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It’s All Up to You: Participating in the Advocacy Network
By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

    During the month of the advocate, we’ve already detailed the structure and goals of the Advocacy Network. But what are the specific activities that you can do to be a Network member?

    The Network is designed so that you can participate at much as you want and in the way that you want. The Network is about more than just federal advocacy – you can choose to work on state, local, or media issues, or even make connections with other AIA members. And just because you complete a high quantity of activities one month doesn’t mean you need to put in the same time commitment the next. Advocacy activities are meant to work into your schedule!

    Activities you can do to make a difference as a Network member include (but are not limited to):

      • Sending an email to your legislator via the AIA Advocacy Action Center

      • Write a letter to the editor or op-ed to your local paper

      • Calling your legislator to discuss issues important to architects

      • Participate in an Advocacy Network update call

      • Schedule a meeting with your legislator and/or their staff in your home district

      • Give to ArchiPAC

      • Invite your legislator to tour a project in your hometown

      • Recruit other AIA members to join the Network

      • Contact your legislators on social media

      • Forward an action alert to other AIA members in your component

    Advocating for your profession isn’t time consuming. As you can see from this list, some activities can be completed in a matter of mere minutes. Being a member of the Advocacy Network is what you make it – the important part is that you become one.

    Signing up is simple - click here to send an email to indicate your interest in joining. Make sure to include your name and home address so we can make sure you are aligned with the correct legislators. Once you are added, you will have access to additional benefits that we will detail in a post later this month!

    Click here to learn more about the Advocacy Network, including a list of FAQs.

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