The CCLA is seeking volunteer lobbyists in the California State Legislature for the long-term and we are willing to train. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in public policy advocacy, whether you're interested in a career change or just want to make a difference in society.
Our organization has switched to virtual operations since the COVID-19 pandemic is now the norm of society and it looks as though advocacy will be done virtually at the California State Capitol for the foreseeable future, when society returns to normal operations, we will need advocates to be present at the Capitol for hearings and in-person meetings.
1) Contacts and confers with members of legislature other holders of public office to persuade them to support legislation favorable to clients interest.
2) Studies proposed legislation to define possible effect on interest of client, who may be person, specific group, or general public.
3) Confers with legislators officials to emphasize supposed weaknesses or merits of specific bills to influence passage, defeat, or amendment of measure, or introduction of legislation more favorable to clients interests.
4) Contacts individuals and groups having similar interests in order to encourage them also to contact legislators present views.
5) Prepares news releases and informational pamphlets and conducts news conferences in order to state clients views to inform public of features of proposed legislation considered desirable or undesirable.
6) Plans and coordinates meetings between members and elected officials to discuss legislative issues and proposals allow officials to respond to membership concerns.
7) May contact regulatory agencies testify at public hearings to enlist support for clients interests.
8) May be legally required to register with governmental authorities as lobbyist to submit reports of regulated expenditures incurred during lobbying activities.
9) May attend and represent organization at state national association meetings.
10) May instruct individuals or organization members in lobbying techniques as your knowledge grows.
Everyone in our organization, from our board members to our Capitol advocates, are unpaid volunteers who care about the people of California and seek to make a difference. We need more volunteers to assist in research, education, social media, public relations, district outreach, fundraising, and Capitol advocacy. With the rise of nationalism over the past few years and the COVID-19 pandemic exposing the injustices in our society, the organization is expanding its scope to national education and advocacy programs.
The California Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit lobby group made of ordinary citizens and volunteers focused on making our communities a safe haven for human rights and individual liberty.
The CCLA was originally founded to advocate for civil liberties and human rights in the State of California. Our work has primarily focused on online education and legislative advocacy in the California State Legislature and the Governor's Office. We have lobbied, supported, and sponsored many legislative changes over the years including immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, license plate and smart phone surveillance protections, and victims of religious sexual abuse. After the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing police violence, and the rise of fascism, the CCLA has decided to expand its scope to national issues, sponsor an online media outlet, and start a training program to facilitate the building of a large coalition of leftist organizations to communicate left ideals and principles in the U.S. Congress and all 50 state legislatures.