The Benecia-Vallejo Branch invites you to hear featured speaker, Elizabeth Patterson, former mayor of Benicia and water management consultant present “How to Meet and Influence Lawmakers.” Patterson has worked for the environment and the existential threat of global warming in all capacities as a professional, mother, and mayor. Participants are encouraged to bring a political issue they are passionate about. Patterson will offer practical tips about how to increase impact as a common citizen or as a representative of a local organization at the city, county, state, or national level.
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Patterson will continue her efforts to mentor political activists with the participants. Her comments will address how an activist should organize a calendar timeline of when and how to meet lawmakers. It will also cover what to do before meeting a lawmaker; what to prepare to bring to a face-to-face meeting with a lawmaker; and how to follow-up after a meeting.
Participants will also learn how to personalize their comments and provide local context — elected officials often prioritize issues that directly affect their constituents. Personal stories and local examples help illustrate why an issue is important.