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Oct. 3, 2005

Women's Center Offers Lobbying Workshop

"Building Your Lobbying Skills" is the first seminar for the 2005-06 year of the Women's Resource and Action Center's Social Change Training Program series. The workshop will be Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Harvat Hall  (City Council chambers) at the Iowa City Civic Center.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required; call 335-1486 to sign up. The workshop is offered free of charge and is open to the public. On-site childcare will be provided on a first-registered, first-served basis. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Housing Authority.

Facilitators for the workshop will be Iowa State Representative Mary Mascher and Iowa City Councilor Regenia Bailey. Participants will learn valuable skills for improving direct communication with the elected officials and other representatives. Rep. Mascher and Councilor Bailey will share their personal experiences and insights with participants, as well as participating in role-plays and other skill-building exercises.

"If there is a current law you want changed, or a proposed law that you either want passed or defeated, you have the power to affect laws by lobbying," says Natalie Benway, a graduate student intern at the Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) who is helping to organize the workshop. "By participating in this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to affect change. You will be empowered to voice your opinions."

Founded in 1971, The Women's Resource & Action Center is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services -- which are available both to UI students, faculty and staff and to the general public -- are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling, and a variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

More information about the Center and its activities is available on the web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

For further information, to register for the workshop and/or childcare, or to arrange a needed accommodation to participate, call the Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Laurie Haag, 319-335-1486, laurie-haag@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon