Thanks to all of the volunteers that were able to attend our retreat in Casper last weekend. If you were unable to attend, you can view the Friday evening session on our Facebook page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/WyomingPromise/videos/603198623425151/
While we are preparing a more detailed report of our action plan, we wanted to inform you of some of the key takeaways from the meeting:
- The major decision was whether we wanted to start another petition drive, focus on another legislative push in 2021, or both. For a number of reasons, but especially in terms of fiscal and human capital resources, we decided to focus our efforts on a legislative approach. We got very close this year, and hope that further education and outreach efforts over the next two years will help us get a favorable result in 2021.
- Although many Wyoming Promise volunteers support an Article V limited convention to propose the 28th Amendment, we decided to focus on a resolution that asks Congress to propose the needed Amendment first. We believe the time is not yet right to ask for the limited convention option.
- Organization – We will be creating a number of working groups to help with education efforts, as well as to seek resolutions of support from local governments, other advocacy and public interest groups, and outreach to legislators. We will be in touch in May with a detailed list of opportunities for our volunteers to stay engaged in our work. There remains a lot of work to do, and volunteers from every part of the state will be needed.
On this last point, we hope to organize postcard parties in every county to thank those legislators who supported us in the 2019 session. Stay tuned for details on how you can conduct an event in your area.
Special thanks to Cathi Kindt for moderating the retreat, Lynn Horton Morrison and Jennifer Lohrenz for setting up the venues, and Greg Haas for his diligent assistance with the website and technical assistance.
-Ken Chestek, Wyoming Promise Chair
-Lynn Horton Morrison, Wyoming Promise Vice-Chair
-Shelby Shadwell, Wyoming Promise Treasurer