How to be an Advocate
"You can change the image of things to come. But you can't do it sitting on your hands..."
--The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America Chair Emeritus.
"We can't rely on science to speak for itself; it's something we have to give a face and a voice to - yours!"
-- Mary Woolley, Research!America President and CEO.
Representatives and politicians DO listen to their constituents. That's why it's important to advocate for causes you support. Make your voice heard beyond the voting booth and let congress know that funding for research is important; it's important for the economy, for innovation, for medical advances, and for the future. You can be an effective advocate!
How to be an effective Advocate: A quick guide on the do's and don'ts of advocacy.
What you can do now
- Stay informed with Research!America's Advocacy Network and Issue Alerts
- Call or write to your congressional Representative
- Arrange a meeting with your congressional Representatives
- Participate in a Hill Day
- Attend a town hall meeting
- Engage the media: Write an op-ed piece or letter to the editor
- How to deliver your message