Advocacy Day 2016 Material

Below you will find information regarding Advocacy Day. Click on the links below to navigate to a particular section or scroll through the page to see each piece of available information. If you have any additional questions, please contact us directly at 312-942-3368.

Bus List
What you should know before Advocacy Day
Agenda
Advocacy Day Talking Points and Asks 2016
Our Asks to Illinois Lawmakers
Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) Fact Sheet
BEST Act - Public Law: 99-433 Fact Sheet
Tips on Meeting with Elected Representatives
Tell Your Story Worksheet
Frequently Asked Questions by Legislators
Social Media Corps

Bus and Team list

Below is a pdf of the participant and team list.  If you forget which bus you are on, your state senator, or state representative then you can find that information here. The list is in alphabetical order according to last name.

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What you should know before Advocacy Day in Springfield

What is the purpose of Advocacy Day in Springfield 2016?
The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force has three legislative asks for our elected officials on Advocacy Day:

1. Adequate funding for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), which funds free mammograms and Pap tests for uninsured women - we will ask our legislators to reject the Governor's proposed budget cuts to IBCCP and maintain funding for IBCCP at $11 million.

2. Call on the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to implement the Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act, Public Law: 99-433 immediately.

3. Vote YES to increase the minimum buying age for tobacco products in Illinois to 21 years.

What time should I be at the pick-up location?
The buses will depart at 6am. We will start boarding the bus at 5:30am. We will not be able to wait for anyone due to the tight scheduled planned for the day. You must board at the pick-up location indicated at the time of registration. If you are not sure of your boarding location please email Advocacy@chicagobreastcancer.org or call 312-942-0335.

Where can I park to board the bus?
• Task Force Office, 300 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
Free parking in Triangle Office Building (TOB) parking lot, notify parking attendant that you are participating in the Breast Cancer Task Force event. TOB lot is located at 1700 W. Van Buren St, turn into lot on Jackson Blvd.

• Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60637:
Parking in lots on Dorchester Ave.

• Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St., Chicago, IL 60628
Parking lot C & D which is on the south side of 95th Street at Eggleston.

• Kroc Center Chicago, 1250 W 119th St, Chicago, IL 60643
Park in free parking lot in front of center on 119th St.

What should I wear?
Wear your Pink Task Force T-Shirt. We will provide you with a t-shirt to wear if you don't have one. We want to make sure the legislators see the sea of pink come into the capital. You should wear comfortable shoes. There will be a lot of walking. We suggest wearing sneakers in conjunction with the American Cancer Society's Suit and Sneakers Day which is the same day.

Why should I go to Springfield?
Your voice counts! Together we will show State legislators that we will not stand by and allow for budget shortfalls to put women's health in danger. We want as many people as a possible to talk to their legislators to let them know that the current funding for IBCCP is unacceptable.

How do I prepare for Advocacy Day?
We have provided you with a number of documents to help familiarize yourself with the issues and advocacy. Review the advocacy day materials and info sheets provided and complete the "My Talking Points Worksheet" to help you prepare a short elevator speech to say to legislators. Feel free to contact Ariel Thomas if you have any questions, Ariel_J_Thomas@rush.edu ; 312-942-0335.

Who will I talk to that day?
Based on your address, we will group you in teams to talk to State Representatives or Senators in your district. You will tell them a little about yourself and ask them to support with their vote to fund IBCCP, the Treatment Act and increasing the buying age of tobacco products to 21 years.

What if I don't get to talk to the legislators assigned to me?
No worries! It happens a lot that state legislators are called into meetings and unable to meet with constituents. Your presence at Advocacy Day speaks volumes to show support IBCCP and women's health. We recommend that you contact your legislator and set up a meeting when you get back home. We can provide a follow up letter for you to send to your legislators.

 Map of the Capital

 

To download this as a pdf, please click the link below.

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 To download the agenda for the day, please click on the following link.

