NCSE is running an online lobbying training this coming Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013, at 4 PM EST (1 PM PST). Space is limited, so register now through the GoToWebinar system, and invite friends to register as well. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The video will be archived on NCSE's site afterward, as we archived the video and related materials from the first training.
Bills attacking evolution education and climate change education were filed in almost a dozen state legislatures last year, and a new legislative season starting in January will bring many more. Lawmakers need to hear from their own constituents—the voters who put them in office, the neighbors and colleagues whose good opinion they value—to stop bad bills and to improve science education.
Josh Rosenau will lead the training, drawing on his experience at NCSE, and is pleased to be joined by Dena Sher, a legislative counsel for the ACLU (and Americans United for Separation of State before that), and Vic Hutchison, founder and past president of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, a statewide group with a phenomenal record of defeating antiscience bills.
If you can participate on Wednesday, December 18, you will have a chance to explore real examples from NCSE's experience fighting bad bills, and get advice and resources to help citizens like you become active and effective lobbyists on behalf of science education. Experienced activists will hone their skills and share their own tips, while those without lobbying experience will learn how to get involved and be most effective without repeating common mistakes of rookie lobbyists. We will discuss tracking a bill's progress, identifying and befriending sympathetic legislators, and why the most effective lobbying happens well before testimony at a committee hearing.
Click through to the GoToWebinar site to learn more about the session, and to register. Please feel free to share that link with any friends, neighbors, or colleagues you think might want to participate as well.
With your help and that of other citizens like you, we can protect our schools, and protect the education of tomorrow's citizens. Even if you cannot join us Wednesday, there will be other trainings in future months.