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Join us Mondays at noon in Austin during the 85th Texas Legislature for Weekly Witness

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The 2017 legislative session promises to be a time of high stakes and hard choices. It's never been more important for people of faith to be informed and engaged. 

Weekly Witness is your opportunity to put faith into action and advocate for the common good at a time when your state needs it! Here's the game plan:

Every Monday at noon starting on January 16, Texas Impact will hold a short, focused advocacy training in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin. We--and often colleagues from our partner organizations--will present timely, insider information on a "focus issue of the day," as well as updates and next steps on other issues that are on our legislative agenda

Following the training, participants will make scheduled or unscheduled legislative visits with their own legislators and other key members, and sometimes attend committee meetings or take advantage of other timely opportunities.

Weekly Witness will take place in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin (directions). On January 16, April 17, and May 29, we will convene Weekly Witness in an alternate location in the Capitol Extension, E2.020 (Capitol reference map).

Can't make it to Austin every week--or ever? Our trainings are broadcast live on Facebook, and our website will have handouts and advocacy materials like phone and email scripts and social media messages.

Sign up for Weekly Witness today!


Weekly Witness Sponsors:

Congregations, organizations, businesses or individuals can sponsor up to 19 weeks of legislative briefings to ensure that the 85th Legislature hears from Texans of all faith and cultural backgrounds in order to advocate for the common good at a time when Texas needs it!

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston

  • Members of Friends Congregational Church, College Station

  • Rev. Dr. T. Randall Smith and Rev. Sandra W. Smith

Silver Sponsors:

  • Friends of the Environment

Weekly Schedule:

Unless otherwise noted, Weekly Witness meets in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin (Google MapsParking Information)

  • UPDATED March 20: Religious Freedom and Public Education -- Webinar RSVP
  • March 27: Death Penalty-Kristin Houle -- Webinar RSVP


  • UPDATED April 3: Criminal Justice (Public Education rescheduled to March 20) -- Webinar RSVP
  • April 10: Foster Care and Domestic Violence (Holy Week) -- Webinar RSVP
  • April 17: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking (Day after Easter) -- Alternate Location Capitol Extension, E2.020 -- Webinar RSVP
  • April 24: Climate, Water, Energy, and Other Environmental Issues -- Webinar RSVP



Past Events:

January 9: Health Care

Speaker: Bee Moorhead
 
January 16: Civic Participation and Voting (Martin Luther King Day)

Speakers: Celina Moreno, Legislative Staff Attorney at Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and Yannis Banks, Legislative Liaison Texas NAACP

Webinar Video
 
January 23: Hunger, Poverty and Payday Lending

Speakers: Kathy Green, Central Texas Food Bank Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas;Ann Baddour, Director, Fair Financial Services Project

Webinar Video

 
Resources:
 
January 30: Religious Freedom

Speakers: Joshua Houston, General Counsel, Texas Impact; Dick Lavine, Center for Public Policy Priorities

Webinar Video: Joshua Houston on Religious Freedom | Dick Lavine on the Texas Budget

 
Resources:
 
February 6: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking

Speaker: Erica Schmidt-Portnoy, Austin Area Director, Refugee Services of Texas

Webinar Video
 
February 13: Foster Care and Domestic Violence (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Legislative Event)

Speaker: Will Francis, National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter; Sarah de la Fuente, Women's Association of Religious Professionals

Webinar Video: Domestic Violence feat. Sarah de la Fuente | CPS Reform and Foster Care feat. Will Francis
 
Resources:
 
February 20: Public Education

Speaker: Beaman Floyd

Webinar Video
 
February 27: Climate, Water, Energy, and Other Environmental Issues

Speaker: Adrian Shelley

Webinar Video
 
Resources:
 
March 6: Health Care
Speaker: Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Stacey Pogue, Center for Public Policy Priorities
 
March 13: Food Access in Texas
Speaker: Kathy Green, Central Texas Food Bank