Despite the unexpected wintry weather, we were so pleased to have over 170 advocates converge on the Capitol for our annual advocacy day, Day for All People, this past Tuesday. Advocates met with their legislators to ensure that good public policy to promote fairness and properly address the needs of our Commonwealth’s most vulnerable remain the focus of the 2014 session.
Closing the coverage gap for the 400,000 uninsured Virginians, strengthening background checks for firearms, and allowing in-state tuition for students that qualify for the deferred action (DACA) program were among a few of the key policy priorities advocates spoke about with their legislators and of which still remain of great importance.
Tuesday’s Day for All People kicked off a series of a faithful advocacy days that continued with Episcopal Day at the Capitol Jan. 23. This week Presbyterian Advocacy Day will take place on Jan.28th and Catholic Advocacy Day will be held on Jan. 30th. Jewish Advocacy Day will be Feb.5th and United Methodist Day will be held on Feb. 6th.For more information check out our website.
As the session continues to move quickly, we will work to keep you up to date with the status of legislation and timely action alerts to make your advocacy more effective.
Join us every Sunday evening for our legislative briefing calls from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. We will review the status of the Center’s legislative priorities and give your our best sense of what the week ahead will hold for the General Assembly.
Sunday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Conference Call: (805) 360-1000
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We are approaching the midpoint (February 11th) of this legislative session and bills are beginning to move swiftly through the process. Many bills have already been eliminated, so your call to support or oppose the policies that matter to you will be even more influential in the weeks ahead. For our most up to date legislative issue briefs, please check this page as updates will be made regularly.
This past week we commemorated the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King who famously wrote, “even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope.” Too often we see politics that is driven by fear. But we must remember that the opposite of fear is not courage but hope. You offer hope to people in the Commonwealth of Virginia seeking justice every time you meet or contact your legislators and we are better off for your action.
While your advocacy actions are important this time of year, we also need your continuing financial support to help start the year. A $50 or $100 contribution is vital to ensuring we are able to respond swiftly and effectively to the actions of the General Assembly and continue to keep you informed! I hope that you will take a moment a make a gift online to support us during this crucial stretch of the legislative session.
Again, you actions offer hope to people in need. Thank you.
Marco A. Grimaldo