Austin NOW August Meeting – Let’s Get Deputized!

Join us for our August organizing meeting! Get caught up on the month’s news in feminist activism and get geared up for our August action–registering new voters!

The Travis County Voter Registrar’s office has graciously agreed to come out to our meeting and train us to be deputy voter registrars, all together! This means we will be able to register voters before early voting starts for the election in November. Hooray!

WHERE: ChoiceWorks

8401 N. IH 35

Austin, TX 78753

WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 2016 @ 2:00PM
For more information on becoming a Travis County deputy voter registrar, visit the TC Voter Registrar’s Office website here.

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CPC/Fake Clinic FAQ

Below are some frequently-asked questions about CPCs, or “fake clinics,” that we run into quite often from those who are unfamiliar with the term(s) and what these places do.

WHAT IS A CPC? “Crisis pregnancy centers” – or, as we like to more accurately call them, fake clinics – are run by religious pro-life groups with the express purpose of preventing pregnant people from choosing abortion. They advertise themselves as places where pregnant people can go for help, advice, abortion information, and free pregnancy tests – but what people actually receive there are lies, a huge dose of religious preaching, and emotional manipulation.

WHO RUNS CPCs? These fake clinics are often supported by large churches. They are run by pro-life paid staff & volunteers who are almost never medical professionals, but make every effort to appear as though they are by wearing white lab coats to deceive their clients. In addition to ample donations from fundraising galas (where tickets can often cost upwards of $1000 or more), fake clinics receive funding from wealthy politicians, private donors, and our federal government via U.S. abstinence-only sex education programs (i.e., your tax dollars). Basically, tons of money is being poured into deceptive, emotionally manipulative practices while actual medically safe, informative, non-judgmental healthcare centers like Planned Parenthood are under constant attack and scrutiny.

WHY PROTEST? Fake clinics are not protested nearly as much as they should be (as far as we know, almost never), because many people don’t even know that they exist! Our tax dollars go to these places, which lie and deceive people who often do not know any better. More people should be aware of – and angry about – the CPC phenomenon!

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June Event Reminder

Greetings, friends!

We’re sending out the June event reminder a little early because our June organizing meeting is coming up very soon, and it’s a big one. Details below…

COMING UP NEXT

Please join us for May’s monthly meeting next Sunday!:

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 1:00 PM

WHERE: Home of Lexie Cooper

4706 Shoalwood Ave, Unit B

Austin, TX 78756

**PLEASE NOTE: This month’s meeting will NOT take place in our regular meeting space at ChoiceWorks! We will be at our convenor’s house so that we can transition right from our planning meeting to a private screening of The Provider. **

Catch up on the month’s news in feminist activism and get ready to vote on an action for this month. (Last month’s action was to attend the AYC Nonprofit Fair and protest CPCs in Williamson County!)

There will be snacks, drinks, and free t-shirts for any new folks who’d like to sign up and become official members of NOW.

After the meeting, attendees will be able to stay for Austin NOW’s private screening of The Provider, a documentary film about the legal restrictions placed on abortion and how it affects individuals, communities, and medical providers. See below:

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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.

Help support the filmmakers! Suggested donation is $5-10. If you would like to make a donation, visit The Provider‘s sponsored website here. (Scroll to the ‘Undue Burden’ section and enter in your donation amount underneath the title and description.)

For more information: Check out The Provider‘s website

Weekly Fake Clinic Protests

Most Saturdays, our convenor, Lexie, protests 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 protesting can be (just ask Lexie about the “HONK 4 FEMINISM” sign)! Details for upcoming protests below:

WHEN: Saturdays, June 4, 11, & 18* @ 10:00AM – 1:00PM

WHERE: South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center

4611 Manchaca Rd.

Austin, TX 78745

*Facebook event for June 4 protest

*Facebook event for June 11 protest

*Facebook event for June 18 protest

Parking for CPC protests is always available on Forest Hill Dr., the residential street just 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 South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and we hope to see you at our meeting next Sunday + screening of The Provider!

 

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May Event Reminder

Hello, everyone!

The first week of May is barely over and we’re already moving along very quickly!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

Last Thursday, Heather and Lexie fulfilled our “monthly action” by representing Austin NOW at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce’s (AYC) Annual Non-Profit Fair at the Texas Capitol. We want to thank everyone who approached us to chat about NOW at this event. We enjoyed talking with each and every one of you, and we are very excited to get to know you in the months to come!

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COMING UP NEXT

Please join us for May’s monthly meeting this Sunday!:

WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
WHERE: ChoiceWorks (Whole Woman’s Health)
8401 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78753

If you are able, please RSVP to the Facebook event (so that we can have enough food & drinks for everyone)! Alternately, you can also send us an email to let us know if you will be attending.

As usual, there will be free drinks and snacks available at the meeting. You will also be given the opportunity to renew your membership or sign up to become a member of NOW! (Free t-shirts may or may not be involved…)

Please note: Google Maps lists this location as Whole Woman’s Health and says that this building is permanently closed, but don’t worry, you will still be able to get in! 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. Parking is available in front of the buildings. 

