REGISTER HERE: eventbrite.com/e/yall-means-all-interfaith-lobby-day-tickets-36115359011
And then sign and share this statement opposing discriminatory legislation: texasimpact.org/Interfaith-Letter-Discrimination
Overview of the Day
8:30am Tisha b’Av service in the House Chamber*
10:00am Press Conference on the South Steps of the Capitol (water bottles and some chairs will be provided)
10:45am Press Conference ends; follow volunteers to Robert E. Johnson State Office Building
11:00am Advocacy Training at Robert E. Johnson
12:00pm Lunch (halal and veggie wraps)
1:00pm Legislative Visits at the Capitol – Texas Impact staff will be in the Rotunda to answer questions
3:00pm Event ends
*Austin Rabbis Neil Blumofe and Susan Lippe are leading a Tisha b’Av service in the Chamber of the House of Representatives on the morning of the Lobby Day. Tisha b’Av is a Jewish holy day of mourning and fasting, when Jews are called to reflect on the suffering that still occurs in our world as a result of sinat hinam, or baseless hatred. It is a day when we identify instances of baseless hatred, reflect on the disrespect and humiliation inflicted on our fellow humans, and in community with each other, pledge to repair and rebuild.
People of all faith traditions (or those who are just interested) are welcome at this worship service.
It will be hot on the Capitol steps on Tuesday morning, so please keep that in mind. Business casual is appropriate for legislative visits, but it is more important that you are comfortable! We ask clergy to wear “warm weather” clergy garb—for Christians, that might mean a short-sleeved shirt with liturgical collar and stole, but we leave your outfit up to you.
Bottled water and some chairs will be provided for the press conference.
Lunch will be provided to those who registered for the event. We will have wraps, salad and rice. If you’d rather eat on your own, the Capitol Grille in the Capitol Extension is a great option.
If you arrive early enough in the day, you should be able to park in the Capitol Visitor Lot at 12/13th and San Jacinto. The first two hours are free and it is $1 per half hour thereafter. If the Visitor Lot is full, there is street parking around the Capitol.
This will be explained in much more detail at the advocacy training, but plan to meet in front of your legislator’s office in the Capitol at 1:40pm. You can find out who your Texas House of Representatives member is here: Who Represents Me? We will provide a “leave-behind” folder that one member of your groups will pick up from the Robert E. Johnson Building and take to the Capitol.
Update #1: Tentative Schedule for the Day
10am Press Conference on the South Steps of the Capitol
11am Advocacy Training (Location TBD)
1pm — 3pm Legislative Visits
Save the date and spread the word as Texas faith community leaders and Texans of all faiths stand against discrimination. Plan now to join us at the Captiol for a press conference, legislative updates, and visits with lawmakers during the high stakes special session.
Mainstream faith communities affirm the shared values of respect, dignity, and welcome for every person. Discriminatory legislation that targets individuals based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity runs counter to Texan values.
We reject the fear-filled rhetoric and un-American endorsement of discrimination that underlie proposed “bathroom legislation.” This legislation would pose a threat to vulnerable individuals, affirm state-sponsored discrimination, and dismiss the wisdom of local communities.