ARRM/MOHR Day at the Capitol

The ARRM/MOHR Day at the Capitol is an annual day of advocacy where more than 1,000 direct care staff, managers, family members and people who receive home and community-based services rally together at the Minnesota State Capitol to make their voices heard. Attendees come from all over the state in buses and vans to make sure that legislators hear their voices and know their issues. In addition to a large rally, ARRM organizes meetings between legislators and their constituents throughout the day, and if the day coincides with a hearing of important legislation, attendees show up in strength. It is an important day that ARRM, its members, legislators, and everyone who attends looks forward to.

Save the Date: Our 2018 Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th with the rally beginning at 10:00 am in the Capitol Rotunda!

2017 Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, March 14th

Back in the State Capitol building for the first time since having to move the event due to renovations, more than 1,000 marched back into the Capitol Rotunda to advocate for better wages for direct care staff.

Group of advocates with homeade signs

People pushed through cold and fresh snow to make their way to the newly renovated Capitol Building. Sporting program t-shirts, homemade signs and fantastic smiles, this year's group of advocates brought passion and strength to St. Paul.

Staff came with the people they support, and vice versa. There were many, many familiar faces but also dozens of first time advocates who came to share their story with legislators.

 

Woman holding 4% sign


People getting ready for the rally

 

Advocates packed the State Capitol, filling three floors several rows deep. The energy was amazing. ARRM CEO Cheryl Pray closed the rally, thanking all for their hard work and passion. ARRM CEO Cheryl Pray speaks Supporters filled three levels

 

 Group of advocates meeting with a legislator  

Work didn't end with the huge rally. Advocates held more than 160 meetings with legislators throughout the day, sharing information on important issues and legislation, and also just sharing their personal stories.

 

Two people getting ready for legislator meetings


2017 ARRM Day at the Capitol Media Coverage

Advocates wearing Day at the Capitol buttons

 



Media coverage

KAAL-TV (Rochester) - People with Disabilities and their Caregivers will Rally at the State Capitol

WDAY-TV (Fargo/Moorhead) - Caregivers travel to Minnesota Capitol to fight for better wages

Mankato Free Press - Hundreds rally at Capitol for elderly, disabled support raise

For more information:
Sara Grafstrom,
Director of Member Advocacy and Government Relations  
sgrafstrom@arrm.org
651-291-1086, ext. 8