Advocacy Camp

One of the cornerstones of our work is free advocacy training. We know that we need a strong, diverse base of people who can strategize, educate, advocate, and lead criminal justice reform work. And together, board and staff members at Restore Justice have decades of experience passing both radical and incremental reforms in Illinois. Sharing and growing that experience is central to our mission.

Our training consists of five distinct sections, each lasting 1-2 hours, which can be offered separately or together as a “camp.”

Section 1: How it Works

  • Learn about legislative advocacy, and understand when and why it is useful
  • Familiarize yourself with how a bill becomes a law in Illinois
  • Develop skills to help you navigate a day in Springfield

Section 2: Prepare Yourself for Illinois Legislative Advocacy

  • Map your sphere of influence
  • Identify and get to know your representatives

Section 3: Speak (Your) Truth to Power

  • Break down and share your story
  • Work on long-form and short-form versions of your personal story to use in advocacy settings

Section 4: How to Talk About Criminal Justice Reform

  • Understanding different audiences
  • Cutting an issue into a talking point or a set of messages

Section 5: Difficult Conversations

  • Speaking constructively with opponents
  • Working with unexpected emotions
  • Handling difficult conversations and conflict

Upcoming Trainings

Saturday, March 2, 2019, @ 10 am to 12 pm

Willow Creek Community Church

67 Algonquin Road

South Barrington, IL 60010

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, @ 10 am to 1 pm

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

5114 South Elizabeth

Chicago, IL 60609

Thursday, March 21, 2019, @ 3 pm to 6 pm

Urban Innovations

445 North Wells, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60654

*Snacks will be provided.

Restore Justice offers training, free of cost, to colleague organizations seeking to engage their own staff, board, participants, or constituents in the legislative process in Illinois. Please contact Jobi Cates at to schedule a training.

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