In a democratic society, it is important to have a clear understanding of how our government functions and how it impacts our everyday lives. This training program is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the structures, processes, and functions of government at various levels. From local government bodies to the state legislature, you’ll gain insights into how decisions are made, policies are formed, and laws are enacted. You will explore the roles of elected officials, the importance of civic engagement, and the various ways you can engage your local officials and get involved in the democratic process.
Grassroots organizing builds local leadership and community connections to transform and win power for the people. Incorporating grassroots organizing strategies into your campaign (educational, advocacy, or electoral) will bring attention, support, and momentum to your efforts. These trainings will empower you to build the skills you need to confidently participate in LWVNJ organizing efforts and develop grassroots organizing strategies for your own campaigns.
Although ‘lobbying’ is sometimes met with suspicion or negative connotation, it is an essential part of any plan to make change through the lawmaking process. Talking to legislators and making the case for your issue is necessary to get legislation passed or developed at any level of government. Attend these trainings to learn how laws are created, what to say when you meet with your elected officials, and how to make your voice heard with public testimony.
Voter outreach and voter education are essential to open and fair democratic elections. The election process is complicated, hard to find information about, and often very localized. These trainings will help you become an expert in voter outreach strategies and host your own Get Out the Vote event or build your own campaign. Learn from the League of Women Voters – a leader in voter information, voter registration, and voter outreach.