RiseUpTX GA – Nov 11th @ 7PM

Hey friends!

After a short hiatus, we are having another GA! Mark your calendars.

What: Rise Up TX General Assembly
When: Monday Nov 11 at 7pm
Where: Monkeywrench Books 110 E North Loop Blvd (near Guadalupe & North Loop)

We will be approving the terms of the following agenda items:

1. Decision making structure
2. Points of Unity
3. Rise Up code of conduct (how we will interact with each other and what kinds of things are not acceptable within our network)

There will also be time alotted for updates from working groups, a political scenario upate, and general announcements.

Please email me if you want to offer childcare or will need childcare; additionally please let me know if you have any other needs or barriers to attendance that the RUTX community can support with and we’ll work to make it happen!

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Current and Future Challenges for Clinics Providing Reproductive Healthcare in Texas

For many Texans, the phrase “War on Women,” is a familiar one, but what does this actually mean for clinics across the state? As famous as HB2 has become, Texas clinics offering sexual and reproductive health services have been rapidly losing resources and closing their doors for years.

Since 2011, when the state’s Family Planning budget was cut dramatically, almost 60 clinics providing reproductive healthcare, birth control, STI and cancer screenings, and diabetes and cholesterol testing have closed. An additional 38 have significantly reduced their hours, some transitioning from being open 5 or 6 days a week to 3, after their operating budgets were drastically reduced. In 2012 Planned Parenthood was barred from receiving any funds from the Women’s Health Program, a state and formerly federal Medicaid program that provides comparable services for low-income women. According to lawmakers supporting this legislation, the purpose of the reduction was to “punish the affiliates.” As a minority of Planned Parenthood’s clinics and services cover abortion care, the organization could no longer receive any state or federal benefits from the Women’s Health Program, but only 18 of the clinics that have closed since 2011 were of Planned Parenthood.

Texas lawmakers’ motives again bring themselves into question, when we consider the hospital-admitting privileges requirement included in the anti-choice legislation signed by Gov. Perry on July 18, 2013. We heard again and again from the House and Senate floor, that the purpose of HB2 was, “for women’s health and safety,” and that all clinics would have the option to comply. The discrepancy here, is that providers were given only 90 days to obtain hospital-admitting privileges before the requirement goes into effect on October 16, 2013; this is a process that takes a minimum of 170.

Even as the ACLU and other agencies prepare to challenge HB2, clinics are already planning to close their doors.  Facing an uncertain future, the process and cost of compliance and upgrade are too much.  Many of them are the sole providers across large geographic areas for many poor and rural women and female bodied individuals who are unable to share costs with their providers.  One of the facilities set to close is Dr. Lester Minto’s practice in Harlingen, TX, the only abortion care provider in the Rio Grande Valley.  His practice is one of many sexual and reproductive health organizations across the state serving patients who experience the greatest barriers to accessing healthcare of any kind.

Keep posted as we update on the future of sexual and reproductive healthcare in Texas, and how we will respond to the demolition of these services.

Texas Solidarity Sing Along: Day 3 (ALEC Protest)

Day 3 of our singing in solidarity with the WI Solidarity Singers and to continue protesting HB2, the anti-abortion legislation in Texas. Day 3 was ALEC themed, currently national protests are happening against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Large puzzle piece cut-outs were created and assembled in the shape of ALEC on the Capitol floor, each piece was inscribed with the types of legislation ALEC promotes. The solidarity singing continued and we paid a special visit to the office of Texas ALEC chair Jodie Laubenberg who was instrumental in ushering through the anti-abortion legislation HB2.

More Info at: https://www.facebook.com/solidaritysingalongtx

Just the “Jodie” clip

Jodie, Jodie, Jodie, Jodie . . .

I’m begging of you please don’t take my rights

Jodie, Jodie, Jodie, Jodie . . .

If you take them we’ll be back again to fight
ALEC backs your every move

you probably think that you can’t lose

But we’re here to tell you that you’re wrong, Jodie
Your arguments are dubious

Your evidence is spurious

I don’t think you even read your bills, Jodie
And I can easily understand

That you have to be a good republican

But you don’t know what freedom means, Jodie
And your talk of empathy is cheap

Cause there’s nothing you will do to keep

Our human rights intact would you, Jodie

Jodie, Jodie, Jodie, Jodie . . .

