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Legislative Advocacy Day 2021
January 27, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
We’re thrilled to have you join us (virtually!) for our annual Legislative Advocacy Day on Wednesday, January 27, 2021! It’s always an amazing experience to see survivors, advocates, and allies filling the halls of the General Assembly. This year, we’re asking advocates and preventionists to join us from every corner of Virginia to fill the VIRTUAL halls of the General Assembly as we lift survivor voices and advocate for policies that will respond to and prevent violence.
In 2020 we successfully advocated for the passage of new protective order and firearms laws, housing protections for survivors, and the initiation of a first ever state sexual and domestic violence prevention fund. However, given the state’s emergency need to redirect funds to COVID-19 response efforts, final deposits were never made in our new prevention fund.
NOW more than ever, as we have seen violence, evictions, and job insecurity on the rise for survivors, it is time for our policy leaders to invest in sexual and domestic violence prevention. Policy leaders want to hear from you about how our prevention efforts help to create a Virginia where ALL families and individuals can fully thrive!
SCHEDULE OF DAY’S EVENTS:
Welcome & Virtual Legislative Reception
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Attend Virtual Visits with your Legislators
9:00 AM – NOON
Be sure to make appointments with your legislators in advance! You can find your legislators here: http://ow.ly/tCG330mRiwW
Zoom breakout space available
9:00AM – NOON
This is a virtual space available for participants to connect with Action Alliance staff, take breaks, debrief visits, and recharge before the next meeting!
Sexual & Domestic Violence Advocates virtually gather in House Gallery to be recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates.
12:00 PM NOON
Join a Committee meeting!
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Please note that scheduling visits with your legislators is done on your own and in advance! You can begin reaching out to schedule visits now. The earlier the better. To find out who your representatives are, or to find their contact information, please click here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
Need help reaching out to your representatives? Looking for a script? Refer to our handy Legislative Advocacy Guide for answers to these questions and more!
Want a refresher course of Legislative Advocacy 101? Check out our recorded presentation here.