2021 Legislative Seminar


Monday, April 26th - Friday, April 30th
11 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 

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 Becky Ceartas, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, & Sara Smith, Statewide Community Organizer
  • 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 Allison Riggs, Co-Executive Director, Programs; Chief Counsel for Voting Rights, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • Thursday, April 29, 11 a.m.: Tax & Budget/Finance Reform led Alexandra Sirota, Director of the Budget & Tax Center, N.C. Justice 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)

You only need to register once for the workshops you are interested in attending as the Zoom link you receive after registering is the same for each workshop. Please make note the time of the workshop you plan to attend and login using the Zoom link at the appropriate time.

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