Free Program Teaches Grassroots Advocacy Skills
Now that policies on climate change and environmental protection are in jeopardy, what are the most effective ways to influence those who shape our laws? Brian Rawson, an experienced trainer who has been mobilizing people to address societal inequities for 20 years, says signing petitions and making phone calls is not enough.
At a free program called “Grassroots Advocacy 101” offered by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame on Wednesday, April 12, Rawson will explain how to use your time effectively and will teach you crucial advocacy skills. While attention will focus on environmental policies, the tools and skills acquired will be applicable to any advocacy effort.
The program will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library. Admission is free, but reservations are required in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone attending the program will be eligible for a free raffle prize. Those who cannot attend the April 12 program who are interested in a half-day training session that may be offered in early summer should also email email@example.com.
Participants will learn about strategies behind the post-election movement for change and consider how to turn political crisis into an opportunity to build powerful, lasting efforts. They’ll get advice on how to give a brief, persuasive talk on an issue and will learn how to refine their communication for a target audience. They’ll also gain insights on how to proactively engage policymakers and inspire action.
Rawson has two decades of experience in mobilizing people, knowledge and resources to create solutions for societal inequities for organizations including Oxfam America and the Nobel-awarded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. In his training, he emphasizes engaged learning, real-time practice, deep-dive policy sessions, community building and action planning.