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Government Works: More Thoughts from DC

We are pleased to share another post of Michael Piraino’s reflections from his week in Washington, D.C.

The morning starts with a conversation with a volunteer who made the rounds of her congressional representatives’ offices all day yesterday. She is amazed at how open things are here. Once past security, you can just show up at an office and talk to someone. The right of the people to petition their government; it works.

By noon, I have had four separate conversations with four different groups of staff at the United States Department of Justice—at the offices for Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women, and Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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Thoughts from Washington DC

Thoughts from Washington DCLast week, National CASA CEO Michael Piraino was in Washington, DC, taking part in a number of meetings with congressional leaders about the importance of social services and child advocacy. We are happy to present some insights that Michael shared from his trip.

Last night, when I turned on the TV in my hotel room, the first thing I saw was an ad in scary language urging me to petition our government. About what, I don’t recall. The language was too loud and strident to allow for thinking. A lot of the language flying around this town is enough to convince you we are in that proverbial hand basket to Hades.

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