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Lobbying 101

Sharing your stories and experiences can galvanize, warn, and persuade legislators in a way that facts and statistics do not. Use these tips to make an impact.
NEA members speak with elected leaders on Capitol Hill about immigration
Corey Williams, elementary school teacher Kari Johnson, and DREAMER Tania Hernandez Castillo lobby on Capitol Hill on immigration reform.
Published: 12/06/2021

NEA members play an important role in building support for federal legislation. Face-to-face meetings with senators, representatives, and their staffs are especially valuable, and can be held back home or in Washington, DC. Virtual meetings have become commonplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are another way to connect with lawmakers.

Your stories and experiences are the most powerful tool we have. Sharing them can galvanize, warn, and persuade in a way facts, numbers, and statistics do not. Here are some tips on how to proceed.

Follow Up

Email a thank-you after the meeting

  • In addition to expressing your thanks, repeat the “ask.”
  • Answer any questions raised during the meeting you were unable to address at the time.
  • Be sure to provide any materials you promised to provide.
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Becky Pringle at an immigration rally with a bullhorn

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.