State Action Day is an opportunity for those of us living with MS to get our voices heard and take concerns straight to our state representatives. Action Days have already started to take place around the country but there are plenty more still coming up. State Action Day is a great way to advocate for the things that impact the MS community.
If you have thought about getting more involved and becoming an advocate for the National MS Society, this is the opportunity for you. We should all consider getting involved and making our voices be heard!
Why You Should Get Involved
What is unique about State Action Day is that you get to bring legislative issues to life for your representatives. They are already experts on the policy but you are the expert on what it is like living with whatever the issue up for discussion is. As a volunteer, you will get to have pre-scheduled in-person visits with State Senators, Representatives, Assembly members and other policy makers to discuss statewide policies that can make a difference in the lives of thousands. It is during these meetings that you get the chance to make them feel your concerns and thoughts.
It is an awesome thing when everyone gathers together for the same cause. Don’t miss out on the chance to let your voice be heard on the issues that impact you, your family, and all of us living with MS. Your personal stories are incredibly powerful tools that increase awareness and will facilitate change.
How to Get Involved
You don’t need a degree in political science to participate in State Action Day! When you arrive at your location for the day, you will be provided training and tools to help you feel comfortable speaking to lawmakers. It is really your story that is important for them to hear; so be conversational, be memorable. You have the opportunity to make connections and change policies on this day; what a big deal!
Click here for a complete list of State Action Days. If your state’s hasn’t taken place yet, please consider reaching out to your local chapter and inquire about getting involved! Can’t make it to action day but want to learn how to become an activist in the future? Check out Advocate for Change.
Lydia Guillory lives in Columbus, OH with her husband and daughter. She currently works as a content writer, and also does a bit of freelance writing when she isn’t chasing Isabella! Lydia has her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University. Lydia was diagnosed with RRMS August 2014.
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