Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information about the 2017 Advocacy Day as well as other activities involving particular legislative issues of interest. These include those regarding Protecting Human Life, Children & Families, Health & Human Services, Justice for Immigrants, Protecting the Poor & Vulnerable, Criminal Justice, and other issues identified by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops..
We need advocates to call or email their State Senator and State Representative to notify him or her that (1) you are in support of the Catholic Advocates visiting the capitol and (2) the specific legislation you support or oppose.
Please sign up below to let us know you participated by phone/email, and click on the links below to find all the information you need to exercise your Faithful Citizenship from home:
We also need your prayers! Click here to find the Prayer for Advocacy Day (includes a general prayer and children's prayer in English and Spanish)
**Please Note: All advocacy in conjunction with Catholic Advocacy Day must reflect the position of the Texas Bishops. (Learn more about the positions of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops by visiting our Resources Page)**
Below is a suggested call script to use to support Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day. Callers may personalize the script, but are asked to stick to the main point, which is support for the legislative agenda to be presented by Catholic Advocates.
We are asking you to call the day before because that will alert the staff that constituents are interested in these issues and that the information should not just be filed away and forgotten!
To locate the email address of your State Representative and State Senator, enter your home address at http://www.fyi.legis.texas.gov/Home.aspx.
If the staff person asks for any specific information, please tell them that someone from the diocesan ministries or the Texas Catholic Conference will contact them with that information. Then contact your diocesan coordinator with the question to forward those details to the Texas Catholic Conference.
Call Script To Use
Hello, my name is ________________________ and I am a registered voter in Rep/Sen.__________________ district. Is it possible for me to speak with a legislative aide? (If so, continue as below with that staff, if not continue with the receptionist)
I am calling today because representatives from the Catholic Diocese will be visiting the capitol tomorrow and bringing information on several issues of concern. I wanted to let you know that as I voter, I am in strong support of the issues they will present to you from the Diocese of Dallas and from the Texas Catholic Conference. Will you please make sure that Sen./Rep. ___________________ receives this message?
Can I get your name so that I can ask for you the next time I call about these or other issues?
Thank you for your time. Please share with Sen./Rep. ___________ that I am grateful for his/her commitment to public service and that he/she and all of you on the staff will be in my prayers during the legislative session.
Emailing your legislators to advocate for the Texas Bishops’ Legislative Agenda can be done separately or in conjunction with a phone call to add impact. Below is a suggested email message for you to use. You may personalize this script, but please stick to the main points, which support the agenda that will be presented by Catholic advocates.
To locate the email address of your State Representative and State Senator, enter your home address at http://www.fyi.legis.texas.gov/Home.aspx. From there, you can click on your Senator and Representative’s web pages to find their email contact form, or you can call their office and ask for an email address.
Email Message To Use On Monday, March 23rd
Email Subject: Texas Catholic Advocacy Day
Hello, my name is _______________ and I am a registered voter in Representative /Senator _______________’s district. I am emailing today because on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, Catholic advocates will be visiting your office to discuss the Bishops’ legislative concerns, regarding issues that affect the life and dignity of the people of Texas. The Texas Catholic Conference sponsors the Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day, which advocates for the public policy voice of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas.
I wanted to let you know that as a voter and constituent, I am in strong support of the issues they will present to you. Though I will not be able to attend the day, I want to express my support for the group that will be visiting you, and reiterate my concern for the issues below:
End-of-Life Care Reform - The Texas Catholic Conference advocates advance directives reform legislation that recognizes the dignity of a natural death. Human intervention that would deliberately cause, hasten, or unnecessarily prolong the patient’s death violates the dignity of the human person. Reform efforts should prioritize the patient, while also recognizing the emotional and ethical concerns of families, health care providers, and communities that want to provide the most compassionate care possible.
Education Tax Credit Scholarship - In Texas, a family’s educational choices are limited by their economic means. An Education Tax Credit Scholarship expands educational opportunities for low-income families, by allowing them to attend private schools or for public school students to participate in after school tutoring. The legislation takes an innovative approach by creating a scholarship program funded by contributions from Texas businesses.
Payday and Auto Title Lending Reform - Payday and auto title lenders exploit a loophole in Texas Law in order to charge outrageous fees and interest rates that trap low-income borrowers in a dangerous cycle of debt. The Texas Bishops have prioritized ending this form of usury as one of its top public policy goals, and invite you to join in the effort to end financial exploitation.
If you would like additional information concerning these issues, please contact the Texas Catholic Conference at 512-339-9882 or you can visit their web site at www.TXCatholic.org.
I am grateful Sen/Rep __________________’s commitment to public service and that he/she and all of you on the staff will be in my prayers during the legislative session.
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