A letter from the Outreach Manager of Compassion & Choices NY
I hope this message finds you doing well. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Amanda Cavanaugh and I am the Outreach Manager for Compassion & Choices NY. As our campaign begins to prepare for our most exciting event of the year, our Lobby Day, I wanted to be sure that you were one of the first to receive an invitation.
It is a really great time for The Medical Aid in Dying Act. This year, our campaign to expand end-of-life options in the Empire State has been moving forward at full steam. We’ve recently held events in Albany, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island, Saratoga Springs, and we’re heading to the Catskills within the month. Soon, we’ll hold our biggest event yet.
On May 9, Compassion & Choices supporters will gather for a lobby day in Albany. We’ll meet with legislators to tell them why New Yorkers feel so strongly about authorizing medical aid in dying. It’s an important opportunity to build support with face-to-face interactions and share personal stories.
Here you can find detailed information, including sign up:
2017 Lobby Day Info
We have also created a Facebook Event, please share it with anyone whom you may think is interested:
WHAT: Compassion & Choices Lobby Day in Albany
WHERE: NY State Capitol, State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY (meet on the 3rd floor outside the Senate chambers)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, at 9:00 a.m.
Last May, our lobby day was a huge success – more than 100 dedicated supporters registered, and with our bright yellow shirts, we were noticed by the press and throughout the Capitol by lawmakers and other advocates. Though we were well-received by lawmakers, we walked away knowing that we needed to provide more education to make sure legislators and their staffs are fully informed about medical aid in dying.
That’s why we need you to join us in Albany on May 9. Elected officials are eager to know where their constituents stand on medical aid in dying, and this is your chance to impact their decision making.
We will arrange visits with supporters Senators and Assemblymembers, as well as other influential lawmakers, and provide training, materials and talking points in advance. Compassion & Choices yellow t-shirts will be available if you need one! If you need assistance with transportation or lodging, please let us know on the RSVP page.
Feel free to prepare personal stories in advance of your visit. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for lawmakers to hear personal stories about why this issue means so much to all of us.
For any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.
I look forward to seeing you in May!