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Rally Advocacy Day

posted Jan 17, 2013, 11:13 AM by The Arc South of the James   [ updated Jan 17, 2013, 11:20 AM ]

Learn. Meet. Share. 
Hear inspirational speakers, enjoy and sing to live music, meet other advocates 
from around the Commonwealth, and share your story with your legislator! 
When? Where? 
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. . Bell Tower on Capitol Square 
(Located on the corner of 9th & Bank Streets) 
Questions? More Info? 
Bonnie Neighbour . VOCAL . . (877) 862-5638 
Jessica Fleenor . The Arc of Virginia . . (804) 649-8481 

Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities . 2147 Staples Mill Road . Richmond, VA 23230 
 Directions. parking. SHUTTLE.  
The Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities will hold its annual General Assembly Rally on  Monday, January 
21st from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, located at the corner of 9th  and Bank Streets in 
Richmond. A map of Capitol Square can be found at 
pdf, on page 15. The Bell Tower is on the bottom left of the map. 
FROM NORTH OR SOUTH: Take I-95 to Broad Street West exit. Continue west on Broad Street  until 9th. 
FROM EAST OR WEST: Take I-64 to I-95 South. Take Broad Street West exit. Continue west on Broad Street until 9th. 
Parking in Richmond on streets is difficult at any time, especially when the General Assembly is in  session. There are 
plenty of parking lots and garages nearby. They charge a small fee for parking; it is cheaper than  parking tickets. 
For individuals traveling to the Rally in a van and may have difficulty dropping off participants at  the Rally site, the 
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) has generously arranged for satellite parking and  shuttle service. 
Individuals who need an area to rest or use restrooms may do so in the lobby of RBHA. Satellite  parking is located at 
107 South 5th Street. Shuttle service will be available from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. to the Bell  Tower, with return trips 
from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For questions or additional information, contact Laura Nguyen at  (804) 819-4078.  
visit Your Legislator. meeting preparation. 
1. Find out who your Senator and Delegate are by visiting, or  call Legislative 
Information at (804) 698-1500. Write down your legislators’ home district mailing address, e-mail  address, and the 
Richmond office phone number. 
2. Review the Coalition’s legislative agenda, as it focuses on the needs of individuals with mental  illness, intellectual 
and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder. 
3. If you can, contact your legislator by letter or e-mail to notify him or her that you will be in  Richmond on January 
16th and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with either them or their legislative aide. Let  them know that you 
are especially interested in funding for services to individuals with mental illness, intellectual and  developmental 
disabilities, and substance use disorders. Be sure to include a few words about why this is of  interest to you. Also, 
invite your legislator to join you at the Rally between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Bell Tower on  Capitol Square. 
4. In the week prior to the Rally, (January 14th through January 18th), call your legislators’ offices  in Richmond to 
remind them that you will be in Richmond the following week and are looking forward to meeting  with them. Don’t 
forget to remind your legislators that they are welcome to attend the Rally and that you hope to  see them there. 
5. Plan and rehearse what you will say to your legislators or to their aides when you visit them. Be  sure to connect 
what you say with key points on the Coalition’s legislative agenda. Please put your remarks and/or  personal story in 
writing to leave with them. 
6. There will be a table in the lobby of the General Assembly Building where you can find out who  your legislators are 
and/or pick up materials to leave with them when you visit. The table will be open at 10 a.m.  

Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities . 2147 Staples Mill Road . Richmond, VA 23230