March 13, 2023: TXUUJM Legislative Action Day!
Thank you SO MUCH to the 150 UUs who made it to the Capitol for our biggest Legislative Action Day yet! Please be following up with your legislators and keeping up the heat for them to serve all Texans and work for TXUUJM issues of Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, Healthcare Access (including gender-affirming care, reproductive justice, and postpartum healthcare and Medicaid expansion), Economic Justice, and Voting Rights.
A FEW OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
Q: What are our issues for TXUUJM Legislative Action Day?
A: The focus of the March 13th interfaith rally, on the South Steps of the capitol, is on Black Maternal Health and the health of birthing persons. We are supporting the 12-month Medicaid extension, as part of the bigger picture of reproductive justice.
In TXUUJM’s legislative visits, please speak to the justice areas about which you are passionate or personally affected. TXUUJM will provide suggested talking points and leave-behind papers that address the five focus areas* that YOU, our Texas member congregations, voted on for 2020-2022**:
– racial justice
– environmental justice
– healthcare access
– economic justice
– voting rights.
*These five are interconnected and inclusive of other important issues. For example, racial justice includes issues of immigration, reproductive justice, and more; healthcare access includes LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive justice, and more; etc.
**It’s not 2020-2022 anymore, but the issues you voted on are still very relevant. Rather than spend TXUUJM’s limited capacity on a new survey, particularly during a time of pandemic and rebuilding, we chose to continue with the five issues above. After this 88th Legislative Session, the TXUUJM Board and Advisory Council will discuss whether and when to conduct a new congregational survey.
Q: Will there be buses or carpools?
A: We encourage congregations to carpool to the capitol parking garage, and churches with big groups, including in San Antonio and North Texas, are also working on buses. Please check with your local congregations!
Q: What are the exact times and locations for March 13?
A: We expect to go from 9am – 4:30pm on March 13th, using several spaces at the capitol, including the main rotunda, South Steps, and a special members lounge generously provided for us by Rep. Donna Howard of TXUUJM member congregation First UU Austin. (Thanks, Rep. Howard!) We are working to be mindful of accessibility and ease, as best we can. Please register here to get the latest and most complete details as our team and partners finalize plans.
We can’t wait to see you on March 13th! Thank you to all the volunteers and TXUUJM team members working hard to mobilize and organize Texas UUs for justice!
Rev. Erin Walter, TXUUJM Minister & Executive Director
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