Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
<div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"></span></span></div>
<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Please continue to pass this on!!! I made a few minor updates/changes 5/3</span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I also strongly suggest taking a look around the advocacy website that MBC put together, including the tips and talking points <b>Breastfeeding Advocacy: What you can do</b> <a href="http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#800080;">http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/</span></span></span></a></span></span></span></div>
<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">- Jessica</span></span></span></div>
<br><div style="text-align:center;">
<div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Massachusetts</span> <span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><b>Breastfeeding Coalition<br>
Lobbying Day</b><br></span><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Wednesday May 9<br>
10:00 am - noon<br>
State House Room 109</span></span></b></span></div>
</div>
<span style="font-size:medium;"><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Really make a difference with Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition's first Lobbying Day on Beacon Hill, on Wednesday May 9, starting at 10am in Room 109. Massachusetts is one of 4 states with NO breastfeeding legislation. Our leaders need to meet us and hear our stories. There are 5 bills pending (Listed at:</span></span> <a href="http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/massBills.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#800080;">http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/massBills.html</span></span></span></a><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">We need to make appointments with many key committee chairs and so we will need to know how many people are able to come. <b>Please RSVP as soon as possible to me at <span style="color:#0000FF;">[email protected]</span> and/or Marsha Walker at <span style="color:#0000FF;">[email protected]</span> .</b><br><br></span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">The event should last a few hours. We really need your participation. Thanks! -Melissa Bartick<br><br></span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">(We have Room 109 reserved from 10:00 AM thru 12:00 Noon. Room 109 is the conference room near Senator Hart's office on the First floor East Wing near Bowdoin Street entrance.)<br><br></span><br><b><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">UPDATES & TIPS:</span></span></b><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">As we are planning the events of Lobbying Day, we are asking your help:</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Our plan is to meet at room 109 at 10am, and orient folks and discuss strategy for about 1/2 hour. Then, fan out and meet with legislators, and be there for about 2-3 hours. We have the room until noon, but can be at the Statehouse longer.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><b>Please make appointments with your own senator and representative</b>-- these will be very short appointments, and meeting with their aides will be fine if the legislator is not available. You can find out the names and contact information for your legislators at: <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://www.mass.gov/legis/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="color:#0000FF;">www.mass.gov/legis/</span></span></a></span> If your legislator or staff is willing to be flexible that would be great (eg, if you said between 10:30-11, for example). Email this information so we can coordinate this effort.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We need to meet also with Sen. President Therese Murray, who represents Plymouth & Barnstable Counties, and with House Speaker Sal DiMasi-- many bills have failed because they pass committees but don't move to the floor, so these 2 people are *crucial* to reach. We will make appointments with the chairs for the Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities joint committee (Spilka, McGee, Coakley-Rivera, and Maduke), and with the 2 Ways and Means Committees.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We are fortunate to see that some of the bills are sent to the Joint Committee on Public Health, co-chaired by Sen. Fargo and Rep. Koutoujian. We have a private meeting with Koutoujian for early May scheduled, and Fargo is the sponsor of 2 of the bills.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">In the meantime, some people have asked what to say when you see your legislator. We will give them our handout and discuss with them the importance of the legislation. On our advocacy page, there are tips for writing to legislators and tips of what to say (eg, make it personal). There is also an essay on making the case for breastfeeding effectively, and what language to use. I would suggest folks also take a look at this before May 9. It will help you feel more comfortable and be more effective. The link is:</span></span> <a href="http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/index.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#800080;">http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/index.html</span></span></span></a><br><br><b><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Please forward this information, and have folks respond to <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> and/or Marsha Walker at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></span></span></b><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Thanks to YOUR efforts, we will be should be able to make a difference!! Thank you!!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><b>Senators and Representatives by city/town:</b></span></span> <a href="http://www.mass.gov/legis/citytown.htm" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#800080;">http://www.mass.gov/legis/citytown.htm</span></span></span></a><br><b>Breastfeeding Advocacy: What you can do:</b> <a href="http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;">http://www.massbfc.org/advocacy/</span></a></span>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
bumping.... bummed I just found out/realized I can't go.<br><br>
Jessica
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
bump
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,450 Posts
You may want to change the date in the thread title or it could get overlooked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>OdeToJoy</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7968846"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">You may want to change the date in the thread title or it could get overlooked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Thanks I never even noticed. I hope some MDC'ers are going.<br><br><br>
Jessica
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,142 Posts
Please cross post in Lactivism! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bump.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bump"><br>
We are getting a lot of media attention right now in MA and this will continue up to the Lobbying Day so PLEASE come if you can!!!! And if you can't, please contact your representatives!!!!<br><br>
We really CAN make a difference!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bump.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bump"><br><br>
MBC will be coordinating multiple meetings and will update on that soon, so please RSVP if you are coming and continue to contact your representatives to let them know to support these bills.<br><br>
Thanks!!<br><br>
Jessica
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
781 Posts
I'm going to be there, and have appointments to talk with my legislators. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,083 Posts
I'm planning on going as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
367 Posts
Charlie and I will be there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
bumping....<br><br>
Last bump for me...<br><br>
dialup<br>
i s<br>
p a i n f U ll y<br><br>
s l ooooooooooo o wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww<br><br>
Sure wish I could be there.<br><br>
Jessica
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
I am planning to head up to Boston to show support tomorrow.... with my 5 monkeys and my husband in tow.... should be fun!<br>
laura
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,142 Posts
How did it go? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
781 Posts
It went well! Great turnout, and hopefully we got the word out to a lot of legislators. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
766 Posts
thank you to all who made it!<br>
maeve had a fever and had been exposed to chicken pox so we stayed home. and i don't think she has the pox anyway. boo hoo.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,744 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
OT/ but there may be some MA parents interested in the chicken pox.... if you are intersted in sharing and that is what it was.<br><br>
Hope she is doing well.<br><br>
Jessica
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top