NCRA is committed to serving you! Our primary objective is to protect the court reporting profession. Ultimately, however, protecting your livelihood depends on each one of you individually. You are the real troops and it is your efforts that are the key to our success.
What is grassroots lobbying?
Grassroots lobbying is simply citizen participation in government. The key to successful grassroots lobbying efforts is assembling people who share common goals and concerns. Grassroots communications are vital in educating legislators to the concerns of the voting population in their state. If you do not share your views with your representative, then your views will not be considered by your state representative when he votes on an issue which affects you. You can make a difference by simply writing, calling, meeting, or faxing your representative!
Why should you utilize grassroots lobbying?
Grassroots efforts are our best weapon to protect you because it ensures that we will successfully reach and influence every member of Congress. In the past, political decisions were primarily made in Washington, D.C. Today, more politicians are focusing more on what is being said by the local communities and the people. As former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill stated, "All politics is local."
It is incumbent on every court reporter to let your elected officials know your concerns. It is also your duty to educate your elected officials on how any proposed legislation will affect the court reporting profession. The time to act is now--not after legislation has passed that could adversely affect court reporters! Remember, if an issue doesn’t have constituent support, the Member might ignore it.
Why does grassroots lobbying work?
As a voter, you have the most powerful tool available on Capitol Hill, your vote. You have the ability to hold each representative accountable to you as a constituent. Without hearing from you, your legislator does not know what is important to you as a court reporter. Your recommendation may be the deciding factor in a member’s decision to vote for or against a bill. You make a difference!
How can you get started?
Contact NCRA's Government Relations Department today and get assistance organizing your grassroots campaign. Take a few minutes out of your schedule to protect your profession. Remember, if you don’t take action who will?