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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

4/6/2010

Join the White House Conference Campaign

For the White House Conference on Children and Youth to become a reality the President and Congress will have to act on legislation (HR 618 & S 938)!

April is Prevent Child Abuse Month. To recognize this month we are building the momentum to reconvene the White House Conference on Children and Youth.† We ask CWLA members to join us in an on-going campaign throughout the month of April. Below are some steps to take to join us in this exciting endeavor.

***WEEK 1 (April 5th): CALL your Representative***
This week we want EVERYONE to call their Member of Congress.† To contact your Members of Congress, dial (202) 224-3121 and use the script below. The operator who answers the phone will ask to which Senator or Representative you would like to speak. To find out who your Representative is, click here.

SCRIPT
When you're connected to an office, tell the staffer who answers the phone:

Hi, my name is† (state your name) and Iím a constituent (If you are also a parent, child care provider, community leader, etc., feel free to mention that as well). I am calling because I believe that it is time to reconvene the White House Conference on Children and Youth. I would like to ask the Representative to support and/or cosponsor HR 618.

BUT WAIT THEREíS MORE:
Don't forget to sign-on to the call for the White House Conference on Children and Youth as an agency joining more than 800 other organizations.† Not all CWLA agencies have signed on, so if you are a member but have yet to do so, join us today!

BACKGROUND ON THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE 4-WEEKS-IN-APRIL CAMPAIGN
*WEEK 1 (April 5th): CALL your Representative
*Week 2 (April 12) SEND a postcard (and ask others) to the President asking him to endorse and sign into law HR 618/S 938 and then issue the call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth (target mailing date is April 15). You can order postcards by emailing us at govaffairs@cwla.org (the first 25 postcards are free for CWLA members).
*Week 3 (April 19) URGE your State Legislature to pass a state resolution in support of a White House Conference on Children and Youth
*Week 4 (April 26) CALL your 2 U.S. Senators

Below is a list of key states/members based on a strategy of states with high CWLA membership and possible Republicans who might go on the bill. If your agency is in one of these congressional districts (or as a statewide agency covering several of these districts) please do additional outreach and ask them to cosponsor HR 618.

Illinois:
Rep. Roskam (6th)
Rep. Kirk (10th)
Rep. Biggert (13th)
Rep. Johnson (15th)
Rep. Manzullo (16th)
Rep. Schock (18th)
Rep. Shimkus (19th)

Ohio:
Rep. Schmidt (2nd)
Rep. Turner (3rd)
Rep. Boehner (8th)
Rep. Jordan (4th)
Rep. Latta (5th)
Rep. Austria (7th)
Rep. Tiberi (12th)
Rep. LaTourette (14th)

New Jersey:
Rep. LoBiondo (2nd)
Rep. Smith (4th)
Rep. Garnett (5th)
Rep. Lance (7th)
Rep. Frelinghuysen (11th)

Pennsylvania:
Rep. Thompson (5th)
Rep. Gerlach (6th)
Rep. Shuster (9th)
Rep. Dent (15th)
Rep. Pitts (16th)
Rep. Murphy (18th)

California:
Rep. Lungren (3rd)
Rep. McClintock (4th)
Rep. Radonovich (19th)
Rep. Nunes (21st)
Rep. McCarthy (22nd)
Rep. Gallegly (24th)
Rep. McKeon (25th)
Rep. Drier (26th)
Rep. Royce (40th)
Rep. Miller, Gary (42nd)
Rep. Calvert (44th)

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