Take Action: Testify at Texas Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security

Take Action

Testify at Texas Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security

On Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m. the select committee hearing issues related to the governor’s school safety proposals — which largely ignore gun violence prevention measures — will hear public testimony on armed school safety proposals, including school marshals and arming teachers in the classroom. Most teachers do not want to be armed. Most students do not want their teachers to carry guns. And there is no evidence that arming teachers will make schools safer — the evidence shows the opposite. The committee is hearing public testimony, and each person has 2 minutes to speak. Indivisible Austin will join a press conference organized by student gun violence prevention activists prior to the hearing.

How your voices are making a difference

  • The ACLU’s lawsuit to end family separation is proceeding
  • Ted Cruz was struck dumb for 18 interminable seconds
  • Kelly Sadler was fired

Read more  >>

Learn more from Everytown for Gun Safety about why arming teachers is a dangerous proposal >>

More information on the hearing on June 12, 9 a.m. in Texas Capitol E1.036 >>

Three Ways to Help People Seeking Asylum (including separated families)

  1. Donate supplies to Neta, a grassroots group in the Rio Grande Valley helping asylum seekers on both sides of the border.
  2. Donate to the RAICES Texas Bond Fund to help asylum seekers get released from ICE custody, or to the Leaf Fund to provide legal representation to unaccompanied children released from Office of Refugee Resettlement custody.
  3. Provide support to women at the Hutto Detention Center with Grassroots Leadership (must be conversationally fluent in a language other than English, including Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, French, or Portuguese).

Stop the deportation of a Round Rock construction worker in ICE detention

Workers Defense Project has been working on the deportation defense campaign of Alberto, a 19-year-old construction worker who was picked up by ICE at a Round Rock construction site while working. Alberto has been held at the South Texas Detention Facility since February 15, 2018. In April, a judge unjustly set his bond at $11,000. Alberto’s family has been struggling to gather the funds, and while WDP has tried to support them in amplifying the case, the family is still shy of their goal.

GoFundMe for Alberto >>

Events

  • Thursday, Jun. 14,6-8 PM, Austin City Hall – Grassroots Leadership, United We Dream Austin, Texas Advocates for Justice, & Workers Defense Project call for citizens to make their support known for Resolutions 73 and 74, making our city safer for people of color and immigrants (Facebook event; TribTalk by Council Member Greg Casar)
  • Saturday, Jun. 16, 11:30 AM-3 PM, Bullock State History Museum – World Refugee Day celebration (Facebook event)
  • Saturday, Jun. 16, 12-4 PM, Carver Museum – Annual Juneteenth Celebration (Facebook event)

Your Moment of Zen

In this, the second full week of an already simmering Austin June (happy second week of #PrideMonth!), we bring you a refreshing viral moment from our very own Barton Springs.

In case you need some encouragement today, here’s a video of a little girl jumping off the diving board for the first time as the entire pool cheers her on

Posted by Hannah Waitt on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Indivisible Austin Needs Your Help!

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A word from our Treasurer:

Last week we told you about how our storage locker was broken into. We lost more than $700 of supplies and equipment we use to work events.

Our fellow members of Indivisible stepped forward and have already given $444 to help us get the supplies we need.

As the treasurer of Indivisible Austin, I really want to be able to tell the rest of the board that we can get all the things we need to carry out our mission.

Can you be one of the people to help us close the gap by making a gift so we can get new supplies and equipment?

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