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ACS CAN and MCBCTF Advocacy Day

Agenda

Thursday May 12, 2016
Michael J. Howlett Building & Illinois State Capitol

      Time                       Activity

  • 5:30 am Begin boarding buses at specified pick-up location
  • 6:00am Depart for Springfield, IL
  •  9:00 am - 10:00 am Check-In (for ACS CAN volunteers)
    - Michael J. Howlett Building
  • 9:30 am - 9:45am Arrival of Task Force buses

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am Welcome & Day at the Capitol Overview
    - Michael J. Howlett Building (Auditorium)
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Box Lunch in Hall of Flags
    - Michael J. Howlett Building (Hall of Flags)
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Legislator Meetings
    - Illinois State Capitol & Stratton Building
    • Report Back Forms & Thank You Cards
      -Illinois State Capitol (South Hallway)
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Suits and Sneakers Rally
    - Illinois State Capitol (Rotunda)
    • Group Photo
      - Illinois State Capitol (Rotunda Stairs)

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Completion of Report Back Forms & Thank You Cards
    -Illinois State Capitol (South Hallway)
    • Adjourn
  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Board buses and depart for Chicago, IL 

Advocacy Day Talking Points and Asks

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force (Task Force), the Illinois Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and breast cancer advocates across the state are deeply concerned about underfunding of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). United by a common goal of preventing cancer deaths in Illinois, the Task Force and ACS CAN also support legislation that mandates an increase in the buying age of tobacco from 18 to 21 years.

Fund the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

  • Without a state budget in 2016, women seeking cancer screening were turned away from potentially life-saving services. Again in Fiscal Year 2017, Governor Rauner continues to propose a budget that reduces state funding for IBCCP from $14 million to $4 million, a 71% cut.

  • Any short-term budget savings will be quickly offset by increases in women suffering, death from more advanced cancers, and far higher treatment costs paid for by Illinois Medicaid, which will ultimately cost taxpayers more. Treatment at later stages is not only less effective, it's far more expensive: three to five times more.

  • Governor Rauner also proposes complete elimination of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program. The Treatment Program allows eligible women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer to receive medical care through Medicaid. Elimination of the program would dis-enroll women in active treatment from coverage and is a callous and lethal cut.

  • Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide health care services to many uninsured Illinois residents, only 36% of IBCCP enrollees signed up for an insurance option in the first two years of ACA. Many women signing up through the exchange find monthly premiums too expensive and eventually become uninsured again.
Implement the Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act NOW!

  • The BEST Act makes numerous improvements to Illinois Medicaid to ensure that women access the highest quality breast care that will help them survive (see separate fact sheet).

  • It was signed into law by the Governor in August 2015. Women cannot afford any more delay in implementation of provisions that will help to ensure high quality screening and cancer treatment options.

Tobacco 21: Research found to link breast cancer and smoking

  • Smoking increases the risk of getting breast cancer for a variety of women.
  • Research has recently found that current smokers with no history of breast cancer have a significantly increased risk for breast cancer compared to women who never smoked with similar family history.
  • Postmenopausal women who are also current smokers have increased risk for breast cancer.i
  • Deterring the start of smoking at a young age has life-saving benefits. A 2013 study found an association with increased risk of breast cancer in women who smoked over 11 years prior to birth of her first child.ii

i Reynolds, P et al. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 96, No. 1, January 7, 2004
ii Gaudet, M. et al. J Natl Cancer Inst;2013;105:515-525


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Our Asks to Illinois Lawmakers


1. Vote YES to maintain $11 million for IBCCP and protect the lives of Illinois women.

2. Call on the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to implement the Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act, Public Law: 99-433 immediately.

3. Vote YES to increase the minimum buying age for tobacco products in Illinois to 21 years.

IBCCP Fact Sheet

Protect the Investment in Illinois' Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) provides free mammograms and Pap tests to women aged 35 to 64 who are uninsured. From 2009-2014, the IBCCP detected 634 breast cancers and 1,276 cervical cancers and precancerous lesions.i

Breast and Cervical Cancer in Illinois

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women today.

