Take Action: Immigrant Youth, LGBTQIA Community, and Faith Leaders Rally

Week of March 13, 2017

ALL WEEK

  • Call your Congressperson to stop ACA Repeal attempts by Trump/Ryan!
    Call your MoC and say:
    Will [Senator X, Rep Y] commit, publicly, to opposing any congressional action on ANY ACA repeal bill without a transparent process, including public hearings on options besides a full repeal, a public nonpartisan CBO score, concrete objectively determined estimates of how many Americans will lose coverage, and a full congressional debate?
  • Call your Congressperson to demand a full investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia!
    Call your MoC and say:
    Will [Senator X or Rep Y] commit to publicly demanding Jeff Sessions’s resignation or removal, as well as a bipartisan select committee to investigate possible Republican ties to and collusion with Russia? I’d like to know whether he/she will uphold her elected duty to safeguard our nation and our democracy.

Monday, March 13

9am to 2pm – Immigrant Youth, LGBTQIA Community, and Faith Leaders Rally

Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA (map)

On Monday, immigrant youth from across the State, along with faith leaders and LGBTQIA leaders from Houston, will join in solidarity to show their collective power against State legislation currently threatening their community, among those Senate Bill 4, which is due for a House hearing on March 15th. They will join in prayer and reflection at the State capitol, visit legislators and hold a media event as State legislators are set to make critical decisions that affect their lives.

More details

9 am – Ask Your Member of Congress to Oppose H.J.Res.83

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is an important safeguard for American workers. Its regulations don’t just apply to those whose jobs require physical labor—nearly all Americans who hold jobs are protected by OSHA regulations. This joint resolution would limit OSHA’s ability to cite employers who violate workplace injury and illness requirements. Currently, when an employer violates record-keeping requirements, OSHA has up to 66 months from the time of violation to cite or impose a penalty.

However, if H.J.Res 83 passes the Senate, OSHA’s jurisdiction would be limited to six months after the records violation occurred. This joint resolution effectively decreases OSHA’s ability to hold employers in violation of records-keeping requirements from five years from the date of violation to just six months. This puts workplace safety at risk, because employers will have little incentive to keep records: it’s unlikely that an already over-extended OSHA will be able to catch infractions in this extremely short timeframe.

The House has passed H.J. Res 83, but the bill still needs to clear the Senate. Tell your Senators that you support American workers and oppose H.J.Res 83.

Tuesday, March 14

9am – Ask Your Member of Congress to Support the Release of Trump’s Tax Returns

Ask your MoC to co-sponsor H.Res.186, which directs the Secretary of the Treasury to provide to the House of Representatives the tax returns and other specified financial information of President Donald J. Trump.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Pascrell on March 9, 2017 and is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means.

6pm – 7:30 pm – Black Lives Matter March General Body Meeting

1705 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA (map)

Join Black Lives Matter Austin for our March General Body Meeting. There will be several working committees: Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economics, Housing, Transportation, and Civics.
All are welcome at the table.

8pm – 9pm  Indivisible Austin Conference Call

Join us at our weekly conference call! This week’s topic: Increase your digital security and safety!
Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542
Here are some resources:

Wednesday, March 15

9am – Ask your Member of Congress to Oppose ACA Repeal

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release the score for the GOP’s Plan early this week. Please call your MoC and ask them to oppose the GOP’s harmful healthcare bill.

All day! Stop SB4 w/ Workers Defense Project

Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA (map)

SB 4 is on the move in the Texas legislature. Since it was voted out of the Senate last month, it was sent to the House to be referred to a committee. This week SB 4 has been sent to House State Affairs along with the companion House bills. Is your rep on the committee?
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is the only Austin-area rep on the State Affairs committee. If you’re in his district, give him a call at (512) 463-0674 and let him know you want him to vote against this bill!
Our friends at Workers Defense Project have kindly provided this script:
Hi, My name is __________.  As a concerned constituent of the state of Texas. I urge Representative _______ to oppose SB 4 and all companion bills – HB 611, HB 754, HB 889, and HB 1308.  I care about keeping Texans safe and together, this includes my immigrant neighbors. Texas is great because of the contributions, diversity, and hard work immigrants from all over the world bring to their community. Implementing Senate Bill 4 means putting the people I deeply care for, including my (example: mom, priest, pastor, friend, son, etc) __________ in danger of being racially profiled and this will have a negative economic effect on our state. Immigrant neighbors will be afraid of being separated from their loved ones because of Senate Bill 4 and will be afraid to report a crime to local law enforcement. Senate Bill 4 goes against our values as Texans and many Texans oppose this bill, including faith, business, law enforcement leaders.
More information on WDP’s Facebook Event

11 am Coffee Meetup with Indivisible Austin. Get a free bumper sticker!

Texas French Bread, 2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA (map)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm –  JOLT Volunteer Orientation and Potluck

4704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA (map)

Join us for a volunteer orientation from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm followed by a potluck for all Jolt members. We’ll talk about how to build the power of the Latino community and next steps to organize Latino voters. We’ll share the orientation address via Facebook message with those who sign up.

Saturday March 18

11am – 1pm District 25 Social at Black Star Coop

Black Star Co-op (map)

This is a bi-monthly social gathering for members of Indivisible TX-25 to meet in person, share information, and have a good time. Indivisible members from other districts are welcome to attend.

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