You are invited to join NCIPL over the coming months as we “Fall Into Action!” The NC General Assembly has adjourned but that means our work is just beginning! We have designed exciting activities just for you as we prepare for the NCGA’s return in mid-January 2015.
NCIPL held their first webinar “Advocating With Compassion: A How-to-Guide to the NCGA” in October. This webinar explains the NCGA’s two year cycle, who holds the power, how a bill becomes law, when you can influence the process, and what you can do to put your faith into action. Click here to listen to it!
In between sessions your legislators are home in the district working at their regular job (being a legislator is only a part-time job!), meeting with concerned citizens, and in most districts running for re-election. This is the best time to get to know them, understand their values, and educate them on issues you care about. Since the legislator works on a two year cycle there are very small windows of opportunity to influence legislators and the outcome of legislation. This Fall is one of these opportunities to educate and get to know your elected officials before they go to Raleigh to legislate.
As a part of our “Fall Into Action” campaign we are coordinating in-district meetings between people of faith and their elected officials across the state. These meetings will take place between October and mid-January when the NCGA returns. This is an excellent opportunity to show legislators what your church has been doing to reduce its energy consumption, save money, and protect the environment. You can choose to just educate them or you can choose to talk about specific laws or bills.
We are here to help you! Sign up to meet with your legislators as a congregation or as a group of concerned citizens. Click here for our Advocacy Toolkit.
As a concerned citizen and person of faith you have a unique role to play when it comes to educating elected officials. You don’t need to be an expert on numbers and facts—that is for the professional lobbyists, academia, and professional advocacy groups. Your role is to breathe real life stories into policy issues by sharing your beliefs and values with decision makers.
We look forward to working with you as we “Fall Into Action!”