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

From Texas Impact

RUN LIKE THE DEVIL, by award-winning independent film-maker Stephen Mims, documents the 2018 US Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.

A non-partisan deep dive that goes beyond the political campaigns, the film threads the stories of the candidates with those of their respective political parties during a historic period of national political tumult.

Participants include O’Rourke, Cruz, Evan Smith (Editor, Texas Tribune) Mark McKinnon (political consultant), David Richards (Ann Richard’s ex-husband and redistricting litigator) Bob Moore (former editor, El Paso Times) and Texas Impact’s own Josh Houston.

 

Courts & Ports

Witness with Texas Impact’s Border Initiative

Recently, Texas Impact staff and volunteers traveled to the border to witness the ongoing catastrophe of detention and deportation.

Now we’re inviting you to come with us on a two-day trip to the Rio Grande Valley to experience the crisis on the border for yourself–and return to share your experiences with your congregation and community.

Texas Impact’s Courts & Ports program features two full days of programming. Attendees will be trained by the ACLU and serve as court observers in federal court; receive a briefing from local advocates; visit a respite home for asylum-seekers; cross the bridge to stand with asylum-seekers attempting to enter the US; and participate in worship and discussion about the theological and practical implications of our nation’s current immigration policies.

To register for Courts & Ports or for more information, contact Project Coordinator Erica Nelson at erica@texasimpact.org.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Austin is in a housing crisis.
Everyone knows it. Everyone feels it.

This is why we have come together in partnership with Foundation Communities, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, LifeWorks Austin, Caritas of Austin, HousingWorks Austin and Keep Austin Affordable to advocate for what can be one of the biggest investments in our community for generations: the Affordable Housing Bond.

“Affordable Housing Bond” may sound complicated and over the next few months, you’ll see and hear us talking about it a lot. We’ve put together FAQs that you can use to become informed and to better understand why we are advocating for this — Proposition A — to be voted into effect.

Sign up for our advocacy list to stay up-to-date with the Bond and how you can get involved.

Voter Registration Basics

Voter Registration Basics

Ready to Vote?  Look up your registration, print a sample ballot, find a polling place, and view wait times at www.VoteTravis.com!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 is the deadline to register
for the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial Election.

Eligibility

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of Travis County;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old;
  • You are not a convicted felon, or, if convicted you have been pardoned or fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or probation; and
  • You have not been declared by a court to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Volunteers

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help register eligible citizens to vote by distributing, reviewing, and accepting completed voter registration applications. They serve for two-year terms expiring on December 31 of even-numbered years.

Want to Volunteer?

Training classes are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Room 3154, ACC Eastview Campus located at 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. (Room 410) and 6:30 p.m. (Room 201) – Highland Business Center located at 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.
  • To schedule a remote training for a group of 15 or more, contact us at (512) 854-9473 or e-mail us.

Classes will begin promptly as scheduled and latecomers will not be admitted.

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Qualifications

To be appointed, an individual must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a United States citizen; and
  • a Texas resident

An individual must not have been:

  • determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  • convicted of failing to deliver a voter application to a voter registrar;
  • convicted of a felony or, if so convicted, must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court, or (2) be pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote;
  • convicted of identity theft under Section 32.51 of the Penal Code

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Duties

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help Travis County citizens register to vote by:

  • providing a voter registration application;
  • assisting in the completion of the application;
  • accepting and reviewing the completed application and giving receipts;
  • informing the applicant that voter registration certificates are mailed within 30 days;
  • submitting the applications in person to our office at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 within 5 calendar days.

https://tax-office.traviscountytx.gov/voters/voter-registration

https://www.votetexas.gov/

THE NEXT ELECTION TAKES PLACE ON

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 

Early voting takes place from Monday, October 22, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018.

To learn more about ID required for voting in person, check out the FAQs.

If you do not live in Travis County, contact the voter registrar or tax office in your county for training dates and specifics for your county.

