Rep. Jamie Raskin and Panel: Democracy is Fundamental to NBCC Priorities
Many years ago, at an NBCC conference, breast cancer survivors from other countries expressed amazement at our ability to walk into congressional offices and meet with the U.S. Congress to advance our agenda to end breast cancer. This year at NBCC’s Annual Advocate Leadership Summit, an important discussion happened on how to protect that fundamental democratic right. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) spoke to advocates about the urgent need to protect the U.S. democracy as it is foundational to all other policy issues. Following Rep. Raskin’s remarks, a panel of social justice advocates spoke about how protecting the right to vote is critical to maintaining NBCC’s ability to pursue its agenda to end breast cancer. They focused on the fact that it is vital that all citizens are responsible for protecting and maintaining democratic norms and gave examples of how to find advocacy opportunities in every local community. Stay Tuned for NBCC’s Vote Breast Cancer Campaign.
NBCC Advocates Back on Capitol Hill!
On May 3, more than 130 NBCC advocates made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. In-person, in offices and cafeterias, and virtually through zoom, advocates met the moment and held more than 140 meetings. After three days of summit sessions that included discussion of NBCC priorities, strategy and tactics, advocates then educated congressional staff on the need for funding for the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program and asked members to support H.R. 3183/S. 1312 the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act. NBCC advocates were excited to be face to face with their peers and back in person on Capitol Hill for the first time in two years. In-person advocacy matters and we look forward to continuing NBCC’s unique brand of advocacy.
Take Action in the Action Center
We need your voice on Capitol Hill. You can show your support for the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act (S.1312/H.R. 3183) by sending personalized messages to your Members of Congress. Visit the NBCC Action Center and urge your Members to cosponsor this lifesaving legislation with just a few clicks.
Upcoming Townhall Meetings Happening Near You
Attention Washington advocates: representatives in your state will be holding upcoming town hall meetings. Townhall meetings are a great way for your voice to be heard by your Members in the district. Whether virtual or in-person, townhalls offer an additional platform to get NBCC’s public policy priorities in front of legislators. The upcoming town hall meetings are listed below:
May 21, 2022 10:00 AM PDT Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). You can find more information on the in-person town hall here.
Please let us know if you participate and what response you receive.
Become a Member
NBCC increases federal funding for breast cancer research, monitors how research funds are spent, expands access to quality health care, and ensures that trained advocates are able to influence all decisions affecting breast cancer. Join NBCC and thousands of others today by ensuring breast cancer remains a priority for Congressional and state policymakers. Become a member today.