What is Bird-Dogging?
Bird-dogging is a powerful tactic used by grassroots activists to get candidates and elected officials on the record about important issues. Indivisible activists have bird-dogged visibly and effectively since Indivisible’s inception. Did you ask a question about the ACA at a town hall? Did you ask a congressional candidate to commit to a position on democracy reform? Or make the local news for not letting your MoC off the hook on immigration? Have you shared a recording of your interaction publicly? You are already an Indvisi-birddogger.
Grassroots constituents like you can often get officials to say things they would never reveal in a more structured interview. Such revelations are vital as we turn our attention to the presidential candidates and attempt to learn what they really think, and will really do, about core issues like health care, democracy reform, immigration and climate. Let’s bird-dog our candidates out of the bush and into the light of accountability.
Whether you’re an experienced or fledgling Bird-Dogger, these instructions and reminders will help you corner those candidates with confidence.
Indivisible Bird-dogging Goals for the Presidential Primaries
Pressure presidential candidates to go on record on core issues such as democracy reform, immigration, climate, abortion, racial justice, health care, and foreign policy.
Get the candidate’s responses covered by the media/press (earned media).
Elevate Indivisible’s profile—and your group’s profile—so more people know who we are and what we do. Increased name recognition builds our power nationally and locally.
- Inspire others to join and get involved in our campaigns/organizations—build our people power.