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Legislative Advocacy and PTA 

by [Becky Chu, ]             

 

PTA is one of the nation's oldest advocacy organizations. PTA has been an advocate for children since 1897 and has always been at the forefront in supporting laws that benefit children. One PTA purpose is to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. So, what is the definition of Advocacy within the guidelines of of PTA?

 

Advocacy in PTA is simply communicating about an issue for which National or State PTA has adopted a position by speaking, writing, phoning, or emailing. The purpose of the communication can be to inform, educate, persuade or increase the level of awareness about the issue. PTA members are advocates for children and their parents. PTA members have and still advocate on a wide variety of child-related issues: education, health, nutrition, safety, juvenile protection, welfare reform, parent and family life, and drug abuse prevention, to name a few.

 

Every PTA member can be an effective advocate. The process is always the same: identify, research and understand the issue; identify the decision-maker; and develop and communicate the message. The process is not always easy, and dedication and perseverance are usually required. For more information, and on how to become part of our dynamic Legislative Advocacy Committee, visit the https://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/Legislative

Click My Cause: The Power to Speak Up For All Children With the Click of a Butto

 

Audience: Legislative Advocacy

As a PTA member you speak up for your children every day. Now, with the Click My Cause app, you have the power to speak up for all children with the click of a button. Here's how it works:  when a PTA supported bill needs public support in Sacramento, we'll send you a mobile alert. As soon as you receive the alert:
 

Step-by-Step Guide 

1.  From your iPhone, download the Click My Cause app from the App Store

a.  Select your organization (PTA)

b.  Select "ok" to allow notifications. You must allow notifications to receive our alerts

c.  Take the quick tour and get started


2.  Click the red "Act Now" button to send postcard

a.  On your organization home screen, you will see the list of bills we are tracking. 

b.  When there is a red "Act Now" button below a bill, it's time for you to take action and use the app to email Sacramento:

Click 1:  "Act Now" button

Click 2: "Send Postcard"

 

3.  We'll send you more alerts. When you see the alerts, there are 2 ways to act:

a.  From the Alert on your iPhone screen:

Click 1: open the alert

Click 2: "send postcard" (Email)

b.  From the Icon on your iPhone screen:

When you have an alert pending, the Click My Cause app will display a red badge with the number "1" in it. When you see this number, open your app. 

 

By clicking "Send Postcard," an email will be delivered from you to your CA State Assembly Member, your CA State Senator, the committee or floor where the bill is pending, and the Governor.

 

4.  Your First "Postcard"

When you send your first "postcard," you will need to enter your street address to allow the CMC app to identify your Sacramento representatives.  We do not share your personal information; the app company (Click My Cause) does not share your personal information. The CMC privacy policy can be accessed from the app.

 

5.  Repeated Alerts

Look for alerts in June, August and September of this year.  You may receive repeated alerts on the same bill as it progresses through the legislature. When you have a pending alert, the app icon will display a red badge with the number "1" on it.

 

Thank you for downloading the app and making a difference for our children.  If you have more questions, there is an FAQ on the Click My Cause website - www.clickmycause.com or email info@ClickMyCause.com.

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