A Sneak Peek into the 2017 Advocacy Guide

Next week we will be releasing our updated 2017 Advocacy Guide. Inside you’ll find a succinct account of what advocacy is, the process of a bill becoming law, and some practical advocacy tools. Here’s a sneak peek: One of the key tools we use at OICA to influence...

Don’t Judge a Bill by its Title

Every bill has a number and a title. At the Institute we often refer to bills by their numbers. Last week we pushed legislators to vote “No” on SB 81. (The “SB” stands for the bill’s house of origin- which in this case is the Senate, and 81 is the bill’s number.) Less...

The Ten Percent

“Advocacy is putting pressure on those who have the power to give you what you want,” Melanie Bridgeforth,  Executive Director of Voices for Alabama’s Children, told me during my recent visit. We are all born advocates. When you were a child asking your parents for a...

Data in Advocacy

  If you’re interested in advocacy, it’s probably because there is an issue you’re passionate about, and you want to make a positive change in your community. As part of your advocacy effort, you may have a compelling personal story to share about how a policy...

Grass: the Roots and the Tops

I’ve spent most of this week in Montgomery Alabama. If you think Cowboy/Sooner fever rages hot you should try spending a day in Alabama without hearing someone shout “Roll Tide!”  I’m here to visit the amazing child advocacy group, Alabama Voices. Working in a...

The Lobby of Lobbying Lobbyists

When bills make it to the floor, in front of the entire House or Senate body, it’s a big deal. (Read last week’s post to see all the hoops that bills have to jump through to get there!)  To view the proceedings you can watch online or go up to the 5th floor and watch...
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