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Democracy Lobby Day 2020
January 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PST
Join Us in Olympia for a Powerful Day of Advocating for Democracy Please join the League of Women Voters of Washingtonand Fix Democracy First in Olympia onJanuary 21, 2020 @ 9 am to 3 pmWHERE: Washington State Capitol, OlympiaColumbia Room, Legislative BuildingOn that day we will be meeting with legislators to advocate for bills that that will protect our democracy. You will also:• Hear from legislators and guest speakers• Learn about critical democracy issues and bills• Be trained by professional lobbyists• Meet with your state legislators• Network with others from your area• Hear From Legislators and Guest SpeakersWe will be joined by legislative leadership, democracy bill champions, and diverse advocates who will provide an insider’s perspective on how decisions are made in Olympia.Learn About Critical Issues and BillsYou will learn about critical democracy issues in Washington State and bills our organizations will be supporting in the 2020 session to:• Expand voting opportunities and empower underrepresented communities• Reduce the influence of special interest money• Modernize the redistricting process to ensure transparency and representation• Promote more representative election systems and districts• Protect election security and integrity• Strengthen government ethicsBe Trained by Professional LobbyistsYou will receive training about how to effectively advocate in the legislature, speak comfortably with lawmakers, and testify in committee. No need to be an expert in policy. Just bring your passion for democracy and a readiness to learn how to take action!Meet With Your State LegislatorsAs part of Democracy Lobby Day, you will meet with your state legislators to advocate for democracy-related bills. The meetings will be set up for you and guidance provided on speaking comfortably with your representatives. Your personal participation has a direct impact!Network With Others From Your AreaYou will connect with like-minded advocates from across the state who share your passion for our democracy. You will have time to meet and strategize with others from your legislative district who will be attending meetings with you.DEMOCRACY ROCKS!Once again we will have bring brightly colored, hand-painted “Democracy Rocks” to give to your legislators as a paperweight and a reminder of who they represent. Last year, volunteers painted almost 200 rocks, which were a huge hit with elected officials.Make it personal by creating your own Democracy Rocks paperweight for your legislator; see our instructions here. LUNCH PROVIDED—PLEASE CHIP INTo help cover the costs of the room and refreshments, we invite those who can to chip in $25 per person, or more to help others attend. However, payment is not mandatory—we do not want financial concerns to prevent anyone from participating.After you register, you will receive additional information regarding the day’s schedule, carpooling opportunities, parking, and other details. The organizers will be making appointments with your individual legislators—you will not need to do that.LODGINGLeague members and supporters have generously offered to host advocates the night before the event. When you register you will be asked if you want overnight accommodations and we will follow up with you.If you have questions please contact Kathy Sakahara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cindy Black (email@example.com).See you in Olympia!https://www.facebook.com/events/1595383057283096/