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.

Hot topics:

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.

5% Campaign postcard template to send to your legislators

Video footage – 5% Campaign Town Hall Forums

5% Campaign Rally 11/12/13 – photos

View media links, resources and more on our 5% Campaign Pinterest Board:

Opportunity Partners on Pinterest.

Upcoming events:

Tuesday at the Capitol, hosted by Opportunity Partners

  • Tuesday, April 1, 10-11 a.m.
  • Department of Transportation Cafeteria, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul

Committee of Advocacy and Leadership (COAL) meeting

  • Tuesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m.
  • Opportunity Partners-Koch Campus, Classrooms C, D, E, 5500 Opportunity Court, Minnetonka

ARRM Annual Conference

  • Tuesday, May 13 & Wednesday, May 14
  • Double Tree Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington

Committee of Advocacy and Leadership (COAL) meeting

  • Tuesday, May 20, 6-8 p.m.
  • Opportunity Partners-Koch Campus, Classrooms C, D, E, 5500 Opportunity Court, Minnetonka

Before heading to any events at the Capitol, please review this presentation on Capitol renovation access issues so you will be fully prepared to navigate your way around.

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 amunson@opportunities.org or 952-930-7696.

Meet your legislators in the community. Check the legislative websites for events to attend.

Who represents me?

http://www.senate.mn/

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/