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“Power to the People: An Advocacy Workshop for LGBTIQA Elders” set to take place October 26

Rainbow Elders 2016 springThe Rainbow Elders' advocacy workshop on October 26 will engage attendees with current issues and connect them to others who share their concerns and desire to make a difference.Do you feel your voice is heard? If you’ve been wondering how best to share your concerns as an LGBTIQA elder with your legislators or by advocating at a community forum, the Rainbow Elders of LifePath’s fall educational event is for you. “Power to the People: An Advocacy Workshop for LGBTIQA Elders” aims to educate, inspire, and connect you to a community of folks who want to make a difference together.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at LifePath, 101 Munson Street, Suite 201, Greenfield, Mass. There is no cost to attend. Donations are welcome and will be used to cover expenses for this and future Rainbow Elders events. To register, click here or call 413-773-5555 x2215 or 978-544-2259 x2215.

Deborah Shields, the executive director of Mass Equality, will present an overview of current bills in Massachusetts relevant to LGBTIQA elders. Al Norman, executive director of Mass Home Care and statewide elder advocate, will teach the group about how to educate lawmakers and be an advocate. In order to walk us through the legislative process with reference to one specific bill, they will highlight SB 346/HB 2892 - An Act Relative to LGBT Awareness Training for Aging Services Providers.

Later, participants will have the opportunity to gather at tables to write emails or letters to state legislators regarding this bill or other legislation, plan other public actions, or create signs for use at public events. Please feel free to bring your electronic devices. Pens, paper, and stamps will be provided along with snacks and beverages.

Special thanks to Program Champion Lathrop Communities and sponsoring Advocates: Barton’s Angels Home Health Care, Franklin Community Co-op/Green Fields Market & McCusker’s Market, Rockridge, Victory Home Healthcare, WestMass ElderCare.

This is a drug-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free event.