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JDF Washington Report
Volume III, No. 1
January 7, 2000

JDF Launches Promise to Remember Me Campaign 2000
"Families with Diabetes, Advocates for a Cure"

WE NEED YOU! JDF is excited to launch the new grassroots initiative for the year 2000, the Promise to Remember Me Campaign! It picks up where the JDF Children’s Congress left off by encouraging ALL JDF advocates to participate in personal advocacy with their Members of Congress through local meetings and to ask for their "promise to remember" us when making decisions about federal funding for diabetes research.

You are asked to take a photograph at the meeting of advocates and the Member of Congress and send it to the JDF Washington office to display on the Promise Campaign website (www.jdf.org/promise2000). The Promise Campaign will conclude with the JDF Annual Conference in Washington in May 2000.

The Promise Campaign website includes instructions on how to arrange personal meetings with your Members of Congress. These meetings are held in your hometown to discuss how diabetes affects your family and the need for increased federal funding for diabetes research. Complete instructions, lists, examples and photos can be found on the website (www.jdf.org/promise2000). The website includes ALL photos that have been received and is updated regularly.

The goal of the Promise to Remember Me Campaign is to meet with and photograph JDF advocates and Congressional Members in all fifty states. We are certain that the Promise to Remember Me Campaign 2000, will help establish long-lasting, personal relationships between JDF volunteer advocates and federal lawmakers. The Washington office has already begun to receive photos and letters from enthusiastic advocates sharing their rewarding experiences. All photos received will be added to the Promise Campaign photomap. Photos of meetings in Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Colorado are already on the website!

Volunteers in your state (JDF State Leaders, listed on the website) will help coordinate face-to-face hometown meetings with your Members of Congress to help you arrange and conduct a meeting. All information is provided about what to say and how to say it (if needed) and what your Senators and Representatives can do to help!

Correspondence is being sent to all congressional district schedulers to alert them to the requests that will be made in conjunction with the JDF Promise to Remember Me Campaign 2000. Go to the JDF homepage at www.jdf.org to see the first photo received! Best of luck and call or email Leah Wooten, Promise Campaign Volunteer Chair, at 504-887-8293 (promise@jdfcure.org) or Jane Adams, Associate Director of Public Affairs, Washington, at 800-533-1868 ext. 17 (jadams@jdfcure.org).

Don’t wait – we need your help and participation NOW!

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)
www.jdfcure.org
mthreatt@jdfcure.org

Posted 9 January 2000



                 
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