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Stories that show legislative impact on real people are KEY to successful advocacy.
Throughout February, you can make real change simply by telling your stories...and encouraging clients, staff, supporters, partners to do the same.
Write it, record it on your phone, ask us to transcribe it for you...Tell your stories!
We may not be able to have an in-person Lobby Day, but it is super easy for you to participate and make your voice count.
Click here to tell your story. (Unsure if you really have a story? Send it anyway- Joanna will help you figure it out.)
There are a number of telehealth-related bills this session that we support, including:
“Because of audio-only telehealth, I could tell a client who was 71/2 months pregnant to stay at the hospital and keep her baby safe while offering support over the phone. Smartphones, tablets and internet access are a huge barrier to audio-visual telehealth. I can’t imagine asking my client [in crisis] to hang up and reconnect back on an audio-visual platform. I hope we can let part of COVID’s legacy be a lesson learned about accessibility and do everything we can to make health care accessible to everyone, including in person, audio-visual and audio only telehealth.” – Therapist Case Manager Rachel Gonzalez
We’ve signed onto the Renters United MD Housing Justice Package, which has fact sheets and information on all the housing-related bills we’re supporting here. A few highlights include:
“When my client told me last year that she faced eviction, needed to find a new apartment, come up with two months’ rent, and simultaneously remove all her worldly possessions before they were placed on the curb in a matter of days, despite her failing health, I thought it was impossible.” - Dr. Max Romano
Tune into the Judiciary Hearing on 2/17 at 1:30 p.m.
Email legislators through the Renters United Maryland site
Last year we advocated in-person for the creation of Overdose Prevention Sites. This year we will build on that momentum and move this harm reduction bill forward.
Stories can be in the form of an email, a phone call that’s transcribed, a pre-recorded video or a recorded Zoom meeting.
Joanna can include them in written testimony that will influence the hearings.
"No-one wants to hear from me - they want to hear from you! People sharing real experiences with legislators is the most impactful way to influence legislation. They need to know there is a problem to be solved.” - Joanna Diamond, Director of Public Policy