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Backdated: On The Plane From D.C.

Wow, that was a great experience today, lobbying…

Our school and schools from all over the country stayed at The L’enfant in Washington D.C. from Friday to Tuesday (well, for me, at least… others coming back Wednesday). I don’t even know how to summarize all that we did. Every day was a 12 hour day with workshops, delegation meetings, legislative briefings, regional meetings (Can I get a GPIT?! HEYYYY!) lmao… GPIT stands for Golden Pacific Is Terrific. Golden Pacific is the name of the region of school in California, Arizona, and some other states… lmao.

Oh man… well this morning we had to meet up at the front lobby of the hotel at 8:30am (ungodly hour, forreal status) so that we could all march to Capitol Hill together. We basically rallied with all 400 of us carrying signs, chanting, etc. Some of the things we chanted were:
– “What do we want?” “FREE EDUCATION!” “When do we want it?” “NOW!”
– “Education is a right! It’s our right. This is our fight.”
– “Everywhere we go (everywhere we go), people wanna know (people wanna know) who we are (who we are) so we tell them (so we tell them). We are the students (the mighty mighty students). Fighting for justice. And an education.”
– “We’re fed up!” “Can’t take it no more!”

When we got to a park we had a press conference. We basically said what we wanted and why, and etc. After about an hour of that we all dispersed and I went with Miguel, Jose, and Tina so we could find the building in which Congresswoman Lois Capps worked at so we could go lobby. Our appointment wasn’t until 1pm so we had over an hour to get some food, take photos around D.C., and etc. It was pretty damn fucking awesome, that’s for sure!! (:

I definitely want to go back next year!! (: Amazing, really.

Mm, I’mma watch a movie now… but I’ve written for the day and I honestly cannot describe how great and awesome it all was.

Ohoh!! And I made some amazing friends from UC Berkeley (Michelle, Dionne, Meghan). I sort of just struck up a friendship with them right away and I had dinner with them every night (+ Danny, Scott Lu, Bill Schiebler, Courtney Weaver). AND… I developed a major crush on the most gorgeous girl ever. Her name’s Kristi, and she attends Skyline, which is in NorCal. I need to find her on facebook… except of all people, I did NOT catch her last name. Argh… but anyway, every time we ran into each other I couldn’t stop staring into her eyes and I would just get all flustered and I’d get lost for words. She did smile every time and she always made it a point to talk to me… Omg she was just so amazingly gorgeous, cute, sexy… everything. <3 *sigh* I honestly hope to see her again or at least srsly find her on facebook. I dun have any photos of her, which is pretty emo stuff. How I first noticed her, apart from her gorgeous looks, was because I loved the way she wore her eyeliner… lmao. I’m so into make-up… >_>;

Anyway, yesyesyesss… movie time!!

Backdated: During Workshop

My contacts are just rly brng (really burning). Ergh I had my leftover Chinese food and omg… it was so much. And there is a Lunch Panel in 40 minutes.

This workshop on public policy is utterly pointless. Worst workshop ever. I wish I had chosen another one. I (unreadable, but positive word) the way I wrote the words lunch panel up there. Haha. Tomorrow is going to be nerve-racking. Argh… I’ve never lobbied before. >_> Eek. Hah idea from looking outside the window.

She’s touching the bottom of her shoe… the heel… ugh. So gross. She needs to wash her hands asap! Meh I am so sleepy… ugh. I slept like 11 hrs… w/ just a few times in which I woke up. Ugh, the east coast makes me so damn tired forreal. On the west coast I never sleep, but here wow – it’s all I want to do! Argh.

Later

– UC Fees have increased 93% in the last 7 years
– UCs in top 20 most expensive cities in CA.
– Students have been taxed services through referenda b/c no $
– The UC will be put on a blacklist b/c our fees have gone up > inflation
– Due to cuts to finaid, grants + loans on the state level, higher ed has become inaccessible
o Cut to LEAP -→ fed funding, matched to Cal Grant (which has decreased)
o Perkins loans & CCAMPIS, Pell, Fed Workstudy, FAFSA
– Diversity in UCs
o $ inc. academic prep
o TRIO, GEAR Up, under-repped ppl
– Hate Crimes
o Oxnard
o Lawrence King

Side note: I blogged about Lawrence King a few entries ago.

-1.5 million did not apply for finaid in 2004. FAFSA can be simplified by getting the info direct from IRS.
-2/3rds questions can be eliminated this way.
-Not everyone has access to that info (testimonials)

Backdated: Lobby Clinic Notes

Bill Schiebler, Dionne (sp?), Scott Lu → add to facebook

→ Office of member of Congress
(meet with legislators
go to office/mtg room and talk)

strong ask @ end (commitment)

Techniques/Tips
1. Leg Briefing – found out which higher education acts lobbying for

  • Be prepared
  • # ppl registered to vote UCSB

2. Demystifying your legislative target

  • Read biography (get along, casual, make it easier [relational])
  • Know how they voted

3. Strategically choose your roles

  • Educate them about how system effects us

4. Show your electoral power
5. Debrief your lobby visit

  • Don’t talk shit in the hall (lol)

Lobbying Roles
1. Facilitator

  • Intro agenda, meeting stays on task

2. Organizer

  • Call office, confirm appt, lobby visit folders

3. Notetaker

  • a. Records all questions asked & responses
  • b. Writes down followup
    (will you be voting for ______)
    “yes”, “no”, etc., ask if can attend press conference!

4. Testimonials

  • Personal stories, yours or friend
  • How affected

7 Steps To Successful Lobby Visit

Lobbying Tools
1. Congressional Voting Record
2. Program Awardees
3. Lobbying Talking Points
4. Lobby Visit Folder
(Leave-behinds inside)

Lol… compliment sandwich
– validate them on what they actually do, but them make pt. and nail it.

Sample Agenda
1. Opening
2. Intro
3. The “Thank You” (validate)
4. Issues/Personal Stories
5. Ask (one or one after every issue)
6. Wrap Up

Facts
Year?: 17% of budget
Now 11% to education

Role Play
Legislator – me! Lol.

Good/Bad
Need to personalize
How programs have benefited