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“Being an advocate opened up a much larger and more diverse community of change-makers than just volunteering ever could have. Advocating means getting a conversation started, and that means speaking, meeting, and befriending an entirely new and fascinating group of people.”
Josephine McCormick

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.

Capacity Building

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.

Featured Resources

 The Indiana General Assembly 2018 Session starts on January 3rd.  It’s a short session this year, ending by March 14th, but legislators will still be voting on hundreds of bills. Instead of digging through and monitoring legislation, you could use your time for outreach, organizing, and engagement.  Ping the People is a free and open source project dedicated to the proposition that it should be easy for Hoosiers to keep tabs on what’s happening in the Indiana Statehouse.  Check out Ping the People soon to set up personal watch lists and sign up for email and/or text alerts in real-time.  

What Surrounds Us Shapes Us

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.

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Advocacy Exchanges

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.

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Advocacy 101- Event Video Available

Archived video from 2/6 available now!

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Join us again for Advocacy 101!

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.

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Let’s get planning, as in Comprehensive Master Planning!

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

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Monroe County Childhood Conditions (MC3) Summit

What surrounds us shapes us…. Join us at the MC3 Summit on December 15th!

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Youth Speak Out: The Importance of Advocacy

Monroe County Youth Council and ICADV Youth Council member shares her perspective on youth advocacy.

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Advocacy 102

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.

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Advocacy 101

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.

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Viewing and Doing: The Raising of America

Over 50 attendees gathered at WonderLab to watch the signature hour of the documentary series The Raising of America and listen to and ask questions of a dynamic and passionate group of local panelists.

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