Advocate for Disability Issues
As a nonprofit organization, grassroots advocacy is an important part of Opportunity Partners’ mission in order to influence outcomes that directly affect the lives of the people we serve. Grassroots advocacy increases our capacity to build influence and create change in Minnesota’s public policy.
These efforts bring together many people who share the same cause and who work for that cause from the ground up, creating a groundswell of voices.
Grassroots advocacy happens at the Capitol with our legislators, in the community with our friends and neighbors, and in the workplace as we advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Grassroots advocacy, by its very nature, is something that is continuous.
The 5% Campaign: The 5% Campaign is a nonpartisan coalition working together to ask state legislators for a 5% rate increase for disability and elderly home and community based services in 2014. Join the cause by talking to your legislators about this initiative. “Like” The 5% Campaign Facebook page where updates and additional ways to get involved will be posted. Check out details about The 5% Campaign on ARRM’s Web site. You can also show your support by signing the online petition.
Media coverage on The 5% Campaign:
- Access Press - 8/10/13
- Minnesota Public Radio – 8/13/13
- WDIO video coverage
- Bring me the News
- Duluth News Tribune
- Politics in Minnesota – 10/16/13
- CTN News coverage
- KAALtv.com – town hall forum in Rochester, MN
- Access Press – 11/8/13
- Minnesota Public Radio – 11/12/13
- Politics in Minnesota – 11/12/13
- Northwest Community Television – Channel 12
- Star Tribune
If you have questions about how to get involved in grassroots & self-advocacy or would like to know more, contact our Public Policy & Advocacy Associate Alicia Munson at email@example.com or 952-930-7696
- What is COAL?
- Share your story with a legislator. Follow this link to access tools and information to help you craft your message. We have set up several templates to help get you started:
Meet your legislators in the community. Check the legislative websites for events to attend.