A common thing we hear at NCADV is, “We need better laws to protect domestic violence victims.” And we couldn’t agree more. That’s why NCADV has a public policy office to influence legislators when they are considering bills and laws that impact the lives of domestic violence survivors. Many voices are better than one, especially when it comes to lobbying for change with our Nation’s leaders. So, how do you lobby to create the change you want to see in the world?
In a series of blog posts, we’ll be discussing how to effectively lobby Congress on behalf of domestic violence survivors, victims, and advocates on critical issues. In this "Lobbying for Change" series, you will learn …
By the time you finish reading the first post of our series, “Lobbying 101,” you will …
Grassroots lobbying is the process through which constituents make their views known to their legislators on a particular subject. These views can be expressed in a number of ways: emails, letters, faxes, and phone calls to legislators’ office, social media outreach, attending town hall meetings and other events, letters to the editor, engaging the media, and even meeting with legislators and Congressional staff.
In order to lobby effectively, you’ll need a basic understanding of the U.S. government and how laws are made.
We could take you through an explanation of how laws are made. But why reinvent the wheel when Schoolhouse Rock did such a fine job?
So, now you know what grassroots lobbying means, have a deeper understanding of how the legislative branch of the U.S. government works, and are familiar with the process through which a bill become law. As you might already be realizing, the legislative process is long and complicated. We take a long view when lobbying for legislation; it might not pass right away, but we’re laying the groundwork for future movement.
Laws originate with the legislative branch, the Congress. The executive branch, which includes the President and various federal agencies, are responsible for implementing the laws. The Courts, or the judicial branch, interpret and apply the law. The three branches have unique roles, and none can function without the others.
Here’s 14 basic keywords about government that will make the legislative process easier to understand.
In our next post, The Art of Lobbying, we’ll be going more in-depth into the lobbying process and learn …