<ul><li>ADVOCACY: AN INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>October 30, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Houston, TX </li></ul>
What is advocacy? <ul><li>Speaking up in order to make change happen. </li></ul>
Who are the decision-makers?
An effective advocate: <ul><li>Is motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Wants change </li></ul><ul><li>Is persistent </li></ul><ul><...
Advocacy is Serious Business! <ul><li>Each phone call to the local office represents 10 other people with the same opinion...
Engage
Know your facts
Tell a story
Be intentional <ul><li>Always be mindful of your status  </li></ul><ul><li>Choose our partners wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Be...
Supporting the personal, political, educational and economic development (P 2 E 2 ) of women and girls in Texas.
About the Texas Legislature <ul><li>TX Legislature is composed of a 31-member Senate and a 150-member House of Representat...
Texas 82 nd  Legislative Session - Dates of Interest <ul><li>Tuesday, November 2, 2010   - General election for legislativ...
Key Advocacy Days <ul><li>January 23-25, 2011: United Methodist Women's Legislative Event </li></ul><ul><li>(This event is...
<ul><li>Stay Connected </li></ul><ul><li>VergeConsulting </li></ul>
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  • New bills generally become effective September 1 st of the year session ends.
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    1. 1. <ul><li>ADVOCACY: AN INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>October 30, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Houston, TX </li></ul>
    2. 2. What is advocacy? <ul><li>Speaking up in order to make change happen. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who are the decision-makers?
    4. 4. An effective advocate: <ul><li>Is motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Wants change </li></ul><ul><li>Is persistent </li></ul><ul><li>Knows when to step back and regroup </li></ul><ul><li>Has influence </li></ul><ul><li>Is a team player </li></ul>
    5. 5. Advocacy is Serious Business! <ul><li>Each phone call to the local office represents 10 other people with the same opinion; </li></ul><ul><li>Each phone call to their D.C. office represents 500 people; and </li></ul><ul><li>Each letter represents 1,000 people. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Engage
    7. 7. Know your facts
    8. 8. Tell a story
    9. 9. Be intentional <ul><li>Always be mindful of your status </li></ul><ul><li>Choose our partners wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the message – stay focused </li></ul>
    10. 10. Supporting the personal, political, educational and economic development (P 2 E 2 ) of women and girls in Texas.
    11. 11. About the Texas Legislature <ul><li>TX Legislature is composed of a 31-member Senate and a 150-member House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Meets every other year beginning on the 2 nd Tuesday of January (of odd numbered years). </li></ul><ul><li>Limited to 140 days unless a special session is called. </li></ul><ul><li>Only the Governor can call a special session. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Texas 82 nd Legislative Session - Dates of Interest <ul><li>Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - General election for legislative and other offices is held </li></ul><ul><li>Monday, November 8, 2010 - Pre-filing of legislation for the 82nd Legislature begins </li></ul><ul><li>Session Begins </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday, January 11, 2011 (1st day) - 82nd Legislature convenes at noon </li></ul><ul><li>Monday, May 30, 2011 (140th day) - Last day of 82nd Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate </li></ul><ul><li>Session Ends </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday, June 19, 2011 (20th day following final adjournment) - Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session </li></ul>
    13. 13. Key Advocacy Days <ul><li>January 23-25, 2011: United Methodist Women's Legislative Event </li></ul><ul><li>(This event is only open to members of United Methodist Women and invited guests.) </li></ul><ul><li>February 16, 2011 Texas Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>March 15, 2011: Alliance for Clean Texas (ACT) Lobby Day </li></ul><ul><li>March 30, 2011: Children's Health Lobby Day </li></ul><ul><li>April 6, 2011 Texas Catholic Conference </li></ul><ul><li>April 12, 2011: State Budget Lobby Day </li></ul><ul><li>April 19, 2011: ACT Lobby Day-- Earth Day Edition </li></ul><ul><li>TBA Events </li></ul><ul><li>Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC) </li></ul><ul><li>TexProtects </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership for a Healthy Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance for Clean Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Appleseed </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Stay Connected </li></ul><ul><li>VergeConsulting </li></ul>

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