Policy TakeOver

Policy TakeOver Improve. Educate. Involve. Policy TakeOver is an advocacy consulting company.
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Policy TakeOver was created with one goal in mind: to improve, involve, and educate the community in advocacy. We are an advocacy consulting company that provides the tools people and organizations need to get their voices heard and spur community involvement. Our services range from bill and amendment drafting to the development of marketing materials such as infographics. In addition, we offer bill and regulatory tracking, keeping clients up to date with bills that are pertinent to them. With these services our clients get their communities and lawmakers involved in making change happen for good. Policy TakeOver has the power to connect clients with their communities and the government without being unaffordable. Traditionally, advocacy consulting groups charge thousands of dollars for the same services we provide. By making our services affordable and accessible, advocacy consulting becomes accessible to a large amount of people. In turn, this means legislators will receive more input from their communities, and community involvement goes up. With us our clients have a voice, and we have already seen positive growth in client’s communities. We are excited to continue leveraging our advocacy campaign expertise for the benefit of our clients.

Mission: Policy TakeOver’s goal is to make professional advocacy and government relations services more affordable and accessible.

A major religious rights case currently at the U.S. Supreme Court could narrow the separation of church and state. #advo...
01/22/2020
U.S. Supreme Court Examines Religious School Funding in Major Rights Case

A major religious rights case currently at the U.S. Supreme Court could narrow the separation of church and state. #advocacy #Christian #religion #publicpolicy

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After public criticism, Amtrak is removing excessive fees after charging two wheelchair users $25,000 for a short train ...
01/21/2020
Amtrak To Drop $25,000 Ticket Price For 2 Wheelchair Users After Complaints

After public criticism, Amtrak is removing excessive fees after charging two wheelchair users $25,000 for a short train ride. #advocacy #disabilityadvocacy #disability

NPR reported on Friday that the ticket for a two-hour ride between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Ill., stations usually costs $16. Amtrak had based the higher price on adjustments to train cars.

California advocates for minorities and low-income people fear that Uber’s recent overhaul of its ride processes could l...
01/15/2020
Uber's new policies could encourage discrimination, advocates fear

California advocates for minorities and low-income people fear that Uber’s recent overhaul of its ride processes could lead to discrimination against people traveling to neighborhoods some drivers perceive as less desirable. #advocacy #BayArea #advocate #transportation #California

Advocates for minorities and low-income people fear that Uber’s revamp of its ride processes could lead to discrimination against people traveling to neighborhoods like Bayview-Hunters Point and East Oakland.

The divided Congress, and a president who has specific funding/policy objectives to retain his base of support has led t...
01/13/2020
Appropriations Bills Offer Advocates Policy, Funding Opportunities

The divided Congress, and a president who has specific funding/policy objectives to retain his base of support has led to a disruptive, yet opportunistic appropriations environment. #advocacy #publicpolicy #governmentrelations

The inability of Congress to pass the 12 spending bills making up the federal budget on time and in regular order presents an opportunity for advocates and

A New Jersey bill is one step closer to being passed. It will allow non-vaccinated children to go to daycare centers or ...
01/10/2020
NJ Ready To Pass Bill Removing Religious Vaccine Exemptions

A New Jersey bill is one step closer to being passed. It will allow non-vaccinated children to go to daycare centers or attend private schools. The bill would also eliminate religious or "personal beliefs" as a valid exemption to vaccination. #publichealth #healthpolicy #NewJersey

Lawmakers are ready pass a bill that could have an impact on millions of lives.

A group of women recently launched Colorado Fertility Advocates (CFA). They are hoping to raise awareness about struggle...
01/08/2020
Advocacy group pushing for IVF insurance coverage in Colorado

A group of women recently launched Colorado Fertility Advocates (CFA). They are hoping to raise awareness about struggles related to infertility and promote insurance coverage for treatment. #advocacy #publichealth #publicpolicy #fertility #infertility

DENVER -- Infertility impacts about one in 10 women in the U.S., according to numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The cost of treating the problem and starting a family is too high for too many. At least that’s what a new, local women’s advocacy group argues. A group o...

