Faith Communities Working Together for Children
Thursday, February 10, 2011
8:30am – 3:00pm
The Connectional Ministries Advocacy Team welcomes you to your Day at the Capitol! Prior to the day, it would be a good idea to contact your legislators and let them know that you will be participating in this joint Day at the Capitol on February 10. Ask them for an appointment time so that you can speak with them in person.
**It is suggested that you ask for a morning appointment. The afternoon can get busy with committee meetings.**
However, as their constituents, most legislators will try to accommodate a time that is conducive for you. If an office appointment time is not available, let your legislators know that you will seek an audience with them at the House and the Senate chambers.
8:30am – 9:20am
Gather at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building on Trinity Avenue for Orientation.
-Welcome & Devotional Moment
-Overview of advocacy issues/talking points
-How to engage your legislator training
-Group guide assignments
After the 8:30 a.m. Orientation, you may attend these special information sessions (hosted by Presbyterian Day at the Capitol) to get a greater understanding of the issues of Health Care, Immigration and Budget & Finance, and then proceed to the Capitol afterwards.
Central Presbyterian Church (located across from the State Capitol)
Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Health Care - Tim Sweeney, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Immigration - Larry Pellegrini, Georgia Rural Urban Summit
Budget and Finance - Sarah Beth Gehl, Deputy Director - Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
After the 8:30am orientation, you may choose to stay at the Capitol where you can: proceed to the House Gallery for the 10:00am devotion to be led by a United Methodist faith leader; proceed to the House and Senate chambers and begin the process of calling for your legislators and engaging them in discussions on children’s advocacy issues; or you can proceed to your pre-scheduled appointment(s), if applicable, with your legislators.
The orientation room in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building will be open to those who come to Day at the Capitol after 9:30am for assistance. Please see an ICM volunteer once you arrive. Also, there will be an additional Point Group stationed at the State Capitol at the 1st Floor breakroom to help persons with questions, directions, etc.
Please do not hesitate to contact ICM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-498-2141. Contact information would be UM contact number/e-mail address if persons are registering via the NGUMC Web site.
The governor's FY 2012 budget proposal is disappointing in that it does not take a balanced approach to solving the state deficit. The budget contains additional cuts to education, with significant cuts to higher education, as well as cuts in services to our most vulnerable populations. A balanced approach to the fiscal crisis that includes additional revenues would assure that the factors most important to economic growth in the state, such as higher education, receive the necessary resources for Georgia to prosper.