Grassroots Lobbying a la California Teachers Association

Mike Antonucci, Education Intelligence Agency, explains the California Teachers’ Association version of grassroots lobbying

If ever a term has been abused in modern America, it is “grassroots.” In the political context, it is supposed to mean a movement or advocacy that originates at the local level.

It was with this in mind that I read the California Teachers Association’s remarkable description of its “Grassroots Lobbying Program.” Who knew that being a grassroots activist required filling out an application form, then getting direction from a state organization as to whom you would lobby, what you would lobby about, and when, where and how you would do it?ee how it all works.