Advocacy is taking action to bring about political or social change. There are many different ways to advocate — in your local community, at a national level, and even globally. Keep reading to learn how YOU can be an effective advocate!
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Improving access to education for refugee girls
House: Protecting Girls' Access to Education Act (H.R.2408)
Senate: Protecting Girls' Access to Education Act (S.1580)
Update - The READ Act has been signed into law!! Send a thank you to your members of Congress - check out our template letter!
Creating safe spaces for women and girls
Resources - Check out the 'Safe Spaces' Power Point to the right of this in the 'Resource' box or click the link above to learn more about safe spaces and how to advocate for them. Also, sign this petition to ensure women are staying safe by being documented at birth.
For H.R.2408 and S.1580, we're measuring our progress by the number of cosponsors for the bill. Our goal is to have 50 bipartisan cosponsors in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The following members of Congress are currently cosponsors:
House of Representatives (50 cosponsors)
Steve Chabot (R-OH1) Judy Chu (D-CA27)
Robin Kelly (D-IL2) Daniel Donovan (R-NY11)
Susan Brooks (R-IN5) Adam Kinzinger (R-IL16)
Larry Bucschon (R-IN8) Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL8)
Gerald Connolly (D-VA11) Seth Moulton (D-MA6)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH9) Donald Payne (D-NJ10)
Brian Mast (R-FL18) Scott Peters (D-CA52)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL27) Ed Royce (R-CA39)
Nydia Velázquez (D-NY7) Niki Tsongas (D-MA3)
Jamie Raskin (D-MD8) Peter Visclosky (D-IN1)
Kathy Castor (D-FL14) Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ12)
Paul Cook (R-CA8) Joe Wilson (R-SC2)
Beto O’Rourke (D-TX16) Anna Eshoo (D-CA18)
Ted Lieu (D-CA33) Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19)
Barbara Comstock (R-VA10) David Scott (D-GA13)
Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR0) Lois Frankel (D-FL21)
Brad Sherman (D-CA30) Mark Desaulnier (D-CA11)
John Sarbanes (D-MD3) John Delaney (D-MD6)
Mike Coffman (R-CO6) Joyce Beatty (D-OH3)
Val Demings (D-FL10) Joseph Kennedy (D-MA)
Brendan Boyle (PA13) Alcee Hasting (D-FL20)
Katherine Clark (D-MA5) Barbara Lee (D-CA13)
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY18) Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47)
Pramila Jayapal (D-WA07) Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC0)
Derek Kilmer (D-WA06)
Senate (9 cosponsors)
Marco Rubio (R-FL) - original sponsor Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Robert Menéndez (D-NJ) Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Joe Manchin (D-WV) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Susan Collins (R-ME)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Edward Markey (D-MA)
Christopher Coons (D-DE)
John Boozman (R-AR)
If your member of Congress is already a cosponsor, write a letter or call their office to say thank you! If your rep isn't yet a cosponsor, then now is th
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Advocacy Boot Camp
- Safe Space Worksheet
- Safe Space Power Point
- Advocacy Cards 101
- Advocacy Cards To Print (House)
- Advocacy Cards To Print (Senate)
- Advocacy Activities for Clubs
- Build a Relationship with Your Representative
- Advocacy Toolkit
- H.R. 2408/ S.1580 Bill Brief
- H.R. 2408 'Thank You' Letter
- READ Act 'Thank You' template
- Sample Letter (Senate)
- Call Script (House)
- Call Script (Senate)
- In-District Meeting Guide
- Meeting Leave Behind Packet
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