Town Hall for Our Lives – April 8

All area Members of Congress and candidates are invited to participate in a town hall to discuss gun violence and gun violence prevention in America/Texas. Participants to be added as they RSVP. More details will be updated shortly.

Confirmed participants to date:
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (HD-51)
Mary Wilson (D candidate, TX-21)
Christine Mann (D candidate, TX-31)
Julie Oliver (D candidate, TX-25)
Chris Perri (D candidate, TX-25)
Joseph Kopser (D candidate, TX-21)
Mike Siegel (D candidate, TX-10)

Co-hosted by March for Our Lives Austin, Moms Demand Action, Texas Gun Sense, Indivisible Austin, Voto Latino, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, National Association of Social Workers Texas chapter, Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety, Literary Women in Action, ADAPT of Texas, Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas, Counter Balance ATX, and others to be announced.

DATE AND TIME

Sun, April 8, 2018

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

LOCATION

William B Travis High School

1211 East Oltorf Street

Austin, TX 78704

View Map

 

Town Hall For Our Lives in TX-21

On March 24, tens of thousands gathered for the first March For Our Lives to the state capitol in Austin, TX. On April 7, please join Austin area students and community leaders to fulfill the March’s call for local candidates to speak on their commitment to keep schools, churches, and concerts safe from gun violence.

 

DATE AND TIME

Sat, April 7, 2018

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT

 

LOCATION

Dittmar Recreation Center

1009 West Dittmar Road

Austin, TX 78745

View Map

RSVP to the Town Hall For Our Lives in TX-21!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-for-our-lives-in-tx-21-tickets-44690021056

March For Our Lives was created, inspired, and led by students of all ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientation who are no longer willing to sit and wait for someone else to take action. They have issued a call for Town Halls to be held in all 435 congressional districts on April 7 and we are honored and look forward to helping fulfill their mission in TX-21.

The event will highlight student and volunteer activist action as well as expectations for elected leaders to lead a conversation on this issue. The event is open to all candidates to make comments and answer community questions.

 

View Map

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 …

 

October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

Please find the October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter here: 2017 Oct

 

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.

MFSA September Meeting Thursday, September 8, 7pm

Texas Gun Sense

During the upcoming year, the Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will focus our programming and action on Creating a Culture of Nonviolence.   On Thursday, September 8, join us at Saint John’s UMC Austin, 2140 Allandale Rd, to learn about the work being done by Texas Gun Sense to reduce gun violence.   Our speaker will be Andrea Brauer, Executive Director at Texas Gun Sense, providing information about the organization.

txgunsenselogoFrom the website http://www.txgunsense.org/:

“The shootings of innocent people are becoming far too common, and we are dismayed by the lack of response from our government.

Texas Gun Sense works to reduce gun violence by promoting effective gun laws through research and public awareness.

We use “gun sense” because we recognize citizens’ right to own guns, but also believe our laws could be strengthened to include more sensible policies that would protect the general public from avoidable accidents and injuries from guns.”

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

Concert Across America

concert-across-america

If you cannot attend our meeting, consider attending the Concert Across America to remember the victims of gun violence at Threadgills, 301 Riverside Dr. on Sunday, September 25 – 3-8p. With special musical performances from: Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Guy Forsyth & the Riveters, and others.

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5610/c/1428/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=82362

Gun violence takes a devastating toll on Texans daily. The number of gun deaths in Texas has been rising annually, and it is time we speak up to say that it is unacceptable. Show your support for ending gun violence by attending the Austin event and donating to Texas Gun Sense.  For more information on how you can sponsor or partner for the event please contact Megan Russell at megan@txgunsense.org or 512-465-2162.