'For the Common Good': UMW 2012 Legislative Event Scheduled

March 08, 2012

By Connie Jones
Mission Coordinator for Social Action 

The United Methodist Women of the California-Nevada Annual Conference will host the group's annual legislative event on Monday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Sacramento. It will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 "J" Street.  
The theme for the 2012 event is "For the Common Good, Health Care and Public Education." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Scott Graves, senior policy analyst for the California Budget Project. Dr. Graves has worked for the California Budget Project since 2002, analyzing health, human services, childcare, housing, and other issues at both the state and federal levels. Previously, he worked as a researcher for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, the Consumers Union, and the Public Policy Clinic at the University of Texas, all in Austin. He received a PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor's degree in government and journalism from California State University, Sacramento.    
The legislative event will start with registration between 8 and 9 a.m. at the church. Morning refreshments will be provided. At 9 o'clock, we will join together for an opening worship and be addressed by the Rev. Donald P. Lee, pastor of First UMC. He will give us the biblical and Wesleyan roots for our work as advocates for the poor and those who cannot speak for themselves.
After the keynote speech by Dr. Graves, we will break out into two separate sessions: one on healthcare, and one on public education. Elizabeth Sholes, public policy director for the California Council of Churches/Church Impact, will facilitate the session on healthcare. Monique Ramos, the legislative representative for the California Department of Education, will facilitate the session on public education.  
Following the breakout sessions, participants will be served a catered salad luncheon, hosted by the UMW of First UMC Sacramento.
After lunch, participants will have the opportunity to go to the state capitol building to do some lobbying with their own state legislators. Having learned what bills are being proposed in the breakout sessions, we will be able to tell our state senators and representatives what we feel they should pass into law. Advocacy for children and the poor is a work of justice.    
Deadline to register is April 10. Everyone concerned about our public education and health care systems – male and female alike – are invited to attend.
To sign up, complete registration form and mail it, along with a check made payable to "CA-NV Annual Conference," to Trina Smith, event registrar, 1100 Plumas Links St., Plumas Lakes, CA 95961. Be sure to write "UMW" in the memo line of the check.