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Get Involved In Advocacy
The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) encourages all disability organizations to partake in grassroots activism, as this is a key component of achieving positive legislative change for Minnesotans with disabilities.
Nominate an All-Star Advocate
The MN-CCD Grassroots Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 All-Star Advocates Awards. MN-CCD All-Star Advocates regularly lend their experience and expertise by participating in various advocacy events and activities.
Is there someone you would like to nominate? Nominations are being accepted until close of business on Wednesday, May 6. You can send your nomination by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. Mail to MN-CCD, 2446 University Avenue West, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55114.
Four awardees will be announced by May 18. Awards will be presented at the MN-CCD Legislative Wrap-Up scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Goodwill/Easter Seals, 553 Fairview Avenue, Saint Paul, MN.
Advocacy activities can be:
- inviting a candidate/elected official to your home or service site to provide them with a first hand view of the services you provide,
- hosting a town hall forum where community members can share their story about how disability services are working for them with current elected officials,
- hosting a candidate forum where candidates in your area have an opportunity to share with the community their views on disability services and what actions they might take in this area if they were to be elected,
- arranging to meet with your state legislators in your community or at the capitol to discuss the importance of disability services in your life or in the lives of your friends, family members or those you work with.
For any advocacy activity, it is important to have ready your one – page personal story about disability services to give to your legislators or other policymakers. For a simple and useful guide, “Tips for Meeting with your Legislator”, click here.