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Strategies for Mobilizing your Organization
Organize "Call-ins" to Elected Officials
Organize Post-card Campaigns to Elected Officials
Organize Letter-writing to Elected Officials
Get To Know Your Local Elected Officials
Invite your City and State Representatives to attend every special event at your center: award ceremonies, graduations, recitals, performances, etc. Be sure to organize parent and participant visits to the neighborhood offices of your Local Elected Officials
"Meet the Press"
Elected officials love attention, especially from the media.
Invite the press, especially neighborhood papers, to attend
every special event at your center: award ceremonies, graduations,
recitals, performances, etc. Plan "Intergenerational" events
with seniors and youth and invite the press to attend. Arrange
for the press to discuss the impact of budget cuts with parents
whose children attend your program
Statistics, Statistics, Statistics
Compile data documenting the number of children, youth and families served by your program or by the programs in your Community Board, City Council District, State Senate District, or State Assembly District. Provide your Local Elected Officials with this information.
Use Lots of Visuals
Make posters of how cuts, legislation, or policy is affecting your program. Display them at your Agency. Display at local banks, post offices, grocery stores, etc.
GET OUT THE VOTE!!
Elected officials need your support, because YOU (or your parents or others in your community) put them in office by VOTING for them. So be sure to help register people to vote by doing the following:
To order Voter Registration Forms (available in English, Spanish & Chinese) call: Board of Elections 212-487-5300
- Display voter registration materials in your center
- Encourage everyone who comes through the door to register
- Include a voter registration card with intake forms for new clients
- Include a voter registration card with the forms filled out by new employees
- Voter Registration should be an on-going activity at all program sites