The only book of its kind, "Make Your Voice Matter With Lawmakers: No Experience Necessary", is a user-friendly, groundbreaking, inspirational blueprint for social action—geared to individuals and groups who care about social, educational or environmental issues and want to change the world. It is useful to political activists as well as to people who would not dream of seeing themselves as activists but are eager to improve social conditions. The book, with thought-provoking case studies, highlights ways all of us can transfer the familiar interpersonal skills we use in our daily lives to communicate with public officials—in just a few minutes a month. It demystifies what factors carry weight with lawmakers while showing the power just a few constituents can have in influencing a lawmaker’s opinions and votes. The book is based on advocacy workshops the author has been running for more than 15 years for community volunteers, immigrant leaders, members of religious congregations, human services providers, health and mental health professionals, advocates and others. Afterwards, many attendees share their opinions with their state lawmakers who say they welcome the contacts. At a time when civic participation and grassroots activism are more important than ever, many people feel unprepared to get involved. This book helps them say “yes” and participate more fully in the public life that affects everyone’s well-being.
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Miriam Stein, MSW, is a dynamic, award winning advocacy trainer, consultant, speaker and writer. She is committed to helping people from all walks of life who care about social issues become comfortable and effective in expressing their views to lawmakers. Ms. Stein’s extensive experience centers on state house lobbying and media work, as well as direct service in low-income communities. Her positions include: Director of Governmental Affairs at the National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter; Director of Communications at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; and, adjunct instructor at schools of social work. She leads eye-opening and enthusiastically received advocacy and media workshops. Her awards include: Social Worker of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter; Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Recognition Award; Citizen Award, Arlington Fair Housing Advisory Committee.
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Book Description Another Look Publications, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0984974903