  • An estimated 10,160 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 550 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in Illinois in 2016.ii

  • In 2012, 57 percent of Illinois women reported being screened for breast cancer and 85 percent were screened for cervical cancer. Those rates dropped significantly among uninsured women who were screened at 37 percent and 76 percent respectively.iii

  • The IBCCP has sustained cuts for the past several years, resulting in long waiting lists and fewer women being served:
  • FY 2015 number of women served was 20,387 - a nearly 25% decrease from the number of women served the previous fiscal year.
  • FY 2014 number of women served was 27,142 - a 20% decrease from the number of women served the previous fiscal year.
  • FY 2013 number of women served was 34,442 - an 8% decrease from the number of women served the previous fiscal year.

Continued Need in Illinois
The health care law will provide women with greater access to preventive cancer screenings and treatment. However, gaps will still remain for women who continue to be uninsured or underinsured due to affordability, literacy, and language related barriers. It's estimated that more than 75,000 Illinois women ages 40-64 remain uninsured and are still eligible for the services offered through IBCCP.iv

Protect Illinois' Investment in this Lifesaving Program
Due to budget inaction, many local IBCCP agencies have been forced to reduce hours and services, waitlist women seeking care, or close their program altogether. This is often the only available resource for low-income, uninsured women who need breast cancer screenings or treatment. Preserving funding for IBCCP is critical to detecting cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and less expensive. That's why our lawmakers must prioritize funding for this lifesaving program. ACS CAN urges Governor Rauner and the General Assembly to fully fund the IBCCP.

i U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Summaries. Illinois Five-Year Summary July2009-June 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/data/summaries/illinois.htm
ii American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures 2016
iii American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Facts and Figures. Tables and Figures 2014.
iv George Washington University

 

To download this fact sheet, please click on the link below.

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BREAST CANCER EXCELLENCE IN SURVIVAL AND TREATMENT (BEST) ACT: PUBLIC LAW 99-433

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force believes every woman should have access to comprehensive and coordinated breast care with the highest quality early detection screening tools and treatment options available to her. The reality is that all women do NOT have equal access to high quality breast care. This is why, the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force had the Best Act (House Bill 3673) introduced by State Rep Smiddy.

We are excited to announce that the BEST act was signed by Governor Rauner into law on August 21st, 2015 and became Public Law 99-433.

Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act

  • Requires every insurer and Illinois Medicaid to cover a screening MRI, when medically necessary, as determined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches.

  • Requires all networks of care, within Illinois Medicaid, to include access to at least one Breast Imaging Center of Excellence as certified by the American College of Radiology.

  • On or after January 2017, establishes a breast cancer treatment quality improvement program, in which participating Illinois Medicaid providers will receive reimbursement that is no lower than 95% of Medicare rate for submission of their treatment data to the quality treatment program.

  • Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) to convene an expert panel - including representatives from hospitals, breast treatment centers, breast cancer quality organizations, breast surgeons, oncologists and primary care providers - to establish quality standards for breast cancer treatment.

  • Requires DHFS to work with experts in breast cancer outreach and navigation to optimize mammography reminders and establish a methodology for evaluation effectiveness of these reminders and modifying the methodology based on evaluation.

  • On or after July 1, 2016, requires the DHFS to expand the current patient navigation pilot program to include one site in western Illinois, one site in southern Illinois, one in central Illinois and four sites within Metropolitan Chicago.

  • Requires all Medicaid health plans to develop a means, internally or by contract with experts in navigation and community outreach to navigate cancer patients to comprehensive care in a timely fashion. All networks of care must have an Academic Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program as in-network covered benefit.

  • Requires the DHFS to ensure, under Illinois Medicaid, the provider and hospital reimbursement for post-mastectomy care benefits, currently required by law, are no lower than the Medicare reimbursement rates.

  • Requires that the DHFS administer a grant program, in which grants will be awarded to increase the access to high quality breast cancer screening and diagnostics for low-income and Medicaid covered women in rural and medically underserved areas.

 To download the Best Act Fact Sheet, please click the link below.

