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Missouri Capital Advocacy Days: Together we are powerful

MCADSV Capitol Advocacy Days is an opportunity to advance public policy and represent survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Missouri General Assembly. Throughout February, a total of about 80 advocates from Coalition member organizations, students and interns converged in Jefferson City to build relationships with state legislators.

Some organizations brought survivors to speak while others brought Board members. The turnout was larger than in past years, and responses from legislators were generally positive. Outreach and Education Coordinator Jennifer Carter coordinated the event to ensure that advocates received the training and information they would need for successful meetings.
Colleen Coble, the Coalition’s CEO, said that she was pleased to see so many advocates who were making first-time visits to the Capitol to meet with their legislators.
Participants were recognized on the House floor by their Representatives; others had very lengthy meetings about appropriations needs and pending legislation.
MCADSV also partnered with universities and students to make the day a success. There were 18 students from Westminster College’s Political Science program and Washington University's law school/social work program who participated in addition to Coalition members.
Ongoing advocacy by MCADSV members remain essential. Legislative advocacy does not begin nor end in February. It is crucial we continue to develop and maintain relationships with legislators who vote on issues critical to our programs and survivors. Thank you for your dedication and help to make a domestic and sexual violence a critical issue for those who represent us in the Missouri General Assembly.
Please contact Jennifer at jcarter@mocadsv.org, or 573-634-4161, ext. 101, for any legislative updates or to let her know if you are holding local legislative events. The 2012 session of the Missouri General Assembly continues through May.