"By the People Lobby Days" are another way that the ACLU of Georgia tries to simultaneously engage the community while having a postive influence on the policy process. On these days, the ACLU of Georgia teams up with other organizations; such as Georgia Rural Urban Summit (GRUS) to help you meet and talk with your legislators. Each week these groups will team up to provide you with the tools you need to hold lawmakers accountable on issues, ranging from reproductive rights to the separation of church and state to consumer issues.

This program is key to our work because we feel that a face to face meeting is the most effective way to communicate with the legislators. In addition, it allows us to incorporate our members into our work and further educates legislators on our positions on issues. Plus, it can be a lot of fun! Whether you are an experienced advocate or brand new to the legislative process, this program can help make your visits easy and effective. Come down to the Capitol and meet your legislators.

Join us at the Capitol any Tuesday morning when the legislature is in session at 9:00 am at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building:

Georgia State Capitol Complex
Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)
Located on Mitchell Street, Room 605
Atlanta, GA 30334

At each Tuesday session, we will teach you how to talk to legislators, tell you about the issues that are hot, explain why we care about the issues, and guide you on how you can best help to pass or stop legislation. We will even walk you over to the Capitol, give you a tour, and assist you as you meet with your senators and representatives.

For directions, click here.

By the People 2014 Schedule

January

1/14 - General Lobby Day
1/21 - Marijuana Reform; sponsored by NORML and Georgia Care
1/28 - Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

February
2/4 - Reentry Reform & Economic Justice; Cosponsored by 9to5
2/11 - Voting Rights; cosponsored by the Georgia League of Women Voters
2/18 - LGBT Rights; Cosponsored by Georgia Equality
2/25 -Reproductive Rights; Cosponsored by Feminist Women's Health Center

March
3/4 - Immigrants Rights, Cosponsored by GALEO


3/11 - Education Lobby Day, Cosponsors: ACEN (Atlanta Community Engagement Network), Georgia Equality, Gwinnett SToPP, Interfaith Children's Movement, SNAPPS (Southwest and Northwest Atlanta Parents and Partners for Schools (download flyer)


Other Resources

If you are interested in contacting your legislators (through writing or face to face) without the ACLU of Georgia's direct involvement, here are some resources to guide your efforts:

The Georgia General Assembly

Watch Live Broadcasts

Tips for writing to your elected officials

Tips for meeting with your elected officials

Also, if you are unfamiliar with legislative procedures, make sure to refresh your memory of how a bill becomes a law.