Protests Planned Against Gun Violence

Washington DC March & Rally

Organizers of a rally against mass shootings planned for next month in Washington are expecting up to 500,000 attendees, according to an event permit application.

The application filed this week with the National Park Service indicates the “March for Our Lives” will be March 24, although a location hasn’t been determined. The rally, organized by survivors of last week’s school massacre in Parkland, Fla., will have “sister marches” in other major cities, organizers said.

The event will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” according to the permit application, with 14 Jumbotrons and 2,000 chairs.

Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said that organizers initially proposed holding the event on the Mall but are looking at moving the rally to another location in Washington after the request conflicted with a film crew’s permit.

[A superintendent threatens to suspend students protesting gun laws. But that’s not legal.]

We’ve had enough. Thoughts and prayers” are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence. What we need now is action.

On March 24, 2018, students will rally in Washington D.C and in local communities across the country to demand action from our leaders. Join us in the March For Our Lives, as we fight for an America that is free from gun violence.

http://act.everytown.org/sign/march-for-our-lives

 

Protest Rally in Dallas Planned for May 3

At NRA Annual Meeting

More Information to come …

 

iACT Hope Awards May 1

Bullock Texas State History Museum

May 1, 2018

We are excited to announce

the 2018 Hope Awards Honorees:

Luci Baines Johnson

Imam Mohamed Umer Esmail

A great evening is planned including a conversation with Overheard‘s Evan Smith and Luci Baines Johnson. More event details, including how you can purchase tickets and sponsorships, can be found here.

Rio Texas Annual Conference 2018

Rio Texas MFSA will be there!

Stay tuned for more information…

Rev. M Barclay will speak at the 8th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon

Rev. M Barclay is a deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. Originally from the Alabama-West Florida Conference, M received their M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. They have worked as a hospital chaplain, youth director, justice associate, and faith coordinator for reproductive justice in Texas prior to moving to Chicago in 2013.

M formerly served as Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network where they advocated for queer and trans inclusion in The United Methodist Church. M currently serves as Director of enfleshed (https://enfleshed.com), providing spiritual resources and faith education.

M is passionate about bringing fresh and relevant perspectives to the questions, traditions, and theologies that have sustained our faith communities for centuries. They have extensive experience in writing, preaching, and teaching on the gospel’s call to communal justice making.

Book Fair at Annual Conference!

Rio Texas MFSA will again sponsor a Book Fair at Annual Conference.  Members and friends box up their gently used religious and spiritual books, and we haul them to Corpus Christi.  It becomes like a treasure hunt at our tables!  People contribute to us according to what they think the books are worth to them.  It has been quite successful in the past, but to make it happen, we need your books!

Contact rcurry@austin.rr.com to donate gently used religious or spiritual books for this MFSA event.

Events from Third Coast Activist

PANEL ON REDISTRICTING, THE CENSUS, AND THE FAIR MAPS PROJECT

Date: March 3, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Speakers will discuss the 2020 census, redistricting in 2021, and the Fair Maps for Texas coalition, which aims to ensure fair districts and representation. Panelists will include Stephanie Swanson, League of Women Voters; Michael Sarahan, Software Engineer; Anthony Gutierrez, Common Cause Texas; and moderator Mike Ignatowski.

The event is sponsored by Common Ground for Texans., a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Austin, Texas.

Location: Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center, Austin

READING: “GODDESS OF ANARCHY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LUCY PARSONS, AMERICAN RADICAL”

Date: March 5, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

University of Texas history professor Jacqueline Jones will discuss her new book, Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical. The book tells the story of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851, she was raised in Texas, where she met her husband, the Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons. Lucy Parsons was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. Her life also was riddled with contradictions—she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans.

Jones, who is chair of UT’s History Department and a former MacArthur Fellow, teaches courses in American history and is author of numerous other books, including A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America.

Location: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, 78703

SCREENING OF “LAMERICA”

Date: March 6, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The film will be introduced by University of Texas professor Chelsi West Ohueri.

The screening is part of the “Faces of Migration” series presented by “Not Even Past,” Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies.

Location: University of Texas at Austin campus, CLA 1.302B, Julius Glickman Conference Center (first floor, CLA Building). Paid parking in the Brazos Garage, 210 E. MLK Blvd.

#METOO / #YOTAMBIÉN: SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Date: March 7, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:30 pm

This panel focusing on how sexual assault and domestic violence affect immigrant communities is sponsored by Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, United We Dream, Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project, and YWCA ATX. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: St. Edward’s University, Carter Auditorium, Austin

SCREENING OF “LONE STAR”

Date: March 27, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The film will be introduced by University of Texas professor Ward Keeler.

The screening is part of the “Faces of Migration” series presented by “Not Even Past,” Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies.

Location: University of Texas at Austin campus, CLA 1.302B, Julius Glickman Conference Center (first floor, CLA Building). Paid parking in the Brazos Garage, 210 E. MLK Blvd.

AUSTIN SANCTUARY NETWORK BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING CARRIE NEWCOMER

Date: April 20, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform at a benefit concert for the Austin Sanctuary Network, a coalition of faith communities, immigrants, and other organizations that support immigrants fleeing violence or in danger of deportation.

The evening begins with a regional art show at 7 pm and the concert at 8 p.m. The Austin Sanctuary Network. Buy tickets online.

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)

Congratulations to New Reconciling Community in Pflugerville

“We affirm that all people are of sacred worth. We seek to invite and welcome people of all ages, sexual orientation, gender identity, racial identity, and ethnic background.

We have approved our class joining the Reconciling Ministries Network because we welcome all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people to our class and church.

Furthermore, we support RMN as it advocates for change in The UMC Discipline to embrace full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the administration and ministry of The UMC, including marriage by clergy on church property and ordination of LGBTQ persons called to ministry.”

Living The Questions Class of Pflugerville UMC