One of the largest school districts in the US has a new policy the first in the nation. The policy allows students betwe...
01/02/2020
Virginia School District To Give Students One Day Off Per Year For 'Civic Engagement'

One of the largest school districts in the US has a new policy the first in the nation. The policy allows students between 7th and 12th grades to receive one excused absence per year for "civic engagement activity." #Advocacy #education #activism

The policy, which educators say is a first in the nation, is meant to give students an outlet for political activism.

"While online activism will provide volume to advocacy campaigns in 2020, telling advocate stories in offline activities...
12/26/2019
Tips for 2020 Advocacy

"While online activism will provide volume to advocacy campaigns in 2020, telling advocate stories in offline activities will have the most success. In fact, hosting elected officials at local events will be one of the most powerful tools next year." #Advocacy #townhall #gotv

Next year will be dominated by the presidential campaign and intense partisan debating. Advocacy groups will need to prepare a strategy to face this pressure.

Forbes provides some great tips for nonprofit leaders on grassroots advocacy. One tip from the article is: Find someone ...
12/17/2019
Get Connected: Nine Tips For Launching A Successful Grassroots Advocacy Campaign

Forbes provides some great tips for nonprofit leaders on grassroots advocacy. One tip from the article is: Find someone who is passionate, focused and determined to launch and manage the advocacy campaign. This keeps it structured and provides an efficient way to complete the campaign. #advocacy #nonprofits

Developing meaningful relationships with the public and other leaders is key to getting Grassroots campaigns off the ground and running.

The U.S., one of few countries that don’t mandate paid family leave, will guarantee 2.1 million federal workers 12 weeks...
12/09/2019
Parental Leave Inches Ahead in U.S. on Federal Workers’ Time Off

The U.S., one of few countries that don’t mandate paid family leave, will guarantee 2.1 million federal workers 12 weeks paid time off to care for newborns under a tentative provision in defense legislation. #advocacy #parenting #paidfamilyleave #publicpolicy

The U.S., one of few countries that don’t mandate paid family leave, will guarantee 2.1 million federal workers paid time off to care for newborns under a tentative provision in defense legislation. That would still leave the majority of the U.S. workforce with no paid time off when they have chil...

A new bill would give parents the option to receive $5,000 from the Child Tax Credit upfront and then adjusts their tax ...
12/05/2019
Bipartisan bill would let new parents draw on child tax credits doubled by 2017 GOP overhaul

A new bill would give parents the option to receive $5,000 from the Child Tax Credit upfront and then adjusts their tax credit to $1,500 a year for the next 10 years. Parents otherwise get $2,000 a year for each of their children under the age of 17. Should they choose to tap into the credit early, parents would be able to decide what they want to use the money for, whether supplies for babies, childcare, or replacing lost wages. #parenting #advocacy #childcare

A bipartisan bill would let new parents tap into the recently boosted Child Tax Credit to fund time off work, care for babies, and needed supplies.

Dollar Tree is under fire for stocking “potentially unsafe drugs” and cosmetics. “Americans expect and deserve drugs tha...
11/18/2019
FDA sends Dollar Tree warning letter for selling 'potentially unsafe drugs' from Chinese suppliers

Dollar Tree is under fire for stocking “potentially unsafe drugs” and cosmetics. “Americans expect and deserve drugs that are safe, effective and that meet our standards for quality,” Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the (press) release. #advocacy #healthcare #healthpolicy

The FDA in a letter to Dollar Tree said some Chinese manufacturers didn't test drug products and said “rodent feces" were found in one facility.

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The Senate unanimously passed...
11/06/2019
Senate unanimously passes bill making animal cruelty a felony

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty. The bipartisan bill, which was passed Tuesday afternoon, will now be sent to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature. #animallover #publicpolicy

Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony.

