The Issaquah branch is involved in shaping public policy at the national, state and local level. We only advocate on issues that align with stated mission and goals of the national organization.
The national AAUW organization has a large public policy program. Our members can directly lobby their representatives and senators through the AAUW Two Minute Activist. This web-based tool makes it easy to send personalized e-mails to the members of Congress. Members can sign-up to receive alerts on the issues before Congress and send timely messages.
For more information on the National AAUW Public Policy program, please go to www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy.
For more information on the AAUW Two Minute Activist, please go to capwiz.com/aauw/home/.
Each year that the state legislature is in session, AAUW Washington organizes a Lobby Day, usually held in late January. Hosted by the Olympia branch of AAUW, the morning session provides members with the opportunity to learn about the issues being considered by the state legislature in the current session. After lunch there is time to meet with the legislators from the individual districts and/or attend public sessions. The entire day is a chance to meet and share with AAUW members from around the state.
At the local level the branch has many opportunities to get involved. We advocate on schools, women's health issues and equal pay. To support the entire community for the 2012 election, we worked with the Issaquah Press and the League of Women Voters to host a candidates' forum.