Thank you to Anne Townsley for sharing the following report about her experience at Presbyterians for a Better Georgia’s Advocacy Training.
On Tuesday, January 23, Trinity Presbyterian Church hosted Presbyterians for Better Georgia for a simple soup and salad supper and an informative session on advocating for a better Georgia. The event, which was well attended by roughly 80 participants, focused on several themes important to most of us. Beginning with a few comments and a Q &A session, Representative Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville), a member of the PCUSA, kicked off the program by sharing the perspective of the lawmakers, which made participants feel as though our presence at the Capitol is genuinely welcome, as are our thoughts on issues via phone calls and emails.
Following this informative presentation, Elmer Stancil, a public policy expert and member of Trinity Presbyterian, explained to us why we should advocate. Zach Nikonovich-Kahn, from Georgians for a Healthy Future, carefully presented information about access to healthcare for Georgians. Of course, the question of expansion for Medicare was raised during his comments. The discussion on homelessness and housing was lead by William McFarland, Georgia ACT/Housing Georgia, who gave us information on the fast pace of growth in Metro Atlanta, the high cost of housing, and the limited affordable housing available for low income citizens. Finally, Elizabeth J. Appley, Esq., public policy advocate for Presbyterians for Better Georgia, described how the Presbyterian Day at the Capitol, which is on February 21, will unfold. Participants will gather at Central Presbyterian before moving across the street to the Capitol. The start time for the event is 7:30am. Our own Pastor Shelli Latham will be pastor for the Day at the Capitol on that special day. To register for this event, click here.
For more information on the work of Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, both Vivian Hodo and I would be happy to talk with you. Additionally, members of the DHPC Mission Team can talk with you about the advocacy work our congregation does.