Legislative Action


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We hope that you are all staying safe this month and that you are finding ways to be in communication with others. As we navigate this difficult time together, we hope that you will continue to find ways to be advocates and we hope that we can continue to hold each other accountable.

Everywhere I am hearing about how school districts in Texas are providing curriculum and learning aids for parents who have turned their homes into learning environments. Even if you are not a student, as United Methodist Women, we should always be seeking to learn more. During our time of keeping safe in our homes, there is an opportunity to complete advocacy “homework.” I don’t encourage a steady diet of news streams about COVID-19 from the news channels, streaming online or social media. I think that feeds despair and fear and we serve a God of hope and love who urges us not to fear. I do hope you are listening to credible sources and are aware of the policies currently affecting healthcare and income inequality - policies that Texas United Methodist Women continue to advocate around.

While observing the recommendations to stay home and physically distant from others, there is still much we can do to advocate for the legislative issues we decided upon at the Legislative Event in January.  Texas Impact makes it easy for us. They have a page dedicated to resources and suggestions of ways we can act from the safety of our lazy boy recliners. I encourage you to regularly visit https://texasimpact.org/coronavirus/ to see ways we as women of faith can influence our legislators during this time in hopes of making policy changes that benefit all for the future.

If you follow the link to Texas Impact Coronavirus page some of the information you will see is:

"This week, we have two Action Alert items. As Anne Dunkelberg (Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities) mentioned on the March 26 Weekly Witness, this is not a time for “political gotcha,” but a time for Texans of faith to be in conversation with elected officials about how we can keep Texans safe and healthy. Lawmakers need to hear from constituents, so please review the alerts below, make your calls and let us know how they went by completing an engagement report.”

  1. Contact your state representatives to recommend that Governor Abbott take state actions to improve access to testing and treatment in Texas.  There is a link on the page to see talking points to Recommended State Actions to Improve Access to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment. (a link to talking points is provided).
  2. Contact DHS and Congress to ask that all non-violent immigrants be released from immigration detention centers for the safety of us all.   Join Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), San Antonio in affirming that it is in the best interest of all Texans for all immigrants to be with family during this pandemic - not locked away in immigration detention or stuck in make-shift refugee camps in Mexico.  Yesterday, leading voices in public health, faith, law enforcement and agriculture urged the Trump administration and Congress to take commonsense actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. One action requested to safeguard public health was to release all nonviolent detainees - allowing them to self-isolate or to be with family."

Please be accountable for all the ways you are advocating, Click here to go to the Engagement Reporting Form. We want to show our appreciation for all you are doing.

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           2021-2022 Legislative Priorities

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