Making Democracy Work

Advocacy - Tools You Can Use

Some useful tools for Advocacy

Template letters for writing your elected officials

Positions and Issues for 2017-2019

Priorities for the Greenville League 2017-2018

Voter Access and the Election Process

Redistricting

Education "Corridor of Shame"
Trailer for a 58 minute documentary that chronicles the story of the challenges faced in funding an adequate education in South Carolina's rural school districts, located along I-95.

Indivisible Resistance

"Full Document"

One Page Summary of Indivisible Resistance: Here's the quick and dirty summary of this document. While this page summarizes  top-level takeaways, the full document describes how to actually carry out these  activities.   

Ch. 1:
How grassroots advocacy worked to stop Obama. We examine lessons from the  Tea Party's rise and recommend two key strategic components:  

  1) A local strategy
targeting individual Members of Congress (MoCs).   

2) A defensive approach
purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an  agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.    

Ch. 2: How your MoC thinks, and how to use that to save democracy. Reelection,  reelection, reelection. MoCs want their constituents to think well of them and they want  good, local press. They hate surprises, wasted time, and most of all, bad press that  makes them look weak, unlikable, and vulnerable. You will use these interests to make  them listen and act.   

Ch. 3: Identify or organize your local group. Is there an existing local group or network  you can join? Or do you need to start your own? We suggest steps to help mobilize your  fellow constituents locally and start organizing for action.    

Ch. 4: Four local advocacy tactics that actually work. Most of you have 3 MoCs--two  Senators and one Representative. Whether you like it or not, they are your voice in  Washington. Your job is to make sure they are, in fact, speaking for you. We've identified  four key opportunity areas to pressure MoCs that just a handful of local constituents can  use to great eect. For each of these always record encounters on video , prepare  questions ahead of time, coordinate with your group, and report back to local media:    

1. Townhalls : MoCs regularly hold public in-district events to show that they are  listening to constituents. Make them listen to you, and report out when they don't.   

2. Non-townhall events . MoCs love cutting ribbons and kissing babies back home.  Don't let them get photo-ops without questions about racism, authoritarianism,  and corruption.   

3. District oce sit-ins/meetings . Every MoC has one or several district oces. Go  there. Demand a meeting with the MoC. Report to the world if they refuse to listen.   

4. Coordinated calls . Calls are a light lift but can have impact. Organize your local  group to barrage your MoCs at an opportune moment and on a specific issue.