A Conservation Conversation With

Cabell West 

Cabell answers all of our questions about Conservation Legislative Advocacy in her fun and engaging way, making a dry topic interesting! We discussed her experiences as an advocate, what has changed over the years, and how to get involved.

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All About Advocacy

What Is Advocacy and Why Does It Matter? (click here)

Who Are My State Legislators?https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Who Are My Congressional Legislators? https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

Understanding Your Legislator (click here)

  • Research Your State Legislator

  • Research your US Congress Legislators 

How to Advocate Effectively, Efficiently and Follow Up (click here)

  • Advocacy tips: Specific, Knowledgeable, Flexible

  • How to Contact Your Legislators

  • Tips on the Many Ways to Advocate

  • Ways to stay in touch

I'm just a bill.

Yes, I'm only a bill.

And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.

Well, it's a long, long journey to the capital city.

It's a long, long wait while I'm sitting in committee.

But I know I'll be a law someday - 

 

At least I hope and pray that I will.

But, today I am still just a bill.

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Understanding The Legislative Process

Navigating the General Assembly (click here)

  • Brief Overview of the Lawmaking Process

  • Advocacy During the Process of a Bill becoming a Law

  • Understanding Committees and Bill Actions

  • How to Track a Bill

  • Virginia’s Budget Process Explained

Navigating the US Congress  (click here)

  • How A Federal Bill Becomes a Law

 

How to Track Proposed Legislation (click here)

  • How to Follow a Proposed Bill

  • What We’re Watching Chart Overview and link(s) 

Garden Club of Virginia Conservation

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CONSERVATION LOBBY DAY (click here)

  • Background on VCN

  • Definition of Lobby Day

  • Affiliation with Virginia Forever

  • GCV Position Papers

  • Special GCV Project for This Year

Garden Club of America Conservation

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

 AND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE (click here)

 

  • Conservation Committee Purpose

  • NAL Committee Purpose

  • History of NAL

  • 2021 NAL Info 

  • ConWatch Publication

  • Bipartisanship statement 

 

GCA Advocacy Tips (click here)