Public Policy

Anne Arundel County Branch Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs: Roxann King, roxann.king1@gmail.com; Vera Torrence, vdtorrence@verizon.net.

Erin Prangley, Vice President for Public Policy, AAUW Maryland
AAUW Maryland: aauw-md.aauw.net/ 

Pam Yuen, Senior Government Relations Coordinator, AAUW
AAUW National: aauw.org

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PUBLIC POLICY
Vera Torrence and Roxann King

Here is our fall agenda:

  • In October, we will be co-sponsoring four political forums with the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County. At each forum we need approximately ten volunteers, to welcome guests, to screen questions, to distribute and collect question cards and to distribute water. The forums will be held from 7-9 p.m. on October 9 for Districts 31A and 31B Senatorial and Delegate Candidates at Chesapeake Arts Center, 196 Hammond’s Lane, Brooklyn Park; on October 10 for Districts 30A and 30B Senatorial and Delegate Candidates at Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis; on October 11, for District 33 Senatorial and Delegate Candidates, at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park; and on October 17, for District 32 Senatorial and Delegate Candidates, at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church, 8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton. Please consider volunteering to help and let Vera (vdtorrence@verizon.net) or Roxann (roxann.king1@gmail.com) know of your commitment as soon as possible. Click here to see the candidates who have committed to participating in the forums.
  • At our October 8 Branch meeting, our guest speaker is Wesley Queen who serves as Director of the Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy Program (LLIPP),located in the UM School of Public Health. He will introduce us to the Legacy Leadership Program as some of you may be interested in taking advantage of this valuable learning opportunity. The Legacy Leadership recruits, offers training and placement of Maryland residents 50+ in age, in governmental offices as volunteer service leaders during the ninety day session of the Maryland General Assembly. In addition to serving as the program coordinator since 2007, Wesley is an alum of the first (2001) class of Legacy Leaders. If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2018-2019 class, please fill out the application: https://go.umd.edu/legacyleaders2018. If you would like to learn more about the program see: http://sph.umd.edu/content/community/hlsa/ca/legacy-leadership-institute-public-policy. If you have any questions, please call Wes Queen (301)405-2529, or email wqueen@umd.edu. Upon receipt of your application, they will reach out to you to schedule a personal interview.
  • Our branch and AAUW Maryland both belong to Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW),which is a coalition of many organizations in Maryland that supports legislation to improve the lives of women nd girls and families in Maryland. MLAW’s fall 2018conference will be on November 17, 2018, at Notre Dame of Maryland University, located at 4701 N.
    Charles Street in Baltimore. Advocacy groups sponsoring legislation in the Maryland General
    Assembly session for 2019 will present during the morning session. In the afternoon there is an advocacy training session for those interested. Details will soon
    be available on the MLAW web site, https://mdlegagendaforwomen.org. We will have
    several members present at this conference. Please contact Vera or Roxann if you plan to be with us there.
  • On Thursday mornings when the U.S. Congress is in session, members of AAUW Lobby Corps meet, get briefed and visit offices of U.S. Senators and House members to lobby issues promoted by AAUW. Lobby Corps volunteers must receive training to participate.
    Watch for a date for the fall training for new lobby corps members. The original scheduled date of September 6 has been postponed. Meanwhile, make sure that you are a 2 minute activist on national issues by registering your email and contact details at
    http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50796/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=15505.
  • Beginning on Monday, October 1 and continuing each first Monday of the month through June 2019, AAUW of Maryland will be holding conference calls to plan and advance our 2019 state legislative agenda. During the calls we will be looking for volunteers to represent AAUW-MD at coalition meetings; draft written testimony, social media content, letters to the editor, and op-eds; testify before legislative committees; and send messages to their members of the Maryland General Assembly. Some of the issues we will be working on this year include pay equity, pregnancy discrimination, human trafficking, patients’ rights, child support for higher education, and student access to emergency contraception.