What surrounds us, shapes us. Because opportunity is not distributed equally it is imperative that we use our voices, experiences and assets to promote actionable change. There are myriad opportunities to promote relationships, organizations, structures, and systems in becoming equitable. Advocacy is a means to address the conditions that contribute to health inequity and acknowledges that awareness is necessary, but insufficient to drive social change.
BTCC will coordinate, host, and promote opportunities to build and practice advocacy skills. We are committed to growing capacity to identify and champion policies and practices that will help people and communities thrive. Sign up for email updates to hear about future opportunities!
Didn’t catch our 2/6 Advocacy 101 training with Kate Cruikshank from the League of Women Voters? Check out the archived video here to learn how to effectively navigate the Indiana General Assembly, monitor legislation, and hear fellow community members’ questions about action at the state level.
Thanks to the ACHIEVE Coalition for asking BTCC to submit an article for INstride, south central Indiana’s wellness publication. We believe that access to wellness is not equitably distributed and we appreciate the invitation to share our thoughts on the power and potential of city planning efforts to promote health. Check out the INstride article, published 3.23.17, and written by Georg’ann Cattelona.
BTCC hosted two Advocacy Exchange events the week of March 20th. The gatherings included groups that ranged in scope, focus, and strategies. A few groups developed in the last 4 months and others have existed 100 years. Some are a part of a national effort and others are exclusively local.
We are offering for the second time our Advocacy 101 training, led by Kate Cruikshank of the League of Women Voters. Kate offers us a primer to the state legislature: how to navigate the website, what happens to bills as they wend their way through the statehouse, and when can be effective to call or contact your legislator.
Who knew city planning could be so interesting? Yep, I never in a million years would have guessed that I would be looking forward to the chance to dive into our community’s Comprehensive Master Plan, the vision for what Bloomington will look like in 2040. But I am.
By Georg’ann Cattelona, BTCC core group member
What surrounds us shapes us…. Join us at the MC3 Summit on December 15th!
Monroe County Youth Council and ICADV Youth Council member shares her perspective on youth advocacy.
BTCC hosted the second training in our Advocacy series on August 17th. Lisa Marchal, the Senior Global Grassroots Associate for RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund, introduced three tools to help people unite the personal with the political to ignite change in their communities.
This two-hour workshop, led by Kate Cruikshank of the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County, focused on voter education and literacy basics, how to monitor legislation, and explored what advocacy can look like at the state level.