Peoples Climate Movement March

https://peoplesclimate.org/rise/?source=tagged&referrer=group-nrdc

Join us on Saturday, September 8 at a Peoples Climate Movement march near you! Learn more and RSVP today.

WHAT: Peoples Climate Movement, Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice marches

WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018 *please note, some marches are taking place on different dates

WHERE: A city or town near you (find the closest event here)

This important march will come after a summer that saw record heat waves, historic wildfires, massive flooding, and countless other impacts from worsening climate change. This summer, the effects of climate change are not so subtle.

The September 8 marches will take place just four days before the start of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

So, in the lead up to this pivotal event — a moment that could change the face of and the fight for climate action — it’s especially important to stand together and show our elected officials that we will continue fighting for a just and sustainable future to protect the health and well-being of generations to come.

Sign up for a Peoples Climate Movement march near you on September 8.

Whether you’ll be with us at the flagship march in San Francisco or at a sister march in your city or town, September 8 will be an opportunity to show the administration, fossil fuel companies, and their allies in Congress that we are resilient, we are resolute, and we won’t allow them to destroy the progress we’ve made in combating climate change. We hope to see you there!

Common Ground for Texans

“Advocating positive solutions through civil engagement”

At our next meeting, on Saturday, Sept. 8, join us for a discussion with Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, the head county official for elections.  A new voting system called ExpressVote was recently approved by Travis County Commissioners and is expected to be ready by November 2019.  Learn about this system’s features and why it was selected.

In a recently published report, Texas earned a grade of “D” for election security. How will the new system affect this grade, and what else can we do to improve it?  What are the risks we face this year from election hacking?  Come and listen to Dana DeBeauvoir explain her perspective on these issues.

Election Security in Texas

When: Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731 (map)

We hope to see you there!

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

Austin Interfaith

Central Texas Interfaith

Action Agenda Assembly

Sunday, September 9th 2:00 – 4:00 pm

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 8724 Travis Hills Dr., Austin TX 78735

 

Central Texas Interfaith is an initiative of Austin Interfaith, an alliance of 37 congregations, public schools, labor unions, and social service agencies in Central Texas.  Our purpose is to train leaders to organize their communities around addressing common concerns such as poor street conditions, living wage jobs, and access to health care.

At this assembly, we will develop our agenda of actionable issues based on concerns raised in small group discussions across Western Travis County that will guide our organizing efforts and a non-partisan voter engagement campaign. If you have an interest in working with your neighbors to advance practical political solutions to common issues, please join us!

A light meal will be provided. Please RSVP: cleal.austininterfaith@gmail.com or 210.508.8516

Texas Freedom Network

2018 RMN Convocation

After much anticipation, it is with joy that we are able to share that we have a new location for For Everyone Born – 2018 Convocation!

Join us and hundreds of other United Methodists at the St. Louis Airport Hilton in St. Louis, MO on July 26-29.

It will be a powerful experience to gather so close to the site of the 2019 General Conference as we work for justice and dream about what it means to be a church that is “For Everyone Born.”

We look forward to being able to share the agenda and registration with you soon, but until then, plan to see us in St. Louis! https://rmnetwork.org/event/for-everyone-born/

From Texas Impact

Texas Impact is honored to receive a national award for our “Mainstream Not Extreme” campaign opposing discriminatory “bathroom privacy” legislation in 2017 and we want to thank you for your leadership in this effort!

Y’all Means All Friends,

You made thousands of telephone calls, hundreds of legislative visits and had 500 Texans of faith show up on a hot August day to oppose the discriminatory bathroom legislation. Faith leaders showed up on the steps of the Capitol, in television interviews and in commercials, which you shared with your networks. And because of your hard work and activism, you won-the Texas Legislature did not pass the harmful bills.

Now, your work has been recognized nationally, as the Religion Communicators Council of North America has awarded Texas Impact with the prestigious DeRose-Hinkhouse award, recognizing excellence in religious communications and public relations.

And while Texas Impact’s name may be on the award, we recognize that we could not have done it without your work. So, thank you.

www.texasimpact.org

Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation!

Last summer MFSA piloted a new opportunity for congregations to declare their commitment to intersectional movements for justice and connect with our justice-seeking witness.  As Justice Seeking Congregations covenant to call themselves, their congregations and the church to expand its understanding of the call of the Gospel to be the inclusive, anti-racist/anti-oppressive, justice seeking, risk taking Body of Christ.  They live out our belief that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the world.  They believe transformation is possible and hold these values as we seek sacred change in our congregations, communities, denomination and our world.  Watch Rev. Lydia Munoz, MFSA Board Member and Lead Pastor of Church of the Open Door UMC in Eastern Pennsylvania share why her congregation felt called to become a Justice-Seeking Congregation here.

Join the movement today.  Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation today!

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