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MEETING WITH YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE

It is important to remember that our elected officials work for us. We are meeting with them to ask them to do their job. When you are meeting to ask that they vote a certain way you have every right to do so. That is your job as an engaged citizen and their constituent.

Know what power you have going into the meeting. How long has the rep been in office? Did they win by a large or small margin in the last election? If one party always wins in your district look at the primary election. Was there a challenger? How much did the rep win by?

Always start out by being polite. It is not rude to be direct, make specific "asks" or demands, and expect an answer. Often while seeming to sound supportive and "nice" the elected officials are not giving you an answer. If you hear things like "I support all you are doing" - "I'm so glad to meet you and get your input" - "This is very helpful information, thank you so much for coming, I'll consider it" - these are not answers to the question "Will you vote to fully fund the IBCCP (IL Breast and Cervical Cancer Program), either you have not asked a direct question or they have chosen not to answer it. In either case...STOP ... repeat the question and demand that they answer your specific question.

Don't be put off by "There is no money". Where there is the political will there is the money.

Some Tips for Setting up and During the Meeting:

  1. Call, write, email to get a meeting with your elected official... not staff. If you are having trouble getting a meeting have additional members of your team call. If the legislature is in session when you are in Springfield stand outside the chamber and send in a note asking your representative to come out and meet with you. There will be lots of other people standing in the rotunda doing the same thing. Don't be shy... move to the front of the group and give your note/card to one of the clerks who will deliver it to your rep on the House/Senate floor. If you have your Rep's cell# text him/her and tell and ask that they come out to meet you.

  2. To prepare for the meeting develop your team. Ideally team members should live in the elected official's district... be constituents.

  3. Let the local press know that you are going to meet with your State Reps and are happy to be interviewed before and after the meeting. Tell them that there is a bus load of folks leaving from a specific location and it would make a good photo op; offer them the opportunity to interview community members going off to Springfield to meet with their representatives.

  4. Pick one person to be the team leader/spokesperson - this person will:
  • Thank the elected official for the meeting
  • Ask other team members to introduce themselves - stating their name, member of the Task Force and other organizations they belong to in the community, and that they are registered to vote. (This displays your power)
  • Explain why we are here.
  • Ask specific members of the team to give short personal stories about how the issue affects them and others like them in the district.
  • Ask the elected official to take some explicit action - (i.e. fully fund the IBCCP)
  • Stop - wait for the answer. If not getting a direct answer, interrupt and ask that the representative PLEASE answer the question.
  • Have a backup team member. Sometimes people get nervous and forget to ask the direct question. If this happens a designated team member should speak up and say: "...and so we are asking that you vote for....."
  1. Assign one team member to take notes of what is being said. Listen and make sure you are hearing what the rep is saying, write it down.

  2. Assign another team member to video the meeting (can be on your cell phone) the meeting. If the rep objects, push back but don't let this be the issue. Say something like ... "we have lots of folks who could not be here today and we wanted to show them your response firsthand." If they continue to object, drop it and go on with the meeting making sure to get good notes.

  3. If you are not getting a YES to your question, say: "obviously you do not understand how important this is to your constituents, will you come to a meeting in the district in the next week to hear how deeply they feel about this issue and how it affects them and their families. Don't ask this too quickly. Push for the YES.

  4. If you get a flat out "NO" to your request for full funding and an indistrict meeting express your shock and dismay and let them know that you are going back to meet with the local media, will be posting the results of this meeting on social media, and letting other constituents know that their representative is voting to cut this life-saving funding. Encourage all to call their state rep and ask that they vote for full funding of the IBCCP.

  5. If you get a "YES" to full funding respond enthusiastically and ask for a picture with the rep. Say that you will be posting it on your website to let your members know how they are voting.

  6. If you get an "UNDECIDED" on the funding but a YES for an indistrict meeting, pin down the date and time of the meeting, ask for the name of the staff person to follow-up with, send a confirmation memo to the representative and copy the staff person, and go back and recruit lots more folks to be at the community meeting.

