Advocacy and Legislation
The Advocacy Committee of the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging is a standing committee of the Commission with a mission that includes legislative advocacy, general advocacy, and education on issues of concern to older adults in Milwaukee County.
Goals of the Advocacy Committee include the following:
- Identify local, state, and federal issues of concern to older adults
- Research legislative issues and analyze impact on welfare of older adults
- Provide legislative solutions to legislators
- Develop strategies to impact the legislative process
- Offer constructive advocacy, community education, and leadership
- Promote networking of organizations and individuals
The Advocacy Committee Does Not Work Alone!
Click on any of the links below to find out more about our essential community partners
The Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network is a collaborative group of individuals and associations working with and for Wisconsin older adults to shape public policy that improves the quality of life of older people throughout the state. There are new issue papers available on their website.
The Wisconsin Association of Area Agencies on Aging (www.wis4a.net) is also a valuable collaborator.
The Alliance for Retired Americans (www.retiredamericans.org) is also an important source for National advocacy information
The Alzheimer's Association (www.alzheimers-sewi.org), the Milwaukee Aging Consortium (www.milwagingconsortium.org), the Older Women's League, AARP (www.aarp.org), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (www.n4a.org), and many other groups further complement the efforts of the Advocacy Committee of the Commission on Aging.
Of course, the Advocacy Committee obtains a great measure of success from the support of the Commission on Aging and older adults in Milwaukee County.
Please join us in our advocacy efforts!
View 2016 Policy Priorities Here.
The Advocacy Committee normally meets every first Monday of the month.
Meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.
For further information about the Advocacy Committee or to be placed on the Advocacy Committee mailing list,
please contact the Department on Aging at (414) 289-6010
Proposed Wisconsin State Budget: The proposed budget is a $68 billion two-year spending plan that calls for drastic changes to programs and services for older adults. There has been a lot of advocacy action throughout the state opposing the elimination of IRIS, changes to the Family Care System, changes to authority of long-term care services and Aging & Disability Resource Centers.
B.U.S.S. Coalition - Bus Users Safety at Southridge: The B.U.S.S. Coalition is an advocacy group organized through the efforts of County Board Supervisor Pat Jursik which is focusing on the action of by Southridge Mall management to move the county bus dropoff location.
John Haupt video of trek at Southridge Advocate, John Haupt, who has multiple sclerosis, created and posted a video on Facebook to show the world why moving the main bus stop at Southridge Mall is a real problem.
Man in wheelchair takes video of dangerous trek into Southridge
Protesters take concerns over Southridge bus stop to social media
Hunger Task Force - FoodShare benefits: The 2014 Farm Bill cuts $8.9 billion from SNAP, and only the 14 states (and Washington D.C.) that used the Heat and Eat provision are affected - including Wisconsin. This cut means 255,000 Wisconsinites will have, on average, $90 less each month for food - hurting seniors whose housing includes heat in the rent. 70% of affected states have taken action and utilized federal money to invest in their families and stop the cuts. The Hunger Task Force is advocating that the governor to take action and join a bipartisan majority of his colleagues to stop cuts to Foodshare that are harming low-income seniors. Click HERE to access the online Petition to Save FoodShare Benefits.