Yom Shlishi, 3 Tammuz 5777
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What are some of the past accomplishments of the Temple Beth Shalom Advocacy?

  • Marched in the Austin Pride Parade in 2014 and 2015
  • Hosted an Accountability Session for Mayoral and County Judge Candidates 2014
  • Worked with Austin Interfaith in support of issues impacting Austin
    • Promoting voter registration and get out the vote activities
    • Securing local approval of Community First! Village
    • Fixing flaws in local health care system
    • Obtaining support for flood victims, including mental health concerns
    • Improving wage and working conditions for city employers and contractors
    • Optimizing budget funding for libraries, parks, after school care, affordable housing, workforce development initiatives, and more
  • Sponsored Advocacy Shabbat speakers
    • Ernesto Cortes, Jr. Co-Chair, Industrial Areas Foundation
    • Alan Graham, CEO and Founder, Mobile Loaves & Fishes
    • Alan van Cappelle, Executive Director, Bend the Arc
    • Koreena Malone, President, Oak Creek Village Tenant Association
  • Conducted Advocacy Shabbat workshops
    • Identified issues impacting our congregants — mental health, eldercare, and education emerged as key concerns
    • Informed congregants of the Impact of the change to the 10 - 1 city council format on all of us
    • Modeled the decision making process involved in setting City of Austin budget priorities
  • Focused on removing stigma surrounding mental health
    • Conducted adult education classes on Setting Healthy Boundaries and Mental Health Emergencies
    • Held a Mental Health Shabbat in 2015 informing the congregation of issues facing us all and identifying available resources
    • Raised $10,000 for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in 2015
    • Participated in NAMI walk in 2015