CFC Fall Caucus Meeting
Sep
9
9:00am 9:00am

CFC Fall Caucus Meeting

Join us for the Arkansas Citizens First Congress Fall Caucus Meeting on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  

The CFC Caucuses will meet to discuss some of the issues that our member groups have been working on as well as plan for the future.

We will also have several training options available for you to attend that will help you strengthen your skills as an advocate. 

More details about this event will be coming soon.

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Post Legislative Session Conference
Jun
3
8:30am 8:30am

Post Legislative Session Conference

The 91st General Assembly is finally behind us. Join us on June 3rd as we discuss the accomplishments of the CFC and what other legislation means for the state of Arkansas.

Legislators will recap the session for us in the morning and give us a snapshot of what they will be doing to advance Arkansas during the interim. The CFC caucuses will also meet to discuss the progress of the “Ten Priorities For A Better Arkansas”.

Admission to this event is free and we encourage all of our membership to attend. 

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Youth and Education Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Mar
21
8:30am 8:30am

Youth and Education Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

In recent years we have seen public education under attack by special interests attempting to privatize and profit off of your children’s future. These privatization scheme further marginalizes communities of color, and diminishes opportunities for low income students across the state.

Join us as we stand together to send a message to lawmakers that children are a priority. Public education should be adequately funded and every child in the state should have equal access to affordable and high quality pre-k education.

The power of the Citizens First Congress has always rested in the ability of our membership to come together across regions and areas of interest to fight for positive reforms at the state legislature. We need you now more than ever to send a message to state lawmakers that we are united and standing together!

 

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Environmental Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Mar
7
9:00am 9:00am

Environmental Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

Join us as we stand together with environmental advocates from across the state to support reforms that will create opportunities for renewable energy, protect the waterways of Arkansas, and encourage lawmakers to make energy efficiency a priority.

The power of the Citizens First Congress has always rested in the ability of our membership to come together across regions and areas of interest to fight for positive reforms at the state legislature. We need you now more than ever to send a message to state lawmakers that we are united and standing together!

AGENDA

9:00 A.M.  Breakfast and Registration - Arkansas Education Association

10:00 A.M. Legislative Committee Meetings - Arkansas State Capitol

11:30 - 1:00 P.M. Lunch with your legislators and Environmental Issue Updates. - Arkansas Education Association

1:30 P.M. - Arkansas House and Senate Convene -  Arkansas State Capitol 

 

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Civil Rights and Economic Justice Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Feb
21
8:00am 8:00am

Civil Rights and Economic Justice Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

Stand with us as we ensure that the civil rights of all Arkansans are protected, that every citizen has a voice and equal opportunity to participate in the political process, that the criminal justice system is equitable to all citizens, and that the landlord tenant laws are reformed to protect renters from their landlords.

The power of the Citizens First Congress has always rested in the ability of our membership to come together across regions and areas of interest to fight for positive reforms at the state legislature. We need you now more than ever to send a message to state lawmakers that we are united and standing together!

 

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Russellville Advocacy Training
Feb
11
9:30am 9:30am

Russellville Advocacy Training

During the course of the legislative session nearly 3,000 bills will be filed and special interests' lobbyists will be contacting legislators to influence their votes.

Lawmakers need to hear from you to counter that influence, and make sure the people's needs come before corporate interests! Join us for a morning discussion and learn how to effectively share your concerns with your legislator throughout the session. During the training we will discuss ways for you to hold your legislators accountable and ensure special interest groups do not drown out the voice of everyday citizens.

The Power of the Citizens First Congress has always rested in our ability to bring people just like you together with others to make a significant impact on state and local policies. Come and learn how to be an effective advocate for the issues that you care about.

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Arkansas Citizens First Congress Advocacy Day
Jan
25
8:00am 8:00am

Arkansas Citizens First Congress Advocacy Day

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

Children who depend on quality PUBLIC schools need you. Families who need economic opportunities and access to health care need you. Women who deserve equal pay and respect need you. Our state that squanders a fortune on an ineffective and discriminatory judicial system needs you. People across the state who are marginalized because they are poor, or because of the color of their skin or where they were born need you. Workers who deserve an honest wage and even the basic right to see their pay stubs need you. Arkansas's water and natural resources that are under assault need you.

The power of the Citizens First Congress has always rested in the ability of our membership to come together across regions and areas of interest to fight for positive reforms at the state legislature. We need you now more than ever to send a message to state lawmakers that we are united and standing together!

Join us at the capitol to speak to legislators about the importance of preserving and protecting Arkansas most valuable resources, the priority of providing every child equal access to quality public education, ensuring the rights of every marginalized citizen are valued and protected, and increasing economic opportunities to Arkansas low income communities and families.

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Advocacy Training
Jan
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Advocacy Training

  • 614 East Emma Avenue Springdale, AR, 72764 United States (map)
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The 91st General Assembly is here. During the course of the legislative session nearly 3,000 bills will be filed and special interests' lobbyists will be contacting legislators to influence their votes.

Lawmakers need to hear from you to counter that influence, and make sure the people's needs come before corporate interests! Join us for an evening discussion to learn to effectively share your concerns with your legislator throughout the session. During the training we will discuss ways for you to hold your legislators accountable and ensure special interest groups do not drown out the voice of everyday citizens.

The Power of the Citizens First Congress has always rested in our ability to bring people just like you together with others to make a significant impact on state and local policies. Come and learn how to be an effective advocate for the issues that you care about.

