Texas Freedom Network

Wesley Choir Celebration

The Wesley Intergenerational Choir
celebrates
41 years of discipleship.

My Grateful Heart Sings

September 23, 2018
4:00 p.m.

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.

N A M I

NAMI Walks Austin

REGISTER NOW! DONATE TO THIS EVENT

When:             September 29, 2018

Distance:       5k

Location:     The Long Center Austin, TX

Contact:

NAMI Austin
P.O. Box 302398 | Austin, TX 78703
Christina Schneider
Community Relations Coordinator
512-420-9810 Ext 1006
christina.schneider@namiaustin.org

iACT

On behalf of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), we cordially invite you to our fall fundraiser A Night Under One Sky on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at UMLAUF Scuplture Garden and Museum at 6:30pm. Join us for a night of music, dinner and dialogue in celebration of the relationships we have, and those we hope to build. Over the past year, events in our world have shined a light on the vital importance of iACT’s mission: to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. Let us come together to appreciate our unity.  http://interfaithtexas.org/anuos/

 

 

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The Red Bench: 

Divine Presence

 

Join us at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 25 for a courageous conversation on the topic of Divine Presence at First Baptist Church of Austin (901 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP

Emailiact@interfaithtexas.org

Phone512-386-9145

Websiteinterfaithtexas.org

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Our next big housing repair project will be Raise the Roof on Saturday, October 20, 2018. We will be painting and doing minor repair work to a number of homes in Austin. If you are ready to register a team for this event, please fill out this form. If you would like to volunteer for this event as an individual, there is no need for you to register. Simply show up at our sheds (701 Tillery Street, 78702, very back of complex right by the dumpsters) on October 20 for a half day or full day of volunteering. Full day: arrive between 8am and 8:30am. Half day: arrive between 1 and 1:30pm.  We will have waivers there for you to sign and will administer your project address in person

Texas Gun Sense

Vice News has released “Fear and Loading: Women and Guns in America“.  The piece was filmed in Austin in April during the week of the National School Walkout.  The Vice team traveled to Texas to explore both sides of the gun issue from the perspective of women.  Interviews included Texas Gun Sense board member and gun violence survivor, Susan R. Nelson, a group of women at a “Girls and Guns” conference and the Austin students who organized the National School Walkout at the Texas Capitol.

We are grateful to our supporters and for all you do.   Texas Gun Sense is ready to fight for common sense gun laws during the upcoming legislative session.   Please consider a one-time or sustaining donation today – the work we do relies on the generous support of donors like you.

Texas Gun Sense is a statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating for common sense, evidence-based policies to reduce gun injuries and deaths.   For more information, visit www.txgunsense.org.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The State of Texas has put eight individuals to death this year, accounting for more than half of the executions nationwide and surpassing the total number of people put to death in 2017.  There are currently seven additional executions scheduled to take place in Texas through December.

According to the Texas Tribune, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently purchased 15 new doses of pentobarbital, the drug used in lethal injections.  In June, the Texas Supreme Court declined to overturn a lower court ruling that a pharmacy that supplied drugs to TDCJ in 2014 must be revealed under the state’s public information law.  The state has filed a motion for rehearing.

Executions Scheduled in 2018

September 12: Ruben Gutierrez
September 26: Troy Clark
September 27: Daniel Acker
October 10: Juan Segundo
October 24: Kwame Rockwell
November 7: Emanuel Kemp
December 4: Joseph Garcia

In case you missed it

Former prosecutor, committee chairman supports abolition
State Representative Joe Moody, who represents House District 78 in El Paso and serves as the Chairman of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, recently published a powerful opinion piece explaining why he has “moved from longtime support of capital punishment to the moral certainty that it’s time for Texas to abolish the death penalty.”

The piece has been published in the Texas Tribune (TribTalk), the El Paso Times, and the Austin-American Statesman.  Thank Representative Moody for his leadership by emailing him at joe.moody@house.texas.gov or posting a supportive comment on one of the media outlets listed above.

September 12: Public lecture by exoneree Anthony Graves, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio.  Download the flier.