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May 2012 , Page 47 

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Effectively Meeting With Elected Officials (Grassroot Advocacy)

By Christopher Glen

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There are many ways to contact a legislator and build a fruitful relationship: writing letters regularly, making phone calls, and attending town hall meetings and fundraisers. But the most effective medium for educating elected officials on important issues is to set up an office meeting with the legislator and his or her staff.

In order for a legislative office meeting to be as successful as possible, appropriate planning and an understanding of the needs of legislative offices are required.

Where and When

There will be times when NACDL actively encourages members to schedule legislative meetings on a particular issue, but waiting for the call to action from NACDL is not necessary. Meeting with elected officials throughout the year on a variety of issues is strongly encouraged. For guidance on current and relevant issues, please do not hesitate to contact NACDL’s Manager for Grassroots Advocacy.

The best time to meet with legislators is when they are in their home

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