Advocacy Alerts

Two VISTAs pose in their snazzy VISTA t-shirts

February 20, 2017

According to the White House budget office, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which finances AmeriCorps VISTA programs, is one of nine agencies slated for possible elimination in the upcoming budget year as part of an effort to “reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure.” Read the New York Times article.

In Minnesota, a large portion of that resource goes to literacy efforts, both for adults and children – and yes, the Minnesota Literacy Council receives CNCS funding. Eliminating this agency would constitute a devastating blow to our work and destroy a program that has helped millions of people. It is imperative we act now to express strong support for CNCS.

Action steps

To learn more about the impact of our VISTA program, visit our VISTA page or watch this 5-minute video to see the program through a child's eyes.

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January 30, 2017

The Minnesota Literacy Council has successfully advocated for the cause throughout our 45-year history. With the uncertainty that a change in a political administration brings, there is new urgency in our advocacy efforts. 
 
I like to say, “Change is good… as long as it’s good.” We want you to be aware when we hear of a change that isn’t congruent with our mission, vision and values.

Our approach
Our approach to public policy work has been to promote collaboration and build partnerships. But the bottom line is that people – and lots of them – are what really affect change. By reading this, you're taking a first step in becoming part of this movement!
 
Past results
Advocacy does make a difference. Two significant accomplishments resulting from our advocacy efforts include:

  • Increasing the Adult Basic Education government funding formula. ...READ MORE
  • Changing an antiquated AmeriCorps VISTA policy. ...READ MORE

A call to action
As you no doubt know, President Trump issued an executive order on Friday temporarily banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. At this time, I am urging you to educate yourself.

Though not directly related to our legislative agenda, here are some links to information about the executive order and how it may affect our student population.

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