February will be a business month for us!
First, we have a rehearsal at UUCOC on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7:00 pm. We will refresh our voices with our repertoire.
Second, all who can are invited to travel to Horizon UU on February 12, 2015, to introduce their choir and other interested persons to our songsheet and work on getting a satellite group going in the north reaches of the Metroplex. We’ll meet at 6:30, prior to their regular choir rehearsal. Car pooling of those interested from Oak Cliff UU.
Finally, our first All Texas UU Legislative Action Day on February 17, 2015! We’ll travel by bus to Austin (boarding at 6:15 am at Oak Cliff UU) to lobby our legislators on three key issues, as well as SING our vision. You can find more information and register for a seat on the bus (donations accepted but not required) at http://www.ntuuc.org/AustinBusTrip.shtml .
Inviting all Common Ground Street Choir members and friends to march in the MLK Parade Saturday, 1/17. We’ll be joining the UU Church of Oak Cliff, Jobs with Justice (with whom we sang on Black Friday) and other like-minded groups in front of City Hall at 9:30. The Parade starts at 10 and marches to Fair Park front gates.
Look for our Standing on the Side of Love Banner at parade position 38 (JWJ spot).
Taking DART seems to be the most flexible transportation option- to Dallas Convention Center for City Hall and from Fair Park afterwards.
Hope to sing with you tomorrow!
The Legislative Action Day planned by Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) on January 20 has been postponed for one-three weeks.
January 20 is the day of inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor, and up to 25,000 people are expected to attend, with streets blocked off and attendant traffic problems.
Most importantly, though, the representatives in the legislature will not be assigned to committees for another week or so. It is important that we meet with committee members and our own representatives in order to make our meetings more effective.
The leadership of TXUUJM is meeting with lobbyists this week and next in order to determine the most beneficial day (a Tuesday for sure) for us to attend.
Given the anticipated political climate for the next two years in Austin, it is critical that we all band together to make our views known in the areas of wage equality, women’s reproductive justice, and immigration rights.