What is an advocacy day? An advocacy day is a name used by non-governmental organizations on select days, often annual, when advocates meet public officials at various levels to explain support for relative legislation and communicate the importance. Stay prepared to advocate by viewing our Advocacy Toolkit!
Jan. 21, 2020 – The Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Advocacy Day
Morning Debrief: Advocates began the morning with a debrief of the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia’s Unified Policy Agenda and met with their group leaders to review talking points. Advocates attended meetings with legislators afterwards and handed out kindness cards to administrative assistants while attending meetings. You can view policy updates by signing onto the Voices listserv!
Afternoon Reflection: Following legislative meetings, advocates returned to the University of Richmond Downtown for afternoon reflection. Campaign partners shared their involvement in the Campaign and their support of policy agenda items in efforts to build a resilient Virginia.
Artists Showcase “Where Art Meets Advocacy!” The Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Advocacy day followed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Artists helped advocates celebrate a resilient Virginia in showcasing work that met the themes peace and resiliency. The video below features longer performances from artists.
We would like to thank the artists who join advocates throughout the day. We are thankful for your courage to share your experiences in overcoming trauma through resiliency with advocates.
- To Be, Girls for a Change
- Daughter of a Dream, Chloe Edwards
- The Journey to My Destiny, Michael Edwards
- Coping with Poison, Z.Bey
- Art is My Sanity, Eric Dugan
- Privilege Reproduces Itself & Say It, Irène Mathieu
- DAMAGED GIRL, Dawn Cherry
- Too Far Gone, Muggani Ace
Advocacy Day Gallery
The Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Virtual Advocacy Day
Advocates also had the option to participate in the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia’s Virtual Advocacy Day! You can still keep the buzz alive by viewing the advocacy toolkit above and posting content on social media. See examples here!
ICYMI: Here’s a recap of the 2019 General Assembly — The 2019 Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Advocacy Day.
Advocates from across the state gathered in support of the 2019 virtual and in-person Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Advocacy Day. They wore purple and white stickers displaying the message – I am #TraumaInformedVA. View the 2019 advocacy day successes here.