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

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