Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
Advocacy is the act of supporting a cause or issue. Advocacy should not be confused with lobbying which is the act of attempting to influence public officials to secure the passage of specific legislation. Both activities are a necessary and vital part of democratic participation.
The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI) actively supports the prevention of foodborne illness by engaging in advocacy activities that work towards achieving our mission. These activities range from increasing public awareness of food safety issues to lobbying for legislation that will improve food protections.
CRITERIA FOR PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS
CFI may take positions on public policy issues that:
- Support the CFI’s mission;
- Affect CFI’s ability to work toward its mission;
- Impact CFI’s status or its operations.
PROCESS FOR DETERMINING PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS
Advocacy positions on specific issues related to the mission of CFI will be determined by the Executive Director and the Director of Food Safety.
PARTICIPATION IN COALITIONS
In CFI’s work with coalitions and associations, CFI may take part in the advocacy work of a group provided the work is not in conflict with CFI’s mission.
CFI IS NONPARTISAN IN IT’S ACTIVITIES.
As a national, non-profit organization, CFI works on behalf of the public to prevent foodborne illness. Therefore, CFI constituents represent a broad cross-section of the political spectrum. CFI does not support one candidate over another candidate; and does not support any political parties. CFI works with all political parties in legislative efforts.
Public Policy Positions
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