Advocacy

The purpose of our Advocacy efforts is to provide structure and support to individuals we serve, employees, families and friends of Phoenix to assist them with Grassroots Advocacy. As well as, solicit more involvement from employees, family members and friends to advocate maintaining services for persons with disabilities.

Effective Grassroots Advocacy requires a compelling issue or message and people. We have a compelling message; maintain services for persons with disabilities. Most importantly we have people! We have developed a strong base of people, grassroots advocates who are willing to share their stories, spread our message and advocate for themselves, their loved ones or the people they serve. There is power in numbers, the more advocates we have the more powerful our voice will become.

Recent Articles

  • Thu. Sep 28

    Advocating in Washington

    The Phoenix Residence sent representatives to Washington, D.C. last week to show support for disability services.

  • Thu. Apr 20

    Contact Your Legislator – A Wage Increase Cannot Wait!

    The House and Senate omnibus bills failed to include a wage increase for all direct care workers, but we are continuing to urge lawmakers to re-prioritize and address this critical need before the legislature and governor make their final decisions.

  • Mon. Apr 03

    ARRM Day Recap and Legislative Update

    This past March 14, more than 1,000 Best Life Alliance supporters rallied at the Capitol in St. Paul. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their stories during more than 160 legislator meetings

  • Tue. Mar 21

    Contact your Legislators Today!

    Minnesota's House and Senate leaders are now making important decisions about funding targets - how much funding their committees will be instructed they can spend or have to cut this session. Both the House and Senate have released their initial budget targets that include hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to Health and Human Services. Committee leadership will now put together their recommendations for what gets funded in 2017.   

  • Fri. Mar 03

    2017 Legislation Update

    The Best Life Alliance 2017 legislation has had a busy few weeks! Continue to contact your elected official to support bill HF 873 and SF 669

  • Wed. Jan 25

    2017 Legislation Details and Gov. Dayton's Budget

    The 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session is in full swing and moving along quickly. Together we need to loudly make the case for better wages and benefits for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) direct care workers who support people with disabilities. We cannot let past disappointments stop us from being successful this year!

  • Mon. Jan 16

    Minnesota’s Legislature: A Session Primer

    Ever wonder how the Minnesota State Legislature really works?  ARRM recently published “ Minnesota’s Legislature: A Session Primer ” showing how our state’s government operates. It includes an overview of how a bill becomes a law, the legislature’s power structure, and commonly used terms.  This tool will be handy throughout the legislative session.

  • Tue. Dec 13

    ARRM Day at the Capitol is March 14

    Each year advocates from around the state gather for ARRM's Day at the Capitol in St. Paul to raise awareness about important disability issues

  • Tue. Dec 06

    Official Start Date for the 2017 Legislative Session is January 3rd

    Your voice is needed – the time to re-engage and re-activate our grassroots is right now!

  • Wed. Nov 02

    Meet Minnesota’s DSPs – Share your Story

    Stories from staff, self-advocates, and family members are powerful tools to help educate policymakers on the current workforce challenges and motivate them to take action in 2017

  • Tue. Oct 25

    Join the ARC Minnesota Public Policy Network

    The Arc Minnesota is requesting you to join the Public Policy Network - your connection with state legislators in St. Paul can make a huge difference for you and your loved one with disabilities

  • Tue. Oct 25

    Best Life Alliance Monthly Conference Calls

    As we head into the 2017 legislative session, Best Life Alliance Field/Grassroots Team will begin hosting a new advocacy call-in update once a month.