A letter from the NY Campaign Director of Compassion & Choices
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know you’re interested, too.
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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.
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.
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.
NY Campaign Director