FDGA is looking for new Legislative Advocacy Committee members

Are you looking for a way to put your energy and skills to work and make a difference in Georgia?  The Fair Districts GA (FDGA) Legislative Advocacy Committee has openings for new committee members.

What is the FDGA Legislative Advocacy Committee?  The Legislative Advocacy committee provides training for volunteer citizen lobbyists to promote redistricting reform legislation that will create fair, competitive electoral districts in Georgia.  The committee coordinates citizen-lobbying at the Georgia Capitol and at the hometown offices of legislators.  Additionally, the committee coordinates small teams of citizen lobbyists who meet regularly with legislators to advocate for reform and oppose gerrymandering.  Committee members collect reports from these meetings to learn why legislators support or oppose redistricting reform. 

What work do the volunteer members of the committee do?  All committee members work together to plan and execute advocacy events that inform both legislators and the grassroots community.

Why is this committee a good one for a volunteer?  Working with the FDGA Legislative Advocacy Committee is a great way to improve your understanding of the Georgia General Assembly by training and assisting citizen lobbyists to effectively support or oppose legislation.  Although committee members work hard, we also have fun, meet great people, learn a lot, and have the satisfaction of making a difference.

What are the requirements to be on this committee?  Committee members should expect to work 4 to 5 hours each week during the 40-day Georgia General Assembly session.  The committee works at a somewhat slower pace at other times of the year, but the January through March legislative session is our busiest time.  During the session, members should have an average of one to two mornings per week when they can be at the Capitol for Citizen Lobbying events.

What skills are needed? Committee members should have email access for group communication.  Word processing, spreadsheet, electronic presentation, and speaking skills are a plus.

Want to join us?  Please email pat@fairdistrictsga.org and tell us a bit about yourself including your availability and skills.  We would like to hear from you by February 12 to expand our committee for remainder of the General Assembly 2019 session.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Fred Peters