6/26/2017

Act Now For Oasis Youth Center

Today's Daily Action comes from Oasis Youth Center, Tacoma's queer youth community house:

If you’ve been following the news coming out of Olympia, you already know that the State Legislature has not yet passed a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. If a budget isn't passed and signed by July 1, there will be a partial government shutdown. 

Without authority to spend money, contracts with external organizations like Oasis will be suspended. A significant portion of Oasis funding comes from state government contracts. The entire social and human services continuum will be at risk if there is no budget. 

Oasis staff have been hard at work to create a plan for a worst case scenario, but Indivisible Tacoma can help make sure that isn't necessary.

Who to call

Your state Senator and Representatives, from your Legislative District, which you can find using this app if you don't already have their contact info.

More info from the Tacoma News Tribune: What happens in a government shutdown in WA

Script

Oasis Youth Center has provided these scripts for phone calls and emails: 

PHONE CALL SCRIPT

I am calling to share my significant concerns about a government shutdown if a state budget is not passed by June 30. I have been an Oasis Youth Center << Board Member, staff, youth, alum, volunteer, etc>> since YEAR.

Oasis Youth Center is Pierce County’s gathering place for LGBTQ youth and ages 11-24, serving 700+ youth annually.

 

More than 700 vulnerable LGBTQ youth depend on Oasis Youth Center for access to crime victim advocacy, peer connection, and support.

 

A government shutdown may reduce or Oasis Youth Center’s life saving programming and services. I urge you to do all you can to pass a state budget by June 30 to save critical services for our community.

EMAIL SCRIPT

(please modify this script so it doesn't sound like a form letter!)

 

I am writing to share my significant concerns about a government shutdown if a state budget is not passed by June 30. I have been an Oasis << Board Member, staff, youth, alum, volunteer, etc>> since YEAR.

 

Oasis Youth Center is Pierce County’s gathering place for LGBTQ youth and ages 11-24, serving 700+ youth annually.  Without State funding contracts, Oasis is evaluating closure options and the following impacts:

  • 700 vulnerable youth would go without counseling, advocacy, mentoring, and peer connection in the critical summer months

 

  • Ending life-affirming advocacy services for the over 40% of new Oasis members who have experienced homelessness or have been involved in the foster care system

 

  • Youth would not have the crime victim advocacy services that support 55% of Oasis participants who disclose having been harmed by crimes like childhood physical abuse

 

  • Youth would not be able to call our 24/7 emergency advocate line

I urge you to pass a state budget by June 30 to save critical services for our community.