CASA Day at the Capitol

Join us for Virtual CASA Day at the Capitol on February 16-17, 2021!

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We may not be able to meet in person at the Texas Capitol, but we still have big plans for Capitol Day and making sure the 87th Legislature understands the important work of CASA in Texas! We are still having #CASAattheCapitol, but it will look different this year.

On February 16 and 17, local CASA programs will schedule virtual and telephone meetings with their legislators and send them emails to communicate our mission and our legislative priorities for the 87th Session. In the mornings of each of those days we will gather briefly to review our priorities, honor our volunteers and answer last-minute questions about meetings and social media postings. We will also be making our presence felt on social media—posting videos, putting frames on our social media images, tagging our legislators, and making our presence felt across the state and beyond!

Stay tuned for social media tools and training provided by Texas CASA in late January 2021. We are hopeful that many more volunteers and staff can engage in Capitol Day this year to make it our biggest and best yet!

Registration


Registration is now open! Click the button below to sign up now.

Register Now

Schedule Your Meetings


Step 1: Reach out to your legislators as soon as session starts on January 12 to schedule your meetings for February 16 & 17.

Each office may have different ways they want to handle meetings. Some may be comfortable with video calls, but not all will be. As always, you may or may not be meeting with the legislator – it is very common to meet with staff. You may want to send them information before the meeting, and you will certainly want to follow up with a thank you to the legislator and their staff!

Please note that once you have registered, Texas CASA will send you information on which legislators your program shares with other programs, so that you can coordinate on scheduling those meetings.

Step 2: let Texas CASA know when you have scheduled meetings.

Please email us at publicpolicy@texascasa.org to let us know when you have scheduled your program's meetings so we can maintain a list of all meetings and which legislators have or have not been met with. Texas CASA will be sending information to each legislative office before CASA Day at the Capitol. We will be providing: a gift, the 2020 Impact Report, a Texas CASA 2021 Calendar, and information about our legislative priorities and program statistics for the CASA programs in their district. We will share links to these documents with you so you have them to reference as well.

Note sure which legislators represents your program? Check out our spreadsheet of legislators by CASA program. The spreadsheet also shows which other programs share your legislators. Download now.

If you have any questions about who your legislators are or how best to reach out to their offices, please ask Texas CASA at publicpolicy@texascasa.org.

Agendas


Day 1: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

CASA Day at the Capitol
Training & Preparation

9:00-11:00 AM | Zoom webinar with review of legislative priorities and important Capitol Day reminders.

Day 2: wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

CASA Day at the Capitol

9:00 AM | Live Facebook welcome from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and virtual presentation of House and Senate Resolutions.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Scheduled telephone calls and virtual meetings with legislators (Note: Be sure to share your meeting schedules with Texas CASA so we can capture our impact.)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Email legislators and staff with pre-recorded videos and script provided by Texas CASA.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Post on social media using the toolkit and help make the CASA presence felt statewide!

Resources


Legislator by CASA Program | Download now.

A chart of legislators by CASA program that includes information about programs that should coordinate meetings together.

Coming soon!

In January, Texas CASA will release:

  • A Zoom background for virtual legislator and staff meetings,
  • A Facebook profile picture frame to promote Capitol Day and CASA, and
  • A social media toolkit and email script.

Additional Resources & Trainings


Look up your local representatives using your street address, city, or ZIP.

Stay informed on our work with the legislature, including calls to action, by visiting the CASA LAT Facebook page

In lieu of our usual LAT Retreat, we conducted monthly webinars leading up to the session.