Turning Issues Into ActionFebruary 08, 2008
This past weekend, AAUW of Colorado held their annual Public Policy Day, an event that is 30+ years strong. Titled “AAUW + Public Policy Issues = Advocacy & Action,” the event featured David Skaggs, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a former member of Congress. I presented a workshop on running a voter education campaign.
AAUW of Colorado President Betty Flaten, Colorado Department of Higher Education Executive Director David Skaggs, and former state senator and current AAUW Ft. Collins (CO) Branch President Peggy Reeves.
The director of the Denver Women’s Coalition spoke about important state legislation and ballot initiatives, including an anti-affirmative action initiative (see AAUW’s affirmative action toolkit for more information on similar initiatives pending in several states). We rounded out the day with an interactive exercise in which participants created branch action plans on several different issues. More than 75 AAUW members from around the state attended the successful event, which was a great example of turning advocacy into action. For more information, see the AAUW of Colorado website.
How does your branch or state turn issues into action? What has worked for you in the past? What challenges have you encountered? What would encourage members of your community to take a more active role in advocacy work in your community?