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.)

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

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!

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.


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.