Take Action: Email Sen. John Cornyn Your ACA Story

ALL WEEK: Email Sen. John Cornyn Your ACA Story

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Sen. Cornyn sent an email asking for Texans to share their ACA stories. This is from his newsletter:

Health care affects each and every Texan’s life. As the United States Senate continues the process of replacing President Obama’s healthcare law, I want to hear about your experiences and how we can do better.

Texans across our state have told me that under Obamacare, they haven’t been able to keep their doctors, plans have disappeared, and high deductibles and double-digit premium hikes have made coverage unaffordable.

But, I’d like to hear from you. Let me know how Obamacare has impacted your family, your loved ones, or your business by replying to this email. As Congress crafts a new health care law, I want to be sure your voice is included in the conversation.

You can send your stories to newsletter_@cornyn.senate.gov with the subject “Tell Me Your Obamacare Story”

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ALL WEEK: Get ready to stake out Sen. John Cornyn’s offices until he can provide answers on Russia

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This is a statewide action, so please spread the word outside of Austin. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit cornynstakeout.com
  2. Connect with your local Indivisible group to sponsor a shift at one of Sen. Cornyn’s six offices, May 30 – June 2
  3. If you need help finding a group, or want to sponsor a stakeout, email stakeout@indivisibleaustin.com

If you can’t come to the stakeout, call Sen. Cornyn and ask why he recommended an independent investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails but won’t do the same for Russian election interference.

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Sunday, May 14

12 to 3 p.m. Texas’ Moms Fight Back / Madres de Texas en la Lucha

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Austin City Hall
301 W 2nd St

This Mothers Day, Texas moms fight back to say no to SB4!

From the organizers, in Spanish and English:

Enviar mensaje “MARCHATX” al 877-877
Send a text that reads “MARCHATX” to 877-877

ENGLISH BELOW:

SB 4 es la ley conocida como “enséñame tus papeles” que transformará a Texas en un nuevo Arizona — para lo peor. Generaciones de jóvenes texanos recordarán a los políticos que votaron en favor de atacar a sus padres, a sus abuelos, a sus comunidades. Este es nuestro hogar, estamos aquí para quedarnos, y esos políticos pagarán un precio muy caro.

Durante esta semana y durante meses si es necesario, alzaremos nuestras voces en protestas, en reuniones comunitarias, en rallies alrededor del estado para denunciar SB4 por lo que es — una ley racista diseñada para perseguir a personas de color, para pisotear los derechos civiles y obligar a miles de texanos a convertirse en blanco de abusos y de discriminación racial.

Unase a nosotros este domingo en el dia cuando honramos nuestras mamás valientes mientras resistemos el SB 4 en nuestro estado! Es tiempo para tomar accion y enseñarles el poder de nuestra comunidad! Vistese de color rojo y traiga su cartelon!

Comparta con todos sus amigos y familia, y nos vemos en las calles!
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SB 4 is the “show me your papers” law that will transform Texas into the new Arizona — for the
worse. Generations of young Texans will remember the politicians who voted to attack their
parents, grandparents & communities. This is our home, we are here to stay and those politicians will pay the price.

Throughout this week and beyond, we will rise up in protests, community meetings and rallies
across the state to decry SB 4 for what it is — a racist law designed to target millions of Black and brown people, trample on civil liberties and force millions of Texans to vulnerable to racial profiling and abuse.

Join us this Sunday on the day we honor our courageous mothers as we resist SB4 in our state! This is our time to take action and show them what community looks like! Wear a red shirt and bring a sign!

Share this with all your friends and family, see you on the streets!

Facebook event

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All Day, and open to all–nationwide! Call people in TX-23, inviting them to Rep. Will Hurd’s San Antonio offices to demand a special prosecutor in the Russia investigation

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This is an opportunity for everyone to influence Rep. Will Hurd in TX-23, regardless of where you live.

There will be a rally at Hurd’s San Antonio offices on Tuesday, May 16 to demand a special prosecutor to investigate Russian election interference. A phone bank has been set up that enables you to call constituents in his district, encouraging them to go to the rally.

Once you log in, there will be scripts for you to follow. If you don’t have a VPB account, it takes two minutes to create one.

Get started phone banking!

Event info:

Northside: Meeting at noon at 17721 Rogers Ranch Parkway.

Southside: Meeting at noon at Texas A&M University-San Antonio
One University Way, San Antonio, Texas 78224.

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Monday, May 15

All Day, and open to all–nationwide! Call people in TX-23 to tell them to go to Rep. Will Hurd’s San Antonio offices to demand a special prosecutor in the Russia investigation

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This is an opportunity for everyone to influence Rep. Will Hurd in TX-23, regardless of where you live.

