Our To-Do List

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The session ended Saturday.  What happens now?  We start planning for next year.

We stayed united–across party lines–to win very real changes (protecting child care centers/SB146, winning drivers licenses so families could get back to work/634, protecting children’s funding, and empowering nurses), but this session wasn’t pretty.  Party-line votes, ugly debates, and attacks on basic protections for workers.  A budget battle looms where the casualties could be public education and health care.

Worst of all: we continued to pass the buck on the big problems that saddle our state… roads, jobs, obesity, drug abuse, crumbling schools.

That’s where you come in.

No legislature, no party, no single candidate was ever going to solve these problems for us.  It’s up to us.  
Here are 7 ways that each of us can pitch in right now and help decide the future of our state.

1. Mark your calendar for next week.  Monday March 21st at 4pm at Asbury United Methodist (501 Elizabeth St) we will have our Legislative Wrap-up Panel with (tentative speakers): Sen. Chris Walters, Del. Nancy Guthrie, Lida Shepherd and others (call-in option at4pm that day, 605.475.4700, passcode 405519#).

Then, Thursday March 24th at 10am at the 1114 Quarrier St. Charleston YWCA, we will do a Policy Brainstorm & Discussion to begin laying out the issues we will fight for in the 2016 elections.

2. Submit your own policy idea on-line. Can’t make it to Charleston next week?  No problem.  Anyone can submit their idea on-line now.  Click here. If our government won’t come up with bold policy solutions, it’s up to us.

3. Register for our Annual Convention & Policy Summit at Pierpont College. This is our most important moment of the year.  We will elect our new Steering Committee, debate and vote on which issues to adopt next, and strategize how we will educate and turnout over 24,000 voters statewide.

4. Get trained.  You can register now for a 6-part Interfaith Leadership Training Course coming up in Charleston.   Try This regional gatherings are also coming up this spring in New River Gorge, North Central, and Mid-Ohio Valley regions (click here and scroll down for full list).

5. Register for the Try This Conference, June 3-4.  Help knock West Virginia off the top of the worst health lists…join us at this 550-person conference at WV Wesleyan, and trade ideas of what you can take back to your own community.

6. Help plan our first-ever Student-led Summer Institute.  Fill out this survey if you want your group to be a part of planning this important new student leadership conference in August.  We’re assembling the planning team now, which will be co-chaired by students Takeiya Smith, Chad Wall, and Eddie Sloane.

7. Come work or intern with the Campaign.  E-mail Alexandra@OurFutureWV.org if you are interested in one of 10 door-to-door organizer jobs starting May 1st in Morgantown and Charleston.    Check-out internship opportunities here.

What happens now for West Virginia?  It’s for us to decide.

Sincerely,

Your OCOF Team