ADVOCACY: TURNING THE GEARS OF DEMOCRACY
Have a burning issue that you want to see addressed? In this 4 part series,
CT-N shows you how ordinary citizens can create social change.
Insights from advocates, lawmakers, and lobbyists help demystify the process.
What does “advocacy” mean, and
who qualifies to be an advocate?
YOUR RIGHT TO ADVOCATE
Petitioning leaders at the national, state, city or
neighborhood level, plus: the role of lobbyists.
Learn some skills and attributes that can
help you successfully champion your cause.
ADVOCACY & THE MEDIA
The power of print & broadcast; “do’s & don’ts”
for social media advocacy, and some final advice.
Resources for Taking Action:
ADVOCATING IN CT
Making Your Voice Heard
A CT-N video series explaining how to testify at a public hearing.
Parent Leadership Training Institute
20-week training course for parent advocates; childcare available during classes.
Classes for CT parents wishing to advocate on school and education practices.
The Connecticut Lobbying Conference
Annual conference on lobbying skills, with lessons from legislators and G.A. staff.
CT Civics First
Non-profit dedicated to civics education in CT schools.
Find and Contact Your Legislator
STATE ADVOCATE OFFICES
Office of the Healthcare Advocate
Office of Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs: Office of Advocacy & Assistance
Department of Revenue Services: Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
Office of Gov’t Accountability: Office of the Child Advocate
Office of Gov’t Accountability: Office of the Victim Advocate
TIPS & GUIDES
The Community Toolbox
A University of Kansas project with a host of resources for grassroots advocacy.
CT-based group hoping to foster democratic communities by improving public dialogues.
Tools For Action
Advocacy tools from CT Parent Power, a non-profit working on children’s issues.
The Healthy Advocacy Toolbox
Advocacy advice from The Connecticut Health Policy Project.