Influencing Our Elected Officials: How to Amplify Your Voice

A CBF Webinar

Following up on September’s How Virginia Protects its Waterways webinar, we explore proven techniques to make the most of your advocacy efforts in Virginia. You’ll learn why some activities are more successful than others (hint: it’s the story, not the stat!). We discuss why some letters-to-the-editor get published over others, as well as when to meet with your legislator and how to prepare for the meeting. We examine the full spectrum of ways you can influence your legislators to support clean water initiatives, from petitions and phone calls to in-office visits and social media posts, and show how to be an effective advocate—even with limited time.

This webinar is timed to provide you with new ideas and sharpen your skills in advance of the 2021 General Assembly session. Whether you are brand new to citizen lobbying or a seasoned advocate, we aim to provide a fresh, contextual look at how all Virginians can make a difference in the new year.

Our speaker, Tanner Council, is CBF's Hampton Roads Grassroots Manager and is based out of CBF’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. Having joined CBF in 2010, Tanner works with thousands of Virginians each year to help save the Bay with a special emphasis on connecting citizens with their elected officials.

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