After waiting in line for 30 minutes about 6-8 other lobbyists showed up and expected to cut in front of the line. They were very insistent that, pursuant to the “unwritten” rules, they were entitled to go first. I told them I was not moving. After several minutes of going back and forth ( and the two pastors from Bridgeport praying for me as I was in confrontation with these lobbyists), they eventually got in the back of the line.
They expected because of the power of the organizations they represent, they should be first in line. They expected because they are seasoned lobbyists at the Legislative Office Building, that they deserved special treatment and should be first in line. It was uncomfortable standing up to these lobbyists, but it was the right and just thing to do.
Tamika Mallory, an activist and the national co-chair for the Woman’s March, said it best: if you are not uncomfortable in your work, you are not doing your work to its full potential. When have you been uncomfortable, but did/said/stood up for it anyway? Has there been a time when someone in your congregation made a good suggestion about something, but you knew other members may not agree, but you supported it anyway because it was the right thing to do?
The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut (CACE) which CTUCC is leading is happy that the casino expansion bill did not pass this Legislative Session, but it did pass the House. Here is how your State Representative voted https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/VOTE/h/2018HV-00212-R00HB05305-HV.htm If she/he voted No on this bill, please call and email her/him and thank them. If they voted yes, please call and email them and ask her/him why they voted yes. Here is a sample script you can use:
The ten reasons to oppose casino expansion are our found on our website www.nomorecasinosinct.org. I am keeping track of what legislators are saying so please email me at email@example.com and let me know what your State Representative said.
Jesus was political and as followers of Jesus we are called to be political too.
Michele Mudrick is the Legislative Advocate for the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
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Michele Mudrick works to bring the concerns raised by historic Connecticut Conference delegates to the Connecticut General Assembly and executive offices, particularly in the legislative process. She also works to organize local church members to ...