Blue Star States
About Blue Star States
Did you know that your governor needs to sign a proclamation each year to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? Because the proclamations aren’t laws, we request them year after year. The same holds true for a national proclamation from the president.
Over the past three years we’ve engaged advocates in all 50 states and watched 90% of the states recognize March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2015, more than 1,000 grassroots advocates rallied together to issue proclamation requests in all 50 states. We launched BlueStarStates.org where advocates could learn about Blue Star States, track the progress in each state and share campaign graphics online. For the first time EVER, a state proclamation was secured in Alaska, in addition to 43 other state proclamations.Help us get to 100% in 2016!
New this year: We’ve incorporated the community’s national goal of 80% screened by 2018 to the proclamation process! Both the sample cover letter and sample proclamation include language about this national goal of increasing the screening rate.
Each state has its own process for submitting proclamation requests. Some states offer forms on the governor’s website and other states require a personalized email from a constituent.
To simplify the process, we’ve created an action alert this year for submitting proclamation requests! All you have to do is enter your information and submit a pre-composed email to your governor.
One week after submitting the proclamation request, be sure to follow up with a phone call to the governor’s office.
If your governor’s office is willing to host a signing ceremony, be sure to invite local advocates! You can issue a press release or include an opinion editorial (op ed) in your local newspaper with the details!
Get Inspired: Wisconsin kicks things off for 2016!
We’re here to help! Make your advocacy go far with these tools:
Check out the pictures advocates submitted! Have a picture you want to share of your proclamation or signing ceremony? Email it to Advocate@FightCRC.org or post it online with the hashtag #CRCAdvocacy.
Check this year’s proclamation pictures!
At Fight CRC, we hang our hats on changing policy with the help of advocates like you.
Advocacy isn’t scary — it’s simply sharing your story with members of Congress to raise awareness of issues that affect colorectal cancer.
Just tell your story — we’ll provide the rest!
Learn more about becoming a colorectal cancer advocate.