From Fall California Perspective – By Charmen Goehring, Chair Subcommittee on Advocacy and Lobbying Public Policy Committee
During the July leadership weekend, President Donna Mertens announced the formation of a new subcommittee that will focus on lobbying and advocacy by our branches. Though the subcommittee falls under the Public Policy Committee, the subcommittee’s goals and actions will lie under leadership development in our strategic plan. Knowing how respected the AAUW name is in Sacramento and around the state, and understanding that we are more powerful when we collectively raise our voices on our key issues, the committee will seek to identify branches and members interested in learning more about how to lobby and advocate for AAUW CA issues, provide resources and tools to those branches as well as connect our collective efforts to those of our part-time lobbyist, Shannon Smith–Crowley.
The committee will be reaching out to branch Public Policy chairs this fall. Additional activities are being considered such as a workshop during upcoming leadership training days, conference calls and possible mini lobby days. The local connection to legislators is so important to help us foster closer ties to those who can affect the outcome of legislation we are following to better the lives of California women and girls. If your branch is interested in being included, please contact Charmen Goehring.