Build a Successful Grassroots Campaign
Get the tools you need to work on a single-issue state or local effort.
8 STEPS TO VICTORY
Follow these steps – and ask us questions anytime along the way – to build an effective campaign on a single issue in your state, county, city or town.
For the area you’re trying to get the legislation passed, make a list of grassroots groups (spreadsheets are great) and their contact info. Personally reach out to each of them and ask if they’re interested in supporting the effort. They can do so in a few ways a) posting a blog about it on their site or social media b) supporting the effort by sending an email to their subscribers asking them to check it out or c) officially endorsing by doing all the above – and providing their logo and link to be placed on the campaign website.
Write a bi-weekly update on what the general public needs to do to support the bill. At first, they will be quite repetitive, but that’s how legislators get pressured to action. Then, at each stage of the bill process, you’ll provide specific information about public hearing dates, committee hearings, specific individuals who need calls, and the like. A good template for an effective action alert is a short paragraph to introduce the task and the goal at hand. A very short paragraph will let people know that this won’t happen without their action. Then, in very distinct, numbered, steps, list out what people should do, focusing on who they should contact. After that list, provide them with some suggestions of what they should say or write. Ask all coalition partners (and groups which have yet to reply) to send out the action alerts to their email subscribers. Ask people to let take notes during phone calls and forward email responses
Host in-person meetings, have a rally at the local park, hold a “lobby day” where a group of supporters go at the same time to speak with legislators about the proposal, and have a public forum where you invite some local experts on the issue to speak about it and answer questions. These tend to take more work, but can have big effect as your campaign builds in popularity to the point where such events are warranted. Make sure to coordinate these efforts in your conference calls, asking coalition partners to send out notices as well. Take pictures, keep detailed notes.
An effective campaign requires repetition. The average person doesn’t act on something until they’ve seen it 7 times. That means a lot of blogs, invitations, social media posts and email campaigns. And legislators? Sometimes they’re completely stubborn, but each of the previous steps will ensure that they receive the maximum possible pressure to ensure that they do the right thing.
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You can take all these steps independently. Or, fill out the information below to work directly with the Tenth Amendment Center. We ask that you be dedicated, willing to spend 5 hrs/week, open to building coalitions, and willing to learn.
Thank you for visiting! TAC’s grassroots central is where we’ll provide you the basic tools and strategy needed to run an effective nullification campaign at a state or local level. The key is to focus on a single issue, build a coalition, and be dedicated to a long-term consistent action.
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Want to take on the feds on a specific issue? It can be virtually anything across the political spectrum.
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- Time (5 hrs/week)
- Willingness (to learn)
- Open (to others)
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- AND MORE!