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Weekly Fake Clinic Protests

Most Saturdays, our convenor, Lexie, protests 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 protesting can be (just ask Lexie about the “HONK 4 FEMINISM” sign)! Details for upcoming protests below:

WHEN: Saturdays, May 14, 21, & 28* @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM
WHERE: South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center
4611 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745

Facebook event for May 14 protest
Facebook event for May 21 protest
*Facebook event for May 28 protest

Parking for CPC protests is always available on Forest Hill Dr., the residential street just 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 South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center.

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Austin NOW private screening of The Provider (TBA – June or July)

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 will be hosting a private screening for members soon. This will likely be one of our actions for June or July. Response in our April meeting was very enthusiastic about the possibility of screening this film, so it will be brought up again at our upcoming meeting this Sunday. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please make sure to attend the meeting and let us know!

For more: Check out The Provider‘s website

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Have a wonderful rest of the week and we hope to see you at either our protest this Saturday, our meeting this Sunday, or BOTH!

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Austin NOW at the AYC Non-Profit Fair

This past Thursday, May 5, Lexie and Heather represented Austin NOW at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce’s annual non-profit fair at the Texas State Capitol. We had a blast spreading the word about NOW’s mission and goals! We were able to draw attention to the plague of CPCs and have some very intelligent discussion on feminism.

It was wonderful to meet all of our new acquaintances who joined the Austin NOW mailing list. Look to your inboxes this week for a new email update!

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“Fake Clinic” Protest Updates!

Dear all,

Thank you so much to everyone who has made it out to the “fake clinic” protest at South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center these past few weekends!

Our protests are becoming more and more successful. We’re experiencing a big increase in participation from both members and others who are interested in learning more about what we do. Over just the past two weekends, we’ve had 17 individual people stop by during our protest of the fake clinic on Manchaca Rd. to talk to us about our message and the activism that we take part in.

We also received $100 in donations, which all went straight to our chapter and will be used for everything from protest supplies (posters, markers, bottled water, pamphlets) to refreshments for our monthly meetings, and more! Hooray!

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PLEASE NOTE: This upcoming Saturday, April 30, Lexie will be out of town and unavailable to host the protest herself. However, we wanted to reach out to see if any of you are available and interested in hosting the protest in her place–this weekend, or any weekend in the future during which she might be out of town or unavailable. Austin NOW can provide you with plenty of signs to hold, pamphlets, and stickers to pass out – all you need to provide is 3 hours of your time! If you are interested in helping Austin NOW host our regular protest this weekend, or can be available on future Saturdays as a backup, please message us on Facebook or send us an email (AustinAreaNOW@gmail.com) and we will get back to you with more details.

Once again, thank you all so much for your help and participation! You, our wonderful volunteers, are the lifeblood of the organization and we could not do any of this without you. After only a few months, we are making a huge difference in Austin already, and our support for the local community will only continue to grow.

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April Roundup

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Credit goes to Austin NOW supporter Chaz Piancone for getting us up on Castle Hill!

Hello, everyone!

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

Ste. 200

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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Have a wonderful rest of the month and we hope to see you at our next event!

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NOW Forward Feminism Conference 2016

Register for the Conference

Celebrate NOW’s 50th Anniversary by attending our 2016 Forward Feminism Conference!

Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Register online: NOW.org/about/conference/register

Type Member Non-Member
Standard $125 $165
2 Day $90 $95
1 Day $65 $75
Sliding scale $5 minimum $35 minimum
“Support a Sister” $250 $250

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For more information, contact us at AustinAreaNOW@gmail.com or via Facebook.com/AustinNOW

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Equal Pay Day UNHAPPY Hour 4/12

What: (Un)Happy Hour Fundraiser for Austin NOW

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (Equal Pay Day) 7-9 PM

Where: Kick Butt Coffee, Music & Booze

575 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Join Austin NOW for an UNhappy Hour at Kick Butt Coffee, Music, & Booze on April 12, 2016 to raise awareness of the unfair wage gap between women, men, & people of color.

Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

Our friends at KBC will be serving up happy hour specials, including a large variety of beer and cocktails, or coffee if alcohol on a Tuesday night ain’t your thing! Suggested donation is $15 for 2 tickets, which gets you two happy hour drinks. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Austin NOW to support our activism efforts!

Join us and wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay. Listen to some jazz, chill out, and support a great cause!

Reminder that this event is (and all Austin NOW events are) NOT JUST FOR WOMEN! Feel free to bring your buddies and/or special someone. 🙂

( Questions & comments? Contact Lexie Cooper at AustinAreaNOW@gmail.com )

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Austin NOW April Meeting

WHAT: Austin NOW April Meeting

WHEN: Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2 PM

WHERE: Choice Works 8401 IH35 Austin, TX

Join us for our April organizing meeting! Get caught up on the month’s news in feminist activism and get ready to vote on an action for this month. (Last month’s action was to write a resolution regarding defunding of fake clinics, which we did right at the meeting!)

There will be snacks, drinks, and free t-shirts for any new folks who’d like to sign up and become official members of NOW. Also – we’ve got swag!

(Look for the orange signs posted up.)

See you there, feministas!

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Some of our March meeting attendees!

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