Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Texas State Capitol - Austin, TX
(1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 --
***Buses departing from various locations in San Antonio.***
About Advocacy Day 2019
Legislative Advocacy Days are an opportunity for Catholics around the state to participate in the political process by voicing the concerns of the Texas Bishops. Participants are invited to visit the State Capitol and meet with legislative staff to discuss the Bishops’ Legislative Concerns regarding issues that affect the life and dignity of the people of Texas. Advocacy Day occurs every other year and 2019 is the 86th legislative session. The goal of advocacy day is to partner with the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops to educate the faithful, through Catholic Social Teachings, and act on the moral dimensions of public decisions, and to encourage them to fulfill their civic responsibilities by participating in Advocacy Day.
2019 Legislative Agenda: 86th Session
The Bishops’ Legislative Concerns regarding issues that affect the life and dignity of the people of Texas include life and family life, immigration, restorative justice, education, healthcare, social concerns, religious liberty, and creation. To read about specific stances regarding these 8 topics, please read the 2019 Legislative Agenda.
Travel to Austin and FAQs
When you RSVP, you will select 1 of several departure locations in San Antonio from where you will depart on a bus at 6:30 a.m. and will return to the same location by 6:30 pm. Please be at your departure location by 6:00 am for check-in. Snacks for the trip and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to participate. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will give more details about Advocacy Day. Please read Frequently Asked Questions here .
Do I Really Make a Difference?
At the 85th Legislative Session in 2017, your participation made a lasting difference. This legislative session was marked by discord, but our priority bills fared better than average. While the legislative process is designed for bills to fail, a remarkably small percentage of bills (12 percent) passed this session -- the lowest percentage since 1891. However, 56 percent of our priority bills passed and only one bill (SB 4) we opposed passed. This results from the direct involvement of Texas Catholics and bishops, and the TCCB’s legislative relationships. This report summarizes the impact of the Catholic church on Texas politics during the 85th Legislature.
Promote Advocacy Day
Your help to promote Advocacy Day 2019 is your first step in participating in this important initiative. For parish bulletin editors and promoters, the poster is available for download here along with parish bulletin announcements in English and in Spanish. If you haven't seen this announcement in your parish bulletin, contact your parish office and ask them to promote it.
For more information, email Nicky Mata or call 210-734-1651.