Advocacy in 2021

Jennifer Donahue
WCAAP Communications Manager

If we’ve learned nothing else over the past year, we’ve certainly seen how the each one of us advocating for what we believe in has the power to effect change. This is true at the local, state, and federal level. As we dig in for the 2021 legislative session, which began yesterday, January 11th, we encourage you to commit to raising your voice for the children and families in our state as a WCAAP Advocate. This can be simple – responding to action alerts we send to you via VoterVoice – or more involved – testifying at a committee hearing – which will be easier in 2021 than it has ever been, occurring via web connection and no longer necessitating a drive or flight to the Capitol. Whatever you interest and availability, your voice is essential to help us drive change in Washington.

You can read about our 2021 Priorities here, and as always there will be many issues we support in addition to these main priorities. If you are interested in getting more involved and learning about our process, we invite you to sit in on a Legislative Committee meeting. We meet every Tuesday morning at 7:00am during the legislative session, monthly outside of session. This year’s session will last January – April.

We are already counting down to our 2021 Advocacy Day, February 5th! We will miss getting together in Olympia, but it is just as important as ever – perhaps even more so this year – that WCAAP members meet with their legislators to speak up for kids, so we urge you to take the morning off and join us via Zoom. We’ll still schedule all of your meetings with legislators and provide some education on our priorities, so you can just relax and enjoy the day. Register today!