This tipsheet will go through each of these steps for how to do it:
Category Archives: Advocacy Strategies
Three tips to start 2019 off on the right foot
The next legislative session starts on February 4th. A new class of legislators is headed to the Capitol soon to start tackling important issues. So now what do we do? For people like you and me who advocate for policies that improve the lives of Oklahomans, our work doesn’t end after election day. With so many new legislators, it’s key time to let them know who we are and what we care about. Here are three things you can do to start the next legislative session off on the right foot.
Advocacy 101: Making the Most Out of Candidate Forums
This year, Oklahomans will head to the polls to elect a new governor and the next class of state legislators. The people we elect will decide how we address our state’s most pressing problems. It is up to us to know where candidates stand on issues affecting our communities and our families, so we can make informed decisions at the ballot.
Legislators who won’t listen to you?
Together Oklahoma is non-partisan. That means we want ALL legislators to hear from their own constituents right away! We bring Oklahomans together to talk about how a budget is a moral document and how we want our state budget to reflect our values. That means we need you! We have less than 11 weeks […]
Power Mapping For Change
As good advocates for change, we have many tools at our disposal. One important tool is called a power map. A power map helps us identify decision-makers and understand all the forces acting on them — like constituents; personal and professional relationships; special interest groups; other advocacy organizations; and political party leaders; among others. This […]
Advocacy with Minimal, Medium, or More Effort
Don’t be fooled by those who throw their hands up in the air saying “There’s nothing we can do about it!” when it comes to the state budget and other issues we care about. There are things everyone can do right now –none of us should wait until the next election to act. To clarify exactly […]
3 pro tips for getting your legislator to respond
Some legislators hold regular town hall meetings with their constituents. Some are quick to schedule a face to face meeting or respond to a hand-written letter. These days there are even a bunch of legislators who will engage in discussions on social media. But one of the most common things we hear from Oklahomans is, “I tried […]
Seven Ways to Get Your Legislators’ Attention
Does this sound familiar? You hear about some out-there proposal at the state Legislature, or you know about some good idea that’s not getting done, and you get inspired to mobilize – to speak up so our elected officials will hear you. What do you? The first answer that comes to many of our minds […]