Arranged by Scott Nelson

Block-Walk to Register Voters :: Saturday, January 13 :: 9am-1pm.

Last week, and again yesterday, I had contact with an assistant manager of a fairly sizeable apartment complex (approximately 220 units) close to St. Joseph Hospital. I spoke with an assistant manager about block-walking on property to register people to vote. The assistant manager gave me permission to bring a block-walking team onto property this Saturday.

We will meet at 9am at my house, 1206 Skrivanek Dr., across 29th St. from Blinn, for coffee, do-nuts, and assignments. We will then drive a few blocks to the complex and knock on doors. After we complete the walk, we will return to the house for a time of reporting and de-briefing.

If you plan to be a part of the block-walk, please let me know so that we will have enough do-nuts for everyone (donations appreciated). That will also help with the making of assignments.

Please call/text me at 979.436.3631.

Submit public testimony for Monday's Graham-Cassidy hearing.

Email: by 1pm EST/12 noon CDTMonday 9/25.

Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.

Sincerely, [name]

[town, state]

Note: Graham-Cassidy appears to be a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA. After September 30, 2017, the Senate will need 60 votes to repeal it, not 51. Their urgency is real. Use your voice today. Copy and paste the template above into a new email and be heard.

Action: Support victims of rape by advocating for better police training.

A local activist checked websites and annual reports of the police department of College Station and Bryan but could not find any information about their staff being trained in this subject.

Write: Your chief of police

Bryan: Eric Buske or

Scott McCollum (College Station)

Script: I am a resident of [town] writing to advocate for victims of rape in our community. New research shows that rape victims’ memories are impaired by trauma, leading police to mistrust and discredit their accounts. Fortunately, training is available for law enforcement to conduct effective questioning that leads to justice. Certified courses are available at no cost from End Violence Against Women International. To better serve and protect, I would like your department to offer this training for the benefit of officers, rape victims, and our community. I look forward to your response on this important issue.

Background info: Effect of trauma on memory, behavior

Sept. 26

5:45 p.m., Deputy voter registrar training, Arena Hall, 2906 Tabor Rd., Bryan. Call Kathy Schuetze, 979-361-5770, to sign up

Sept. 27

10:30 a.m. postcard writing at the Village Downtown, 210 W 26th St., Bryan. For more information: