Day for justice webinar final_october 2011

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Day for justice webinar final_october 2011

  1. 1. The “ Day for Justice ” Campaign <ul><li>What, Why and How </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is the “ Day for Justice ” Campaign? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the “ Day for Justice ” Campaign? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Any day during which such an event takes place will be considered a “Day for Justice” event. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is the Day for Justice campaign important? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why must we act NOW? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why must we act NOW? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How can I participate? <ul><li>Identify your goal (For example, to raise awareness of a particular criminal or juvenile justice issue through a program or facility site visit). </li></ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul>
  8. 8. How can I participate? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How can I develop/create a Day for Justice site visit? <ul><li>First steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the criminal or juvenile justice facility or other program (diversion, pre-release, reentry, etc.). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the type of event you would like to have (such as activity with residents or program participants, or a facility tour). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify additional local leaders to attend, present, and help coordinate the event. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose date and time for event. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact the local program or facility to introduce the event idea and gain approval of the event. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. How do I invite a member of Congress and/or their staff to participate? <ul><li>Fax and email a formal invitation to the Representative ’ s scheduler (template and contact resources to be provided). </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>State what the visit will entail and how it relates to the member’s Congressional district. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do I invite a member of Congress and/or their staff to participate? <ul><li>If you do NOT receive a response to your invitation, follow up by calling the scheduler for the member of Congress. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Tips on how to set up a site visit <ul><li>3-4 weeks prior </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirm with the member of Congress that they will attend. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact the program or facility to ask for any additional specific instructions, including dress code and security issues. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Tips on how to set up a site visit <ul><li>2 weeks prior </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a specific agenda for the event (eg. who will speak when, when the elected official is arriving and who is meeting him/her). </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Tips on how to set up a site visit <ul><li>1 week prior </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check in with the program or facility to ensure that all is in place and ready to go. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check with the scheduler for the member of Congress to make sure that the member or staff is still available for the event. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Tips on how to set up a site visit <ul><li>Day before </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick up any last-minute materials and ensure logistics are in place for anything the day of the event. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconfirm with the member ’ s scheduler and/or staff that they are still planning to attend and at the same time as arranged. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Tips on how to set up a site visit <ul><li>Day of and follow-up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to take your photo ID and NO potentially hazardous or dangerous materials/objects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How should I interact with the targeted legislators/staff <ul><li>Before the meeting or site visit, do background research about the legislator/staff. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  18. 18. How should I interact with the targeted legislators/staff <ul><li>Thank the target legislator/staff for their time at the beginning and end of the event. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the legislator/staff as well as ask them questions; take note of their questions/concerns. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Media Outreach <ul><li>Opportunity to build relationship with local media around this issue </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative , specific , unique </li></ul><ul><li>Early on , ask your member of Congress, to issue a statement or press release following the visit </li></ul><ul><li>Weekday = easier for media coverage </li></ul>
  20. 20. Helpful resources <ul><li>House of Representatives contacts: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Senate contacts: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Achieving effective site visits: http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/3710 </li></ul>
  21. 21. Thank you to those who contributed time and/or materials to this webinar <ul><li>Campaign for Youth Justice </li></ul><ul><li>National Alliance to End Homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Mennonite Central Committee </li></ul><ul><li>The United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>Jenny Collier and Katrina Neubauer </li></ul>
  22. 22. For Questions, Info or Support <ul><li>If you need additional support to organize a Day for Justice visit, please contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jenny Collier , Criminal and Juvenile Justice Policy Consultant, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laura Markle Downton , Criminal Justice Grassroots Coordinator, United Methodist Church, [email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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