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This week, Texas Impact has staff and AmeriCorps VISTAs attending the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Assembly in Houston. (Leis in the above photo courtesy of the Lutherans—they know how to have a good time!) Texas Impact team members will also be attending all five United Methodist Annual Conferences in Texas as well as the Grace Presbytery gathering next week.

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Water Captains from Jacksonville and Nacogdoches met at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center on May 18th to attend the Region I Water Planning Group meeting. The volunteer water leaders had all attended earlier workshops and were well-versed in most of the major issues facing east Texas and its projected water supply.

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The Texas hurricane season begins June 1st, and the National Weather Service's (NWS) Brownsville station has turned to local church pastors to help alert residents who live in colonias near the border. The National Weather Service plans to provide the pastors and/or colonia residents with alert radios that will broadcast warnings in Spanish. Texas Impact helped the Brownsville weather station invite faith leaders across the Rio Grande Valley to attend a briefing on this first-in-the-nation project.

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One great way to influence public policy is to write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper on a public policy issue important to you. Letters to the Editor are great because they help shape public opinion for both citizens and news leaders and inform legislators of constituent concerns. You can find tips for writing Letters to the Editor here.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:00am

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief continued its statewide tour this week in Houston. With the exception of Senator Carlos Uresti, members of the committee continued to oppose those who testified that accepting federal funds to provide health insurance to low-income Texans could ease the strain on local property taxpayers.

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May 1-4, Texas Interfaith Center staff Bee Moorhead and Yaira Robinson joined 70 religious leaders from across the country at the national Interfaith Power & Light conference in Washington, D.C. The conference culminated in a day of congressional visits to advocate for wise climate policies. Faith leaders from across the nation are focused on the need for practical next steps in U.S. climate policy, particularly relating to U.S. commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement.

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