Newsletter – November 2021


November 2021


Legislative Session 2022 Begins


This month we are celebrating a powerful return to the Statehouse for Organization Day!  On November 16th we brought over 40 leaders from across 15 different state senate seats to the Statehouse to welcome our legislators back to work, and make certain our Recovering Forward Agenda is front and center for the 2022 legislative session. Over the course of the day, we met with 26 different legislators or legislative assistants–including all 18 of our top priority legislators!  

“When I ask you, ‘What Kind of Action?’, you tell me, ‘Hoosier Action!’” – Organizing Director Tasha Coppinger leads members in a rousing Hoosier Action chant in preparation to talk to their legislators!

We provided everyone with training on how to talk with legislators, and then broke into teams for scheduled and unscheduled meetings with our elected officials. We met in the hall, in offices, and on the 3rd floor atrium in front of our Hoosier Action tables. We then met with Tyler Ness, Governor Holcomb’s legislative director, to share our stories and ask for the Governor’s support on our agenda to care for Hoosier health, homes, and environment.

Organization Day marked the official beginning of the 2022 legislative session, and we are just getting started. We’ll be back every single week during the session because we know that NOW is the time for us to pass policies which reflect our values and will ensure that all Hoosiers, regardless the color of our skin or the money in our pockets, are able to fully recover from the pandemic and move forward together.

Here are TWO ways you can hit the ground running in January:  

  • •Register for our upcoming Indiana Legislative Session Training on December 16th! At this training we will have two breakout rooms: in one room we’ll hold a legislative session 101 training for those totally new to the state legislature; in the other room, we’ll hold a training on advocacy and strategy at the Statehouse for those with previous experience or training on the legislative session. 

  • •Subscribe to the Weekly News Updates (via email and text). This will provide you the most up-to-date information as bills move through the legislative process. 

Weekly Updates

Sign up for weekly legislative session text and email updates – a Friday afternoon summary of what happened during the week. Stay informed and take action!

Spotlight on Our Recovering Forward Agenda

Over the course of the last month Hoosier Action member leaders have been working to shape our values into our policy priorities for the legislative session. During October and early November, our leaders have met with over a dozen legislators and policy experts to discuss our key issues and develop our Recovering Forward legislative priorities:

Caring for our families by 

  • Ensuring accessible and affordable childcare by permanently ending Childcare and Development Fund (CCDF) co-pays

  • Making certain childcare providers and early educators are stable and supported

  • Removing barriers to quality, affordable healthcare by improving the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)

Saving lives and ending the overdose crisis by

  • Increasing access to naloxone, the life-saving antidote to opioid poisoning 

  • Supporting evidence-based solutions to reduce harm and prevent overdoses

  • Removing barriers to care and recovery for those struggling with substance use

Protecting Hoosier homes by

  • Reforming the eviction process to keep more Hoosiers in their homes and bring landlords and tenants together

  • Creating a repair and refund program which allows tenants to keep their families and homes safe

  • Reducing barriers to housing by creating opportunities for eviction expungement

Cleaning up our water, air, and soil by

Cleaning up toxic pollution which is making Hoosiers sick

  • Banning harmful contaminants which can poison our water, air, and soil

  • Taking responsibility for the current impacts of climate change in Indiana and preparing our state to meet the challenges of the climate crisis


As we move forward into the legislative session, our chapters are focusing on key issues and looking for members interested in issue-specific work especially outreach and story collection. 

  • Childcare and healthcare: reach out to Moms organizer Eva Bell at

  • Overdose: organizers Laxmi Palde and Will Stauffer would love to connect and for you to join them! You can email them at and  

  • Housing: reach out to organizer Stephanie Zhang at

  • Environment: connect with organizer Tasha Coppinger at

  • Membership Committee: grow our membership across the state; imagine ways to foster a culture of organized people PLUS organized money (aka dues) and build power. Contact Michelle Higgs at

  • Research Committee: Enjoy research, data and analysis? Are you skilled in writing white papers? If you enjoy research and learning about power mapping, our research team is always looking for new members. Contact Tracey Hutchings-Goetz at

Vax Talk

Safety is not taboo: how to talk with loved ones about the COVID-19 Vaccines, no matter your stance. As the holidays approach, we can expect to plan and visit with loved ones, including some folks who have made a different choice than yours about the the COVID-19 vaccine (Dec. 5th 3pm-5pm ET) 

Annual Meeting

December 11th, 11am-3pm

Statehouse Library, Room 211

315 W Ohio St. Indianapolis, IN 

(Paid members only) 

Vax Talk

Safety is not taboo: how to talk with loved ones about the COVID-19 Vaccines, no matter your stance. As the holidays approach, we can expect to plan and visit with loved ones, including some folks who have made a different choice than yours about the the COVID-19 vaccine (Dec. 5th 3pm-5pm ET) 

Hoosier Action’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Statehouse Library in Indianapolis on December 11th from 11am – 3pm.  Members will be gathering to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and shape the coming year priorities, including ratifying newly established Chapters. 

The Annual Meeting is open to all active dues paying members.  If you currently do not pay dues or your membership has lapsed, join today [use the Join Us button below] and then register for the Annual Meeting so you can help shape the organization.

We are so excited to be a part of Krista Detor’s holiday concert on December 3rd streaming live from Nashville, Tennessee! Krista is a phenomenal singer-songwriter, and this year teams up with five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten. Victor is a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and plays widely. Recently, Rolling Stone listed him as one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time!  Half of all ticket proceeds will be given to support the work of Hoosier Action!

12/15 Action Party: Membership: Organized Money 6:30pm-8:00pm ET


11/25-26 Thanksgiving (office closed)

12/3 Hundredth Hill Holiday Show (benefit concert for Hoosier Action)

12/5 VaxTalk Webinar

12/9 Action Party: Membership (Organized Money)

12/11 Annual Meeting, Indianapolis

12/16 Legislative Session Trainings 101 & 202

12/24 – 1/2 Office Closed for the Holidays

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Sign up today to become a monthly dues-paying member using the button below.  Together, we can make Indiana a place where all Hoosiers, no matter their zip code or the color of their skin, can thrive.


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