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Here is a brief re-cap of our meeting last week…
We had a guest speaker; Dave Norris, former Mayor of the City of Charlottesville spoke to the group about political advocacy and how to approach legislature. He learned a lot about politics when he was advocating for affordable housing. He realized the needs of the community were not being reflected in the city’s decision making. He decided to get more involved in city politics, got his message out, and ended up running for Mayor, which he won against all odds, and was able to make some of the needed changes in the city regarding affordable housings.
#1 Lesson — You have to get on the inside of politics to make changes! Or at least have allies on the inside.
• Pay attention to who is running for office
• Talk to as many people as you can and get your message out
• Get other people involved – mobilize them!
• Show up when important legislators are making important decisions. They pay attention to who shows up, and think they can ignore you when you don’t show up.
• Get behind candidates that will support the issues.
On a local level, Wes Bellamy and Kathy Galvin, are up for re-election in Charlottesville, so right now they are vulnerable. Now is the time to contact them and pin them down on the prohibition issue.
Also focus on shifting public opinion. Get out there and talk to as many people as possible and get as much media exposure as possible. Ending prohibition is an important issue, and it is a winning issue. The more you can normalize it, the better. The tide is turning, and change is coming. The majority of Virginia citizens are in favor of ending prohibition. They cannot ignore us forever.
Questions & Answers
How do we approach legislators that don’t want to talk to us?
Answer: Get their constituents in the room with them. Their #1 goal is to be reelected. If you vote for them, they listen. They listen to money, too.
Who are the prohibitionists that are opposing legalization, who we need to win over?
Answer: When they were trying to pass marijuana de-prioritization in Charlottesville it was the drug rehab treatment community who led the effort locally. It is important to talk to prohibitionists directly.
• Get a public discussion going before the election. Radio interviews, writing to your local newspaper, media coverage.
• Join Facebook pages of every one in your district, and Twitter – contact them often.
• Attend events where politicians will be, and talk to them. Sept/Oct is crunch time for political events right before elections.
Two that are happening soon in Virginia:
Greene County Republican Pig Roast Oct 6th
Albemarle Republicans have a meeting at the Doubletree 2nd Sat of every month – next month George Allen is attending, and other prominent people
There will be a national campaign coming very soon, so break out your thesaurus and put your feelings about cannabis prohibition to paper or email, or both! You can also send a tweet to your legislators. It’s simple and can be done in no time. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Attend a meeting in your area. Check out NORML.org for more details on your local chapter. Every voice matters! #ComeOutGreen #VANORML #JANORML
**Thank you Mrs. Tammy Mundy for sharing the minutes you documented so well last Tuesday. It is people like you that make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Dedication is the key to success!**