Texas Impact Voter Information

DON’T PUT THAT VOTER REGISTRATION AWAY YET…PRIMARY RUNOFFS ARE MAY 22

Fewer than 1 in 10 registered voters bothered to cast ballots in Texas’ last midterm primary runoffs–the decisive election for many officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

This year, there are more than 30 runoffs that span all levels of government. See all the races and candidates here

You DO NOT have to have voted in the primary on March 6 to vote in the runoffs! But if you DID vote in the primary, you can only vote in the runoff of the SAME party you chose in March. You DO NOT have to keep that party affiliation forever…in November, you can vote for candidates of all parties.

And good news: even if you didn’t vote in March because you weren’t registered yet, you can still vote in the runoffs as long as you register by April 23. Check to make sure you are registered here

May 22, 2018 Primary Runoffs Key Dates

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, April 23, 2018
Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, May 11, 2018
First Day of Early Voting Monday, May 14, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 18, 2018
Election Day Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Events from Common Ground for Texans

 Common Ground for Texans

“Advocating positive solutions through civil engagement”

 Have you heard about Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program? It’s a new way of publicly funding local elections by giving residents vouchers that they can donate to qualifying candidates. It encourages more participation in local democracy, and opens the way for candidates who might otherwise lack the financial resources to run for office. The result: a more diverse and representative democracy.

Seattle councilmember Teresa Mosqueda recently visited our city to explain the program. And Austin’s Charter Review Commission is working on a version of our own, called Democracy Dollars, which may be put on the November 2018 ballot. Read more about it on our website — you can download the latest commission draft proposal here.

Also, in case you missed our March 3 meeting on redistricting, you can now watch it on video.

Finally, here are the upcoming meetings we’ve planned. Put these on your calendar now so you’ll be sure not to miss them:

  • Saturday, April 7: Generation Screwed: What did the Baby Boomers leave the Millennials? (at Old Quarry branch library)
  • Saturday, May 5: Finding Common Ground on Criminal Justice Reform (at Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church, 1314 E. Oltorf)
  • Saturday, June 9: Freedom of Speech, Identity Politics and Political Correctness (at Old Quarry)
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: Election Security in Texas with Dana DeBeauvoir (at Old Quarry)

All events will be from 2 to 4 pm.

Join Common Ground for Texans for our next general meeting, on Saturday, April 7, at Old Quarry branch library when we’ll host a panel discussion about how current American politics and policy harm the future of millennials.

Millenials have taken on 300% more student debt than their parents. They’re only half as likely to own a home as young adults were in 1975. A recent Huffington Post article entitled “Generation Screwed” examines these and other facts about today’s youth, asking whether there are structural disadvantages for young adults today. How is the American Dream faring among millennials?

Our panelists will include diverse experts in zoning, student loans, and engaging millennials in politics. We will discuss each of these issues as they stand today and what we can do to improve them for the future, with:

  • Greg Anderson, City of Austin Planning Commission
  • Amy Stansbury, co-founder, A Functional Democracy
  • Kevin McLaughlin, product manager, Student Loan Genius

Moderated by Mike Ignatowski. We hope you can make it! And please invite friends on Facebook!

 

Texas Impact Voter Information

DON’T PUT THAT VOTER REGISTRATION AWAY YET…

PRIMARY RUNOFFS ARE MAY 22

Fewer than 1 in 10 registered voters bothered to cast ballots in Texas’ last midterm primary runoffs–the decisive election for many officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

This year, there are more than 30 runoffs that span all levels of government. See all the races and candidates here

You DO NOT have to have voted in the primary on March 6 to vote in the runoffs! But if you DID vote in the primary, you can only vote in the runoff of the SAME party you chose in March. You DO NOT have to keep that party affiliation forever…in November, you can vote for candidates of all parties.

And good news: even if you didn’t vote in March because you weren’t registered yet, you can still vote in the runoffs as long as you register by April 23. Check to make sure you are registered here

May 22, 2018 Primary Runoffs Key Dates

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, April 23, 2018
Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, May 11, 2018
First Day of Early Voting Monday, May 14, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 18, 2018
Election Day Tuesday, May 22, 2018