Week of May 22, 2017
ALL WEEK: Help Indivisible Austin Grow
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To ensure the health and longevity of our organization, Indivisible Austin is expanding its leadership team.
Help us make sure that a diverse and representative group of Austinites know about this opportunity by sharing this application link—and applying!
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:
- Visit cornynstakeout.com
- Connect with your local Indivisible group to sponsor a shift at one of Sen. Cornyn’s six offices, May 30 – June 2
- If you need help finding a group, or want to sponsor a stakeout, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Monday, May 22
All Day, call Mayor Steve Adler to thank him for taking legal action against SB4 and standing with the immigrant community
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Phone: (866) 587-6101
Sample script (but feel free to put into your own words, or tell your personal story):
My name is …. I’m an Austin resident an I want to thank the mayor for taking legal action against SB4 and supporting the immigrant community and people of color who will be targeted by this racist bill.
All day. Tell Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to stop targeting vulnerable Texas children
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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick
Comment Line: (512) 463-5342
Office Line: (512) 463-0001
From Equality Texas, May 21, 2017:
“Tonight, the state of Texas voted to advance two bills that discriminate against LGBTQ Texans. SB 2078 allows for continued discrimination against transgender students with regard to restroom facilities and HB 3859 allows faith based child welfare providers to use taxpayer money to refuse to serve LBGTQ people. No amount of discrimination is acceptable. There is no middle ground. All discrimination is bad, full stop. Targeting some of the most vulnerable children in our state is abhorrent, shameful, and disgraceful. The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of history. No matter how upset or scared our LGBTQ friends and families are feeling this evening, Equality Texas wants you to know that we stand with you; and we will fight to protect you.”
Tuesday, May 23
Noon. Die-In at John Cornyn’s Austin office, hosted by Indivisible TX-10.
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The senate is currently working on a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement “TrumpCare 2.0.” We must send a strong message to Senator Cornyn that stripping away healthcare from millions of Americans is simply unacceptable. A “die-in” creates a stark visual to remind our representatives that if protections for essential benefits and those with pre-existing conditions are erased, millions of Americans will lose their access to affordable healthcare, and people will die from preventable conditions. We cannot let this disaster of a plan pass. We must show Senator Cornyn what his actions will do. Join us for a die-in and bring a headstone with a message for the senator.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Signs in the shape of headstones with sayings like, “Lived under ACA, died under Trumpcare,” or “R.I.P. Affordable Healthcare.”
- A blanket or mat
- NOTE – This is a busy area of town, so people should lay single-file if necessary to avoid blocking the street and sidewalk and to maintain everyone’s safety.
WHAT TO WEAR:
- Black or grey clothing
- Costumes and/or masks such as the grim reaper
- Any theatrical elements you think are appropriate
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00 pm
Senator John Cornyn’s Austin Office
221 W 6th St #1530
Austin, TX 78701
There are some metered spots along the street, and there are several parking garages in the area. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to find parking and walk to the location.
Share as widely as possible! Looking forward to seeing you there!
8 p.m. Conference Call on #TrumpRussia and the #CornynStakout
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For participants in and organizers of the Cornyn Stakeout
- Daniel Epstein, West Texans Concerned About Vladimir Putin
- Kell Simon, Kell Simon Law
Wednesday, May 24
All day. CBO score expected on the AHCA. Keep calling your reps!
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The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its score on the AHCA. The score will almost certainly reveal the AHCA for the train wreck that it is. Keep calling Senators Cornyn and Cruz, as well as your House representative, to let them know what you think of this bill.
Thursday, May 25
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Indivisible Women’s Lunchtime Coffee Meetup!
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4101 Guadalupe St.
Introducing the Indivisible Women’s Lunchtime Coffee Meetup inaugural event. This is intended as a safe space to get to know each other, network, discuss our activism activities, check in about how we’re holding up, and see if we can offer help, resources, and connections for our various resistance activities. This will be a facilitated discussion and every attempt will be made to make sure everyone attending has a chance to be heard and offer their thoughts, struggles, questions, etc.
NeWorlDeli has the perfect mix of ambiance, fantastic sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee, desserts, and, as necessary, alcohol 😉 We’ll be arriving just as they open, fyi. Please consider purchasing something to support the establishment and thank them for generously hosting.
Tentatively, we’re planning this to be one of the mix of monthly Indivisible Coffee Meetups.
NOTE: CORRECTED TIME: 7 to 9 pm ACA vs. AHCA: What the Healthcare?! Small Biz owner/Self-Employed Trumpcare Crash Course
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Are you confused and concerned about what might happen to your health care if the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare) becomes law? Do you work for yourself or only employ a handful of folks?
Come out and let Cheasty Anderson, Senior Policy Associate for Children’s Defense Fund-TX and Cover Texas Now, break down what could change for freelancers, small biz owners, and other entrepreneurs if Trumpcare replaces Obamacare. Then find out what you can do to convince our U.S. Senators Cornyn and Cruz to consider the Texas microbusiness community when they’re deciding the future of our health care.
BYO snacks, beer, wine, and questions!
Fibercove is on the opposite end of the parking lot from Snooze Cafe on South Lamar.
A project of TX21 Indivisible and the Texas Microbusiness Coalition.
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28
Three-day Campaign Bootcamp from the New Politics Forum
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From the organizers:
Campaign Bootcamp is a three-day nonpartisan training that gives young people the opportunity to experience a practical introduction to what it’s like to work on and run a political campaign.
Monday, May 29
9.30 a.m. Fight Back Against Anti-Immigrant SB4
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Texas State Capitol
From the organizer, United We Dream:
This is the summer of resistance. We have testified, rallied, protested and marched across the state of Texas to stop the racist bill SB4. And we are not stopping now.
On May 29th, the Texas state capitol is our house. We will show legislators and the world what our community looks like.
We will continue to build, unite, educate and inform our Texas community of the actions we can take so that SB4 does not go into effect September 1st.
Bring your family and friends — the Capitol is OURS , and we need as many of us in it to fight back!