Chance the Rapper’s SNL appearance helps put the Chicago teachers' protest on a national platform. #advocacy #activisim ...
10/29/2019
Chance the Rapper's support of Chicago teachers on 'SNL' is celebrity advocacy done right

Chance the Rapper’s SNL appearance helps put the Chicago teachers' protest on a national platform. #advocacy #activisim #education #Chicago #ChicagoTeachersStrike

On this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, host and musical guest Chance the Rapper used his time on national TV to get the word out about the teacher’s strike in Chicago, which entered its eighth school day on Monday. According to the…

10/24/2019
FDA proposes "black-box warning" for breast implants – its strongest form of caution

The FDA is looking at a more aggressive action to tell women considering breast implants about potential serious risks. The agency proposes manufacturers print a "black-box warning" on implant packaging – its strongest form of caution. The move comes as the agency is taking heat from women who say they weren't warned of potential complications linked to breast implants before surgery. #publichealth #healthpolicy #advocacy #cancerawareness

The move comes as the agency is taking heat from women who say they weren't warned of potential complications linked to breast implants before surgery

Elijah Cummings made it his responsibility to elevate the concerns of the residents of America’s urban areas on Capitol ...
10/21/2019
Analysis | Elijah Cummings’s legacy of advocacy for urban issues

Elijah Cummings made it his responsibility to elevate the concerns of the residents of America’s urban areas on Capitol Hill. #advocacy #Congress

When President Trump blamed Cummings in July for Baltimore’s challenges, the congressman immediately invoked the people who live in the city.

Voting among younger citizens is on the rise. Young adults want to be involved in the political realm and want to be hea...
10/16/2019
The Significance of Young, Diverse Voices in Public Policy

Voting among younger citizens is on the rise. Young adults want to be involved in the political realm and want to be heard on issues important to them. #advocacy #politics #youthvote #advocacy #politics #milliennials

How can we encourage young adults - particularly those of color, an often underrepresented demographic - to engage in the election process?

10/01/2019
California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, profitting from their images, names or likenesses, just like the pros. The new law takes effect in 2023. #advocacy #sports #highereducation

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill allowing college athletes to get sponsorship deals, just like pros

The Arthritis Foundation, the largest advocacy group in the US for people with arthritis, is helping its constituents fi...
09/25/2019
Nation’s Largest Arthritis Advocacy Group Releases CBD Guidelines

The Arthritis Foundation, the largest advocacy group in the US for people with arthritis, is helping its constituents figure out how to use CBD, with the “CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis” recently published on its website. #advocacy #healthpolicy Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation, the nation's largest advocacy group for people with arthritis, recently issued guidelines for CBD use, filling the information gap for millions of older adults.

Five years after the death of Robin Williams, the children of the beloved comedian have emerged as passionate advocates ...
08/21/2019
Robin Williams' son on how his advocacy helped him cope with his father's death

Five years after the death of Robin Williams, the children of the beloved comedian have emerged as passionate advocates in support of those suffering from depression and mental health issues. #advocacy #healthpolicy #mentalhealth

Zak Williams spoke out about his own mental health struggles and how he coped with the death of his father, Robin Williams.

Netflix is expanding abroad but not by exporting US-centric content, but by creating "localized" content, and its public...
08/19/2019
Netflix is investing in public policy abroad to enable an international push

Netflix is expanding abroad but not by exporting US-centric content, but by creating "localized" content, and its public policy arm highlights a major challenge with that approach. #advocacy #publicpolicy #governmentrelations

Netflix is expanding abroad not by exporting US-centric content, but through "localized" fare – but navigating local environments may be difficult.

A new law in Illinois would require companies offering health insurance policies in the state to pay for "medically nece...
08/14/2019
Illinois just became the first state to require insurance companies to cover EpiPen injectors for kids

A new law in Illinois would require companies offering health insurance policies in the state to pay for "medically necessary epinephrine "Epi-Pen" injectors for persons 18 years of age or under." #advocacy #healthpolicy #Illinois #government

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a law that would require insurance companies to cover costs for kids needing EpiPen injections for cases of severe allergic reactions.

A new bill in Oregon will give students the ability to take a “mental health day,” and it will count as an excused absen...
07/22/2019
Oregon students able to take 'mental health day' under new bill

A new bill in Oregon will give students the ability to take a “mental health day,” and it will count as an excused absence. Students will have the ability to take up to five excused absences in a three-month span for mental health reasons #mentalhealth #education #mentalhealthawareness #advocacy

A new bill in Oregon will give students the ability to take a “mental health day,” and it will count as an excused absence.

