Sara Hickman Benefit Concert

Join Senator Wendy Davis

& Representative Donna Howard

with Women Partners in Health for a



Uganda Fistula Fund of Seattle, is partnering with Terrewode, a non-profit organization in Uganda, to build a dedicated women’s hospital and rehab/education center to help prevent and end the suffering caused by obstetric fistula.  Please join us to hear Sara sing and to learn more about this hospital, the first of its kind in Uganda.  Alice Emasu, the co-founder of Terrewode and Sharon Howe, the co-founder of Uganda Fistula Fund, will both speak.  We will watch a brief documentary about a similar hospital in Ethiopia: “A Walk To Beautiful.” 

Our goal is to fund the surgical building with Texan donations. 

Friday – February 17, 2017

7:00PM to 9:00PM

Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church ~ 1725 West 11th Street ~ Clarksville

(small reception to follow)


or contact for more information.

iACT – Austin CROP Hunger Walk

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Camp Mabry, 2200 West 35th Street

Thank you Austin – more than $78,000 raised in 2016.
Help us hit our $82,000 Goal in 2017!

February 26, 2017
Camp Mabry

2200 West 35th Street

2:00 pm Registration
2:30 pm Step Off

The Austin CROP Hunger Walk is sponsored locally by iACT.  The Austin CROP Hunger Walk celebrates interreligious participation from six world religions in 2012—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Unitarian Universalist, and Druze communities. Neighbors of different ages, faiths, and backgrounds—walking together.  It is a beautiful testimony of what makes Austin great!


Register and raise funds online—it’s easy! Go to to sign up.

iACT Red Bench

Texas Impact Weekly Witness: Mondays at the Capitol

The 2017 legislative session promises to be a time of high stakes and hard choices.  It’s never been more important for people of faith to be informed and engaged.

Texas Impact Weekly Witness is your opportunity to put faith into action and advocate for the common good at a time when your state needs it! Here’s the game plan:

Every Monday at noon starting on January 16, Texas Impact will hold a short, focused advocacy training in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin. We–and often colleagues from our partner organizations–will present timely, insider information on a “focus issue of the day,” as well as updates and next steps on other issues that are on our legislative agenda.

Following the training, participants will make scheduled or unscheduled legislative visits with their own legislators and other key members, and sometimes attend committee meetings or take advantage of other timely opportunities.

Weekly Witness will take place in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin (directions).

Check out the 2017 Texas Impact Legislative Priorities –

Weekly Schedule:

  • February 6: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking
  • February 13: Foster Care and Domestic Violence (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Legislative Event)
  • February 20: Public Education — Webinar RSVP
  • February 27: Climate, Water, Energy, and Other Environmental Issues — Webinar RSVP

We will provide additional issues for emphasis in our next newsletter, or get them online.

From Third Coast Activist…


Date: February 6, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

“The Truth About Truth,” a four-session writing class at the new Austin Underground Graduate School, will investigate the meaning of truth in the age of “alternative facts.” Why write in a society that some call “post-literate”? In this class, instructor Eric Imhof will help students develop writing and editing skills to present logical arguments and critique the narratives that support the dominant systems that shape our culture.

The class will meet on Mondays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7:30-9 pm. There is a $50 fee. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: Soma Vida, 2324 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin



Date: February 10, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This University of Texas Opportunity Forum Lunch Series program will focus on the latest research on charter schools followed by a critical dialogue. Government funding and other support for charter schools is controversial. Opponents express concerns about accountability and reallocating resources from traditional public schools. What does research say about the effectiveness of charter schools? What are the pros and cons of charter schools?

The keynote address will be by Huriya Jabbar, professor of Educational Policy Studies. Moderator Kevin Cokley (Educational Psychology) will be joined by panelists Edmund Gordon (African and African Diaspora Studies and AISD Trustee), Larkin Tackett (IDEA Public Schools), Sarah Cotner (Magnolia Montessori For All), and Ken Zarifis (Education Austin).

The event is free, with lunch provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Francis Auditorium in Townes Hall, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin



Date: February 12, 2017

Time: 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch, will appear in several settings at University United Methodist Church. In addition to speaking at both the 8:30 and 11 am worship services and at the 7:45 pm service focused on college students, he will also be available for conversation during a pot-luck luncheon at 12:15 pm.

SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that stands in solidarity with the people of Latin American and the Caribbean, continuing to work to expose the U.S.-based school, once called School of the Americas, and its role in training Latin American soldiers in repressive tactics and deploying them throughout the region.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, 78705



Date: February 14, 2017

Time: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Janelle Orsi will discuss the rapidly changing state of the sharing economy as well as ways in which the sharing economy could be, and in some case is already, a transformative force for social and environmental justice. Orsi is executive director and cofounder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy.

The event—sponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center and co-sponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum and Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic—is free and lunch is provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, 78705



Date: February 16, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Citizens Climate Lobby is sponsoring an open-ended discussion on climate change over beverages and food at ABGB. Gather outside at the Earth photo at a table down the hill, and bring a question or topic to put on the discussion list. The climate group is buying the first pitcher of beer and cheese pizza.

For more information, contact Jeff Baker , or (512) 751-2154.

Location: Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., 1305 West Oltorf, Austin, 78704



Date: February 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Brandi Clark Burton will discuss the Mayors Summit 2016 in Mexico City, which advanced urban responses to climate change.

The event is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Public Affairs Forum series and the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee. More information online.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756



Date: February 21, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Historian David Roediger will speak on “Reconsidering Race and Class,” drawing on his forthcoming book Race, Class, and Marxism to think about how we can productively write, think, and organize at the intersections of race and class in the United States, past and present.

Roediger currently teaches history and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He also has taught labor and Southern history at Northwestern, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois, and he was an editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers at Yale University.

Roediger has written on U.S. movements for a shorter working day, the history of radicalism, and the racial identities of white workers and immigrants. His books include The Wages of WhitenessHow Race Survived U.S. History, and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness. He is the former chair of the editorial committee of the Charles H. Kerr Company, the world’s oldest radical publisher, and has been active in the surrealist movement, labor support, and anti-racist organizing.

The event is sponsored by the University of Texas’s Social Justice Institute, with cooperation from the Humanities Institute, Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication, and departments of Journalism and American Studies. For more information, contact Robert Jensen,

Location: University of Texas, Belo Center for New Media (BMC 1.202), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin



Date: March 3, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Green Sanctuary Committee will screen the documentary “Sand Wars,” which details how the worldwide construction boom fueled by emerging economies and increasing urbanization has led to intensive sand extraction on land and in the oceans, with damaging environmental impacts.

A discussion group will follow the film. For more information, contact or (512) 288-4080

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756

Texas Faith Leaders for Equality – Press Conference

Join religious leaders from diverse faith traditions speaking out in support of full equality for LGBT Texans — and denouncing efforts by state leaders to pass hateful legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community.

Press Conference:
Texas Faith Leaders for Equality
Thursday, Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church (Austin) – Murchison Chapel

Opponents of equality in Texas use religion to justify anti-transgender legislation (“bathroom bills”), discriminatory laws masquerading as “religious freedom,” or other attempts to treat the LGBT community as second-class citizens.

This event will make clear that Texas faith communities reject this misuse of their faith and expect our state to treat ALL Texans equally under the law.

Clergy are encouraged to wear robes, stoles or other liturgical vestments. Lay people are also encouraged to attend to show support.

To learn more about efforts by Texas faith leaders to promote equality, visit

From The League Of Women Voters

League of Women Voters:  STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION

Across the country, there has been a concerted effort in many states to stop some voters from voting, or to make it much harder for them to participate – and there promises to be more to come in 2017. Legislators and election officials have purged existing voters from the rolls, made cuts to early voting, reduced polling places, put in place strict voter photo ID laws and levied onerous voter registration restrictions.

All of these actions have been made easier by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. The 2016 election was the first presidential election in 50 years without full protection of the right to vote.

The League remains committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote. In addition, throughout 2016, the League worked to make sure voters impacted by new laws were aware of these restrictions. In Ohio, the League made thousands of phone calls to inform voters about that state’s purge. In Virginia, the League conducted outreach so voters knew how the state’s new voter photo ID law might affect them. In Kansas, the League fought tirelessly to protect the rights of voters caught in the crosshairs of the state’s illegal and discriminatory attempts to restrict voter registration Across the country, thousands of League volunteers served as non-partisan poll observers, staffed voter protection hotlines, and made sure get-out-the-vote phone banks reached as many voters as possible.

The League is gearing up to take a stand in Congress, statehouses and courtrooms nationwide to ensure no voters are left behind. Stand with the League in our fight to ensure our elections are always free, fair, and accessible.