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COVID-19 and Congress: Witness in Pandemic Times

Photo: Joe Molieri
Workshop Number: 
FCNL Staff, Diane Randall, Amelia Kegan, Bobby Trice, Sergio Mata, Alicia McBride & Sarah Freeman-Woolpert
Who may register?: 
Open to All
Experiential Activities: 
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

Workshop timeslot: Sunday (June 28) - three 90 minute sessions
Audio-only participation?: Yes (but with limited/incomplete participation)

Diane Randall and Amelia Kegan will present about FCNL’s Quaker advocacy on the federal response to COVID-19. Then, FCNL advocacy trainers will lead interactive workshop sessions on advocacy storytelling, communicating with Congress, and virtual lobbying on COVID-19. Learn how to put your faith into action to change public policy!

Workshop Description

We will send out advanced materials closer in time to the workshop. For now, we hope you will explore our legislative work responding to COVID-19 and our new guide to virtual lobbying.


COVID-19 and Congress: Witness in Pandemic Times

Sunday, June 28, 2020 


11:30am-1:00pm EDT: COVID-19 and Congress

Workshop leaders: Diane Randall & Amelia Kegan

FCNL General Secretary Diane Randall and Legislative Director for Domestic Policy Amelia Kegan will present about FCNL’s Quaker advocacy on the federal response to COVID-19.


2:00-3:30pm EDT: Telling your COVID-19 Story to Congress

Workshop leaders: Sergio Mata & Bobby Trice 

FCNL staff members will facilitate an advocacy storytelling workshop on COVID-19 impacts. The content of this workshop is applicable to any communication with Congress, including media advocacy and virtual lobbying.


4:30-6:00pm EDT: Virtual Lobbying in Pandemic Times

Workshop leaders: Sarah Freeman-Woolpert & Alicia McBride

A follow up skill-building workshop session on how to advance Quaker advocacy in a time of social distancing led by FCNL lobby trainers. This session focuses on how to virtually lobby by phone to support COVID-19 relief efforts and FCNL’s advocacy to ensure the most vulnerable in our society are cared for during this time. This training prepares your group to lobby elected officials with a concrete plan and a clear action to make a difference.


If you have any questions or concerns about this workshop, please email Bobby Trice ([email protected]).