Lobby 101 and Break Out Sessions
Pro-Choice Lobby Day is a day of education and activism at the Capitol. We want to ensure each person who attends feels confident about the issues and talking to their Legislators about reproductive rights.
At each Pro-Choice Lobby Day we have breakout sessions before our visits to help train newcomers to the Capitol and refresh our Lobby Day veterans. Each session has a Lobby 101 where we have an experienced Lobby Coach explain how to talk to your legislators about the issues, how to pull an official out of a meeting or off of the Floor, and other details that will make your visit more enjoyable.
We are fortunate in Minnesota to have such easy access to our Legislators. Minnesota’s legislators are very down to earth people; they are often easier to talk to than the mayor or city councils in some larger cities. They are teachers, lawyers, nurses, and business people - they are not intimidating upper class elitists. This enables us to create conversation with the legislators so we can directly participate in issues we care about at the Capitol.
Breakout Session topics:
After the Lobby 101 session we have our Breakout Session topic discussions in the same room your Lobby 101 Training was. This year we have three topics: “Faith Based”, “Inequity and Access” and “Starting the Conversation." These sessions are meant to inform you on a specific issue, give you a new perspective on Choice in a unique community, help develop the skills to talk about Choice with people around you, or a combination of all of the above. Simply find a topic that interests you and sign up for that session when you register.
Are you Pro-Choice and a person of Faith? If you answered yes or are curious about how faith and reproductive rights intersect this is a great discussion for you to join!
This year’s session will be done in collaboration between MN Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the National Council of Jewish Women! More info to come.
Inequity and Access:
In the Legislative fights over the last year we have heard about over turning taxpayer funding of abortion, targeted regulation of abortion providers, 20 week abortion bans, defunding Planned Parenthood, and personhood bills. But what do these things mean in the everyday life of women needing access to reproductive health services?
This session will discuss the impacts of these attacks across the State and our communities. Inequity knows no geographical boundaries and barriers to access are present across our State. Women of all backgrounds are facing unprecedented attacks on their reproductive rights, but those attacks have a greater impact on certain members of our society. If you want to learn more about these attacks and who they impact, this is the session for you.
Starting the conversation:
Have you ever felt like the only Pro-Choice person in the room? Whether you’re sitting in a dinner in Mora a classroom at St. Cloud State or a town hall meeting in Eden Prairie this is not an uncommon feeling. But the reality is, you are not alone! The majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose and the Millennial generation is the most Pro-Choice generation ever. So why do so many people feel like the only Pro-Choice person in the room and what can we do to change that? The simple answer is to not be silent! If you’ve ever had this feeling and want to know how to talk about choice in a non confrontational style or test the waters to see who else in the room feels like you, we would like to invite you to join this discussion.
Pro-Choice Lobby Day is free for all who come. It does take time, energy and resources to make this day possible so after you register for the day, and only if you are able to, we are willing to take any donation you can afford to help make each Pro-Choice Lobby Day a success. Thank you.