2. "I have a group of people to call me out on my BS."- How has the ALN made you a stronger advocate? Why would you recommend it to others?The quote is a direct one I said when I first started to work with the ALN (Advocacy Leadership Network). For many years I was all over the place in my advocacy and I wasn't focused. I love a good debate and from time to time I can exaggerate or become over emotional. The ALN along with close friends will call me on my BS. The ALN has focused my advocacy and helped me use my strengths to my advantages. I like many theatre people have a gift for gab and can talk non stop. The ALN has helped me to listen more which allows me to see others views. It's like an enjoyable Meisner exercise. The ALN is a way to focus your energy with like minded people who can help you see the value in your abilities and challenge you in your work.
3. Letter writing campaign within your districts?The final part is practical knowledge that you can take to get started in your advocacy. Starting a letter writing campaign is an easy way to get going with advocacy. One of the most impactful ways to reach your leaders is through a personal hand written letter. On more than one occasion I have heard from leaders that remember something they read not in an email but in a handwritten note. The best way to start is simply look up your local leaders and find there address and send them a note. Be kind and courteous and let them know why you are writing them. Be succinct in the letter and always leave a way they can reach you if they have questions. At the end thank them for their time. Finding balance in writing the letter can be tricky. You don't want to be bothersome but you also don't want to be forgotten. One letter a month is where I have found my balance. If there is an important issue on the horizon I will also add a quick phone call or an email.Hope this helps. If anyone has questions or wants to chat about becoming a member of the ALN just send me a message or email.