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  • "Leveling the Playing Field" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2006)
    "The property owner should form a relationship with his or her representative. The most effective citizen is the one who has worked long and hard to participate in government, and is well known to the elected representative."
  • "Visiting Your Representative—How To Be Heard" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Position Brief, March 2006)
    The most effective way to influence your representative is to visit the official at the capitol or the district office, either as an informed individual citizen, as part of a group visit, or as a participant in a rally or lobbying day.
  • "Write for Property Rights — Act Now, After Kelo, A Time of Outrage and Opportunity" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 2006)
    The State Senate hearing at the Capitol left the impression that delaying action on eminent domain could be used to diffuse the outrage over the Kelo v. New London ruling. A revised definition of blight might lull citizens into false security. But Senator DeFrancisco has a bill to restore constitutional limits to eminent domain and he and Assemblyman Brodsky have proposed that condemnation by authorities be approved by elected bodies.
  • A Wake-Up Call—Organizing for Success, Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights, edited by Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
    National leaders and experts reveal essentials about reaching your representative, exposing government to the light of day, effective media work, web outreach, cable television, the successful newsletter, keeping a group together, building coalitions, and fund-raising—all in the context of defending freedom.
Carol LaGrasse at U.S. Capitol during 2000 Annual Conference of the Alliance for America. She has found that it is necessary to go directly to Washington and State capitols to be an effective citizen advocate.

Carol W. LaGrasse in front of the U.S. Capitol
  • Ray Kreig, P.E.,R. A."The Web - Unlimited Outreach" by Ray Kreig, P.E., R. A. Kreig Associates, Anchorage, Alaska; speech delivered at the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights, Albany, NY (PRFA, 2000)
    Ray Kreig advises how his and Ms. Gerhart's web site was organized effectively during 1999-2000 to defeat the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA).
  • Jeff Williams"Reaching Your Representative" - Jeff Williams, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, New York Farm Bureau; speech delivered at the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights, Albany, NY (PRFA, 2000)
  • Chuck Cushman"Chuck Cushman on tactics," excerpts from his speech, "Protecting Private Lands in the Northeast," Proceedings of the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 1999)
    Chuck Cushman gives an idea of his formidable free-style organizing tactics.

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