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In 2021, it is crucial that we speak up and make our voices heard, so that we may live in a just and equitable democracy that fairly represents each voter and citizen.


Reproductive Freedom – Emerson UU Church Trusts and Respects Women 

Emerson is one of four churches in Houston, TX that has made a pledge to Reproductive Freedom Congregations.

What is a Reproductive Freedom Congregation?

Reproductive Freedom Congregations publicly affirm three principles:

  • We trust and respect women.
  • We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortion.
  • We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.

Learn more at https://justtx.org.

Voting Rights Under Attack in Texas

The attempt to suppress voting rights in Texas has been temporarily stymied this week when key legislators fled the state to prevent a quorum for the special Texas Legislature session.
You can notify Texas officials that you want an end to political maneuvering to suppress voter access via timely, up to date “form letter” emails at https://my.lwv.org/texas/take-action-0#/ You can notify national officials they MUST pass the For the People Act via
https://uusj.salsalabs.org/update-s1-forthepeople2021-postmarkup/index.html

The For the People Act (H.R. 1) was passed by U.S. House of Representatives! It is now in the Senate as the S1 bill. We need to call our Senators and get S1 passed.  The For the People Act will make it easier for people to vote and will counter voter suppression.

UUSJ is asking UU’s to let Congress know that we support a Pathway To Citizenship for immigrants that have contributed to our country and our economy. Let Congress know they must act. https://uusj.salsalabs.org/ImmigrationSegmenting3Bills/index.html
The Texas Legislature will begin a special session July 8, 2021. Voter Suppression bills will be introduced. State and federal electoral districts will be redrawn, using the 2020 Census. Gerrymandering in 2021 to favor a single political party is a real threat.

By inputting your address at the link below, you can send a pre-formatted email to your Texas State Senator and Representative on the key issues of equitable Voter Rights for ALL citizens, fair and Unbiased Re-districting, fixing the Texas Power Grid, Climate Change, and Medicaid Expansion in Texas. You can also send an email on other topics important to you.

https://my.lwv.org/texas/advocacy-issues/take-action#/

Two excellent sources to track what is happening in this Texas Legislative session on these key issues are Texas Impact, a faith-based coalition of churches, and the non-profit newspaper, The Texas Tribune.

https://texasimpact.org    Texas Impact’s Legislative Priorities for 2021

https://www.texastribune.org

Contact Information for Houston, Harris and Fort Bend Counties, State of Texas, and Federal Government Officials

Make your voice heard!  Contact your elected officials. Simply do a Google search for “Who represents me” OR check out the list below.

FEDERAL https://www.texastribune.org/directory/#state

Senator John Cornyn
Email: https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact
The Honorable John Cornyn / Dear Senator Cornyn

• Washington, DC Office
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2934

• Southeast Texas Office
5300 Memorial Drive Suite 980
Houston, TX 77007
Main: 713-572-3337
Fax: 713-572-3777

Senator Ted Cruz
Email form: https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=form&id=16 (voice your opinion)
The Honorable Ted Cruz / Dear Senator Cruz

• Washington, DC office
(202) 224-5922
127A Russell
Washington, DC 20510

• Southeast Texas Office
(713) 718-3057
The Mickey Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street, Suite 9047
Houston, TX 77002

House of Representatives –

Google search:  who represents me https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/TX

Example: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, U.S.Congressional District 7.

Email form  https://fletcher.house.gov/contact/
The Honorable Lizzie Fletcher / Dear Ms. Fletcher

• Washington, DC Office
1429 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2571
Fax: (202) 225-4381

• Houston Office
5599 San Felipe Road Suite 950
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 353-8680
Fax: (713) 353-8677

STATE

Governor: Greg Abbott
Email form (“I want to share my opinion”) https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
Mailing address On the envelope: The Honorable Greg Abbott Governor of Texas[Inside/Salutation: Dear Governor Abbott] The Honorable Greg Abbott Governor of Texas
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Lt. Governor of Texas: Dan Patrick
Email form: https://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact/
Mailing address: On the envelope: The Honorable Lt. Governor of Texas[ Inside/Salutation: Dear Lt. Governor Patrick] Office of the Lieutenant Governor
P.O. Box 12068, Austin, Texas 78711
The Texas Lieutenant Governor Message Line: (512) 463-5342

Attorney General Ken Paxton
E-mail contact page: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/contact-us
300 W. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-2100

Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs
E-mail: https://www.sos.texas.gov/
Mailing address: [Inside/salutation: Dear Secretary Hughs] Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, Texas 78711-2060

Toll free: 800.252.VOTE (8683)
Local: 512.463.5650
Fax: 512.475.2811

Find your Texas Representative https://house.texas.gov/members/find-your-representative/

COUNTY

Harris County – County Commissioner: To locate your Precinct, go to http://www.harriscountytx.gov/ and look for the tab “Address Search” and put in your address.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo please send your correspondence to: Judge.Hidalgo@CJO.HCTX.net

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court: https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/administration-of-justice/commissioners-court

Montgomery County Commissioners Court:
https://www.mctx.org/departments/departments_a_-_c/commissioner_s_court/index.php

Galveston County Commissioners Court:
http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/EO/Pages/default.aspx

CITY

Mayor Sylvester Turner:
The Honorable Sylvester Turner / Dear Mayor Turner
City of Houston / P.O. Box 1562 / Houston, TX 77251
Phone: 311 or 713.837.0311
Email: mayor@houstontx.gov

Houston City Council
Find your city council members here: https://www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html   Five Council Members are elected At-Large, or city-wide, while the other eleven are elected to geographic districts.

City council address (for all positions): 900 Bagby / City Hall Annex / First Floor / Houston, TX 77002
Form of address and salutation: The Honorable John Jones / Dear Mr. Jones
Email EXAMPLE FOR DISTRICT A: districta@houstontx.gov (for district positions) or atlarge1@houstontx.gov (for at large positions)