EDC Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, Spring 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Schedule of Events:
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Message Training & Senators' Send-Off Address to Advocates - Required
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Message training and practice with your state team is required for everyone joining us at Advocacy Day. We will review our overall goals and talking points for the day and then be addressed by Eating Disorders Senate Champions.
A light breakfast will be served at the training.
Meetings with Congressional Staff
10:30AM - 4:00PM
U.S. Capitol Complex
At the U.S. Capitol, we will meet in teams to brief elected officials and their staff on our important legislative goals. No one will attend meetings alone. Advocacy Day teams will arrive for each appointment, deliver a packet of materials, and talk about how Congress can help.
EDC advocates will eat lunch with their teams. Advocates are reponsible for lunch.
Photos in Front of the Capitol
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Before returning home, please join us for an informal gathering to discuss the day's events and experiences.
**EDC Champions Circle Member the National Eating Disorders Association, is hosting their annual Washington, DC Eating Disorders Awareness Walk on Sunday, April 2nd to raise awareness and funding for eating disorder intervention and treatment. For more information or to register for the walk, click here.
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Advocacy Day Basics
The EDC brings advocates together twice a year for Advocacy Days to educate Members of Congress and their staff about eating disorders and to push for our policy goals. At EDC Advocacy Days, we meet in teams with elected officials, or most often their staff, to ask for their support of policies that will improve the lives of people with eating disorders.
Each Advocacy Day team has a team leader. Your team leader will reach out to you at least a couple weeks before Advocacy Day to ensure you know what team you are on and that you are prepared. You will be on a team with other constituents from your state, or sometimes a team that consists of more than one state. Being part of a team ensures that everyone at Advocacy Day has support and that there are multiple perspectives presented at meetings with Congressional staff. You will never advocate alone.
The EDC will schedule all of your Advocacy Day meetings for you. We may not get meetings with all your legislators due to scheduling conflicts or if you register for Advocacy Day after the registration deadline (March 22). Please also note that most meetings will be with one of an elected official’s staff members, who will then relay pertinent information on to the Member of Congress.
In your Advocacy Day meetings, your team leader will tell the member of Congress or staff member what your group's goals for the meeting are, and then a couple of advocates will share their personal stories as a way to underscore the need for supporting our policy initiatives. Your team leader will then make a specific request to the staffer and will address any questions.
Advocacy Day is free to attend and anyone can register. Register here!
Yes, please email email@example.com to let us know if your plans change. If you are no longer able to attend Advocacy Day, it is important that we know as soon as possible in case we need to cancel any meetings with your elected officials.
We reccommend that you make a hotel reservation for Advocacy Day as soon as possible, especially in the Spring during the Cherry Blossom season. Hotels near Capitol Hill will be most convenient to get to Advocacy Day events, but keep in mind that hotels tend to be expensive in this area. Some advocates find that Airbnb or HomeAway are useful to find a more affordable accommodations.
ADVICE FOR ADVOCATES
EDC will provide all of the information you'll need for your meetings, including fact sheets and information about our policy goals. Please bring some money for lunch. We also reccommend that you wear comfortable shoes (you'll be walking across Capitol Hill to and from meetings!) and bring a camera, an umbrella... all the items to ensure you will have a positive experience. Advocacy Day will require a lot of emotional and physical energy.
You will be well prepared for your meetings by our message training session and meeting practice the morning of Advocacy Day, as well as by your team leader who is trained on effective advocacy and our policy goals.
One way to prepare for your meetings ahead of time is by thinking about your personal experiences with eating disorders and how you are going to tell your story concisely in just 2 minutes: what do you really want your legislators to hear?
You will also receive materials from the EDC about a week before Advocacy Day, including an information packet, detailed schedule of events and information about our policy goals. We encourage you to read through this information prior to Advocacy Day.
Coming to the Hill reminds me of how important using my voice is, but more importantly how many voices my voice represents”
– Jillian Lampert, PHD, RD, LD, MPH, FAED, EDC BOARD MEMBER, THE EMILY PROGRAM