Speaking Truth to Power: Public Testimony & Comments for RJ

In 2017, Senator Charles Schwertner drew headlines when he broke a glass table while trying to silence an advocate testifying against an anti-abortion bill in Texas. In 2018, Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond and disability rights advocate Elizabeth Weintraub testified before the Senate about the devastating impact Judge Kavanaugh would have if appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Public testimony draws media attention to critical issues, influences law and policymakers, and facilitates cross-movement work. This workshop will explain how federal, state and local legislative and administrative agencies are structured, where to find the notice/comment opportunities, and how public testimony can be effective. The session will also provide participants an opportunity to brainstorm in groups on potential opportunities for public testimony and notice/comment campaigns.

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