A critical part of grassroots campaigning is communicating with decision-makers who can make change. Often, these people are our elected representatives and have the power to develop and reform policy through parliament.
Whether you’re a newcomer to advocacy work or a seasoned lobbyer, get started with this handy Guide to Effective Advocacy which provides a map of the political landscape, providing useful tips on how to prepare your advocacy work and what to expect. There’s also a template so that you can easily write to a politician about what matters to you.
To reinforce our training, we've put together the following short videos to get you thinking more about political advocacy as a tactic.
Longer videos for advanced campaigners
LET US KNOW HOW YOU WENT
Politicians often know what Amnesty International thinks, thanks to our Government Relations Team, but they also need to hear that human rights are supported by constituents in their electorates.
That’s where you come in. Every conversation you have with your elected representatives can contribute massively to Amnesty’s vision, and makes our campaigns that much more effective. Put simply, your efforts are invaluable – and we want to hear all about them!
It is really important that you let us know how your meetings go so that we can provide you with the support and resources you need, as well as design our advocacy strategies so that we can better foster a culture of human rights protection in parliament and beyond.
Please make sure to complete a new online feedback form after any meeting you have with your elected representatives (Ministers, Members, Senators) and/or their staffers so that we can keep up to date with your activities.
Interested in (further) training in this area? Connect with your regional contact to find out what opportunities are coming up.
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