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Join AARP Maine for “Tuesdays at the State House”

It  has been quite a year. At both the state and federal level, many issues were debated in 2017, and Americans across the country made their voices heard through calls and letters to legislators, on social media and through rallies and demonstrations.

Do you ever wonder if speaking up makes a difference? It does. Our elected officials tell us that personal stories matter and can actually change the course of the political discussion. At AARP Maine, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social mission organization with 230,000 members statewide, we work to support your efforts in raising your voice and sharing your experiences on a range of issues.

Each year, thousands of Mainers help shape the course of legislative action at the state and federal level by contacting their legislators and members of Congress on critical issues. When you write or call, legislators listen. Often it is this personal involvement that makes the difference between success and failure when it comes to legislative initiatives. Whatever you feel passionate about—healthcare, utility costs, road safety, caregiving, fraud prevention, prescription drug prices—taking the time to be a part of the legislative process is very important.

If you would like to get involved during the 2018 legislative session, join AARP Maine for our bi-weekly “Tuesdays at the State House.” These get-togethers offer AARP members, their family and friends an easy and accessible way to learn about the work of the Maine State House. You will learn about the legislative process, attend committee hearings and meet legislators from around the state. The first of our Tuesdays at the State House in 2018 will take place on January 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome and we hope to see you there.

Mary Hoffman, a volunteer AARP advocate from Hollis, has become a familiar presence at the State House as part of the Tuesdays at the State House team. In 2017, she testified on behalf of Maine family caregivers before the Committee on Taxation. “I truly believe that when I testified, I brought the voices of hundreds of family caregivers into that committee room in Augusta,” she says. “That’s a big responsibility, and I was proud to serve in that role.”

Creating positive social change can seem like a formidable challenge, but it is helpful to remember that we are all in this together and we are all empowered in a democracy. Please call our office or send us an email if you would like to hear more about our advocacy work in Maine: 207-776-6303 or me@aarp.org. To find the legislators representing your district, go to the Maine Legislature website at www.maine.gov. We look forward to working with you!

Jane Margesson is the communications director for AARP Maine.

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