✍️ Want to demand change on gun reform? Head to Veracruz All Natural on Webberville Road on June 6 from 8-10 a.m for the ¡Basta! United with Uvalde event. Folks will gather there to write to our U.S. Senators in community with others. Sponsoring organizations – including Womxn of Color Collective, Chingona Fest Texas, and Austin Trauma Therapy Center – will provide postage and supplies. Tacos will be 20% off. Voter registration will also be onsite.
? Art can be healing. That’s why Austin-based nonprofit MAS Cultura is raising funds for the Uvalde Strong Unidos 21 Murals project. Initiated by Uvalde art professor Abel Ortiz, the mural project aims to create 21 murals to honor the victims of the massacre. A roster of artists across Texas are expected to participate. Donate and find more information here.
? The aftermath of the Uvalde shooting will have lifelong effects on the victims of the family including the 38 siblings of the 19 students killed. Former Austinite and past Co-Director of PODER Erika González has been in touch with Robb Elementary’s school counselor for an initiative to raise funds for the siblings of the Uvalde shooting. So far $2,000 has been raised to purchase Moon Pals, therapeutic weighted stuffed bears. These are for siblings in PK-6th grade. Additional funds will go toward purchasing age appropriate healing items for the older siblings in 7th-12th grade. Donations can be made directly via Venmo @Erika-Gonzalez-8000. Austin Vida has verified this fundraiser. Erika González is originally from Eagle Pass, Texas, and is currently an educator in East Oakland, where she’s worked with students experiencing trauma. If you have any questions, hit reply to this email.
? Uvalde CISD has set up the Robb Memorial Fund, an official donation account with First State Bank to assist the families of this tragedy. Donations can be made at any of the bank branches, via check or online using Zelle to email@example.com. Details here.
??♀️ Volunteer attorneys needed. San Antonio Legal Services Association is mobilizing volunteer Texas attorneys to provideservices to families impacted by the Robb Elementary shooting. Email UvaldeResponse@sa-lsa.org with your area of expertise and availability.
? There are some Uvalde shooting victims still hospitalized at University Health in San Antonio. The Uvalde Victims Relief Fund has been set up by the hospital to cover any unpaid medical expenses, food, lodging and other needs identified by social workers. More information here.
? Consider donating blood or hosting a blood drive wherever you live to ensure there is enough blood in the bank ahead of tragedies like in Uvalde. Visit South Texas Blood & Tissue or We are Blood in Central Texas.
⚽ When news broke of the Uvalde shooting, the Los Verdes Supporter Group of Austin FC quickly mobilized to provide Austinites and beyond an immediate way to contribute financially to Uvalde families. June 3 is the last day to donate to the GoFundMe, which has so far raised more than $239,000 of its $250,000 goal. The funds will be transferred to the Robb Memorial Fund that Uvalde CISD set up. Donate here.