Grassroots Action Center
On April 16 the
Association launched its
Grassroots Action Center,
an on-line tool to help advocates reach policymakers, federal health officials,
media professionals and candidates for public office. In the four weeks leading
up to May 12, Awareness Day, advocates
used the center to express support for increased federal research funds for CFIDS
and to raise awareness about the disease.
To date, nearly 10,000 letters have been sent through the
Grassroots Action Center.
We’ve heard from advocates about the ease with which they used the Center to
contact members of Congress and the media; they told us about the empowerment
they experienced when a Congressional staffer called in response to their e-mail
about research funding. They have sent us “clips” from newspapers where their
Letters to the Editor appeared. And they have shared their enthusiasm for the
“Tell A Friend” feature that allows them to effortlessly ask family and friends
to help spread the word.
We will issue Action Alerts! when timely opportunities for
advocacy arise, but it’s not necessary to wait for a cue from us to use the
Center. It’s available 24/7 to help you become informed about candidates from
your area running for federal or state offices. Use it to expedite voter
registration or track your member of Congress’ voting record. Past Alerts! are
housed on the site, too, so you can respond any time.
Grassroots Action Center’s listserv
so you’re among the first to receive notice of important opportunities
to engage in advocacy.