Follow-up

  1. Do a quick debriefing right after the meeting so that you are all on the same page. Assign someone to give the report when you get back to the larger group and/or on the bus ride home.

  2. Make clear next steps. If your rep said, "YES" they will vote for your bill send a memo thanking them restating what was agreed to.

  3. If the rep is still undecided and willing to come to an in district meeting move quickly; have a meeting space lined up beforehand so you can start making turnout calls immediately. Let the local media know that you are having this meeting.

 

 To download the information displayed above, use the link below

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To download the Tell Your Story worksheet, use the link below. Otherwise, scroll below to read a copy.

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Tips for making an effective legislative visit:

  • Make it personal: Talk about who you are and:
  1. Your experience with breast cancer
  2. Your personal experience with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
  3. As someone working in the field
  4. As a concerned community member.
  • Do your homework: Consult the fact sheets provided and know what you want to talk about and how it relates to your life story.
  • Don't just complain: Offer solutions. Talk about what is working and what can be improved.
  • Keep it short: Make your recommendations succinct and to the point (plan for no more than 2 minutes).
  • Make your Ask: Always end with a direct, concrete request, for example "Can I count on your support for funding the IBCCP?" Wait and listen for a response.


WORKSHEET TO PREPARE LEGISLATIVE VISIT TALKING POINTS

Introduction:

Name:
Hometown:
Background info about me:

Funding cuts to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) are:


The IBCCP is personally important to me because (my story):

The consequences of not supporting full funding for IBCCP are:

To address these needs, policymakers should (consult fact sheet):

 

The Asks:

  1. Vote YES to maintain $11million for IBCCP and protect the lives of Illinois women.
  2. Call on the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to implement the Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act, Public Law: 99-433 immediately.
  3. Vote YES to increase the minimum buying age for tobacco products in Illinois to 21 years.

 

SAMPLE WORKSHEET _______________________________________________________________________________

Introduction:

Name: Jane Doe
About my community: Lifelong resident of Englewood in Chicago, IL
Background info about me: I am 49 years old and have a family history of breast cancer. My whole family lives in the Englewood neighborhood. I am a single mother of 2 daughters and work for a small company that does not offer health insurance.


Funding cuts to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP): Directly affect women like myself.
In Illinois, the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) provides free cancer screenings to women who are uninsured. Because Latinas and African American women are more likely to be uninsured, they rely more often on this program here in Chicago.

This issue is personally important to me because (my story):
My mother and grandmother are breast cancer survivors, so I know the importance of having an annual mammogram. If it wasn't for the IBCCP I wouldn't be able to afford a mammogram.

The consequences of not supporting full funding for IBCCP are:
In the past, IBCCP has run out of funding for screening mammograms after only 4 months. For a program that is already underfunded, cuts could leave many women like me without access to preventive health screenings.

To address these needs, policymakers should:
Commit to funding IBCCP and implementing the Treatment Act to ensure that uninsured women can receive their recommended annual screenings for breast and cervical cancer and if needed can access affordable high quality treatment care.
Commit to supporting legislation that deters smoking in young people.

The Asks:
1. Vote YES to maintain $11million for IBCCP and protect the lives of Illinois women.
2. Call on the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to implement the Breast Cancer Excellence in Survival and Treatment (BEST) Act, Public Law: 99-433 immediately.
3. Vote YES to increase the minimum buying age for tobacco products in Illinois to 21 years.

 

Frequently Asked Questions by Legislators

Why fund the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) when there are various other organizations that provide breast health services to women in Illinois?

IBCCP specifically supports women who do not have the means to readily access mammography and cervical cancer screening services. While many organizations champion a variety of issues associated with the fight against breast cancer, the IBCCP was formed to assist underserved women all across Illinois in utilizing life-saving breast cancer preventive and treatment care. It is true that because IBCCP has been in crisis with underfunding for several years, the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force has succeeded in getting 16 Chicagoland hospitals to donate mammograms but it is not enough. We need our government to adequately fund this live saving program.

