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Tips for Effective Advocacy Strategy & Communication

Learn how to communicate clearly about issues facing chemistry and catalyze support from policymakers.

1

Know the Issue You Want to Advocate For

Get informed and stay up-to-date on the issues you care about. Check out our Chemical & Engineering News magazine and sign up for legislative action alerts.


2

Establish Your Talking Points

Come up with three, key takeaways that you want your policymakers to leave with after the correspondence or conversation.

Or you can use our talking points on sustaining federal support for research.


3

Identify Your "Ask"

Reiterate the takeaways and provide a clear call-to-action for your elected official. As an example, you could ask for sustained federal support for scientific research or you could help support the policy issues we advocate for.


4

Know Your Lawmakers

Find your members of Congress. Read about them, their committees and interests so that you can tailor your pitch accordingly.


7

Thank You Follow Up

Follow-up with an email, letter or social media post thanking your member of Congress or their staff for corresponding or meeting with you.

Take Action

Advocate with ACS!

Members: Join us to stay informed and advocate for science.


Support the Chemical Safety Board
Urge Congress to block the proposed elimination of the CSB and support the agency’s mission to save lives and property.


Keep Science Funding Strong
Send a message to Congress that strong investment in science is vital to the innovation enterprise driving the American economy.


Social Media Advocacy
Find your elected officials' Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts using our action network and send them a message!

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Why Advocate for Chemistry?

Chemists solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, but we can’t do it alone. By volunteering to engage with policymakers, you can build support for funding and policies that help transform lives through the power of chemistry. More »