Take Action: Continue asking Cornyn and Cruz these questions about Trumpcare

Week of June 5, 2017

ALL WEEK: Continue asking Cornyn and Cruz these questions about Trumpcare

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From Indivisible Project’s “Defend the ACA and Medicaid”:

  1. As your constituent, can you promise me that you:
    • “…won’t vote for a bill that would lead to millions of Americans losing their health coverage?”
    • “…won’t vote for a bill without first knowing its full implications from a CBO score?”
  2.  Can you guarantee that any replacement plan will cover at least as many people as would be covered under the ACA? Can you guarantee that no one will lose their coverage as a result of your vote?
  3. I [or someone I know] has “x” condition and I’m afraid that I [they] will be unable to obtain affordable health coverage because of my [their] pre-existing condition. I want to know if you can assure me that I’ll be able to get the same consumer protections as the ACA, including for a pre-existing condition?
  4. Can you assure me that funding for Medicaid won’t get cut under ANY replacement plan?
  5. Can you also assure me that Medicaid will remain an entitlement, and that anyone eligible will be guaranteed coverage?

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ALL WEEK: Demand to know why Cornyn and Cruz told Trump to leave the Paris Climate Accord

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Senators Cornyn and Cruz, along with 20 other GOP senators, signed a letter to Donald Trump telling him to withdraw from the climate accord for baseless legal reasons. From ABC News:

Most of the senators who signed are from states that depend on the continued burning of coal, oil and gas. That includes Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe and others who, like Trump, have suggested the scientific data showing the Earth is warming due to man-made carbon emissions is a hoax.

Call your senators and demand that they explain themselves. Why are they putting oil-company interests ahead of our children’s and grandchildren’s? And even it is a non-binding treaty, as they like to point out, why isolate the U.S. from our global allies?

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Monday, June 5

All day. Call your HOUSE rep and tell them to oppose the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R.10)

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Remember the Great Recession? Remember when banks could charge outrageous overdraft fees, and payday lenders triple-digit interest rates? The GOP, despite being plenty old enough, seems to have no recollection of those days. They see no reason for Dodd-Frank, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect consumers from predatory financial institutions.

Hence the Financial “CHOICE” Act, which deregulates Wall Street, and puts our jobs, homes and savings at risk. Our Rep. Roger Williams contributed language to the bill, and then posted some fake-sounding quotes on Twitter about it:

Indivisible TX-25 East did a deep-dive on the bill’s provisions for payday lenders, which would affect 10.2% of Texans (higher than the national average).

The Indivisible Project also has detailed scripts.

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Tuesday, June 6

2 to 3:15 p.m. Don’t Cap My Care Press Conference

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ADAPT Office
1640A East 2nd St

To support national efforts opposing the AHCA on June 6th, ADAPT of Texas will hold a press event in Austin highlighting the people who might lose Medicaid or coverage for pre0existing conditions or related coverage.

Folks on Medicaid, those with pre-existing conditions and other folks harmed by AHCA will be the speakers.

Gather 2pm. Press event 2:30pm

More information from ADAPT

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Monthly Deputy Voter Registrar Trainings (various times)

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  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.

Travis County Tax Office – Main, 5501 Airport Blvd.

For further information or to schedule a group training, contact  (512) 854-9473

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Wednesday, June 7

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indivisible Austin Monthly Coffee Meetup

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Upper Crust Bakery, 4508 Burnet Rd

Indivisible Austin’s monthly lunchtime coffee gathering. Drop by to say hi, ask a question, voice a concern, meet other members, grab some free swag, or buy a t-shirt ($20 cash). Can’t make daytimes? We also have a monthly Thursday night meetup.

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1 p.m. Terminate Hate: Fire Matt Rinaldi Statewide Event

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This is a STATEWIDE event sponsored by Indivisible, Pantsuit Nation, and Border Network for Human Rights calling for Dykema to fire Matt Rinaldi as an attorney in their organization.

AUSTIN: Meet at 111 Congress Ave. (One Congress) at 1pm.

SAN ANTONIO: We will show support at SA City Hall on Wed. June 7 at 1pm for members of Council who are against the Trumped Up SB4 which threatens our economy and all Texans of color. Then we will have a short march to the law firm that employs Rep. Matt Rinaldi at 112 E. Pecan Street (The Weston Bldg.) There, our STATEWIDE demand of Dykema is to Terminate Hate by firing Matt Rinaldi for calling ICE on protesters and threatening to shoot a Latino state rep on the floor of the House.

DALLAS: Meet at 1pm at 1717 Main St.. (Comerica Bank Tower)

EL PASO: Meet at 1pm CST/12pm MST at 221 N. Kansas (Wells Fargo Bldg) contact the Border Network for more info.

