Grassroots advocacy can be one of the most influential tools that organizations and associations have. Through mass emails, letter writing campaigns, and phone calls, grassroots advocates can bring issues to the attention of legislators. Policymakers must have input directly from those affected by a certain issue so they are aware of the needs in their communities and understand fully the ramifications of changes in policy. It is vitally important that you speak up about priority problems and recommended solutions so that you can guarantee that your views are being heard. If you don’t speak up, the result may be that policymakers either will fail to address such concerns or use information and expertise provided to them by others.
We understand that you are busy with other important priorities and responsibilities. That is why we created the AAPP Federal Advocacy Toolkit. You will find in it easy to follow tips and resources to get involved and establish yourself as a resource for Members of Congress.