ALC Participants: Sign Up to Visit Your Legislators!
Registration for Capitol Hill Visits is now open!
The theme of the 2012 Assets Learning Conference is “Ideas into Action.” One of the best ways to take action during the conference is to participate in Capitol Hill visits. These meetings give participants the opportunity to speak with their lawmakers about the asset-building policies that matter most to them.
This year, assets advocates will be able to participate in Capitol Hill visits without missing a single plenary or concurrent session! Buses will take you from the hotel to the Hill directly following the final plenary on Friday, September 21. For those of you attending the 2012 Poverty Summit, which CFED is hosting in partnership with Catholic Charities, you can attend Hill visits and then go straight to the Poverty Summit opening reception.
To participate in Capitol Hill Visits please fill out this short registration form. CFED staff will make appointments for you and provide talking points and other materials for you to use. The deadline to sign up is August 31.
Your role as an assets advocate on Capitol Hill visits is more valuable than you may think! Asset-building is one way to ensure that American families have the opportunity to invest in themselves and their children by saving for home ownership, education, retirement and entrepreneurship. As asset-building practitioners and advocates working in local communities, you are a powerful voice on Capitol Hill and can effectively persuade legislators to support key asset-building policies and programs.
CFED’s policy team will host two trainings for those who sign up for Hill visits: a webinar a week before the Assets Learning Conference and a training session during the conference. These trainings will prepare advocates to meet with legislative staff and ensure that participants have the tools they need for successful advocacy. The session will include the Dos and Don’ts of Advocacy, what to expect from congressional staff during meetings, and an overview of your Capitol Hill Visit packet materials. There will be Q&A periods as well as the opportunity to meet with other conference attendees from your state who will be attending meetings with you.
Potential topics for discussion include tax incentives for work and saving, matched savings accounts, children’s savings accounts, homeownership opportunities and entrepreneurship.
For more information on Capitol Hill Visits during the Assets Learning Conference, please contact Inemesit Imoh, Federal Policy Associate.