Thursday, April 16, 2009

Prophet Nathan or Cardinal Richilieu

I spent yesterday morning in league with RESULTS, Bread for the World, and the Soroptomists (4 of us in all) doing MDG advocacy with two of Sentator Reid's aides. Today, I was at a large meeting at Mandalay Bay hosted by Senator Reid to discuss ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) aka the stimulus package.

I am not used to all this political stuff, don't know how to act -- can't tell if I'm supposed to be Nathan or Richilieu. Actually though, the Senator's staff were a class act. They knew their facts -- both the underlying facts of the situations and the political realities of what can and cannot be achieved this year. I felt heard and understood.

There were a lot of administation people from various departments and agencies today. It was a bit of information overload. Clearly a shotgun approach to the stimulus. I hope some good will come of it. We have some folks whose lives are severely impacted by this economic crunch. I plan to pass on some of what I heard to folks in the diocese who might be able to make good use of it. I am particularly interested in several programs that make money available to First Nations reservations.


Rev. Clelia Pinza-Garrity said...

Glad to hear that you have this information. We look forward to learning more from you. We just learned yesterday, that one of our grants for the next three years will include Esmeralda and Lincoln counties (as well as Nye), and give us enough money to have a full-time domestic violence staff member based in Tonopah. We have already developed a plan to send food to the reservation up there. Now we have both a DV nurse and advocate. This should help a great deal.

Bishop Dan said...

Great news. Preveting violence against women and offering various kinds of economic development to reservations are both well funded initiatives in the surplus package.

I'm very pleased to hear about the good support already being sent from Pahrump to Tonopah.