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The New Super Tuesday: Webinar Recap

By Diego Rivera | June 9, 2020

Setting Strategy for ‘The Overshadowed Election’ When historians write about this year’s election, it will be remembered as a turning point. The results will shape America’s racial climate, its economic recovery, and its role on the world stage.  The election may also go down as one of the most disrupted. The pandemic’s social distancing rules…

COVID Mobilizations & Virtual Fly-ins

By Diego Rivera | March 19, 2020

COVID Mobilizations & Virtual Fly-ins: How to Keep Your Audience Engaged and Show Value in today’s social distancing reality Membership and trade organizations have particular challenges conducting advocacy amid the COVID-19 emergency.  Members are preoccupied with adapting their own lives to a strange new world, their organizations to a work-from-home world, and the annual meetings…

Phone2Action Joins Vote Early Day 2020 Campaign Efforts

By Diego Rivera | March 11, 2020

Phone2Action has joined Twitter, Snapchat, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and more than 65 other organizations and brands to help create a national Vote Early Day in this year’s general election.  Sponsored by MTV, Vote Early Day is set for Oct. 24, a Saturday when most states have in-person options for early voting…

We All Contribute #EachForEqual: Celebrating 2020 International Women’s Day

By Diego Rivera | March 4, 2020

An amazing thing happened in January of 2019. Without a great deal of fanfare, Nevada swore in the first majority-woman legislature in the history of the United States. Fifty-two percent of Nevada’s assembly are now women.  Yet Nevada’s success is still more exception than rule. Among all 50 states, only Colorado’s legislature comes close at…

Inside Headcount’s Incredible Electoral Engagement Program

By Diego Rivera | March 3, 2020

There are many things that people like to do at concerts, but getting politically active was not generally on the list—until now. HeadCount is changing that with pioneering efforts in voter registration nationwide. The nonprofit is using concerts, festivals, theater, and other entertainment events to draw people—many of them young—into the electoral process. Engaging people…

Why Patagonia is an Advocacy Pioneer, Even in an Election Year

By Diego Rivera | March 2, 2020

Why Patagonia is an Advocacy Pioneer, Even in an Election Year As an outdoor clothing and gear retailer, Patagonia might be considered an unlikely catalyst for political change. Yet the company, started by west coast climbers with an environmental bent in the 1960s, has become something unique in American politics. Patagonia is perhaps the best example…

Get Prepared for the 2020 State Legislative Sessions

Get Prepared for the 2020 State Legislative Sessions

By Diego Rivera | October 14, 2019

“It feels like a sprint,” said Margaret Taylor, director of global public affairs at AT&T. She’s talking about the start of the state legislative sessions each January. And when it comes to 2020, she’s not wrong.  Lawmakers in 44 states will hold legislative sessions next year, considering thousands of bills between January and June. Add…

The Power of Local Advocacy

The Power of Local Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | September 18, 2019

When most of us think about advocacy, we think about Washington or the states. Congress. Regulators. Legislatures.  But that is only part of the picture. Local advocacy, activity directed at the city or county level, grew three-fold between 2016 and 2018, according to the 2019 State of Advocacy report released earlier this year. That’s a…

The Rise in Regulatory Advocacy

The Rise in Regulatory Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | August 5, 2019

Stop and think about this: regulatory advocacy grew seven-fold between 2016 and 2018, according to Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy 2019 report. The practice of trying to sway the departments and agencies that conduct rulemaking, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Communications Commission, is literally exploding as a Republican administration shifts policy after eight…

Unlocking the Secrets to Mobilizing Advocates

By Diego Rivera | July 9, 2019

Billions of dollars are spent on advocacy in Washington, state capitals and major cities across America every year. But how effective is all that effort? Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy 2019 report suggests an answer.  The report examined advocacy by hundreds of organizations using the Phone2Action platform to gain insight into how they acquire and mobilize…