MCALLEN: Meet at 1pm at 1400 N. McColl Blvd (Commerce Center West)

Bring your signs: Terminate Hate.–Fire Matt Rinaldi–Don’t Employ Hate–Repeal SB4–Dont Make Texas A State of Hate–(you get the idea. just stay on message, please:-) Our Goals: Put Pressure on Matt Rinaldi. Remind the public that SB4 is a bill that violates civil rights of millions of people in Texas. We will not let Texas become a State of Hate.

More information on Facebook from from Repeal SB4: A Coalition of Resistance

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Thursday, June 8

Before noon: Call your HOUSE rep and tell them to oppose the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R.10).

See Monday’s action on this. Vote is today.

Canceled: Indivisible Austin Monthly Evening Coffee Meetup

Friday, June 9

12 to 1 p.m. Indivisible 101 Training

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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave

New to the Indivisible movement? Ready to #Resist Trump but aren’t sure how to get started? Join this basic training on what Indivisible is all about.

You’ll learn:

  • How to adopt Tea Party tactics for progressive change
  • How we use Austin’s six gerrymandered congressional districts to our advantage
  • How we have been successful in blocking the worst of Trump’s policies

Feel free to pack a lunch!

Space is limited. Please RSVP here. 

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7 to 9:30 p.m. Community Event: Mass Meeting for White People for Racial Justice

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University Baptist Church, 2130 Guadalupe St

From the organizers:

As white people, and members of Undoing White Supremacy Austin, we have been organizing in Austin for over three years now, building a strong group, hosting Community Dialogues and Unlearning Circles, showing up in solidarity at City Council or in the streets, and providing childcare for mamas of color organizing for racial justice. We have also been active on the Mayor’s Task Force on Racial Equity, the City Racial Equity Team and have been working for a racially just Code Next.

We invite you to come together with us to deepen our connections, strengthen our ability to support frontline communities, and use our privilege in service to the crucial work ahead. Please bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or members of your faith community to this meeting.

Read more and RSVP on the Facebook Event

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Saturday, June 10

9 to 11 a.m. Muslim Solidarity ATX Press Conference & Donation Drive

NEW: Indivisible Austin is cosponsoring this event at the Governor’s Mansion. 

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From the organizers:

Muslim Solidarity ATX, the group responsible for organizing the 2000+ peace observers on Muslim Capitol Day 2017, other Muslim allies and the Muslim community will hold a press conference and a donation drive in response to ACT for America’s anti-Shari’a rally.

We felt it was neccesary to create an alternative to counter-protesting because the Muslim community would rather oppose fascism with an act more in line with the self-reflective, peaceful, and giving spirit of Ramadan. It has also become clear that even if counter-protesters greatly outnumber protesters, clashes and arrests might ensue, as they did in Portland on 6/4/2017. Muslims don’t need their tactics or the tactics of their supporters to reinforce prevalent negative stereotypes about them.

We think that the best response during Ramadan for the Muslim community and it’s allies, is to show how Austin is “already” a loving community of diverse people that work together. White supremacy loses when we connect our communities and foster each others’ sense of belonging.

Since this is the month when Muslims are encouraged to become aware of the suffering of those less fortunate, we ask that you bring a non-perishable item to the 9:30 AM press conference at the Governor’s Mansion (see below for details of what to bring). After collecting the donations, we will march together to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) to deliver the gifts.

POSSIBLE ITEMS TO BRING: New M and F white socks and underwear, travel-sized shampoo and body lotion, disposable razors, shaving cream (regular size cans or travel-sized), deodorant (full-sized), backpacks or small rolling suitcases (new or gently used), local bus day passes and tote bags.

Event sponsors are: Muslim Solidarity ATX, Undoing White Supremacy Austin, Austin Arab Anti-Discrimination Council, Austin Refuse Fascism, Left Up To Us, Indivisible Austin.

Read more on the Facebook Event

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Sunday, June 11

12 to 3 p.m. Texas Equality March for Unity and Pride

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Texas State Capitol

From the organizers:

The Texas Equality March will begin with a rally at 12 PM at the south steps of the Texas Capitol Building. We will hear from some hard-working activists, organizers, and leaders from across the state. Our lineup represents the beautiful and rich diversity of Texas’ LGBTQ+ communities, and we are humbled and honored to highlight their advocacy work in this context. Some of our speakers include Fatima Mann from Counter Balance ATX, Naushaba Patel from the Montrose Center, and Adonias Arevalo from United We Dream. We will also hear from Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston, and the inimitable Ray Hill, whose activism has spanned the past five decades. After the rally, we will march through a circular downtown route: west on 11th St, south on Lavaca, east on 6th St, and north on Congress, ending at the Capitol.

Read more and RSVP at the Facebook Event

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