The Importance of Speaking Up

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”

– William Faulkner

The 85th Legislative session of the State of Texas began this week. The legislative session is 140 days every other year. This year over 6,000 bills will be considered. It is a whirlwind of activity that can be exhausting. I had the privilege of traveling to Austin for the opening of the session as I sit on a board that organizes an interfaith worship service to precede each session.

Participating in the political process can be daunting, yet I believe it is important to do so. Voting is one key aspect of involvement, but we cannot stop there. Even if your preferred representative(s) were not elected, staying in touch with them is incredibly important to the political process. I am grateful to be on the board of Texas Impact. Organizations like this help citizens to coordinate around important issues, increasing the effectiveness of our voice.

Texas Impact (and others, I use ONE.org for national issues) help by stating legislative priorities Staff members from Texas Impact then help review the proposed bills to see where our interests intersect with actual bills proposed. This allows us to be speak more directly with our representatives as issues arise.

During the “Ascension Ed’ time this Sunday I will speak about my experiences of political engagement and advocacy. I will offer some more ideas of how people can get involved, both in the Legislative Session in Texas and more generally as well. Elections are just a part of the process, communicating with our elected officials is essential year-round.

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