PFLAG v. Abbott FAQ
Lobbying at Town Halls
During the Town Hall
- Prepare thoughtful arguments, specific points, good data, and a clear agenda. Ask short questions that focus on a limited number of issues. Decide in advance if you are okay with talking to media and plan your key messages.
- Bring your personal story. Limit your story to about two minutes, explaining why the issue is so important to you personally and how it can make a difference for you and others like you.
- Go in groups. Participate with your chapter, coalition partners, or another group. It’s hard for a legislator to ignore a mass of like-minded people with the same agenda. Sit separately to distribute support throughout the room.
- Find staff members beforehand, and ask if there is a queue to register to ask a question.
- Speak respectfully. Don’t bring disrespectful signs or stand near people who have them.
- Hold your ground. Don’t allow the elected official to dodge your question. Maintain a respectful insistence, and never interrupt a speaker, whether a legislator, staffer, or attendee.
- Remember all the communities you represent. You can be part of a company, advocacy, or social or racial justice group.
After the Town Hall
Content from the National Council on Aging and PFLAG
- Reinforce your presence and comments by following up after a town hall meeting with a phone call or email to the office of your elected official. Make sure to thank the organizers of the town hall. Send the legislative assistant one of our policy one-pagers to make sure they have information on your issue.
- Keep showing up at town hall meetings and displaying interest, and it will be hard for you to be ignored.
- Share details about your experience at the town hall with friends, family, and on social media. Do not make any statements supporting or opposing political parties, per 501(c)(3) guidelines.