Legislative Advocacy

Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people died, students’ survivors, teachers and family members of those who lost their lives have been very active. So far they have done the following:

Attended the Florida State Legislature to talk to legislators; Participated in a CNN town hall with legislators and a NRA representative Attended the White House to speak with the president Rally outside the White House Organized walkouts from school in which students across the country have

Organize two national days of action, one in March and the other in April Continue to engage the media by appearing in interviews in which they provide a very articulated and concise message. Your task: Regardless of your personal opinion related to gun rights, for the purposes of this extra credit, you must “put on” your social worker hat. In no more than three pages (title and reference page do not count) include the following: Review the NASW Code of Ethics and, based on it, identify the reasons of why social workers must be part of this movement. Make sure to name specific codes of ethics in your rationale; Based on your readings, videos and exercises: identify what legislative advocacy tools social workers should be using right now to support the movement. Make sure to explain why and the message;

Based on your readings, videos and exercises: identify what legislative advocacy tools social workers should be using in the future to support the movement. (remember that after every shooting, people try to organize on this issues but after the initial shock of the situation, nothing happens and it dwindles down) Make sure to explain why and the message;

Identify at a few legislators (they can be a combination of state legislators and U.S.
congressperson) from you area that you would talk to if you were a political social worker working on this issues, and identify the following o What would you do before the meeting? o What would be the purpose of the meeting with them? o List three to five talking points for the meeting (I recommend you review the talking points of the student survivors, and of advocacy organizations) o What would be “your” ask? o Who would you bring to the meeting with you and what would their roles be? o What would be your plan if they agree with you? And, what would be the plan if they don’t agree with you? If they agree with you, how would you plan to keep them engaged? If they don’t agree with you, would you think of any ways to reengage, maybe a compromise on something minor to start building the relationship? o What would you be bringing to the meeting? And, would you be leaving anything with the legislators? o What would be your plan to ensure a follow up? o What would you do after the meeting?

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