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: The event will begin at the Madison Concourse Hotel (in the Madison Ballroom). Then we will walk to the nearby State Capitol, where we have Room 300 Southeast reserved as a home base for the afternoon.
Date/Time: March 21, 2017: 9:30-11:30am (registration begins at 8:30am at the Madison Concourse Hotel). Appointment times depend on when you are able to be scheduled with your representatives.
Hotel room block: The room block at the Concourse Hotel at the state rate of $82 (single) has expired. We have set up a new room block at:
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison
4402 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704
Please call Lindsay at 608-243-1816 or Cierra at 608-244-4703 and refer to the “Legislative Advocacy Day (WCASA/End Abuse)”
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 Madison Ballroom (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, Madison Ballroom
- 9:30-10:00 AM: Legislator Presentations – Madison Concourse Hotel, Madison Ballroom
- 10:00-11:00 AM: Legislative Briefing – Madison Concourse Hotel, Madison Ballroom
- 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 300 SE)
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!