What’s Going On?!

If you’re wondering what’s going on in the legislature, you’re not alone. This past week I’ve had several people reach out to me asking “what’s all the ruckus about?” At the risk of over-generalizing, here’s a broad view of why the recent scramble. According to the...

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care month. A month in which we celebrate families who have opened their hearts and homes to children and those who have dedicated their life’s work to serving children and youth in state care. This year OICA has worked with DHS, the Annie E....

(S)he who knows the rules has the power

Game 3, Thunder vs. Rockets, last quarter – the Thunder had been up the entire game, but in the final minutes the Rockets gained traction and Oklahoma fans found themselves on the edge of their seats. Former Oklahoma bearded wonder, James Harden, begins to...

A Sneak Peek into the 2017 Advocacy Guide

Next week we will be releasing our updated 2017 Advocacy Guide. Inside you’ll find a succinct account of what advocacy is, the process of a bill becoming law, and some practical advocacy tools. Here’s a sneak peek: One of the key tools we use at OICA to influence...

Don’t Judge a Bill by its Title

Every bill has a number and a title. At the Institute we often refer to bills by their numbers. Last week we pushed legislators to vote “No” on SB 81. (The “SB” stands for the bill’s house of origin- which in this case is the Senate, and 81 is the bill’s number.) Less...

The Ten Percent

“Advocacy is putting pressure on those who have the power to give you what you want,” Melanie Bridgeforth,  Executive Director of Voices for Alabama’s Children, told me during my recent visit. We are all born advocates. When you were a child asking your parents for a...
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