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At state capitols around the country, MS activists, Government Relations Committee (GRC) members and other volunteers convene annually to learn about MS advocacy priorities. Through coordinated in-person visits, they share those priorities with State Senators, Representatives, Assembly members, and other policy makers.
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Date & Time

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location

Washington State Capitol: Columbia Room (Ground / 1st Floor)
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98504
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There is no fee to attend.

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About this Event

At Washington State Action Day, MS activists have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of all affected by MS, sharing their story and encouraging our elected officials to enact statewide policies to help people with MS live their best lives.

State Action Day is inside the State Capitol in Olympia and fully accessible. MS Activists will learn about the National MS Society's legislative priorities in the morning and meet with their state legislators in the afternoon. By advocating on behalf of the 12,000 people with MS in our state, participants will be leaders in the movement for world free of MS!

Limited financial assistance for travel to attend the State Action Day is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact Linnea Nasman with questions at linnea.nasman@nmss.org or 800-344-4867, ext. 40237.

If you are unable to attend this event in person, be sure to sign up for our MS Activist Network for updates and ways to be involved.

State Action Day Agenda

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration Opens in Columbia Room
  • 10:00 a.m. – Noon: Program, including legislative issue briefings, keynote speakers, and advocacy skills training session
  • Noon: Lunch and legislative visits
  • 2:00 p.m.: Complete legislative visits and adjourn

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Issues

We are currently developing our priority issues for the year in partnership with our MS activist leaders and Government Relations Advisory Committee. One of our issues will likely include policies to improve access to MS medications. Additional information and handouts on our priority issues will be available in January on this webpage.

Pre-Event Webinars

We will offer two optional pre-event webinars to help you prepare for your day at the State Capitol. Mark your calendars for Jan. 19 & 26, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration information and reminders will be sent to event registrants via email.

Scheduling an Appointment with Your Legislator

Attendees will need to make their own appointments with legislators before traveling to Olympia. You’ll learn more about how to do this during the January teleconferences. Make your appointments as early as possible, ideally two to three weeks before the event. We will provide information on scheduling information with your legislator in the coming weeks.

Directions and Transportation to the Capitol

Map of Capitol Location
Washington State Capitol Campus Map

Driving Directions

  • From I-5 Southbound: Take "Exit 105 to State Capitol", keep left for Exit 105A, and continue for 0.8 miles to the roundabout at Jefferson Avenue. Continue straight through the roundabout and under the tunnel to Capitol Blvd. Continue across Capitol Blvd to the Capitol Building on Sid Snyder Ave SW (14th Ave becomes Sid Snyder Ave). We will be meeting in the Columbia Room on the ground floor of the Capitol Building.
  • From I-5 Northbound: Take Exit 105 and bear left for the State Capitol/City Center exit. Cross over Interstate 5 and continue 0.3 miles to the roundabout at Jefferson Ave. Continue straight through the roundabout and under the tunnel to Capitol Blvd. Continue across Capitol Blvd to the Capitol Building on Sid Snyder Ave SW (14th Ave becomes Sid Snyder Ave). We will be meeting in the Columbia Room on the ground floor of the Capitol Building.

Parking Options

Detailed parking information will be posted in the coming weeks.

Carpooling information

Please let us know if you are interested in carpooling – either you need a ride or have a seat to offer someone. Contact Linnea Nasman at linnea.nasman@nmss.org or 800-344-4867, press 2 then ext. 40237.

Transportation & Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available to cover travel and lodging costs for individuals who are traveling significant distances. In addition, limited funds are available on a first-come, first serve basis for assistance with accessible transportation needs. Contact Linnea Nasman at linnea.nasman@nmss.org or 800-344-4867, press 2 then ext. 40237, no later than Jan. 10, 2017 to find out if this option is available for you.

Take Action from Home

We will also offer opportunities for MS activists to take action in their community. If you are unable to attend this event in person, be sure to sign up for our MS Activist Network for current updates and ways to be involved.

Accessibility, Event Reminders, and FAQ

Accessibility

  • Capitol Campus Buildings: All legislative buildings have entrance ramps to provide easy access. Each building on the campus has at least one door that is accessible by wheelchair. View a map of accessible entrances.
  • Scooters are available to participants upon request. Please indicate your request in your registration for the event. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact Linnea Nasman at linnea.nasman@nmss.org or 800-344-4867, press 2 then ext. 40237.

Event Reminders

  • Dress code: Business or business casual attire. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Orange scarves: Do you have a National MS Society orange scarf? If so, please bring it to State Action Day. If you do not have a scarf, please indicate so in your registration and we will provide one to you at the event.

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