MFSA Monthly Meeting Thursday, March 1

The Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will hold its March meeting one week earlier than usual.  Mark your calendars for the FIRST Thursday of the month, March 1.  Our program will feature speakers from Austin Sanctuary Network (ASN), a coalition of more than two dozen congregations and religious groups, three labor unions, several nonprofit groups and dozens of individual volunteers.  ASN helps provide shelter and protection for undocumented immigrants who are subject to deportation to their home countries.  Please join us for this timely discussion.

Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, with snacks and mingling at 6:30p and the program at 7p.  All are welcome!  Hope to see you there!

Vote! VOTE! Vote! VOTE! Vote!

Texas Impact: WE HEARD YOU! 

Our Primary Endorsement Guide is Now Searchable and Sortable…Plus We’ve Added More Endorsers 

The guide now includes endorsements from:

NEW!   TX State Teachers Assoc.

NEW!   Combined Law Enforcement of TX (CLEAT)

Parent PAC (public schools)

TX Association of Business

TX Association of Manufacturers

Grassroots America (constitutional conservatives)

TX Farm Bureau

TX Values (“family values”)

TX Society of Anesthesiologists

NEW! TX AFT (public ed)

NEW! TX Eagle Forum

TX AFL-CIO (unions)

TX Medical Association (doctors)

TX Right to Life (abortion)

TX Home School Coalition

Empower Texans (reduce government)

Young Conservatives of TX

TX Health Care Assoc. (nursing homes)

TX Association of Realtors

The guide helps potential voters make sense of statewide and Texas House and Senate candidates in the 2018 primary election. The guide compares endorsements by many of the state’s most influential endorsers. Wondering who to vote for? The endorsements guide can help you identify the candidates who share YOUR values.

Read the endorsement guide

Early Voting Has Already Begun!  (Feb 20 – Mar 2)

Are you ready to vote? Here’s a checklist to help you head to the polls:

  1. Check your voter registration and find your polling locations here.
  2. Find out what forms of ID are accepted, and what to bring if you don’t have one of the types of photo ID.
  3. Get a copy of your sample ballot from the League of Women Voters to see the races and propositions you’ll vote on.
  4. Print a copy of the Texas Impact Primary Elections Endorsements Guide (or take good notes!) to take to the voting booth! No cell phones are allowed while voting.

Texas Impact’s Message About Voting in the Primary

Watch Texas Impact’s primary voting video at
If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. —Barbara Jordan

Primary Election

Early voting: February 20 – March 2

Election day: March 6

Primary Election Runoff

(NOTE: When you vote in the runoff you must vote in the same party election as you did in the primary. You cannot switch to vote in the other party’s election.)

Last day to register to vote: April 23

Early voting: May 11 – May 18

Election day: May 22

Get ready to vote!

​Texas Impact’s Endorsements Guide charts endorsements from many orgs across the political spectrum in statewide and ALL #txlege races

  • Use your research to print and fill out a copy of your sample ballot from the League of Women Voters (the ballot is long and this will save time in at the voting booth)
  • Gather your friends, family, and some brand-new voters, like high school students and new Texans for a carpool to GO VOTE! When you’re done, tag @TXImpact with a photo of your I VOTED sticker on Twitter and the hashtag #BeATexasVoter
  • Click here to watch Texas Impact General Counsel Joshua Houston explain why voting in the primary matters


(Photo “VOTE” by Theresa Thompson used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.)

From Grassroots Leadership

Austin Advocates Call For Release Of Detained Migrant Woman

“Officials at Grassroots Leadership — an Austin-based national organization working against prison profiteering, mass incarceration and deportation — will ask Williamson County Commissioners Court members to intervene on behalf of an immigrant woman facing extreme hardship at a county detention center.

The group is acting on behalf of Laura Monterrosa, an asylum seeker from El Salvador being detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, which in actuality is a detention center for immigrant women. Advocates say the woman’s mental and physical health continue to decline after she was driven to attempt suicide at the detention center in early January. Monterrosa has spent nearly nine months at the detention center where she previously spoke out about being sexually assaulted by a guard.

Since her outcry, the woman has been subjected to what Grassroots Leadership officials say is a pattern of retaliation — including being placed in solitary confinement for 60 hours earlier this month in what her advocates say was vengeance for her outcry.”

Actions this Weekend:

Sunday, (2/25) 3-5 PM, T. Don Hutto Detention Center: Laura remains under constant threat of solitary confinement and other forms of retaliation.  Sunday we’ll gather outside the detention center to visit with Laura in the largest mass visitation event yet!  Let’s protect Laura with our presence and show the growing support from her community to pressure ICE for her release.


Bring the Fight to Williamson County Commissioners

Tuesday, (2/27) 9 AM, Williamson County Commissioners Court: Last week we testified to County Commissioners asking them to take urgent action to intercede on Laura’s case or provide 90 day notice to pull out of the detention center contract.  As party to the contract with private prison company CoreCivic and ICE, Williamson County is liable for the many rights abuses that take place in Hutto: from sexual assault to labor violations.  Laura remains detained, so we will be back to communicate the urgency that Commissioners act immediately.

iACT Red Bench


The Red Bench – HOME

Join us on Tuesday, February 27 for a courageous conversation on

the topic of Home at Unity Church of Austin
(5501 West Highway 290, Austin TX 78735).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP

Stepping Stone Service

Stepping Stone Service

Thursday, March 8

6:30 p.m.

Saint John’s UMC-Austin, 2140 Allandale Rd.

Have you ever wished you had a pause button to allow yourself to stop and examine the priorities in your life?

The Lenten season challenges us to do just that, and Saint John’s Austin provides an opportunity with the Stepping Stone service. This service helps expose pathways that can deepen awareness of God’s loving omnipresence and lead toward a resurrecting walk alongside Jesus. Music, directed by Cina Crisara and sung by the Saint John’s Singers, is interspersed with dance — choreographed by Lisa Nicks — and supported by prayers, communion, and inspirational readings. Rich artistry — including that of violinist Ben Hummel, singer/composer Robbie LaBanca, and visuals by Gary Flemmons — feed our sense of direction and lead the soul home in heightened understanding of our holy existence and purpose.

BOPA Collection Scheduled March 10

BOPA (Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling in the parking lot across from Trinity Church Austin, 4001 Speedway on Saturday March 10, starting at 8 am. We’ll close at 10:30 am or when our trailers are full, whichever comes first.  Bring Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze (the last three in closed containers). We can accept only these items! They will be taken to the city’s hazardous waste recycling depot. Just drive up, give your zip code (requested by the city) and volunteers will unload your vehicle.

Bring your stuff, or volunteer to help!