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Advocacy in 2017: Bring a Friend and Let’s Go to Work

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Advocacy in 2017: Bring a Friend and Let’s Go to Work

November 17, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments
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In any post-election autopsy or forecast for the future, there is inevitably a ranking of the most powerful people in the room. As the political world prepares itself for a new presidential administration and Congress, the National Council wanted to share its list of the most powerful person in politics in 2017: YOU!

Constituents hold immense power to inform political conversations and change the outcomes to better help those living in your communities. The National Council Ambassador Network gives constituents the resources and training they need to become superstar advocates. With the Ambassador Network, our advocates devote extra time each year to building relationships with their Members of Congress so that when votes come down to the wire, they can help tip the scales.

In the next year, the National Council will be reliant upon its strong network of advocates to ensure the implementation of policies that help those impacted by mental illness and addiction.

Want to get involved? Here is what we need you to do:

  1. Get started today. Sign up today to become a National Council Ambassador. Our Ambassadors get access to special policy news and updates from the National Council, along with exclusive training and information to help them build relationships with their legislators and staff. These include personalized resources, briefing materials and top notch advocacy tips. Sign up here.
  2. Build your own advocacy network. Advocacy is truly a demonstration of strength in numbers. As the National Council looks to build its engagement across the country, we need each of you to expand your personal advocacy networks and bring a friend or colleague with you when you advocate. Do it once, do it twice, do it three times and you have a movement in your own community. You have a coalition of constituents bringing their unified message to legislators.
  3. Come to Hill Day 2017. Consider Hill Day 2017 – October 2-3 in Washington, DC – the culmination of your year of impactful and effective advocacy. Make goals to meet with your legislators throughout the year, bringing a new friend into the meetings each time. If every attendee grows their personal network by just a few people, National Council Hill Day could be the largest advocacy event of the year in Washington, D.C.

Advocates will have an opportunity to drastically impact policy decisions this coming year. Ambassadors advocate for the National Council’s agenda, which in 2017 will include protecting Medicaid. The National Council is ready to provide all the resources, training and information you need to be an advocacy superstar. As the election dust settles, one thing is perfectly clear: it’s time to go to work.