How to be an Effective “Citizen Advocate”

Last week, I joined Colleen Kirby, Lori Kenschaft, First Parish UU of Arlington’s Mass Incarceration Working Group, and several members of the Arlington community to discuss some of my legislative priorities as well as best practices for being an effective “citizen lobbyist.”

I have spoken with many people since last November’s presidential election who have asked me how they can influence state government and make a real difference in the current political climate. I encourage you to read this article to learn about some of the effective strategies we discussed in our meeting that you can implement as a citizen of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, here are two helpful documents: (1) Making Government Work For You, by Colleen Kirby; and (2) The Citizen Lobbyist, by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact my office at (617) 722-1432 or email me directly at

Important information regarding rallies scheduled for Saturday, August 18th in Boston

I have heard from many of you about safety concerns regarding the potential “free speech” rally that may occur this weekend on the Boston Common. The Governor and Mayor Walsh are well aware of what’s going on and the City of Boston is being proactive in its preparation to ensure the public’s safety.

For those looking to join or organize a counter-protest, community and faith-based leaders have encouraged the participation in one, united peaceful gathering away from the Boston Common. Alternatively, I encourage all to attend the many gatherings and vigils that are happening across our state this wee, as I did in Arlington on Wednesday.

For the most up to date safety information this weekend, please visit or follow @marty_walsh and @bostonpolice on Twitter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (617) 722-1432 or by email at

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