People Matter!

   
PEOPLE MATTER Lobby Day– Wed, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. in the Atrium of the LOB.In honor of Mother’s Day (May 10th), join with mothers and allies on May 6th to demand a budget showing that PEOPLE MATTER in the State of Connecticut! Families, self-advocates, direct care workers, and nonprofit providers are calling for increased funding for human services in the 2016-17 biennial budget. Stopping the devastating cuts isn’t enough! We need significant budget increases so that our loved ones, including more than 2,000 who are on the DDS residential waiting list, can get the services that they need, and caregivers can get the increases they’ve been lacking for 8 years. Connecticut is the wealthiest state in the country, and we must do better for our loved ones and those who care for them! ​

HOW TO PREPARE:

·       We strongly urge you to schedule appointments with your legislators in advance of the event. Please visit http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp​  to Identify & Contact Your Legislator!

·       Register below  for either of the following ‘waves’ of participation: 10:00am – 2:00pm and/or 2:00pm –6:00pm. (Or any portion of these times. Lobby Leaders will be on hand throughout the day!)

·       Prepare/Print Photos of the individual(s) you choose to represent (your loved ones, individuals in your care, etc.) These should be very visual/powerful, but may not be ‘any wider than your body’ – to receive clearance. At approximately 1:00 PM, during the ‘Visible Display of Unity’ – all participants will display these photos – along with the #PeopleMatter Postcards.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

10:00 AM – 1100 AM: All members of the #PeopleMatter Coalition will convene in the Atrium of the Legislative Office Building. You will register, receive materials and instructions. (*Unless you have selected the afternoon ‘wave.’)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Participants will complete legislative ‘Leave Behind’ messages & meet with legislators.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Participants will proceed in a unified ‘procession’ from the LOB to the State Capitol.

1:00 PM – 1:15/1:30PM: Participants will come together in the Capitol for a ‘Visible Display of Unity’ – All participants will display these photos of the individual(s) they choose to represent (your loved ones, individuals in your care, etc.) – along with the #PeopleMatter Postcards.

PLEASE NOTE: #PEOPLEMATTER LOBBY LEADERS” WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR ADVOCACY EFFORTS!

ABOUT THE COALITION: 

#PeopleMatter is a cross-sector coalition of advocacy associations, nonprofit service providers, organized labor and recipients of services who serve hundreds of thousands of Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents each year. The coalition includes Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, The Arc Connecticut / Families for Families, Connecticut Community Providers Association, Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Connecticut Nonprofit Human Services Alliance, Families for Families, HARC, Inc., NAMI Connecticut, Oak Hill, Our Families Can’t Wait, and 1199NE/SEIU. ​

Please Register for May 6th!

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