Inauguration Weekend is nearly upon us. For many of us, marching on the Capitol (whether U.S. or state) represents more than “just” a protest. The events of this weekend will serve as a launching point for our resistance over the next 4 years.
Texas State NOW (including Houston NOW, Austin NOW, WilCo NOW, San Antonio NOW, and Dallas NOW) invites you to join us this weekend as we come together to stand united against the Trump administration and the hatred the president-elect and his fellows have spawned.
We are packed full with an event every day this weekend! Below is our schedule of events. (Be sure to RSVP to march or rally with us on Facebook/Meetup if you haven’t already!)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
ONE RESISTANCE MARCH
5:00PM at Auditorium Shores
*Meet NOW members in the parking lot–look for NOW rounds*
RSVP to march with us!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
WOMEN’S MARCH ON AUSTIN
12:00PM South Steps of the Capitol
*Meet NOW members at the Eastern Drinking Fountain
to the right of the South Steps*
RSVP to march with us!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
44th ROE V WADE CELEBRATION RALLY
1:00PM Texas Capitol Building
*Austin NOW & WilCo NOW will be tabling at this event near the Capitol steps! Look for the NOW rounds & come say hi!*
RSVP to rally with us!
WHAT: A thousand women PLAYING DEAD in protest of the new “fetal remains” ruling in Texas
Monday, December 19, 2016 Friday, January 6, 2017 @ 11am
WHERE: 1010 Colorado St., Austin, TX (Governor’s Mansion)
We will be meeting in front of the Governor’s Mansion to PLAY DEAD in a silent, peaceful protest against the new fetal remains ruling which mandates that the remains of every terminated pregnancy in Texas, whether by miscarriage or abortion, be cremated or buried at cost to the pregnant individual/healthcare facilities caring for the individual.
We strongly encourage men/people who cannot get pregnant/allies to attend and hold signs in protest. (We can provide signs or banners for you to hold if you want, or you can bring your own.)
Link to the Facebook event here
Organizing and protesting is all fun and great, but sometimes I just wanna unwind with a stiff drink & some french fries after holding a sign that says GREG ABBOTT HATES WOMEN in front of traffic for 4 hours.
Austin NOW & WilCo NOW are growing and we want to get to know all of you outside of the hard work that we do! So let’s hang out at Stinson’s and talk about feminism, or immigration issues, or the merits of Kit Harrington’s beard, or whatever. Only rule is there will be no organizing talk. We just wanna chill with y’all.
This is NOT for members only–anyone who wants to come is welcome. Bring a friend, SO, family member, whatever, we don’t mind. Just make sure to RSVP here or via email so that we know if we need to give Stinson’s a heads-up.
This will probably turn into a monthly thing, alternating between a location in Austin & somewhere TBA in WilCo.
WHAT: Feminist “Unhappy” Hour
WHERE: Stinson’s Bistro, 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX
WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 8:30-10:30pm
Had a great protest this morning. It’s amazing what a little bit of excitement and positive energy can do!! (Tacos, donuts, & coffee along with tons of supportive honks helped, too.)
Thanks to everyone who came out to spread awareness of the Fake Clinic epidemic! Had a great time meeting and talking to all of you!
(Image credit to Zoë Fay-Stindt & Larisa Manescu)
Members protest a “Fake Clinic” on Manchaca
As we mentioned in our meeting on December 4, we are going to be resuming our (relatively) regular protests of South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, beginning this Saturday, December 10.
Here are our future dates for December & January:
DECEMBER 2016 & JANUARY 2017 PROTEST DATES
WHEN: Saturdays, December 10, 17; January 14, 21, 28 @ 10:00AM – 1:00PM
WHERE: South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center
4611 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Facebook events for: December 10, December 17, January 14, January 21, January 28
(What’s a Fake Clinic? Why are we doing this? See Fake Clinic FAQ for more information!)
Steph & Portia
WHERE: ChoiceWorks (Whole Woman’s Health)
8401 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78753
*The second building to the right (to the back a bit) is the building where we will be meeting. Look for the orange Austin NOW meeting signs!
WHEN: Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 2:00pm
WHAT: Austin NOW’s December Organizing Meeting! If you haven’t been to a meeting before, this is where we brainstorm, discuss, and then plan our action(s) for the coming month. The December meeting will hopefully include organized plans for the first several months of 2017.
In an effort to keep the meeting going and make efficient use of everyone’s time, the officers will present a general agenda for the meeting at the very beginning. We ask that everyone please be respectful and follow the agenda–especially when asked politely to yield the floor. If we get caught up talking about things and need to move on to planning, please cooperate and allow the group to continue when asked so that everyone will get a chance to share, participate, and be included in the entire meeting (rather than having to leave before things are settled because we’re going overtime).
*UPDATE: We will be hosting special guest speaker for the first 15-20 minutes of the meeting! Make sure to get there on time to listen to him talk!
