Any advocacy effort, whether lobbying, writing letters, or media outreach, must answer four basic questions. Click on the following links for more information:
- Why is this good public policy: Every issue has consequences on local, national, and international levels. It is important to address these issues, and explain why immediate action is crucial to the health and wellbeing of our communities, nation and world.
- Why is this issue important to me as an individual: The best advocates are the ones who can personalize their message. Doing so will show your elected officials that you personally took the time to consider an issue’s impact on your life. Additionally, personalizing your message conveys a confidence and openness that will bring emotion and validity to any letter or lobby visit.
- Why is this issue important to me as a member of the Jewish community: The Jewish voice is both unique and essential. To be a Jew is to care about the world around us, to hear the voice of the prophets in our head and be engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam. Both the Jewish tradition and the public policy arena rely on this voice to communicate the needs and desires of the Jewish community.
- What is my legislative ask: From zoning permits to sewage treatment plants to power plant emissions, your elected official works on a number of issues. It is important to be specific when speaking or writing to them to ensure that their actions match your intentions.
By addressing these issues, congregations and individuals will make their advocacy efforts personal, persuasive, and pointed.