Employees of home-goods company Wayfair are participating in a Wednesday walkout in Boston to protest the company sellin...
06/25/2019
Wayfair Employees Plan Walkout Over Company Selling Furniture to Border Facilities

Employees of home-goods company Wayfair are participating in a Wednesday walkout in Boston to protest the company selling furniture to contractors that run border camps, The Boston Globe reports. #WayfairWalkout #advocacy

“Everyone deserves a home they can feel safe and loved in, especially children, no matter where they’re from.”

After participating in four Olympic Games and collecting 28 medals, including 23 gold, Phelps has dedicated his time and...
05/22/2019
Phelps wins award for mental health advocacy

After participating in four Olympic Games and collecting 28 medals, including 23 gold, Phelps has dedicated his time and energy advocating for the de-stigmatization of mental health problems through the Michael Phelps Foundation. #advocacy #mentalhealth

Because of his willingness to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Michael Phelps was given the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night in Boston.

Nike revisits its maternity leave policy after allegations by female track runners in New York Times op-ed. #maternalhea...
05/15/2019
Nike responds to backlash over maternity leave policy

Nike revisits its maternity leave policy after allegations by female track runners in New York Times op-ed. #maternalhealth #advocacy #momlife #healthpolicy

Nike tells female athletes to dream big – until they want a baby, Olympic runner Alysia Montano alleges

McDonald's one of the largest employers in the world, with more than 800,000 employees in the United States has announce...
03/29/2019
McDonald's will stop lobbying against minimum wage increases

McDonald's one of the largest employers in the world, with more than 800,000 employees in the United States has announced that it will no longer lobby against raising the minimum wage at the federal, state or local levels in a letter to the National Restaurant Association on Tuesday. #news #advocacy #minimumwage #association

McDonald's is one of the largest employers in the world, with more than 800,000 employees in the United States.

Rapper Meek Mill is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia for his work as a criminal justice reform advocate and...
03/15/2019
Rapper Meek Mill honored for criminal justice reform work

Rapper Meek Mill is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia for his work as a criminal justice reform advocate and as a musician. #Advocacy #Philadelphia #CriminialJusticeReform

The Philadelphia City Council announced Thursday that "Meek Mill Weekend" will commence Friday.

Presenting a diverse coalition of people can directly relate to whether or not a legislator supports or opposes a piece ...
03/14/2019
The Power of Diversity In Advocacy

Presenting a diverse coalition of people can directly relate to whether or not a legislator supports or opposes a piece of legislation. The strength is in the quality of advocacy and conveying the widespread impact on society. #advocacy #nonprofits

The last few years have seen an increased emphasis on diversity in the advocacy industry. Events like #CouragetoRun and organizations like the Global

As patient organizations gain ground lobbying Congress and the administration, experts have begun to question whether th...
03/05/2019
Big Pharma Gave Money To Patient Advocacy Groups Opposing Medicare Changes

As patient organizations gain ground lobbying Congress and the administration, experts have begun to question whether their financial ties could push them to put drugmakers’ interests ahead of the patients they represent. #advocacy #patientadvocacy #grassrootsadvocacy

A KHN database shows that $58 million flowed from drugmakers to patient groups running national ads.

Lifetime Movies started 2019 shining light on violence against women and the next group for which the network wants to a...
02/04/2019

Lifetime Movies started 2019 shining light on violence against women and the next group for which the network wants to advocate for are those in the foster care system with an original movie, “I am Somebody’s Child”. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2S921hq.
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Policy TakeOver was created with one goal in mind: to improve, involve, and educate the community in grassroots advocacy. We are a legislative advocacy consulting company that provides the tools people and organizations need to get their voices heard and spur community involvement. Our services range from Advocacy Day scheduling and app development, bill and amendment drafting to the development of marketing materials such as infographics. In addition, we offer bill and regulatory tracking, keeping clients up to date with bills that are pertinent to them. With these services, our clients get their communities and lawmakers involved in making change happen for good. Policy TakeOver has the power to connect clients with their communities and the government without being unaffordable. Traditionally, advocacy consulting groups charge thousands of dollars more for the same services we provide. By making our services affordable and accessible, advocacy consulting becomes accessible to a large number of people. In turn, this means legislators will receive more input from their communities, and community involvement goes up. With us our clients have a voice, and we have already seen positive growth in client’s communities. We are excited to continue leveraging our advocacy campaign expertise for the benefit of our clients.

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