Advocacy Action Requests
Procedure for requesting advocacy actions by RI IPL
Requests for advocacy actions are defined as: requests from organizations or individuals asking RI IPL’s formal participation in letter writing, sign-on petitions, writing and publishing position statements. Such requests further include requests for RI IPL to become a member, supporter, or endorser of another organization or that organization’s platform or of specific position statements or advocacy actions. Such requests also include requests to lobby (as defined by IRS 501(h) election), to testify before hearings of the RI Legislature, and to participate in and/or organize vigils, marches, and peaceful demonstrations, and to participate as Intervenors or filing amicus curiae briefs in support of relevant legal actions.
- All requests and proposals must be emailed to RI IPL’s Executive Director (ExecDir@ri-ipl.org) who will forward them to the RI IPL Advocacy committee.
- To ensure that there is adequate time for our review process, requests must be received at least one week before the deadline being imposed by the requestor.
- All requests must include a summary (one page or less) of the issue and links to resources for further information.
- The committee will vet the proposal’s consistency with, and relevance for, RI IPLʼs Mission, which is:
As people of faith, we believe we all have a moral responsibility to protect the Earth’s natural systems and to safeguard the well-being of those most vulnerable to climate change, but least responsible for it — the poor of the world and future generations. Therefore,
- we work with local faith-based organizations to raise awareness about climate change and related spiritual teachings;
- we assist religious communities in promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other forms of sustainable living; and
- we advocate for public policies that will effectively minimize global warming.
- The committee will determine that the requested advocacy action
- does not trigger the Rhode Island requirement to register with the state as a lobbyist under the revised January 2017 RI law, Chapter 42-139.1 of the RI Lobbying Reform Act
- does not violate IRS rules for 501(c3) organizations;
- conforms to the limitations specified by our election of IRS 501(h); and
- is within RI IPL’s capacity (human, time constraints, and other resources).
- RI IPL receives a large number of requests for advocacy actions. We may not be able to respond to all the messages received. You will hear from us if we are following up with an action.