Legislative Advocacy Day
March 21, 2017: 9:30am (Registration 8:30-9:30am)
Madison Concourse Hotel/State Capitol, Madison
Organized by WCASA and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Legislative Advocacy Day is an opportunity for those who care about ending sexual and domestic violence to speak to their state lawmakers. Participants will learn more about current public policy issues that affect survivors and their families. Then participants will educate legislators about victim services and policy priorities for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
About registration: You may register as an individual or a group. Some questions may not apply to you. We will ask your name and contact information, names of legislators, program affiliation and names of those in your group.
Content: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) are proud to announce that Representatives Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) and John Nygren (R-Marinette) will be the featured speakers
Location: Beginning at the Madison Concourse Hotel (in the University Room); then we'll walk to the State Capitol, Madison
Date/Time: March 21, 2017: 9:30am (registration begins at 8:30am at the Madison Concourse Hotel)
Hotel room block: we have set aside a small room block at the Concourse Hotel at the state rate of $82 (single), which is based on availability and closes on February 20th. Call (608) 257-6000 to make a reservation and mention the WCASA block.
What to Do:
Before March 21st
Encourage survivors and allies to come to Madison on March 21st!
IMPORTANT! Call your legislators and schedule appointments. If the legislator is not available, schedule an appointment with his/her aide.
Collect stories from victims, newspaper clippings from your local papers, drawings from children from violent homes, letters from survivors who cannot come along with you for presentation to your legislators.
Be prepared to discuss the financial situation of the local victim programs in your area.
If you plan to stay overnight the night before or the night of Legislative Advocacy Day, reserve your hotel room.
If you are coming with a group, select a spokesperson who will speak primarily for the group while meeting with your legislators. This will maximize your time! Most legislators will meet with you for only 15 minutes or less.
On March 21st
Check in at the Concourse Hotel in the University Room (2nd floor).
You will hear about critical budget and legislative issues for victims of domestic and sexual violence and be given handouts for your legislative visits.
The agenda for the day is as follows:
- 8:30-9:30 AM: Registration – Madison Concourse Hotel
- 9:30-10:00 AM: Legislator Presentations – Madison Concourse Hotel, University Room
- 10:00-11:00 AM: Legislative Briefing – Madison Concourse Hotel, University Room
- Starting at 11:00 AM: Legislative Visits – State Capitol Visit the debriefing room in the Capitol when you have a break or at the end of your visits (room TBA)
After March 21st
Send Thank You notes to the legislators you visited. Don’t forget to mention words of thanks to aides if they were helpful to you!