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2021 Legislative Seminar
April 26 @ 11:00 am - April 30 @ 2:00 pm
Whether you are new to policy advocacy or have been engaged in this work for years, the Council’s Legislative Seminar offers a chance to learn about the important discussions during this 2021 General Assembly session. By refracting policy through the lens of faith, we can frame a different conversation that leads to meaningful change together.
The Seminar will be virtual this year with two workshops each day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. lasting for one hour each.
Our tentative schedule will be as follows:
- Monday, April 26, 11 a.m.: Opening worship with a sermon by Bishop Valerie Melvin, Council Governing Board member and Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with presentation of Faith Active in Public Life Award to Secretary Michael Regan, native of N.C. and recently confirmed as the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Monday, April 26, 1 p.m.: Eco-Justice and Energy Policy in NC led Senator DeAndrea Salvador & Policy Manager of Clean Air Carolina, Joel Porter
- Tuesday, April 27, 11 a.m.: Current Landscape of Gun Laws led by Sara Smith, Statewide Community Organizer of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
- Tuesday, April 27, 1 p.m.: Current Immigration Legislation led by David Fraccaro, Executive Director of FaithAction International House
- Wednesday, April 28, 11 a.m.: NC Drug Policy and How it Affects the Overdose Crisis led by Michelle Mathis, Executive Director of Olive Branch Ministry
- Wednesday, April 28, 1 p.m.: Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues led by the Rev. Dr. Jonathan (“Jay”) Augustine, Of Counsel and member of the Voting Rights team, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and Senior Pastor, St. Joseph AME Church, Durham
- Thursday, April 29, 11 a.m.: Tax & Budget/Finance Reform led by Suzy Khachaturyan, Policy Analyst of the Budget & Tax Center (a project of the NC Justice Center), and Heba Atwa. Policy Advocate of the Budget & Tax Center
- Thursday, April 29, 1 p.m.: Healthcare Policy led by Rebecca Cerese, Health Engagement Coordinator at the NC Justice Center
- Friday, April 30, 11 a.m.: Current State of Public Education led by Bryan Proffitt, Vice President of North Carolina Association of Educators
- Friday, April 30, 1 p.m.: Working for a Living Wage led by Tim Conder, Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods)
We currently have several sponsorship options available. They range from $100 to $1,000 and offer significant exposure to those who are concerned with upcoming policies that will be in front of the General Assembly. For complete information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.