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Nicole Fratkin's Lobbying Experience

Posted on 07/22/2011 @ 11:45 AM

Today we conquered the daunting task of lobbying! Looking around at everyone this morning was extremely nerve racking as each group was franticly jotting down notes and reviewing material while my group simply ate our bagels, however our lobbying session could not have gone better. Each person in my group was able to voice his or her own opinion and instead of arguing back at us, the Senator's legislative aid attentively listened to every word. Personally, I think I expected the aid to dismiss our views and facts because we weren't even of voting age, but she was actually extremely impressed by us and praised us for our preparation. It is reassuring to know that our Senator truly cares about what we have to say and understands that the decisions and legislation that he passes will directly affect us in the future. I could also tell that the atmosphere that the Senator had created in his office and his relationships with his staff were genuine, welcoming, and warm. I am grateful that a person like that represents my state and myself. Today we made a difference; we spoke up for what we believe in and I know that this is just the first step in a life long commitment to social justice and advocacy.

Nicole Fratkin, Richmond, Virginia

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