Day for justice webinar final_october 2011

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Here is a PowerPoint presentation explaining the Day for Justice campaign and how to set up site visits and invite Members of Congress.

Here is a PowerPoint presentation explaining the Day for Justice campaign and how to set up site visits and invite Members of Congress.

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  • 1. The “ Day for Justice ” Campaign
    • What, Why and How
  • 2. What is the “ Day for Justice ” Campaign?
    • The Day for Justice campaign is for organizations and individuals affiliated with faith-based, criminal or juvenile justice reform, and/or civil rights organizations to raise awareness and provide a first-hand learning experience for Members of Congress and/or their staff about what the criminal and juvenile justice systems are like on the ground in the United States.
  • 3. What is the “ Day for Justice ” Campaign?
    • Day for Justice activities will include inviting Members of Congress and/or their staff to do site visits to criminal and juvenile justice facilities or programs in or serving the member ’ s district.
    • Any day during which such an event takes place will be considered a “Day for Justice” event.
  • 4. Why is the Day for Justice campaign important?
    • The purpose of Day for Justice events is to increase the first-hand knowledge of policymakers of what the criminal and juvenile justice systems are like, and to encourage them to help reform the these systems nationwide.
    • Specific messages for district visits will depend on the the member of Congress invited and the local criminal and/or juvenile justice issues and needs that should be addressed.
  • 5. Why must we act NOW?
    • Legislators and their staff will be in their local districts and potentially available to visit a criminal or juvenile justice facility or program during recess periods during the Fall of 2011.
    • Day for Justice activities would help build support for the National Criminal Justice Commission Act , as well as other pending legislation and policy issues key to reform.
  • 6. Why must we act NOW?
    • Additionally, Congress is working on FY12 funding for criminal justice and juvenile justice programs, and such visits could help them understand the need to fund a range of programs related to these systems , including diversion, treatment, pre-release, and reentry programs.
  • 7. How can I participate?
    • Identify your goal (For example, to raise awareness of a particular criminal or juvenile justice issue through a program or facility site visit).
    • Identify partners who share your goal and can help you communicate your message. (community members, organizations that work on criminal and/or juvenile justice reform).
  • 8. How can I participate?
    • Work with your partners to agree on a Day for Justice activity that would best demonstrate your concerns about the local criminal or juvenile justice system or related issues.
  • 9. How can I develop/create a Day for Justice site visit?
    • First steps:
      • Identify the criminal or juvenile justice facility or other program (diversion, pre-release, reentry, etc.).
      • Identify the type of event you would like to have (such as activity with residents or program participants, or a facility tour).
      • Identify additional local leaders to attend, present, and help coordinate the event.
      • Choose date and time for event.
      • Contact the local program or facility to introduce the event idea and gain approval of the event.
  • 10. How do I invite a member of Congress and/or their staff to participate?
    • Fax and email a formal invitation to the Representative ’ s scheduler (template and contact resources to be provided).
    • State in the invitation why you are inviting your member of Congress and/or their staff to participate in a Day of Justice event in their district.
    • State what the visit will entail and how it relates to the member’s Congressional district.
  • 11. How do I invite a member of Congress and/or their staff to participate?
    • If you do NOT receive a response to your invitation, follow up by calling the scheduler for the member of Congress.
  • 12. Tips on how to set up a site visit
    • 3-4 weeks prior
      • Confirm with the member of Congress that they will attend.
      • Identify any materials that may be needed for the event and begin to prepare them (fact sheets, background materials for the member of Congress and/or their staff about the visit.)
      • Contact the program or facility to ask for any additional specific instructions, including dress code and security issues.
  • 13. Tips on how to set up a site visit
    • 2 weeks prior
      • Create a specific agenda for the event (eg. who will speak when, when the elected official is arriving and who is meeting him/her).
  • 14. Tips on how to set up a site visit
    • 1 week prior
      • Check in with the program or facility to ensure that all is in place and ready to go.
      • Check with the scheduler for the member of Congress to make sure that the member or staff is still available for the event.
  • 15. Tips on how to set up a site visit
    • Day before
      • Pick up any last-minute materials and ensure logistics are in place for anything the day of the event.
      • Reconfirm with the member ’ s scheduler and/or staff that they are still planning to attend and at the same time as arranged.
  • 16. Tips on how to set up a site visit
    • Day of and follow-up
      • Be sure to take your photo ID and NO potentially hazardous or dangerous materials/objects.
      • Send thank you notes to EVERYONE who participated in the site visit, including the Member of Congress, their staff, and the program or facility staff.
  • 17. How should I interact with the targeted legislators/staff
    • Before the meeting or site visit, do background research about the legislator/staff.
    • Make sure to introduce yourself ; if possible, identify yourself as a constituent of a legislator ’ s district, as a person who does business in the district, or who serves constituents from the district.
  • 18. How should I interact with the targeted legislators/staff
    • Thank the target legislator/staff for their time at the beginning and end of the event.
    • Listen to the legislator/staff as well as ask them questions; take note of their questions/concerns.
  • 19. Media Outreach
    • Opportunity to build relationship with local media around this issue
    • Be creative , specific , unique
    • Early on , ask your member of Congress, to issue a statement or press release following the visit
    • Weekday = easier for media coverage
  • 20. Helpful resources
    • House of Representatives contacts: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
    • Senate contacts: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
    • Achieving effective site visits: http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/3710
  • 21. Thank you to those who contributed time and/or materials to this webinar
    • Campaign for Youth Justice
    • National Alliance to End Homelessness
    • Mennonite Central Committee
    • The United Methodist Church
    • Jenny Collier and Katrina Neubauer
  • 22. For Questions, Info or Support
    • If you need additional support to organize a Day for Justice visit, please contact:
      • Jenny Collier , Criminal and Juvenile Justice Policy Consultant, [email_address]
      • Laura Markle Downton , Criminal Justice Grassroots Coordinator, United Methodist Church, [email_address]