I’m begging of you please don’t take my rights

Jodie, Jodie, Jodie, Jodie . . .

If you take them we’ll be back again to fight
We had to have this talk with you

We’ll be back again our fight ain’t through

If you keep doing the things you do, Jodie
And we slap our foreheads every time

We have to come here and remind

you what a rape kit really is, Jodie
Jodie, Jodie, Jodie, Jodie . . .

I’m begging of you please don’t take my rights

Jodie, Jodie, Jodie, Jodie . . .

If you take them we’ll be back again to fight

Rise Up Texas General Assembly – Infest, August 10, 4pm

Rise Up Texas / Levanta Texas’s next meeting is coming up this Saturday at Infest. Stay posted for agenda details.

Please be punctual as INFEST has to open for business and
sound check around 7PM.

WORKING GROUPS: Please have your spokes prepared to report back on the amazing work you’ve been doing!

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/145487402325017/

Thursday, August 1st: Texas Solidarity Sing-Along Kickoff!

Thursday, 8/1/13 | Facebook Event Page

NOTE – 2 sing-along sessions are at: Noon to 1pm and 8pm to 10pm

Download the 1st Edition of the Texas Solidarity Songbook

Come join our Solidarity Sing Alongs every Thursday at noon and/or evening during the 3rd Special Session of the Texas Legislature. We’ll have songbooks and smiles. You bring a voice, good, bad, or ugly. It all sounds good in the rotunda. You don’t have to stay the whole time, just as long as you can.

Our purpose is to stand with Wisconsin and North Carolina and let the Texas Legislature know we haven’t gone away; we’re still watching. Wisconsinites have been doing this every weekday since 2011. North Carolina’s Moral Mondays just ended with about 1,000 people turning out for the last day of their legislative session.

These singalongs are modeled after the Wisconsin Solidarity Sing Alongs. They designed and sent us this logo and shared their songbook. Our support means a lot to them.

Noon sing alongs start at, well noon or as soon as you can get there from your lunch hour. You’ll get a musician with his instrument!

Evening singalongs start at 8 p.m. The Capitol closes at 10 p.m. We will sing until then. Those who wish to keep singing can continue outside.

Parking is free in the evenings in the visitor parking lot at 12th and Trinity.

Trauma Checklist

Rise Up Texas works to notice and amplify the voices of people and communities most impacted by the trauma of patriarchy, colonization and capitalism.  We can advance this work by developing our capacity to recognize and talk about the impact of trauma on ourselves and each other. Rise Up’s Trauma and Healing group is taking the lead on that effort and reaching out to those who were impacted by recent events at the capitol.

Whether you were arrested or not, whether you were treated brutally or not, whether you witnessed events or just heard about them, you could be suffering from trauma.  Trauma results when the nervous system becomes overwhelmed.  The same experience might traumatize one person and not another. Because of the effects of trauma, a traumatized person may have difficulty recognizing she or he is traumatized. If you are not traumatized yourself, then you are in a good position to think about others in the community who might be.

In the spirit of supporting each other to get the healing we need to be whole and strong, we offer this checklist of trauma questions. Let’s ask ourselves these questions. Let’s ask our friends these questions when it seems appropriate. Simply paying attention and being mindfully aware of how we may be suffering, can be empowering and healing.

If you, or someone you know, answers “yes” to several of the items on this list, please contact Rise Up’s Trauma and Healing group at healtx@gmail.com. A trained health professional will help you figure out how to get support, whether that be a compassionate listener, body work, counseling, or something else. Because we all need help.

Are you feeling hypervigilant (watchful, on guard) a lot of the time?

Are you easily startled?

Are you having difficulty sleeping?

Are you having nightmares?

Are you having a hard time NOT thinking about or remembering or reliving what happened?

Are your thoughts racing?

Are you feeling emotionally volatile?

Are you having trouble concentrating?

Do you often feel jittery, anxious, agitated or irritated?

Are you easily stressed or overwhelmed?

Are you feeling numb?

Do you find yourself daydreaming a lot?

Are you feeling spacey, distractible, inattentive?

Do you feel you are becoming depressed?

Are you losing interest in things that used to interest you?

Are you withdrawing from contact with others?

Do you feel emotionally cut off from others?

Do you often feel helpless and/or hopeless?