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29th Annual United Methodist Women's Legislative Event -- 2017 Resource Center
Thank you to everyone who joined United Methodist Women from all over Texas in Austin for three days of learning, engagement, and advocacy.
- 2017 Legislative Agenda
- Photo Gallery | All Event Photos
- Handouts and Talking Points
- 2017 Event Program
- Keynote Speakers
There are more than 100,000 members of United Methodist Women in Texas. At their annual legislative conference, UMW members from all six of Texas’ United Methodist Annual Conferences adopt a consensus legislative agenda reflecting their priority legislative concerns. United Methodist Women was established in 1865. United Methodist Women place particular emphasis on issues impacting the well-being of women, children and youth.
Texas United Methodist Women affirm the dedication of every member of the Texas Legislature. We thank you for your service to our state and we look forward to thanking you for your good work in the 85th legislative session. The following issues are key priorities for us, but they do not represent the sum of our concerns. We know that you will make decisions about vast and varied issues. We urge you to consider that everything is important because everyone is important: the decisions you make must be for the good of all people in Texas.
Prioritize Texas’ Future!
Texas United Methodist Women call on the 85th Texas Legislature to prioritize funding and policy initiatives that invest in our state’s human infrastructure—that promote health and prosperity for everyone living in Texas. In particular, we urge lawmakers to focus on the following key issues:
- Fully fund a high quality public education system for all Texas kids
- Reject any appropriation of public funds to nonpublic education
- Ensure the safety of drinking water in every public school in Texas
- Ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Texans
- Protect health care infrastructure in counties of all sizes
- Increase access to preventive and other mental health services
Prioritize Children and Families
- Fund child welfare programs at the level that program leaders say is needed for real improvement
- Align Texas with national norms in child welfare program quality and outcomes
- Invest in child abuse prevention and family preservation programs and services to reduce child welfare caseloads
Prioritize Human Dignity
- Ensure Texas government does not prefer or disadvantage one faith relative to another or to no faith
- Don’t co-opt local communities into federal immigration policy enforcement
For more information about United Methodist Women in Texas or this legislative agenda, contact any of the following UMW Social Action Coordinators:
Ann Muir 972-742-3167 firstname.lastname@example.org North Texas Conference
Shirley Shroyer 432-213-1479 email@example.com Northwest Texas Conference
Elizabeth Jimenez 956-242-2185 firstname.lastname@example.org Rio Texas Conference
Krystal Scott-West 409-365-7078 email@example.com Texas Conference
Ellen Lipsey 432-284-0584 firstname.lastname@example.org New Mexico Conference
Rebecca Lucas 817-578-4156 email@example.com Central Texas Conference
Photos from this year's event are now online! View the full gallery, and to download high-resolution originals, on Flickr.
- Opening Presentation--UMW Legislative 101: Courage for Community
- Workshop--Social Media: Twitter (Coming Soon) | Facebook
- Workshop--Water Captains
- Workshop--Story Collection
- Workshop--Fair Lending: A Toolkit for Cities
- Courage for Children: The Texas Budget--Center for Public Policy Priorities | Children's Defense Fund | Texas Association of Social Workers
- Courage for Hospitality: Public Policy and Displaced People--Texas Impact | ACLU of Texas (Coming Soon)
- Courage for Faith: Protecting Religious Freedom for All Texans (Texas Impact) (Coming Soon)
- Courage for the Creation: Environmental Issues (Texas League of Conservation Voters) (Coming Soon)
School Drinking Water:
- In low-income communities across the state and across the country, we have seen the harmful affects that lead can have on the health of our families. We have to ensure that the well being of our children and grandchildren is at the forefront of this legislative session.
- Texas currently has no uniform standards for how water in public schools is tested for lead. With simple changes, the state could craft standards that would protect millions of our young people from potentially life threatening health risks.
- For many school districts, we have no idea how much lead could be in our school’s water. We don’t want Fort Worth, El Paso, or East Austin to be the next Flint, Michigan and we have the power to prevent this.
Sunday, January 22
1:00-1:30pm Welcome/About UMW Legislative Event
1:30-2:30pm Session 101
3:00-4:00pm Workshops: Think Globally Act Locally
d. Social Media for Civic Engagement
4:15-5:15pm Election 101
6:00-7:30pm DINNER (Speaker TBA)
8:00-9:00pm Strategy meetings by Senate district
Monday, January 23
8:30-9:00am PRAISE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
9:00-10:15am State Budget Priorities: foster care, public education, health
10:30-11:45am Displaced People—immigration, border security, refugees
11:45-1:00 LUNCH: Addressing Poverty—payday lending, food security
1:00-2:00pm Protecting Religious Freedom—Islam, guns, RFRA, pastor protection
2:30-3:30pm Caring for Creation—climate, water, energy
3:30-4:30 CONFERENCE CAUCUSES
4:30-6:00pm Policy Clinic
6:00 SILENT AUCTION CLOSES
Keynote Address: Hon. Hope Andrade and Hon. Leticia Van de Putte
Tuesday, January 24
7:00-8:15am TRAVEL TO CAPITOL FOR LOBBY VISITS
8:15-8:45am WELCOME TO THE CAPITOL!
8:45-11:00am LEGISLATIVE VISITS
11:00am CLOSING SESSION
12:00pm OPTIONAL TOUR
The tour will last about an hour—lunch is on your own when the tour concludes.
Keynote Speakers: We are happy to confirm our keynote speakers, Hon. Leticia Van de Putte and Hon. Hope Andrade!
Van de Putte served more than two decades in the Texas Legislature, first in the House and then in the Senate, before retiring in 2015. Andrade served as Texas' first Latina Secretary of State from 2008-2012. In 2016, they teamed up to launch a consulting firm, Andrade-Van de Putte and Associates, based in San Antonio.
Early bird registration ends January 7. Register today! (Note: if you have difficulty with the form, below, please user our alternate form here.)