Advocacy in a Nutshell
- Assign a member of the district staff or Board to watch legislation, review the League's "League Alerts," "Legislative Updates," "Legislative Bill Reports," and other legislative bulletins, and to report the information regularly back to the Board.
- Include state legislation and state policy issues on local board meeting agendas.
- Generate editorials and/or factual new stories on matters of concern to California community colleges and the local community college districts.
- Encourage press interviews with legislators and candidates to get them on record on matters affecting the local district and community college education in general.
- Develop factual data and be sure there is an understanding in your community college district of the issues involved with particular legislative proposals.
- Secure support for California community colleges from other organizations and groups; e.g., chamber of commerce, labor groups, taxpayer and homeowners associations, counties and special districts.
- Understand and respond to those who do not support the League and district positions on legislative issues.
- Attend legislative committee hearings and meetings held in your area.
- Conduct "informal" meetings with your legislators in the district.
- Invite legislators to your community college district for campus activities and let the press know if they accept.
- When communicating with your legislators, state your position in terms of the policy, fiscal, and/or operational effect that the legislation will have on your community college district.
- Coordinate legislative relations with area colleges that share legislators and common concerns.