Credit goes to Austin NOW supporter Chaz Piancone for getting us up on Castle Hill!
Austin NOW had a great meeting last Sunday, April 10! We got to…
1) Discuss our resolution to defund CPCs (written at last month’s meeting), which cleared at the county level and is headed to the State Convention this summer;
2) Discuss events for the rest of April and early May;
3) Hear from Sharol and the WilCo Task Force about their plans for Williamson County; and
4) Set the time, date, and place for our next meeting.
Please join us for our meeting next month:
WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
WHERE: ChoiceWorks (Whole Woman’s Health)
8401 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78753
As usual, there will be drinks and snacks available. You will also be given the opportunity to renew your membership or sign up to become a first-time member of NOW! (Free t-shirts may or may not be involved…)
Please note: Parking is available in front of the buildings. It is ChoiceWorks’ policy to keep the building door locked, so if you are unable to get in past 2:00, please knock and someone will get the door for you.
Austin NOW had our first fundraiser event!
A ton of thanks owed to everyone who came out to support Austin NOW at our “UnHappy Hour” event this past Tuesday, April 12 (Equal Pay Day). We had a wonderful night listening to jazz and chatting with new friends. If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry – we’ll be having more UnHappy Hours in the future!
UPCOMING EVENTS – APRIL
Students For Life Anti-PP Bus Tour (4/22)
Students For Life, an anti-abortion scare group, has rescheduled their “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” / “Women Betrayed” bus tour (The tour is listed under multiple names on multiple websites…) and will be arriving in Austin on Friday, April 22. Unfortunately, they have kept the exact timing and location of their visit secret, but they are scheduled to appear at the University of Texas and possibly also the Texas Capitol at some point that day. If you’re located near UT campus or the Capitol and would like to protest this event, please contact us and we can hook you up with some pro-choice paraphernalia!
Weekly Fake Clinic Protests
Most Saturdays, our convenor, Lexie, protests a South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, a “fake clinic” in South Austin, during their open hours. This is a great opportunity for activism and awareness-raising without a lot of fuss – NOW provides the signs, and all you need to provide is yourself! Come out on a beautiful spring Saturday and hold a sign or two. You’d be amazed at how fun – and even hilarious – protesting can be (just ask Lexie about the “HONK 4 FEMINISM” sign)! Details for upcoming protests below:
WHEN: Saturdays, April 16 & 23, 2016* @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM
WHERE: South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center
4611 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Parking for the CPC protest is on Forest Hill Dr., the street next to the CPC. It is a short walk along the sidewalk to the protest area next to the bus stop, which is directly in front of SAPRC.
Click here for the April 16 Facebook event
* Lexie will be out of town on Saturday, April 30, and unavailable to do the regular protest. If anyone would like to continue the tradition and protest in her stead on this day, let us know!
Voter Registration Drives in Travis County & WilCo (TBA)
Our WilCo Task Force Leader Extraordinaire, Sharol, is leading the way in organizing voter registration drives in Williamson County. If you are deputized in Williamson County or would like to become deputized to help out the WilCo Task Force, please let us know! Travis County drives also coming soon. Exact details TBA.
UPCOMING EVENTS – MAY
Austin NOW at the AYC Non-Profit Fair (5/5)
Austin NOW has been approved to table at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC) 7thannual Non-Profit Fair! This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we do to young professionals of Austin. From the AYC event page:
This event will showcase 25+ local non-profits that offer rewarding opportunities for young professionals to serve in the Austin community. There will be ample food, drinks, and networking opportunities. Come celebrate the good work of these non-profits and find a way to give back to your community!
WHAT: AYC Non-Profit Fair
WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016 @5:30-8:30PM
WHERE: Texas State Capitol Legislative Conference Center
NOTE – Parking: Texas Capital Visitors Parking Garage located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
*We need help from at least 2 people in order to be able to table this event! Please send us a message if you would like to help out!
Austin NOW private screening of The Provider (TBA)
The Provider, or Undue Burden, is a documentary about the realities of restrictive abortion laws, like Texas’ HB2, from an abortion provider’s perspective. From their SXSW page:
THE PROVIDER follows traveling abortion provider, Dr. Shannon Carr, as she travels to work in Dallas, Texas to perform legal and safe abortions despite the vigorous anti-abortion stigma. In 2013, a Texas bill named House Bill Two (HB2) was passed which effectively closed down nearly two thirds of the state’s abortion clinics. These laws have become the biggest threat to women’s healthcare since before Roe vs. Wade. THE PROVIDER examines these laws by telling the stories of those most affected by them. Dr. Shannon Carr travels every week from New Mexico to Dallas to one of the few clinics remaining in Texas.
Austin NOW would like to host a private screening for members sometime in mid-June, exact date TBA. Response last meeting was very enthusiastic about the possibility of screening this film. It will be brought up again at our next meeting, so if you have any thoughts, please make sure to attend and let us know! Keep an eye out for additional information coming soon.
For more: Check out The Provider‘s website
Have a wonderful rest of the month and we hope to see you at our next event!