Opposition to the Medical Aid in Dying Act is heating up. What can you do?

The opposition to medical aid in dying has been very active in the past few weeks:

The opposition is heating up and getting loud, and we have to show that supporters of the Medical Aid in Dying Act are in the majority.

We are stepping up our campaign in the month of May with lots of in-district work and our big Spring Lobby Day on May 9th.

You can raise your voice today. Click here to send a message to your elected officials: https://www.compassionandchoices.org/…/tell-the-legislature/

And Save the Date to come to Albany on May 9 for our big Spring Lobby Day! Here’s the registration page link: http://bit.ly/2nNGIlp or email us at NY@compassionandchoices.org for more information.

I encourage all of you to follow and like us on Facebook (see at the bottom of this page) for daily campaign updates, and invite your friends and colleagues. We need mainstream supporters to join our campaign now more than ever. Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you on May 9th.
 
Corinne

 

 

Why we need you to join us on May 9 Lobby Day (info)

A letter from the Outreach Manager of Compassion & Choices NY


Good Afternoon,

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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1306728642743122/

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.

Here is a copy of the flyer that we will be using to advertise this event, please share with anyone whom you think may be interested.

LobbyDay2017Flyer (1)

For any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

I look forward to seeing you in May!

Warmly,

Amanda

acavanaugh@compassionandchoices.org

Join us on May 9 for LOBBY DAY in Albany 2017

Lobby Day • January 2016

Gather with us in Albany on Tuesday, May 9, at 11 am for Lobby Day! Lobby Day consists of attending assigned group meetings with NYState Assemblypeople or their staffs to show them the human face behind the important Medical Aid in Dying Act. You can share your story about why you support the law or simply sit in on the meeting(s) to show your support. The meetings will be over by around 3 pm.

Read this story about last year’s Lobby Day.

Transportation to and from Albany

We have a supporter in New York City who is willing to pay for a bus. The bus would drive up to Albany from the city, stopping in Westchester and maybe points north if there are enough people who want to ride the bus.

Let us know if you’re planning to be at Lobby Day and whether you’re interested in a bus ride via our Contact page so we can gauge interest.

May 10 New York Lobby Day in Albany = Big Success!

Lobby Day • January 2016
Lobby Day • January 2016

May 14 update:

We achieved our goal on Lobby Day on May 10—getting the word out about the important medical aid in dying issue! If you visit the C&C New York FB page you can read all about the 100 meetings we held that day AND the new Medical Aid in Dying Act that was introduced at a press conference that morning. There are also links to press coverage and moving speeches that were given that day by a variety of supporters of this compassionate law.

Here is the full bill if you want to read it over:

Medical Aid in Dying Act

We’ve learned that the bill will be considered in committee by our legislators very soon, so please make sure to reach out to your representative to let her or him know how and why you support this bill (see info on doing that at the bottom of this page/website).


Here is our original April 25 post on Spring Lobby Day:

This past January, Stacey and Laura along with 60+ other volunteer supporters gathered at the Albany state house to spend the day meeting with lawmakers to find out where they stand on the legislation authorizing medical aid in dying in New York and leaving them with packets of great background info. We were all novices, but the day was very well organized by Compassion & Choices and considered a big success, putting human faces on our important issue.

We want to have an even bigger show of support this May. Consider joining other Compassion & Choice supporters from around the state in Albany on Tuesday, May 10. If you want to have a real impact on this issue, this is a great way to do it!

Below is information (along with a “more info” link) about this important day from NYS Campaign Director Corinne Carey. If you plan to attend Lobby Day on May 10, please RSVP at the link below but also send a note to Stacey and Laura at lhv.compassion@gmail.com letting us know you’re interested, too.

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Corinne Carey • January Lobby Day

March 29, 2016

As you know, our campaign to expand end-of-life options in the Empire State has been moving forward at full steam. We’ve recently held organizing events in Rochester, Albany, and Long Island, and we’re planning to make trips to Buffalo, Syracuse, and the Catskills within the month. And soon, we’ll hold our biggest event yet.

On May 10, 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 sharing personal stories.

Click here to RSVP to our lobby day on May 10. 

WHAT: Compassion & Choices Spring 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 10, at 11:00 a.m.

Our January lobby day was a huge success – more than 85 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 10. 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.

https://www.compassionandchoices.org/event/spring-lobby-day-in-albany/

We will arrange visits with your Senator and Assemblymember, 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 your 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.

Corinne

Corinne Carey
NY Campaign Director

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