Using Media to Advocate and Influence By Jennifer Aguilar December 8, 2019
The level that I wish to write my letter to will be to the local representatives here within our own city. For instance, to our very own city councilmen and mayor. We have to start somewhere to be heard whether it is small or big but starting out small could go to the higher levels of state representatives, senators, the house representatives, congress, and to even the president. One voice could be the voice of so many other people who have tried and didn’t succeed or be the combination of many voices to stand strong together in supporting any and all bills or proposals. In doing my research about both sides to either opposing or supporting proposals, I have come to a decision in supporting a proposal that may have been passed or are in the stages of being proposed to congress. Supporting a proposal that is already in place and has been implemented by the medical world, could continue make room for improvements. As being a continuous supportive of these proposals, I will try to continue to push on in gaining more support to help with the opioid epidemic we face today. As I read the “changing public opinion” on the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council Advocacy Toolbox, there were several elements that would play a role in influencing policymakers. I choose three elements from “changing public opinion” page, and they are media use along with becoming a local expert and writing a letter to an editor, speak to groups, and call in to a radio talk show. But as I have done my research, I believe that the media is a major component in influencing the policymakers in making changes for the better. Through the media, the citizens
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