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The beginning of February means one thing for those of us in the advocacy world – our legislators are headed back to Springfield, and we need to go with them!

PCG is gearing up for an exciting legislative session. We’re focused on a number of important issues and are hopeful that with hard work — and some help from you — we’ll have something to celebrate come June. So, before your calendar gets too full, we’d like to let you know about a number of opportunities to come with us to Springfield. Consider joining us once, or four times! We promise that whatever time or effort you can commit to WILL make a difference.

The following is a list of our planned “Faith-in-Action Days” in Springfield. Some of them will be big, with many other organizations participating. Others will be smaller, planned with a few faith partners. All of them promise to be a wonderful experience. Read on for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact us (ldfriedrich@thecommongood.org or courtney@thecommongood.org) if you have any questions or want more information. We hope you’ll consider partnering with us in this important work!

Wednesday, February 10th – Reproductive Health Coalition, Day in Springfield
PCG, along with a number of coalition partners, will be headed to Springfield to educate legislators on the new Reproductive Health and Access Bill. The event is free, includes lunch and a t-shirt, and transportation help is available! Contact Courtney Eccles at 312-223-9544 ×221, if you’re interested.

Tuesday, February 16th – Faith Day for a Responsible Budget
PCG, along with some of our faith partners will be holding a press conference and delivering the Faith Letter for a Responsible Budget to the legislature. If you haven’t signed the letter, please do! If you want to come to Springfield to help us deliver it, talk to legislators, and participate in a press conference, contact Laura Dean Friedrich at 312-223-9544 ×223. This is a meaningful way to start the Lenten season!

Wednesday, March 10th – Environmental Day in Springfield
PCG, and our environmental partners across the state, will head to Springfield yet again, this time to focus on some significant environmental legislation. The event includes a reception and training the evening before, lunch on the 10th, and the chance to become more involved in our environmental advocacy efforts. See the flier for more information; register online and contact Courtney with any questions!

Wednesday, April 21st – Lutheran Day in Springfield
Attend the Lutherans’ annual advocacy day. Their event consists of training, lunch, and visiting with legislators. The Responsible Budget Coalition will probably also have a large rally that afternoon. More details to come, but contact Laura Dean if you want to get involved.

Each Wednesday between April 21st and May 26th: Faith-in-Action Wednesdays at the Capitol
Can’t attend our lobby day on Feb. 16th, but still want to come to Springfield to talk about the need for a responsible budget? Join us ANY WEDNESDAY between April 21st and May 26th and we’ll start the day off with a training and prayer service, the chance to visit legislators, and lunch. Come with a group or by yourself – we’ll be in Springfield every Wednesday. See the flier for more information or contact Laura Dean.


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