Lobby Day 2006
us in Washington, D.C. on May 8-9 for the CFIDS Association of America's 14th
Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. Be part of the group that spends the day talking
with lawmakers and their staff members about funding for CFIDS research, care
and treatment centers, disability and education issues.
May 8: Training Session
On the afternoon of Monday,
May 8, a mandatory training session will prepare all lobby day advocates for
meetings on the Hill. Tom Sheridan, the Association's Washington, D.C.,
government relations advisor since 1992, will lead the session. He'll provide
background on current federal priorities and up-to-the-minute issues that may
affect discussions with members of Congress and actions they commit to take.
Tom's associate, Michelle Nawar, will brief participants on the legislation
we'll be trying to impact and how Capitol Hill staffers might use the
information advocates present during these meetings. Kim McCleary, the
Association's president & CEO, will describe how advocacy drives other
initiatives important to the CFIDS community and will review talking points and
congressional requests. You'll also hear from veteran lobby day participants
about what to expect and will practice new skills with the people you'll be
grouped with for appointments the next day.
First-time advocates will be matched with veteran lobby day
participants or Association staff for their meetings on the hill. By the end of
the session all advocates will feel confident with their messages, comfortable
with Capitol Hill and secure in their right to be heard.
May 9: Lobby Day
When registering, advocates choose
whether they prefer morning or/and afternoon appointments and whether they wish
to do a heavy schedule or one that's light. The Sheridan Group and the
Association schedule all Hill meetings, targeting members of Congress who serve
on committees that determine medical research funding and set health policy. We
also reach out to newer members of Congress and those who represent lobby day
advocates. In recent years advocates have met with a total of 70-85 key
legislators on this single day – a major achievement for the CFIDS community and
personally rewarding to the individuals who take part. We celebrate the
victories large and small with a reception that evening, also a chance for
advocates to share experiences and form or renew friendships with others
committed to the cause.
Please consider joining us for this year's event. We
recognize that for many people affected by CFIDS, limitations imposed by health,
strained finances and other responsibilities make it impossible to consider
traveling to Washington, D.C., so we are extremely grateful for the efforts
and sacrifice that participants make to take part in this experience. As the
date approaches, we'll have a "virtual lobby day" through CFIDS Link and
our Grassroots Action Center http://capwiz.com/cfids/home, enabling those who can't be with
us in Washington to augment the impact of what advocates are able to accomplish
in person on Capitol Hill.
For further details or to register, visit
our lobby day packet, send a message to LobbyDay@cfids.org or call the
Association's Resource Line at 704-365-2343. The deadline for registration is
Monday, April 17.