Notes & Noticias: Giving Back

Dear Friends,

Dolores Huerta once said, “The fact that you can build and you can make nonviolent change through organization; that’s what I would want my legacy to be.

And hopefully we’ll see the day when we don’t have discrimination against women, against minorities, against workers. And working for a just world. Showing people how to accomplish this, what they can do to make a difference.”

Her words have been on my mind lately, as I work and talk with many of the organizations in Austin that make such a tremendous effort to improve our community.

This week’s Notes and Noticias highlights some of the very important work going on in Austin and Central Texas to help those in need, support future Americans, and respond to the recent SXSW tragedy.

Read on to learn how we all can follow the spirit of Dolores Huerta.

Amplify Austin: Support Non-Profits

At 6:00 p.m. tonight, the second annual Amplify Austin kicks off a 24-hour fundraising drive for non-profits in the community.

The event is designed to raise significant funds for many of the wonderful organizations doing important work to improve lives. Over 400 non-profits are participating this year, so please head on over to their website and find a cause you support. Please consider making a contribution today. You can even schedule it ahead of time — no need to wait until this evening.

If you need some suggestions about which organizations might merit your support, here are my picks, in no particular order. 

(Click on the organization’s name to head to their Amplify Austin page.)

Urban Roots: Support sustainable farming practices while helping young Austinites learn leadership skills.

Austin Pets Alive!: Help keep Austin a no kill city and support the organization that helps animals find their permanent families.

Austin Habitat for Humanity: Donate to an organization that helps over 1,000 families per year find a safe, stable place to call home.

ADL Austin: Austin is no place for hate. Support the Anti-Defamation League in their work to eradicate hatred in our community.

Thanks for your support, and for making sure that so many great non-profits have the funds they need to continue serving our community.

Volunteers Needed for April Citizenship Drive

The moment when an individual becomes an American citizen is usually a tremendously moving, inspiring moment. It reminds me of the promise and hope our country holds, and causes me to rededicate my efforts to making the American dream obtainable by all who seek it.

Education Austin and other organizations are holding a citizenship drive to help members of our community take their first steps towards becoming full-fledged Americans.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Travis High School, 1211 East Oltorf Street.

The event is in need of volunteers to help qualified Legal Permanent Residents complete their citizenship applications.

Training will be provided prior to the workshop and there will be immigration attorneys and other legal experts available throughout the event to answer questions and also to review each application. Those filling out the N-400 do not have to be bilingual.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and make sure our future Americans have the help they need completing this important process.

Support #sxswcares

When tragedy strikes in Austin, the outpouring of support in response is always swift and genuine. The tragic car crash on Red River that claimed three lives and injured dozens was a dark moment for our homegrown SXSW festival, and the resulting efforts to help the victims have been tremendous.

The SXSWCares fund was established to create a central fundraising entity to help people affected by these tragic events. 

If you haven’t had a chance to contribute and want to show your support, please click here.

I share the sense of horror that follows such a tragic loss of life and health. I wish all the best to the victims and those grieving a loss, and hope they can find some peace in the support they have received from our community.

Register for Saturday’s County Convention

This Saturday, Democrats across Texas will gather at their County and Senate District conventions to elect delegates to the State Convention, pass important resolutions, and get energized for the November election.

It will be a lot more fun if you’re there. 

Click here to register for the Senate and County Conventions this Saturday through the TDP’s website.

Here in Travis County, our event is at the Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the convention comes to order at 10:00 a.m. I hope you will be able to attend.

Thanks again for reading Notes and Noticias, I look forward to seeing you in the community!