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Title: Legislative Advocacy 101

Legislative Advocacy101
  • September 19, 2006
  • MIHV
  • Community Health Workers
  • David Zander

Voting and Advocacy
  • Voting is for Citizens
  • Citizenship classes teach you about the Federal
    level of American Government
  • Advocacy is for both citizens and non citizens
  • Advocacy can be at different levels of government
    (federal, state, county, city and school board)

  • Democracy
  • is
  • not
  • a Spectator Sport!
  • Learning to play the game
  • Learning the rules of the Game

Definition of Advocacy
  • Advocacy is the act of arguing for, supporting,
    or recommending a cause or course of action
  • Advocate (verb)
  • To support or urge by argument
  • Recommend publicly
  • To advocate for higher standards and training for
    medical interpreters
  • To advocate for help for parents on homework

Levels of government
  • Federal
  • State
  • County
  • City
  • School Boards

As an Advocate you would
  • Speak or write in support of a cause
  • Plead for or on behalf of another person or group
    (e.g. elders)
  • Talk to your elected officials
  • Talk to candidates running for political office
  • Attend and speak up at town hall meetings
  • Visit, call or write to your legislators
  • Participate in events at the state capitol or
    host your own CHW Day at the Capitol (Feb-March

CHW Legislative Agenda
  • What issues do you care about
  • What are your concerns
  • What challenges do you face as a community health
  • What are the solutions to these issues, concerns,
  • Examples from a Lao Town Hall Meeting June 2006

Advocacy at the State Capitol
  • Samples of Legislative Advocacy - some issues
    the SE Asian agencies are working on
  • Human and Sexual Trafficking
  • HIV AIDS Awareness in the Asian Communities
  • Meth. Addiction among SE Asian Youth
  • Early Childhood School Readiness
  • Casino Problem Gamblers
  • Help for foreign born social workers unable to
    pass the board of social work license exam

Advocacy Groups
  • Hmong Mental Health Providers Network (HMHPN)
    (Xiong Vue at Wilder Southeast Social Adjustment
  • Hmong School Readiness Coalition (Jesse Kao Lee /
  • Affirmative Options
  • Interpreter Group (Carol Berg at UCARE)
  • New American Employment Initiative

Invitation to Town Hall Forums
  • Legislative Training and a Meet the Candidates
    for School Board Forum
  • Saturday, October 7th
  • 1 3 p.m.
  • Lao Cultural Center
  • 2648 West Broadway
  • MPLS, MN 55411
  • League of Women Voters (Mpls)

CHW Day at the Capitol
  • Reserve the Rotunda
  • Speakers
  • Invites to legislators
  • Booths
  • Letter writing
  • Sign and deliver letters to legislators
  • Schedule brief office visits to legislators
  • Stop by and tell them why you, their
    constituents, were there

CHW Issues
  • What concerns are you wanting to speak up about?
  • Chose one or more issues you want to be advocates
    on for yourselves and for your clients
  • Health?
  • Education?
  • Adult Basic Education?
  • Employment?
  • Housing?

Talking to a legislator
  • The green book
  • The red book
  • The blue book
  • Legislative website
  • Using the District finder
  • Senators
  • Representatives

Process of Legislative AdvocacyGetting a Bill
passed into law
  • Researching an issue
  • Hearing from Clients
  • Talking to legislators
  • Getting A Bill Introduced
  • A key author
  • House and senate
  • Getting support from other legislators
  • Testifying in committee hearings
  • Conference Committees

Examples of getting a bill passed
  • Restoring funding cuts
  • Asian Juvenile Crime Prevention
  • Problem unexpected funding cuts
  • Governor Ventura vetoed 1 million to AJCP
  • Solution We will write a bill and get the
    money re-appropriated Senator Linda Higgins
  • Key authors House and Senate
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