The ACRA Government Relations team does more than just represent CRM interests in Washington, D.C. Did you know that the team is also available to consult for your local and regional conferences, help you with talking points for site visits, and more? Earlier this spring, ACRA member Shelly Davis-King took advantage of this vital member benefit to make the conversation local and pertinent to her state.
Shelly partnered up with Brendon Greenaway, California Associate State Archaeologist, and Kelly Lizarraga, Advocacy Coordinator for Cultural Heritage Partners, to present a workshop on advocacy at the Society for California Archaeology conference in Sacramento this past March.
Kelly shared an update on the latest news from Washington, DC. She outlined the ongoing threats to historic preservation and discussed the impact of the 2018 midterm elections. Kelly highlighted the areas in which the involvement of ACRA members can shape policy and inform the regulation-writing process of federal agencies.
During the workshop, Shelly and Kelly acted out a mock visit to a Congressional office. Shelly played the role of an ACRA member visiting a Congressional office – something she has done in previous years. Using her experience working on the Hill, Kelly acted the part of the Congressional staffer. Together, they demonstrated how ACRA members can share their expertise with Congressional offices to promote sound policy decisions.
ACRA members who’d like to advocate before Congress can visit their representatives in Washington, DC or in their home districts. Kelly and her colleagues at Cultural Heritage Partners would be pleased to help you schedule a visit to your Member of Congress in your home state. They will provide you with talking points and leave-behind documents to ensure that you feel fully prepared for your meeting. Email Kelly to start utilizing this crucial member benefit!
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