Keys to Grassroots Policy Success: Wide Net, Narrow Focus
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - If you spend any time at the West Virginia state capitol during the annual 60-day legislative session, you'll notice many voices clamoring for the attention of our state's part-time lawmakers. All citizens are welcome to approach legislators with ideas and requests, but average citizens generally don't have the time or the know-how to impact state policy decisions. One grassroots initiative has been working to change that. Read/Listen
In Lewisburg, Clarksburg, Hurricane and Martinsburg, citizens are meeting this month to celebrate policy success, learn how to advocate for the issues they care about and craft initiatives to champion in the upcoming legislative session.
The Our Children Our Future Regional Policy Workshops, co-sponsored by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and the West Virginia Community Development Hub, are an effort to build momentum and consensus for this year's legislative agenda.