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Get Your Elected Representatives’ Attention Virtual Workshop
August 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Can I text my legislator or should I email them? Does a mailed letter ever get read? What information should I include in my communication?
Learn helpful tips on how and what to do when contacting your elected representatives about issues that matter to you and your community. We will identify your representatives, practice different approaches, and discuss follow-up actions to use throughout the current redistricting process. We’ll also be joined by S.C. State Representative Spencer Whetmore to hear first-hand how legislators connect with constituents and keep track of issues/bills in which those constituents have interest.
We’ll focus on holding your state legislators accountable for how new district maps are drawn this fall based on 2020 Census data, but the tips and tools will apply to approaching your legislators about any issue important to you.
This interactive workshop includes individual and group exercises and will provide template talking points and contact information for your legislators.
Hosted by SC WIL in partnership with All in Together
FREE virtual workshop! – registration required. Limited space available.
Meet the Facilitators
Elizabeth Stribling is the Research and Special Projects Coordinator for South Carolina Women in Leadership. In this position, she supports SC WIL’s Fair Voting initiative currently focusing on redistricting. Elizabeth creates strategies for engaging women on issues of civic importance, fosters relationships with allied organizations, and provides research support to her team.
Elizabeth brings over five years experience in nonprofit management and strategy from her time launching The Undergarment Society, a 501(c)(3) that provides new bras and underwear to girls and women escaping domestic violence, homelessness, and other unsafe conditions. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the nonprofit serves over twenty Lowcountry organizations and has donated close to 15,000 undergarments. Elizabeth was recently nominated for a Spotlight Award which honors members of the community fulfilling the legacy of the Emmanuel 9.
In addition to entrepreneurial talents, Elizabeth has been a classroom teacher for over a decade. She was a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the College of Charleston and most recently taught middle school at The Porter Gaud School. Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters in English and Composition.
Erin Baranko is a Program and Communications Assistant at All in Together. In this role, she provides logistical, administrative, and communications support for programs and initiatives at AIT. Before joining All In Together, Erin worked as a Council Aide for Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu where she counseled constituents on key issues and upcoming legislation.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in History and Gender & Sexuality Studies. During her undergraduate experience, she worked to create a more equitable and inclusive campus as a student fellow at her College’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. She also served as Vice President of Every Vote Counts Claremont, a student-led organization dedicated to mobilizing student voters and increasing turnout.
Erin is excited to work at the intersection of civic engagement and gender justice. She is passionate about making voting and civic participation more accessible, particularly for historically marginalized populations.
Guadalupe Gonzalez is the Community Engagement Manager for All in Together. In this role, she leads the Community Leadership Program and develops partnerships, programs, and tools that engage women to grow their civic leadership and support them in achieving equal voice and participation in America’s civic and political life.
Guadalupe has over eight years of experience working in community development, public policy, program design, and social change strategies in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in both the U.S and Latin America. Her areas of expertise include gender/racial justice, human rights, immigration, and civic engagement focusing on underserved communities.
Guadalupe’s experience across sectors gives her a comprehensive approach to complex and systemic problems. In the government sector, she worked at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs as the Legal Initiatives Coordinator. In her previous nonprofit work, she managed grassroots nonprofits and developed programs for underserved and immigrant communities. She has also performed as a Corporate Social Responsibility auditor for diverse international firms and has teaching experience as a college lecturer for Human Rights and International Security.
Guadalupe holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Urban Development from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, as well as a Master in International Affairs (MIA) from Anahuac University Mexico.
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