Fake Clinic Protest 12/10/2016

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)

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Upcoming Fake Clinic Protests

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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!)

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December Organizing Meeting

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!

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Hello, new members!


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!!

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Voter Registration Events 2016

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


PLEASE NOTE:

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

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Austin NOW September Meeting – Let’s Register Voters!

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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!!

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URGENT: Hearing TOMORROW!

Everyone,

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!!

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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: Little Walnut Creek Library
835 W Rundberg Ln
Austin, TX 78758

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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