You are the policy director for a major healthcare/public health advocacy organization (such as the American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Retired People, etc.). You have been tasked with developing a plan to get a piece of legislation passed that your organization supports. The legislation you select should be a real bill that has been or is before Congress (or state legislature).
Please develop your advocacy and communications plan by answering the following questions. Utilize assigned readings (particularly the Advocating for Change readings) to guide this assignment. Keep in mind that this plan should reflect the needs and opinions of the organization you hypothetically represent and be supported by real evidence. This assignment is not about promoting personal political opinions.
You can draw information from course materials and outside sources (and you will need to use outside sources). Be sure to cite your sources for information that you include below and put any direct quotes in quotation marks (linked to footnotes).
In previous offerings of this course, there has been some difficulty in finding whether or not an organization supports or does not support a particular piece of legislation. Therefore, if you are encountering this difficulty, you may reverse the approach in this manner.
In lieu of starting with an organization (e.g., American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, etc.) and finding a piece of legislation passed that the organization supports or does not support, you can select a piece of legislation and proceed with the assignment from the perspective of an applicable organization that would support or oppose the legislation. For example, you could select:
A bill for mandatory vaccination of children attending public schools and you take the position from the American Association of Pediatrics:
Or you could act as American Medical Association for this bill introduced to improve the prior authorization process:
Source: Italian Ministry of Interior New political, social, economic and legal policies, which acknowledge that Libya is likely to lack a strong state for a while and that push factors in Libya and its neighbouring countries will maintain the current migration pressure, are needed. One initiative the EU can undertake is to economically support border communities. The latter rely heavily on smuggling and trafficking as it is often their sole source of income. The EU could assist these communities by supporting and bringing expertise to Libyan authorities in managing to separate the trade in illegal goods (e.g. wheat, flour, petrol or tobacco) from the more detrimental smuggling business. Trade of goods could be decriminalised, hence giving the border communities other options than smuggling or trafficking to sustain a livelihood. Since the partition, the Libyan territory has been divided and many areas remain ungoverned. In some places, local authorities, councils or municipalities represent the only legitimate and present institution. The EU should therefore also involve local communities and authorities and engage with them to expand its reach, enhance capacity-building and encourage anti-smuggling efforts. While considering local actors can be beneficial state institutions cannot be ignored. In 2014, the EU decided on a non-engagement policy with Tripoli, yet such state institutions are at the forefront of the management of migration control and monitoring. Cooperation and relations with essential actors needs to be re-strengthened. Access to detention centres in Libya is scarce due to the political and security situation, thus permitting continued human rights violations. To put an end to them, the EU should therefore support and push for organisations such as the UNHCR and the IOM or local organisations to have constant and safe access to detention centres in order to monitor the situation and prevent violations. The EU could also organise visits of its own investigators from various member states or Europol for example. The altogether closure of these centres should also be considered if more efficient readmission agreements of illegal migrants can be found.>