Advocacy Alert: 03/13/2004
Dear CFIDS-Activist Member,
For the first time in 13 years, we have decided not to
schedule a lobby day for 2004. Instead, we will be focusing on helping people
who are concerned about CFIDS participate in CFIDS advocacy efforts, without the
financial, medical and personal burden of traveling to Washington, D.C.
Having people with CFIDS demonstrate strong support for the
Association's policy initiatives has always been key to our success on Capital
Hill. Historically, this has largely occurred on lobby day. But new tools make
it easier than ever for citizens to interact with their elected officials
without ever leaving home, eliminating the burden of asking people to physically
travel to Capital Hill to lobby.
With this being a major election year, the possibility exists
for considerable turnover among members and staff after Nov. 2. If leadership of
the House or Senate changes parties, committee assignments will change
These circumstances call for a major CFIDS education campaign
in 2005. In 2004 we'll be asking you to write more letters and make more phone
calls - and providing you with improved tools to do so. We'll also begin
planning for a large-scale 2005 lobby day.
K. Kimberly (Kenney) McCleary
President & CEO
CFIDS Association of America, Inc.