U.S. Flag Code

28 Nov, 2012

Pledge of Allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it...

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Training Your Advocates to Write Persuasive Letters

28 Nov, 2012

In today’s fast-paced, 24/7 world, your advocates are all familiar with emails. But is that the most effective way to communicate with elected officials? Not always. A personal, hand-written letter from a constituent still makes a big impact. Sample letters are a helpful addition to your training manual. Below...

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Training Programs: Sample Resources Available

28 Nov, 2012

The Council’s Resource Library has many resources to help you train your advocates: Politics 101 The Legislative Process The Regulatory Process How a Bill Becomes a Law Political Quotes Trivia Issue Backgrounders Communicating with Elected Officials Best Practices for Scheduling Appointments Best Practices for In-Person Meetings How to Work...

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Training Advocates Through Effective Handbooks

28 Nov, 2012

Manuals are a very effective way to train your advocates. They’re substantive, affordable and easy to create. Most likely, you will be compiling things you’ve already written. The Council also has plenty of resources to get you started. Remember that your advocates are volunteers and it’s your job to...

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Seven Strategies for Grassroots in the Regulatory Process

28 Nov, 2012

Public affairs professionals are increasingly engaged in the regulatory process. During the 2011 National Grassroots Conference, John Funderburk, director of advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Elise Brooks, communications manager for the Financial Services Roundtable, shared these key tips for leveraging grassroots advocates when navigating regulatory waters.  1)      Understand your subject and your...

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Political Trivia

28 Nov, 2012

Looking for a fun way to educate your advocates about politics? How about having a trivia contest in your next newsletter, including interesting factoids in your email messages, or posting bits of information throughout your Web site for reader interest? Those are just a couple of ways to engage...

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Handling Tough Issues at Townhall Meetings

28 Nov, 2012

Question: I have a townhall in the works and our CEO is scheduled to moderate the session. The participating Member of Congress is with us on “issue X” but against us on “issue Y”. What are some suggestions for keeping the event positive but still discussing all the issues of...

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Forums for Training Your Advocates

28 Nov, 2012

The success of a grassroots program hinges on the effectiveness of its advocates. Training is a great way to provide the resources advocates need to feel informed and motivated. The one thing advocates have in common is that they want to be involved, and they are looking to you to guide...

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Creative Grassroots Engagement Ideas for Associations

28 Nov, 2012

See the creative side of your fellow grassroots practitioners. Below are suggestions shared by association participants at a recent National Grassroots Conference when they joined a round-robin exchange on the innovative ways they’ve gotten advocates to respond to a call to action, attend an event, register to vote, visit a legislator,...

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Can You Pass a U.S. Citizenship Test?

28 Nov, 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, administers a test to all immigrants applying for citizenship. The redesigned test is meant to evaluate not only the knowledge of applicants but also their understanding. Many organizations use these questions to add...

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