Climb the Ladder of Engagement
Climb the Ladder of Engagement to build a relationship with your member of Congress
Step One: Lobby by Phone, Email or Fax
These forms of lobbying can be effective, especially if you include personal details about why you care about the issue you're discussing.
Step Two: Speak Through the Media
A letter to the editor or op-ed not only educates others in your community, but if you mention your member of Congress by name it will wind up on his or her desk.
Contact the media through our website
Step Three: Build Community Action
Are you a member of a Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, local peace group, meeting or church, or interfaith group? Organize an event that encourages action, or bring people together around a shared issue of concern.
Step Four: Lobby Members of Congress at Home
You don't have to travel all the way to Washington to meet with your members of Congress or their staff. It's often easier to get an appointment in the district office, and you'll have just as much influence.
Step Five: Come to Washington, DC to Lobby
See the list above for tips on scheduling and conducting a lobby visit.Be sure to stop by FCNL's green building and say hello while you're in town!
Step Six: Invite a Member or Staff Member to Your Community
Members of Congress like to get out in the community and see what their constituents are doing. It's a chance for you to get some time with the member or a staff member.
Step Seven: Promote Discussion in an Election Year
Elections are an opportunity to have open and constructive dialogue with the candidates running for office. Political candidates—whether incumbent or new—"listen louder" during campaigns than at any other times in their careers.
Congratulations - You are already an experienced 'lobbyist'! Please consider sharing FCNL's resources with others in your community, contributing to our conversation with people all across the country with your lobbying tips, or even expanding our circle by giving the gift of FCNL's Washington Newsletter to your friends and family