The FCL Education Fund conducts educational work associated with our mission of promoting justice and civic participation in California’s political process. The FCL Education Fund conducts nonlobbying advocacy, provides information on issues facing California and provides resources and training to those who want to weigh in with legislators and the governor. Donations to the FCL Education Fund are tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 68-0062639).
FCL Education Fund Board of Directors
Vicki Carroll, Clerk, Central Coast Friends Meeting
James Alexander, Associate Clerk, Redwood Forest Friends Meeting
Ellen Eggers, Recording Clerk
Steve Birdlebough, Treasurer, Redwood Forest Friends Meeting
Peggy Craik, Orange Grove Friends Meeting
Shannon Frediani, Santa Cruz Friends Meeting
George Gastil, San Diego Friends Meeting
A basic overview of the legislative process
Legislative Process - from the CA State Senate
Inside the California Capitol: How Your State Government Works
The California Budget and Policy Center is a great resource for information on the state budget process and in-depth analysis on our state's issues. A sample of their wonderful resources:
Interested in learning how to lobby?
Websites like leginfo.legislature.ca.gov and legiscan.com provide free information on bills, and ways to track their progress through the legislative process. Leginfo.legislature.ca.gov has links to the Senate and Assembly Daily File and lists of bills that are being considered that day, as well as the text, votes and analysis pertinent to each bill. With legiscan.com, you can set up your own list of bills to monitor and produce reports that can be shared with others.
The California Senate website https://www.senate.ca.gov/ and the California Assembly website https://www.assembly.ca.gov/ provide extensive information on legislators, committees, hearings, bills and upcoming votes.
Bolder Advocacy has excellent resources on lobbying and advocacy by nonprofits. Explore their website for lots of information.
Bring Your Voice: A Comprehensive Guide to Grassroots Lobbying and the California Legislature was published by the FCL Education Fund in 2015, which provides it free of charge online. Bring Your Voice contains worksheets; practical guides to grassroots lobbying; how to follow a bill through the process; organizing a successful meeting with your legislator and much more!
Lobbying Begins at Home is a one-page guide to setting up and holding a meeting with your legislator or staff to voice your concerns.
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