Emerson Justice Advocates invites you to participate in the Constituent Map Project. We would like to map all Emersonians according to Texas House and Senate Districts and Congressional Districts. You need not participate in any future lobbying efforts, but it helps those who do to honestly represent the numbers that reside in and vote in the respective districts. The information collected via this Google Form link will not be shared with any elected official, but is for Emerson Justice Advocates use only. If you are sensitive to sharing cell numbers or e-mail address, simply skip those questions, however providing this information will make contact with you on important items much easier. There is a link to Who Represents Me in the Google Form, but you can use it here to get the information beforehand. Many are already aware of their representatives, but using this form will load the information into a handy spreadsheet and save time. Thank you in advance for you participation!

April Items


Thursday, 4/20
Texas Impact’s Interfaith Advocacy Day 
Join Texans of all faiths for a day of learning, lobbying, and fellowship at Texas Interfaith Advocacy Day 2017! By April 20, there will only be a month left in the 85th Legislative Session, making it a critical time in the legislative process–to advance bills you care about, ensure bills you oppose don’t pass, and advocate for key state budget priorities.
Already been to the Capitol this session? This is an ideal time to come back and remind legislators about your concerns.
Never been to a Capitol Day or advocacy conference? This one-day event is the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet.
Interfaith Advocacy Day will feature presentations by legislative experts, advocacy training, and meetings with legislators and their staff about priority issues for the Texas interfaith community.
Register before April 14 to have Texas Impact staff schedule your appointments with your senator and representative. https://texasimpact.org/interfaith-day


Saturday, 4/22 – 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Emerson, Westwood Hall grounds
Art Build & Picnic
in support of the Circles of Resistance – People’s Climate March – Houston – signs, posters, banners, and a parachute – painting images of hope for Climate Justice to be used in the People’s March Houston on April 29. Bring food, drink, and a mighty creative and visionary spirit to share! RSVP, Meetup Event Link


Saturday, 4/22 – 6:15 – 8:30 p.m., Emerson, Sanctuary
Immigrants for Sale Documentary Film Screening

A 35 minute film demonstrating that the Immigration debate is not an abstraction and to highlight the problems with prisons for profit. A discussion regarding next steps will follow. View the trailer here. Light refreshments and socializing at 6:15 p.m., Film starts at 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, 4/23 – 10 a.m., Emerson, Room 205/206
Sonja Miller speaks about Reproductive Justice Congregation Initiative
The Reproductive Justice Congregation! What is it? What’s involved? Should Emerson become a Reproductive Justice Congregation? Find out as we welcome Sonja Miller, Director of Just Texas: Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice, a project of the Texas Freedom Network. Ms. Miller will explain the project and answer all your questions regarding this exciting initiative. There will be a free luncheon for Sonja following the service in Westwood Hall. Please contact Pam Cummings for help with items for the luncheon: blueskiespam@gmail.com

On Climate Justice – two April events:


Saturday, 4/22, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street, Houston, TX, 77002
March for Science
Celebrate our passion for science and the need to safeguard the scientific community. 10 a.m. carpools leave Emerson. UUs gather at the big Gazebo in Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., then join march to City Hall for speakers, music, and teach-in tables. Details for signs etc. at https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Unitarian-Universalist-Meetup/events/239097067/

Saturday, 4/29, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hartman Park. 9311 E. Avenue P, Houston, TX 77012
People’s Climate March Houston

Join the 2017 People’s Climate Movement to demand bold and urgent action to address the climate crisis. Facebook link