Day 8 & 9: Plan a visit with a legislator

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in Maryland Advocacy, National Advocacy

This is also more difficult one, but something every citizen should do! You can visit them to discuss a specific topic that you have expertise in or are passionate about. Or you can target a specific piece of legislation that they are a sponsor or co-sponsor of (or that they should be). The key about these visits is that you don’t need to be an expert in anything to go. Sharing your personal story on why this issue is important and why...

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Day 7: Donate some dollars

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Maryland Advocacy, National Advocacy

Sometimes we need to put our money where our mouth is. Maybe this is through writing a check to a local charity or maybe even including a favorite charity in your will/estate planning. Sometimes there are things that need to get done that need a bigger platform and it may be worth it to donate a few extra $$ to help a cause that is important to you. You alone probably can’t put up a bulletin board in a strategic location or run an entire...

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Day 4, 5 & 6: Your elevator speech

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 in Maryland Advocacy, National Advocacy

This challenge is for the entire weekend (and will likely take a longer to perfect over time). What is an elevator speech? Imagine you enter an elevator and find yourself on your way to the 11th floor with Congressman Smith. She says, “Why is your issue important and what should I do about it?” You now have about 15 seconds to fulfill that ask! Clearly you can’t provide specific details and a long-winded emotional statement,...

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Day 3: Know your representatives!

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in Maryland Advocacy, National Advocacy

Can you rattle off your state representatives without prompting? Do you know your legislative district? What about your Congressional reps? You should! If you don’t, find them here. Write down all the names on a card and carry it in your wallet until you’re sure they are committed to memory.  Do you know what area your legislative district encompasses? Your representative may have to consider issues in 3-4 different counties, not...

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Day 2: Attend a rally or policy-related meeting!

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Maryland Advocacy, National Advocacy

Attend a rally or policy-related meeting. Check our Facebook page for regular updates. Here’s a few: Sunday, January 15 from 2-3:30 “Maryland Rally to Save Healthcare”–Hosted by Senator Chris Van Hollen Tuesday, January 17 from 7-10PM “Protecting the Affordable Care Act: What Marylanders Stand to Lose Under Repeal“–Hosted by Senator Ben Cardin Monday, January 23 from 7-9PM “Rally for Earned Sick...

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Nine Days of Happiness Challenge

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 in Global Advocacy, Maryland Advocacy, National Advocacy

“Our democracy needs you.” –POTUS on January 10, 2017 MdPHA is counting down Nine Days of Happiness to help kick start or advance your goal of more involvement in our democratic process. It is on all of us to make this thing work, but it can be overwhelming. You have to start somewhere, so join MdPHA in making a difference! DAY 1 1a. This part is easy. Download and review MdPHA’s legislative priorities. Pick one that speaks to...

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