The second session of the Middle School intensive class "Let's Go Lobbying!" ended with a whirlwind day of lobbying legislators, as well as attending a House session and a House Transportation Committee meeting.
Here is how the day went for our 15 student lobbyists:
7:30am – train to Harrisburg met by Holly Kinser, lobbyist and former TPS parent
9:30am – orientation in the office of State Representative Brian Sim
10am – introduction at House session
11am - lobbying State Rep Seth Grove on two issues - transgender bathroom accessibility and reproductive rights
11:30am - meeting with State Senator Larry Farnese's chief of staff to discuss inequitable public school funding in Philadelphia
12:30pm - sitting in on a House Transportation Committee, where a bill was voted on regarding making Roosevelt Boulevard safer
1:00pm - lobbying State Rep John Taylor on undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities
2:15pm - meeting with Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack
4:30pm - train home to Philadelphia
Students left Harrisburg pretty sure that their visit didn't change any minds on the issues. But, rest assured, these policymakers now know that there are well-informed, poised, and politely assertive young people who are not afraid to speak their truth to power!
Special thanks to State Senator Brian Sims, who spent a good part of the morning with the students, and to Holly Kinser, who set up our appointments and who supported our student advocates all day long.