My First Memory of Advocacy

Posted on May 08, 2018   |   

My first memory of advocacy was going to a rally with my father when I was ten. I remember sitting on his shoulders and watching a presidential candidate speak outside the town hall on a snowy evening in October, surrounded by hundreds of people cheering and holding signs.

As a grew up, I realized how unique my experience was living in New Hampshire and my exposure to politics at a young age through the primaries. With the largest amount of local elected officials in New Hampshire, combined with national presidential attention, it was not uncommon to bump into representatives at a local restaurant and have a conversation with them about an issue you cared about.

When I talk to volunteers, and community members about advocacy I often hear feedback that they find it intimidating and scary. They don’t know where to get started and how to engage. My hope, as the Grassroots Manager at the COPD Foundation is to dismantle those thoughts, and change the conversation surrounding civic engagement. The truth is, you practice advocacy everyday without even knowing it. You advocate for yourself by asking questions at your doctor’s appointment, by going to your child’s parent-teacher conferences, by running that 5k for a specific cause, and having a conversation with your family about COPD.

You already have what it takes to be an advocate, take the next step and find out who your elected officials are today! Our COPD Action Center, makes it easy to find and connect with your federal, state, and local officials through your zip code and address! We can provide you with email templates, scripts, and step by step toolkits to make the process less overwhelming! Let us help you, start your COPD advocacy process, contact to become an advocate!

This post was written by Tracie Sullivan, former grassroots advocacy manager. If you have questions or want to get involved in the State Captain Program, please email and one of our team members will reach out.


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