Parent Advocacy

Who Are Advocates?

Advocates are…

people who plead the cause of another.

Advocates are…

mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends.

Advocates are…

people who care.

Speaking up for quality public education may well be one of the most important things you will ever do for your child – and for my child – for every Mississippi child. It could well be the most important thing you will ever do for our state.

This “advocacy” will be a process – one that will evolve over several months. It will require patience, persistence and dedication.

The Parents’ Campaign will make every effort to honor your time. We will ask you to take action only when we believe that action is critical to this process – probably three to four times throughout the next five months.

If you feel awkward making several calls to the same person, understand that this is a normal and necessary part of the process. Also consider making contacts in a variety of ways (see How Can I Help below).

Please check your email regularly. We often get little notice about important meetings or events. And please give us feedback. It will help our effort to know what you hear and how your legislators respond to your contacts.

In this case, there really is power in numbers. Get your friends to join our effort. It makes it more fun, too.

How Can I Help?You can…

Personally visit your legislators.

(the most effective tool)

Call your legislators

every time we ask you to.
We will probably ask you to call more than once.
There will likely be two or three critical moments when it will be important to remind legislators that we are paying attention.
Our kids will be counting on you every time.

Write notes to your legislators.

They needn’t be long.

Write letters to the editor.

Click TIPS for help writing letters to the editor.

Call your friends

and ask them to call their legislators. And tell them to sign up with The Parents’ Campaign.

Email your friends

forwarding our information.

(but don’t email legislators unless we’re in a real time crunch – most don’t read email.)

Thanks for helping – our kids will be very grateful!

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