The political and public policy arena in Washington today can be characterized as one of sharp divisions, partisan polarization, and heightened competition. Engaging as a group in this conflict can be daunting. So how does a grassroots or community-based group try to influence power brokers? This class will explore the dynamics of social mobilization, group participation, and advocacy in Washington’s political process including the strategies and tactics used by community-based interests and organizations. Examples include organizing advocacy campaigns and pressure tactics to influence the three branches of the national government. Outside tactics, such as coalition building, mobilizing the public to influence decision makers, utilizing the media, and attracting broader public support will be examined.