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Advocacy Day

EDC Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, Spring 2018

Information for Advocates

Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Bag Drop
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003 - Entrance on 3rd St. SE
If you need a place to keep luggage for the day, you are welcome to leave your bags with us before heading to registration. The church is located about a 10 minute walk from registration. 

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Kennedy Caucus Room
Russell Senate Office Building (Rm. 325)

Message Training - Required
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Kennedy Caucus Room
Russell Senate Office Building (Rm. 325)

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 with our state team members.

A light breakfast will be avilable at Message Training.

Meetings with Congressional Staff
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
U.S. Capitol Complex
**Please note: the EDC will schedule all meeting for you**

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. Please note that advocates are responsible for lunch.

Advocacy Day Wrap-Up Discussion
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

Before returning home, please join us for a discussion of the day's events and experiences. 

Bag Pickup
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003 - Entrance on 3rd St. SE

If you left luggage at the bag drop in the morning, please be sure to pick up your bags immediately following the address and wrap-up discussion.





Advocacy Day Basics

What is Advocacy Day?

The EDC brings advocates together at 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. 

How do I find out what Advocacy Day team I'm on?

Each Advocacy Day team has a team leader. Your team leader will reach out to you 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.

Who schedules my meetings with elected officials?

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 (April 3). 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.

What are meetings with elected officials' staff like?

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.


How much does registration for Advocacy Day cost?

Advocacy Day is $10 to attend and anyone can register. Register here!

I registered for Advocacy Day but am no longer able to attend. Can I cancel my registration?

Yes, please email manager@eatingdisorderscoalition.org 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.

Hotels: Where can I stay for Advocacy Day?

We reccommend that you make a hotel reservation for Advocacy Day as soon as possible. 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. Many advocates find that Airbnb or HomeAway are useful for finding more affordable accommodations.


What should I bring to Advocacy Day?

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. 

Is there somewhere I can keep my luggage for the day?

Yes! If you need a place to keep your bags during Advocacy Day, you may leave them at our bag drop in the morning (St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003) before you head to registration. Please note that all bags must be picked up by 5:30pm.

What can I do to prepare for my meetings?

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”