Is the IBCCP affiliated with other organizations?

IBCCP is a federal and state funded program for uninsured women and it provides life saving screenings to those women and covers diagnostics and treatment when necessary.

Why should we fund IBCCP? Don't other organizations provide similar services for the same target groups?

The fact that over the last 3 years, long waitlists for uninsured women seeking mammograms have developed, suggests that other resources are inadequate. Yes, organizations such as the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force succeed in getting some hospitals to donate mammograms and Susan G. Komen affiliates fund some free mammograms but it is not enough. Services provided by IBCCP prevent late detection of breast cancer and save lives. Early detection of breast cancer not only saves lives, it saves the state money in the long term. Late stage cancer treatment is far more expensive than treatment started at an earlier stage.

Why should we continue to fund IBCCP at the same level when participants can sign up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

The Illinois Department of Public Health estimates that only 30% of the women using IBCCP have signed up so far for an ACA option. And even with those sign ups, over this past year there have been waitlists. At the height of its funding, IBCCP was only serving 10% of uninsured age appropriate women. We hope that with some more sign ups next year that flat funding will be sufficient and that waitlists will not develop. If detection of breast cancer is delayed, it will cost the state far more money in much higher treatment costs for later stage breast cancer and the ultimate cost to women may be their lives.

Do mammograms really save lives?

Insert your personal story here about how preventive services has improved your (or a family member's) quality of life.
Yes, women whose breast cancer is detected today by a screening mammogram are 98% likely to be still alive 5 years later. If their breast cancer has spread, their survival is greatly reduced.

The most recently reported Canadian study used mammogram machines from 30 years ago and the cancers identified were much larger than those detected today with today's technology. Waiting until a woman's breast cancer is a large lump is really a huge gamble with her life.

The United States Preventive Health Task Force only looked at cost not years of life lost and also stated that their new guidelines didn't apply to African American women who often get breast cancer earlier and sometimes more aggressive breast cancer.

What is 3-D mammography (or other technical questions)?

If you don't know the answers, don't try to answer the question. Instead, insert your personal story here about how preventive services has improved your (or a family member's) quality of life.

What happens if my legislator walks away while I am still talking or is not available for a meeting?

Smile and remain positive and professional. Thank the legislator for their time and mention that you will leave information for them to review about IBCCP at their office.

 If you would like to see this page as a pdf, please use the link below.

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 Social Media Corps

Thank you for volunteering to be a member of the Corps for Advocacy Day! While the job isn't necessarily difficult, it's incredibly important in order to create pressure on legislators and promote our cause. Here's what we need from you:

BEFORE ADVOCACY DAY

Get everyone pumped and excited to see what you're doing!

  • Post articles or thoughts about breast cancer, treatments, and funding for preventive care like mammograms and Pap smears

  • Share the MCBCTF video on IBCCP to raise awareness. Make sure to include a compelling caption so others will watch!
    • Let people in your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) know where you will be and why
  • Try asking your friends to share or retweet your journey in support of all Illinois women at risk
    • Add your teammates so they can support and know who their media liaison is!
    • Consider sending them a message to introduce yourself
    • Some may not have social media; in that case, consider sending an email or text to let them know who you are

DURING ADVOCACY DAY

  • Post a picture, quote, or thought at least every hour
    • Consider setting an alarm on your phone to keep you accountable
  • Keep the conversation going in your group in between legislator meetings
    • Knowing what those around you are thinking and feeling can lead to powerful material. That said, consideration and respect for privacy is key. Always ask before posting an idea or picture that includes others.
    • Periodically remind your teammates to send you photos or quotes if they have them

For each post, we ask that you include at least one of our three Advocacy Day hashtags: #FundIBCCP, #ilgov, or #MCBCTF. This allows us and legislators to track our movements, and document the strength of our movement. As always, please use discretion when posting - unprofessional or hostile behavior from us only reduces our credibility and can diminish the power of our work. Now let's go get ‘em!
 

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