MFSA Meeting on Thursday, March 9

Under The Gun

Join Rio Texas MFSA on Thursday, March 9 at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd. for a presentation and discussion on gun violence.  Andrea Brauer, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Sense will introduce Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre.

Together we will watch the documentary film “Under The Gun”, which examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.  Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels.  The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

Join us at 6:30p for snacks.  The program begins at 7p.  All are welcome.

Advocacy and Resistance Events from Progress Texas

Since the new administration has come into power, Texans across the state are taking peaceful action to stand up for social justice issues — we have come together, resisting the politics of fear and hate. We have seen a regressive legislative agenda in Texas in the past, but it seems even more harmful this year.

Join the resistance and show the opponents in our Capitol this session that they don’t represent our values. Find an issue that’s important to you and register for an advocacy and resistance event (and tell your friends):

Cover Texas Now Advocacy Day 2017

Monday, March 6 at 11:00 AM

Join health care advocates from across Texas on March 6 at 11 am at the Texas Capitol to advocate for health care for all Texans! Urge lawmakers to:

  • Defend the progress we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act;
  • Protect Medicaid for low-income children, seniors, pregnant women, and Texans with disabilities; and
  • Insist on expanding health coverage to the uninsured

Learn more about Advocacy Day, and RSVP to attend, here. If you can’t make it to Austin on March 6, but you’d still like to make an impact, please consider a $5 or $10 donation today, to help pay for the buses and meals to bring supporters to the Capitol. You can donate to Cover Texas Now’s campaign here

Transgender Advocacy Day at Texas Capitol

Monday, March 6 at 7 AM -7 PM

Girl Advocacy Day

Monday, March 13 at 9 AM – 1 PM

All In For Equality Advocacy Day in Austin

Monday, March 20 at 7 AM – 7 PM

Planned Parenthood Texas Lobby Day 2017

Wednesday, April 5 at 9 AM- 9 PM

Blue Ribbon Lobby Day 2017

April 10 at 8:30 AM – 6 PM

March for Science

Saturday, April 22 at 10 AM – 1 PM

MFSA at the Rio Texas Annual Conference

Rio Texas MFSA will provide witness for Social Justice once again at the Rio Texas Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, June 7 – 9, 2017.  We will sponsor the 7th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, at noon.  We are excited that our luncheon speaker will be John Hill, Assistant General Secretary of Advocacy and Organizing for the UMC General Board of Church and Society.

Also, our Book Fair will return this year!  Contact rcurry@austin.rr.com to donate gently used religious or spiritual books for this MFSA event.

Look for more information in our next newsletter!

One Human Race

12:30-3:30, March 11, 18, and 25
First United Methodist Church – Austin
1300 Lavaca Street

12:30-3:30, May 13, 20, and 27
Saint John’s UMC – Austin
2140 Allandale Rd.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Reserve your spot today at http://ubeaustin.blogspot.com/

One Human Race

iACT Red Bench

The Red Bench: Mental Health
Join us on Tuesday March 28 for a courageous conversation on
the topic of Mental Health at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church
If you plan to attend, please RSVP

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

SCOTUS Rules Duane Buck Entitled to New Sentencing Hearing in Texas Racial Bias Death Penalty Case

(Washington, D.C., February 22, 2017) Today, in a 6-2 decision in Buck v. Davis, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas death row prisoner Duane Buck, who was sentenced to death after a Houston jury heard false and unconstitutional testimony from a defense “expert” that Mr. Buck was more likely to be a future danger because he is Black. Today’s ruling means Mr. Buck will either be resentenced to life imprisonment, or receive a new sentencing hearing untainted by racial bias.

See more.

March 28: Join TCADP and Texas Impact at the State Capitol in Austin for our second Faith Leader Advocacy Day on the Death Penalty.  Together, we will make sure legislators hear the loud and growing chorus of voices in opposition to the death penalty. Register online today.

Executions Scheduled in 2017
John Ramirez – Stay granted
March 7: Rolando Ruiz
March 14: James Bigby
April 12: Paul Storey
May 16: Tilon Carter
May 24: Juan Castillo

June 28: Steven Long
July 19: Kosoul Chanthakoummane