DCRCC recognizes that it takes the efforts of the entire community working together to make any real change. DCRCC strives to mobilize the community and build key relationships with individuals as well as partner organizations to power a culture of consent. DCRCC asks that each stakeholder in the sexual assault movement get involved in advocacy efforts. This may look like a call or letter to your legislators asking for specific policy requests. This mobilization may also include social media communications as well as other action-oriented alerts.
DCRCC is a resource that the local community can use to suggest local and state policy proposals. Our staff can assist in developing not only language for the proposal, but developing relationships with key legislators, and walking you through the process of “How to Lobby”.
What are Advocacy & Lobbying?
- Generally speaking, advocacy is defined as engaging in activities to achieve particular goals and serve ones constituents (for DCRCC, survivors of sexual assault).
- Lobbying is a Vital Role for Non-Profits, such as DCRCC.
- Lobbying includes getting involved in the legislative process and having a say in policy discussions. If DCRCC is not speaking on behalf of the marginalized communities affected by sexual assault, likely no one else is either. DCRCC engages in both direct and grassroots lobbying:
- Direct lobbying is any communication with a legislator that expresses a view about a specific piece of legislation.
- Grassroots lobbying is any communication, with the general public, that expresses a view about specific legislation, and includes a call to action.
- A Call To Action refers to four very specific ways DCRCC can ask the public to respond to its message:
- Asking the public to contact their legislators or their staff.
- Providing the address, phone number, Web site, or other contact information for the legislators.
- Providing a mechanism to contact legislators such as a tear-off postcard petition, letter, or e-mail link to send a message directly to the legislators.
- Listing the recipient’s legislator, the names of legislators voting on a bill, or those undecided or opposed to an organization’s view on the legislation.
* Action alerts – coming soon