There will be a rally at Hurd’s San Antonio offices on Tuesday, May 16 to demand a special prosecutor to investigate Russian election interference. A phone bank has been set up that enables you to call constituents in his district, encouraging them to go to the rally.

Once you log in, there will be scripts for you to follow. If you don’t have a VPB account, it takes two minutes to create one.

Get started phone banking!

Event info:

Northside: Meeting at noon at 17721 Rogers Ranch Parkway.

Southside: Meeting at noon at Texas A&M University-San Antonio
One University Way, San Antonio, Texas 78224.

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Tuesday, May 16

12:15 p.m. Press Conference: Show Your Support for Litigation against SB4

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PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

What: City council members, county commissioners, state legislators, and grassroots organizations from all of Texas’ major metropolitan areas will announce their support for litigation against the State of Texas to stop the unconstitutional and anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4, signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on May 7th.

Who: Elected officials from Texas cities and community organizations.

When: Tuesday, May 16th at 12:15pm CST

Where: Texas State Capitol South Steps, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Full press release from City Council Member Greg Casar

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1:30 to 3 p.m. Die-In at Sen. Cruz’s Office: R.I.P. = Republican Insurance Plan

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The AHCA passed the House last week and now goes to the Senate for review. Let’s show Senator Cruz exactly how we feel about Trumpcare and the number of lives this bill will impact.

  1. Bring your STORIES! Do you (someone you know) rely on the ACA? How will the changes affect your friends/loved ones? Write a letter and bring it with you.
  2. Come with PROPS for visual effect – tombstones, RIP signs, etc. This is a die-in format which means we want to be dramatic with our props. WEAR BLACK. The AHCA will impact access to care for millions and lives are at risk.
  3. It’s recommended you bring a yoga mat or blanket to put on the ground. For those able, we will lie down to reinforce the dying effect.

Hosted by Indivisible Rosedale Huddle.

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1861280994139294/

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Wednesday, May 17

All Day. Contact the FCC and Congress and tell them not to change Net Neutrality rules

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Tomorrow, May 18, the FCC will vote on whether to roll back Obama-era Net Netrality rules.

FCC Contact Info:

Toll-Free Voice:
1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)

Toll-Free TTY:
1-888-TELL FCC (835-5322)

Toll-Free Fax:
1-888-418-0232

Here’s a script from Celeste Pewter:

To the FCC:

You: Hi, my name is [name]. I’m calling from [zip code].

You: I am calling to state that I do NOT want the FCC to change net neutrality rules. A change in rules would take away our freedom on the internet, and negatively impact individual constituents and small businesses alike.

You: I am asking the FCC board to vote NO on May 18th. Thank you and have a good day.

To your MoC/Senator: 

You: Hi, my name is [name]. I’m calling from [zip code].

You: I am calling to ask that [MoC/Senator] take a stand against changes to net neutrality rules.

You: A change in rules would take away our freedom on the internet, and negatively impact individual constituents and small businesses alike, and I think it is important that [MoC/Senator] speak out in advance of May 18th, and fight any attempts to change these rules.

You: Can I count on [MoC/Senator] to respect the freedom of the internet?

If yes: Great, thank you and have a good day!

If no: I strongly ask [MoC/Senator] to consider the impact of these changes. This would negatively impact the share of information and ideas that have helped the United States lead the way in internet information and entrepreneurship. Thanks and have a good day!

Much more detail is available on Celeste Pewter’s “It’s Time to Fight” website

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Thursday, May 18

6 to 9 p.m. Wilco Indivisible VDR Training and General Meeting

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United Christian Church, 3500 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727

6 p.m. (Registration Required) Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

7 p.m. General meeting. Our focus will be voting rights and gerrymandering. Pre-meeting session for VDR training starts at 6. Speakers about gerrymandering TBD. We will likely also have progressive candidates on hand. For more information: Wilco.Indivisible@gmail.com.

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8 to 9 p.m. Webcast from the Backbone Campaign: “Love Wins – Grand Strategy in a Battle of Paradigms”

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Bill Moyer of Backbone Campaign, veteran “artful activist” and sought-after activism trainer, will be doing a free webcast training especially for Texas Resistance groups this Thursday at 7pm. Bill has been fighting for progressive values for 14 years and has much wisdom about theory of change, strategy and tactics, and fun direct actions to share with us.

Sign-up here.

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Friday, May 19

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Indivisible Austin’s leadership team, please get in touch. Application deadline is June 1st.

Saturday, May 20

10 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

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First United Universalist Church,4700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756

Fill out this form to preregister

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