FASD Day at the Capitol

Join us on March 7, 2017 for FASD Day at the Capitol

Please join MOFAS for FASD Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Advocates from across the state will gather at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55155 to learn about the importance of speaking up for FASD issues. Speakers will provide information on how to effectively advocate and tell your story. You will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the proposed legislation that will affect the FASD community.

A number of key legislators have been invited to speak. Following the training and rally at the church, we will be scheduling individual appointments with your legislators. The church is within walking distance to the State Office Building and Senate Office Building where the appointments will be held.

 

Transportation and Parking:

We encourage you to consider taking the METRO Green Line light rail to the Capitol area. The train stop for the Capitol drops you off right in front of the church. If you are driving, please use either on-street parking where it is allowed, or the Bethesda Hospital parking ramp on Park Street, one block north of University Avenue. Click here for more parking information.

Schedule:

Check back soon for an updated schedule.

Social:

Follow MOFAS on Twitter to get the latest updates. Tag MOFAS and tweet us your photos using #FASDadvocate and @MOFAS_049. Show your support to the FASD community.

Food:

If you want something besides pizza for lunch there is a great cafeteria in the Transportation building and a McDonald’s a couple blocks down from the church.

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Preparing for Your Meetings

Meeting with elected officials can be intimidating but it shouldn’t be! Your elected officials represent YOU. They are your voice in the legislature and they need to hear from you and the FASD community on why this issue is so important. Many legislators don’t know much about the topic, and so you can be a valuable resource to them.

We will have three factsheets to share with your Representative or Senator. During the training we will encourage you to select one to focus on during your meeting.

During your meeting, you will briefly introduce yourself and share why you are there. (Example: My name is Anna Advocate and I live in Avery, MN. I am here today for FASD Day at the Capitol. FASD matters to me because I have two children with FASD.)  Ask the legislator if they are familiar with FASD and if they are not, share a couple of powerful facts from your factsheet. Then ask them if they will specifically support the legislation form one of the factsheets. Leave behind all three of the sheets. Thank them for their time.

Thank you! We are very grateful that you have stepped up to become part of the FASD advocacy movement. You are making a difference.

Questions

For questions, please contact Sara Messelt at sara@mofas.org or 651-917-2370.

 

 

 

 


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