SEE Y’ALL THERE!
“Unhappy Hour” event at Stinson’s Nov. 16
“Unhappy Hour” event at Stinson’s Nov. 16
Wow! Hello to everyone who has emailed, messaged, commented, and followed us in the past couple of weeks–we are so overwhelmed and grateful for all of you and your interest in NOW!
A few things:
- OUR NEXT MEETING will be on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00pm at 8401 N. IH35, Austin, TX 78752 (ChoiceWorks/Whole Woman’s Health). Google Maps will say that this place is permanently closed–we will be open, don’t worry. There is parking out front and in the street.
- We want to keep the momentum going! If you are interested in helping us grow from the tiny chapter we have been into a robust, hugely-supported feminist grassroots group, PLEASE continue to participate in Austin NOW events!
- While we absolutely love and support large progressive organizations like Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Travis County Democrats, etc., we want to keep our identity as an action-oriented grassroots organization with our OWN events and initiatives. That means that while we may occasionally partner with smaller groups or be happy to throw our name out in support of events by larger groups, our main purpose is NOT to only volunteer for other organizations! We are committed to action NOW, and our own organization, and that means taking charge ourselves!
- Our email list is now so large that we cannot use it as we were before–we are therefore looking into mass-emailing options. Please be patient with us while we research this and find a solution so that we can get back to sending out regular newsletters!
If you would like to join NOW and haven’t gotten a chance to yet, you can do so here via our website (fillable/printable form) OR via the National NOW page–just make sure you specify Austin NOW as your local chapter.
(You can also give your filled-out form & dues to officers Lexie or Sharol at the next NOW event and they will make sure your stuff gets to the right place.)
We’ll be in touch soon!!
Austin NOW’s main campaign for the next few months is to REGISTER VOTERS before the election! We are jump-starting with several events at the end of September. Please see below and let us know if you plan on attending:
Lanier High School Community Parade & Fall Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:00am to 2:00pm
Lanier High School
1201 Payton Gin Road
Austin, TX 78758
Pecan Street Festival
Sept 24-25, 2016 (*We will be registering voters on the 25th)
11:00am – 8:00pm
Historic 6th St. in downtown Austin
Round Rock ISD College Fair
Monday, Sept 26, 2016
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Round Rock High School
201 Deep Wood Drive
Round rock, TX 78681
Leander ISD College Fair
Wednesday, Sept 28, 2016
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vista Ridge High School
200 South Vista Ridge Blvd.
Cedar Park, TX
1) You can be of valuable help even if you are not a Deputy Voter Registrar! We need people to answer questions and help people fill out forms when they’re registering.
2) We must be bi-partisan in order to register voters, so please refrain from any polarizing political messages on t-shirts, buttons/pins, patches, bags, etc.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! If you would like to help out at one or more of these events, please email us or contact us on Facebook.
As many of you know, last month’s meeting was all about becoming Deputy Voter Registrars in Travis County! This month, September, is a big one for registering voters, because new voters must be registered at least 30 days in advance of voting day. Therefore, we are planning to TAKE ACTION as soon as possible!
During this month’s meeting, we will be talking exclusively about voter registration opportunities, voting on when/where we would like to hold a registration event, and organizing the event as much as possible beforehand.
PARTICIPATION IS KEY! If you are one of the many people who has been waiting for an opportunity to be more involved in Austin NOW, this is your chance! Even if you are not a DVR in Travis County, your participation in our registration events is very needed. For example, you can help people fill out their forms and understand information about voting, which the VDRs will happily share with you. You can pass out pamphlets and help with set-up/take-down of tables & chairs at the event.
WHERE: ChoiceWorks / Whole Woman’s Health building
8401 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78752
WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2016 @ 2:00PM
If you’re interested in helping out with our voter registration stuff during the month of September (and possibly early October), but cannot make it to our meeting on Sept. 11, please contact Lexie via AustinAreaNOW@gmail.com to let her know that you’ll be available to help out. More details to come.
SEE YOU THERE!!
I’m sure that most of you have heard of the new regulations Gov. Abbott has proposed in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on HB2 – the ones that would require that tissue remains after a safe, legal abortion be disposed of via either cremation or burial.
These proposed regulations are absolutely ludicrous, and would place a definite undue burden on abortion providers and, thus, their patients (who would have to foot the bill for the expensive disposal). It would also make a mockery of victims of sexual assault.
We cannot allow this to happen.
Please join other members of Austin NOW and the WilCo Task Force at the public hearing for these new proposed abortion restrictions TOMORROW! Here is the info:
WHEN: TOMORROW! Thursday, August 4, 2016 @9AM-12PM
WHERE: Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W 49th St, Austin, TX 78756
The Moreton Building
Parking is available in front of the building and on top levels of the nearby parking garage, free of charge.
For more: See the Facebook event
Look for Lexie & Sharol in our NOW t-shirts. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!