I’ve spent the better part of the last 10 years building advocacy actions. Working with colleagues in different venues I’ve helped to create “action advocacies”; I’ve written hundreds of letters, visited hundreds of legislators, produced a CD of library stories. Working again with colleagues I helped to create the California Campaign for Strong School Libraries. Each and every one of these actions was designed to help others grab onto something and take it to their own local decision makers and lobby on behalf of their students. Because “all politics are local” we thought that by creating local advocacy programs, we could convince decision makers to keep us on.