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Emerging Leaders take their voices to the Capitol

Posted on April 26, 2012, by United Way in Education Health

Last week, I was joined by two members of United Way's Emerging Leaders at United Way's annual “Day at the Capitol” in Sacramento.

Clayton Gaddis, Pam Gabriel and I met with with 20 Senators and Assemblymembers - that's double the number of legislators United Way met with in 2011! - to advocate for legislation that supports United Way's efforts to cut poverty.

We urged legislators to support health care enrollment for low-income families under the Affordable Care Act, and shared United Way's perspective on budget priorities that are critical to sustain the safety-net of our most vulnerable citizens. We also voiced United Way's opposition to the elimination of the Healthy Families program, which currently offers health care to 875,000 low-income children.

"Capitol Day gave me the opportunity to advocate for the families and children who are quietly being forgotten. The voices of these families may be quiet, but with mine and yours, we can confidently say to our legislators 'careful, we will get loud.' ” - Clayton Gladdis, United Way Emerging Leader

Our annual “Day at the Capitol” mobilized United Way representatives from every region in California. This year, we collectively met with more 75 legislators.

This year, UPS generously sponsored our Day at the Capitol. We are proud to be connected with a corporate partner who values building strong resilient communities and recognizes the power of advocating for good public policy.

I am so inspired by our corporate volunteers, who not only support us financially, but also lent us their voices of support in good policies for children and their families.

Learn more about United Way's advocacy work and how to sign up to get involved by visiting our website at:http: //www.uwba.org/mobilize/advocate

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