Cut recess short to pass legislation on gun violence; Cornyn has a $9 million war chest and a massive head start | Take Action Newsletter

NEW: Check out our video playlist of LIVE readings of the Mueller Report

Statement on Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule

The board of Indivisible Austin joins with those fighting for the rights of immigrants in condemning the administration’s decision to make it harder for immigrants to become citizens. The final version of the public charge rule, which will go into effect in 60 days, was announced on the heels of the horrific act of domestic terrorism in El Paso perpetrated on the Latino community.

Read our full statement

What you can do:

  1. Ask your rep to support H.R.3222, the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019
  2. Sign this petition by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Take Action

Tell Cruz and Cornyn: Cut recess short to pass legislation on gun violence

Congress is in recess until September 9. The House Judiciary Committee is cutting short the long summer break to work on gun control legislation. The Senate should do the same, and both John Cornyn and Ted Cruz sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Call Cornyn and Cruz with your support for an emergency session on gun violence prevention.

Local numbers:

  • Sen. Cornyn: 512-469-6034
  • Sen. Cruz: 512-916-5834

If you haven’t already: Write Cruz and Cornyn a letter, demanding common sense gun legislation

Script below by Celeste Pewter:

End recess early to pass common sense gun legislation

2020 is coming

Published in 1959, Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” — an absurdist play about the rise of fascism — describes Sen. John Cornyn and other Trump enablers perfectly. One minute they seem like normal human beings, the next they’ve grown horns.

Cornyn tweet it's summer chuck

Flipping Cornyn’s senate seat might be our biggest chance to effect change in 2020. If Trump loses the presidency, but we still have Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader, all of the progressive legislation we’ve been fighting for—the Green New Deal, the DREAM Act, bills to protect our health care and reduce gun violence—will die.

We already have solid candidates in the senate race (most recently Jolt Texas founder Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez) and likely more on the way. With 27 weeks until the Texas primary elections, the time to pay attention is now. Donate, amplify, knock doors. Cornyn has a $9 million war chest and a massive head start.

Write Sen. Cornyn and tell him his stance on the climate crisis is a dereliction of duty

Additional reading:

Action Spotlight: Mueller LIVE

Mueller Report Live at North Door AustinWhen you hear the phrase “448-page legal document” you might not make an immediate mental leap to “six nights of free interactive entertainment.” But that’s just what our team of volunteers did this summer with the Mueller Report on a series of Sunday nights at North Door Austin. The best part is, all six nights were captured on video. We’re proud to share them for the first time here.

Download slides and watch the video of our LIVE readings of the Mueller Report


Thursday, August 22

AbortionAccessATX Rally and Testimony

12:30 p.m. at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.

Hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and others. Together, we have a real opportunity to ensure access to safe abortion care in Austin. But it’s going to take all of us to unite and take action.

  • 12:30 PM #AbortionAccessATX Rally on the steps of City Hall
  • 1:00 PM Pizza lunch in the City Hall Atrium
  • 2:00 PM Testimony before City Council begins

View this event on Facebook

Monday, August 26

Town Hall with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Riveter Austin, 1145 West 5th Street

Rep. Lloyd DoggettJoin us for a town hall with US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who represents communities from Austin to San Antonio. Hear from Congressman Doggett about the state of our federal government and how you can be even more civically engaged. Additional elected officials will be announced soon.

Congressman Doggett serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the House Ways & Means Committee and on the House Budget Committee.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Gun Legislation
  • Health care
  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Economy

RSVP for this Town Hall

Funding the Fight

Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t the most popular or cost-effective course of action. One example: Our six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Staged in front of small but lively audiences in the dead of summer, we packaged a 448-page legal document—which is critically important for Americans to understand—into 18 hours of free, interactive entertainment. This was a large financial undertaking for us, not to mention the hundreds of volunteer hours spent and the mental toll from learning the depths of corruption of the Trump Administration.

Help us recoup some of these expenses by making a gift today.

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