LOBBY DAY for 2017 will be held on February 22, 2017.
Lobby Day 2016!
AAUW-IA held another successful Lobby Day on March 9 at the Capitol in Des Moines. Members from one side of the state to the other attended, and all Iowa Branch members who couldn’t make the meeting had the opportunity to contact their legislators that day through our Virtual Lobby Day.
Three members of the legislature spoke to us about bills AAUW-IA has supported. Representative Marti Anderson talked about the pay discrimination bill she introduced in the House. Senator Liz Mathis discussed education issues. Senator Kevin Kinney (see photo above) told us about two bills he has authored in the Senate on human trafficking.
After brief advocacy training, branch members scattered to the Chambers to contact their legislators. Our members were enthusiastic about their opportunities to make their “asks” about our issues! It was an exciting day!
Our Virtual Lobby Day was a first for us. Thanks to Elizabeth Holden, Grassroots Advocacy Manager at AAUW, we were able to send a Two Minute Advocacy request to all of our members on Lobby Day. They could contact their Iowa legislators about issues related to Equal Pay, Education, and Human Trafficking and add their voices to ours at the Capitol. 134 emails were sent to at least 32 legislators, which is a good start. What a positive experience for all of us!
We send a special thanks to those of you who made the trip or who contacted your legislator by email during Lobby Day 2016.