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

NEW: Weekly Witness Survey | Action Alerts | Sponsors | Locations and Topics | Past Events and Recordings


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 and April 17, 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


Weekly Schedule:

  • May 29: No Weekly Witness (Memorial Day/Sine Die)

Past Events:

May 22: Time-Sensitive Bills and Weekly Witness Wrap-Up
Speaker: Scott Atnip, Congregational Outreach Director for Texas Impact
Webinar Video (Coming Soon)
 
May 15: Time-Sensitive Bills Needing Action
Speaker: Joshua Houston, General Counsel for Texas Impact
Resources
 
May 8: Time-Sensitive Bills Needing Action
Speaker: Joshua Houston, General Counsel for Texas Impact
 
May 1: Time-Sensitive Bills Needing Action and an In-Depth Look at SB 4, an inside look at one of the session's most contentious bills
Speaker: Joshua Houston, General Counsel, Texas Impact
 
April 24: Climate, Water, Energy, and Other Environmental Issues
Speaker: Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club
 
Resources:
 
April 17: Immigration, Refugees, and Human Trafficking
Speaker: Celina Moreno, Staff Attorney for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
 
Resources:
 
April 10: Foster Care and Domestic Violence
Speakers: Will Francis, National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter; Kate Murphy, Texans Care for Children
 
April 3: Criminal Justice Reform
Speaker: Nick Hudson, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
 
March 27: Death Penalty
Speaker: Kristin Houlé, Executive Director, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Resources

 
March 20: Religious Freedom and Public Education
Speaker: Beaman Floyd
 
March 13: Food Access in Texas
Speaker: Kathy Green, Central Texas Food Bank
 
 
March 6: Health Care
Speaker: Congressman Lloyd Doggett; Stacey Pogue, Center for Public Policy Priorities
 
February 27: Climate, Water, Energy, and Other Environmental Issues
Speaker: Adrian Shelley
 
Resources:
 
February 20: Public Education
Speaker: Beaman Floyd
 
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
 
Resources:
 
February 6: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking
Speaker: Erica Schmidt-Portnoy, Austin Area Director, Refugee Services of Texas
 
January 30: Religious Freedom
Speakers: Joshua Houston, General Counsel, Texas Impact; Dick Lavine, Center for Public Policy Priorities
 
Resources:
 
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
 
Resources:
 
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
 
January 9: Health Care
Speaker: Bee Moorhead