Intern Lobby Day: Taking the Right to Contraception Act to our Lawmakers
National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Government Relations and Advocacy (GR&A) summer interns, Maddie Glassman and Sydney Hastings-Wilkins, kicked off the month of August with Intern Lobby Day! Our interns hold an Intern Lobby Day each college semester – and each summer – to lobby our lawmakers on a priority bill for NCJW. This summer’s priority bill was the Right to Contraception Act, a bicameral piece of legislation that would codify the right to contraception and prevent restrictions being put in place by any government. Our interns made their way to the House and Senate offices accompanied by our Chief Policy Officer, Jody Rabhan, to share with our legislators the importance of this bill and why NCJW is proud to stand behind it.
Here’s a peek into our young lobbyists trip!
A beautiful day on the Hill for our young lobbyists to speak with our House and Senate lawmakers on the importance of the Right to Contraception Act. Pictured here are our interns, Sydney and Maddie, outside the Cannon House Office Building before for their visit to the office of Representative Debbie Dingell!
(Left) Right outside Rep. Dingell’s office in the House Building after a very successful meeting talking about how the Right to Contraception Act protects an individual’s right to access all forms of contraception. (Right) On to the office of Senator Bill Cassidy to discuss what the Right to Contraception Act can do to ensure providers’ ability to offer the complete range of reproductive healthcare services to their patients.
(Left) In between meetings, our interns got access to the House gallery! Stepping into the room where so many of our lawmakers work was the motivation they needed for their last office visit of the day. (Right) Sydney and Maddie’s last meeting on the Hill after an empowering day of advocacy for reproductive health care and contraception access!
Our interns expressed deep gratitude to have had the opportunity to meet with the offices of our lawmakers and advocate for legislation that is so important to both of them as well as the work of NCJW. Meet with lawmakers face-to-face the power of constituents and NCJW is hopeful that our visits will spur action from our legislators, as personal experiences guided by our Jewish values are shared as reasons to support the Right to Contraception Act.
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