WOW! Look what’s happening…
On February 15, 2017 Unitarian Universalists from all across Texas will converge on the State Capitol to make sure Texas lawmakers hear our voices and understand our values. Organized by your statewide justice network, the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM), the 2017 Legislative Action Day is a special opportunity to join our church’s clergy, other members and fellow UUs from across the state in uplifting our concerns, especially in the areas of women’s reproductive rights, economic inequality, and the rights of immigrants and refugees.
As of January 23, just twenty-four days prior to the Austin event, 115 UUs had already registered to participate from across the state! Projecting from the trends of our prior, 2015 Action Day, we may have as many as 345 UUs walking the halls of the Capitol, letting our lawmakers know there are people of faith who value the worth and dignity of every life, and that are going to be holding both ourselves and our legislators accountable in ways they may not often hear from others.
As before, we’ll be visiting lawmakers’ offices in groups of 3-5 UUs, due to the physical size of most Capitol offices. To allow sufficient time to assemble our visitation teams and arrange appointments that assure, as best we can, everyone gets to visit with at least one of their own state lawmakers, we’re asking EVERYONE to register not later than close of business on February 8th.
Don’t hesitate to sign up later if you must, right up to the date of the event. The larger our numbers in Austin, the bigger the impact. However, understand the earlier you register, the greater the likelihood you’ll be able to meet and interact directly with your rep or senator.
Already signed up? Fabulous! Please help us spread the work and increase our numbers.
And where does one register? www.TXUUJM.org/LAD
February 15th is just the beginning The work of bending the arc of history toward justice requires continuing follow ups, personal visits (both in Austin and in local district offices), telephone calls, marches and other strategies and tactics TBD, as we work with other UUs and like minded Texans to hold our lawmakers accountable for outcomes, not just talking points.
Buses are available from the Houston and D/FW areas if you’d like to leave the driving to others, and much more information is available at the registration link above. Once you register, you’ll begin receiving updates, training opportunities, and additional information shortly after the 1st of February via email. So register today, and make sure everyone you know is registered as well. This is the time, and this is the place to engage in the work of building the beloved community.
Lastly, don’t forget to register to hear Rev. Gerald Britt speak about poverty and homelessness in Dallas at the Annual Meeting of the Social Action Council at 12:45 pm on Sunday, February 5th.Sign up and optionally order a box lunch at bkmts.com/SAC2017
Alan Lummus, TXUUJM Board of Directors
Harry O. Davis, TXUUJM Advisory Council
Bruce Harris, TXUUJM Advisory Council