What is Lobby Day?
Lobby Day is a chance for social workers, students and professors to advocate for the social work profession at the North Carolina General Assembly. You will learn the skills you need to lobby state leaders about policy issues that are important to your profession and to your specific clients in our Advocacy 101 training. You will then put these skills to use by meeting with your local legislators in individual meetings that YOU set up! Lobby Day gives you the opportunity to tour the General Assembly, attend legislative meetings and interact with social workers from across the state. In 2013, you will also get the chance to meet other social workers who share your passion and work on policy from organizations such as The Arc of North Carolina, the Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse, Action for Children and many more!
NASW-NC Lobby Days are held on 'odd number years' (2013, 2015...) due to the General Assembly's schedule. During even years, legislators do not have full session until mid-May; when many students are out for the summer.
Virtual lobby days (an announced date for social workers to email and call their legislators about a particular issue) and mini-Lobby days (an opportunity to come to the legislative building and meet with your legislators with the Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation) are available for interested membership. Mini Lobby Days can be set up on an individual basis or based on particular interests of sessions.
We are always happy to speak with students about advocacy throughout the semester. If you are interested or have more questions, please contact Kay Paksoy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips on lobbying:
Lobbying Dos and Don'ts
Learn more tips from National's Lobby Day Toolkit and NC's Advocacy Handbook.
Know your rights as a county, city or state employee!
Lobby Day 2013 Information Page
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