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Pre-Legislative Session Conference
Dec
3
11:00am11:00am

Pre-Legislative Session Conference

The Arkansas General Assembly will convene in Little Rock on January 9th, 2017. The caucuses have been working hard on each of the campaigns that will guide the work of The Arkansas Citizens First Congress in the upcoming session.

Please join us to discuss strategy and prepare our membership for the 2017 Arkansas Legislative Session. Each of the caucuses will meet to discuss the progress for each of the elected "Ten Priorities For a Better Arkansas". 

Register Today for this important event as we continue to work for issues that will improve the lives of All Arkansans.

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CFC Fall Caucus Meeting
Sep
10
8:30am 8:30am

CFC Fall Caucus Meeting

The Arkansas Citizens First Congress will meet on September 10th, 2016 to review the June Convention. Each of the CFC's issue Caucuses will also have an opportunity to review their priorities and to evaluate each of the issue campaigns they are working on. 

Agenda

9:00 A.M. Breakfast and Registration

10:00 - 10:45 A.M. Welcome and Review of Elements of an Effective Campaign

11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.  Caucus Meetings

12:15 - 1:15 P.M. Lunch

1:30 - 2:00 P.M. Caucus Report to the Group

2:00 Adjournment 

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2016 CFC Convention
Jun
24
to Jun 26

2016 CFC Convention

The CFC convention is coming soon, June 24-26, and we are excited about another great convention to put the people’s business first in Arkansas.  I hope you and your organization will join us.

Registration Form

Organizational Membership

 

Agenda

Friday, June 24

2:00 – 6:00 pm    Ongoing Delegate Check In

3:00 – 6:00     Social Justice Workshop – Conference Room #7

4:00        Lodging Check-in Begins

6:00 – 8:30    Opening Night Dinner & Discussion – Cafeteria

8:30        First-Time Attendees and Training Workshop (optional)

8:30        Caucus Chair Meeting

9:00        S’mores by the Campfire

Saturday, June 25

7:00 am     Registration Table Opens

7:00 – 7:45    Optional Regional Caucus Meeting, Nature Walk, and Canoeing

7:30 – 8:15    Breakfast – Cafeteria

8:30 am    DELEGATE CHECK-IN DEADLINE

Delegates must be registered by 8:30 am Saturday in order to vote.

8:30 – 4:00    Youth Space – Conference Room #1

8:30 – 9:45    PLENARY SESSION I – Cafeteria

10:00 – 12:00pm – Issue Caucus Meetings

Civil Rights and Election & Government Reform

Economic Development & Justice

Education

Environment and Public Health

12:15 – 2:00    Lunch and PLENARY SESSION II – Cafeteria

2:00        CFC Group Photo – Cafeteria

2:30 – 4:00    PLENARY SESSION II, Continued – Auditorium

5:00pm    Dragon Slayer Award Dinner – Cafeteria

Tickets: $50 - Purchase tickets or table sponsorships here.

5:00    Reception

6:00    Blessing

Dinner

6:30    Welcome

Arkansas Citizens First Congress Video

Presentation of Awards

7:30    Keynote speaker – George Goehl

Closing

Sunday, June 26

7:30 – 8:15     Breakfast – Cafeteria

8:00 – 8:20    Optional Prayer Service

8:30 – 11:00    Youth Space

8:30 – 9:15    Introduction – Steering Committee

9:30 – 11:00    PLENARY SESSION III – Cafeteria

11:00    Lunch and Adjourn – Cafeteria – Box Lunches to Go

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CFC Preliminary Convention
Apr
23
8:00am 8:00am

CFC Preliminary Convention

We hope you are as excited about the CFC’s upcoming Pre-Convention and Convention as we are! This is your chance to give your input and help determine the CFC’s priorities for 2016-2017.  

The Arkansas Citizens First Congress has been meeting to provide training to our membership and to develop strong campaigns around various issues that will be presented at the upcoming Convention. The Pre-Convention on April 23rd will give the caucuses a chance to prioritize issues and have a solid set of potential resolutions to vote on at the June 24-26 Convention.

Special interest groups are stronger than ever at the Capitol, and the people of Arkansas must work harder to make sure lawmakers keep the needs of hard working families in mind.

Our Preliminary Convention is scheduled for April 23rd from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm, at the State Capitol Building in Little Rock. Following the pre-convention, we will offer optional training sessions to help citizen advocates strengthen their efforts. Attendees can chose from sessions on How to Build a Strong Campaign, How to Build a Strong Media Campaign, How to Effectively Organize and Talk to your Legislator, and How to Understand Tax and Budget Issues.

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Jun
6
12:00pm12:00pm

CFC Champions for Change Luncheon!

Throughout the legislative session, we stood together. Come celebrate our progress, thank those who supported us and honor our champions. Together we fought for better schools, more economic opportunities, to protect air and water quality, to end discrimination against anyone and to make sure that everyone has access to high quality health care. That is worth celebrating!

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Veto HB1228
Apr
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Veto HB1228

Please join us to turn in your signatures to the Governor Wednesday at noon. We will hold a rally and press conference in the Old Supreme Court Room at the Capitol and then turn the signatures into the Governor’s office. Let us know you are joining us:

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Youth Advocacy Day
Mar
25
9:00am 9:00am

Youth Advocacy Day

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

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Education Advocacy Day
Mar
10
9:00am 9:00am

Education Advocacy Day

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

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Environment Advocacy Day
Feb
25
9:00am 9:00am

Environment Advocacy Day

Lawmakers need to hear from YOU!  The Arkansas Legislature is your government but too often grassroots people don’t participate in the process. You make a big difference when you attend, observe and speak on the issues you care about the most.

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