Week of July 10, 2017
That said, the Russian affair will continue to unravel slowly, while Senators get back to work on Trumpcare this week. Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn would love to ram through the BCRA while we’re all looking towards Moscow. Ted Cruz would love to be adding amendments to make the bill worse. So yes, the Russia story is important, and we’ll give it the attention it is due. But don’t stop calling, faxing, emailing, and sharing your ACA stories. This fight is urgent, and it is winnable.
Oh, and one of our representatives is holding a town hall! (Spoiler alert: It’s Lloyd Doggett.) For details, see the listing on Sunday, July 16.
Monday, July 10
12 p.m. in San Antonio: Rally Outside Court Hearing to End Texas Gerrymandering
Federal Courthouse, Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division
655 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, Texas
A five-day trial begins today to determine whether new districts are required for the 2018 elections and the remainder of the decade. Join Mi Familia Vota, Indivisible SATX, MOVE San Antonio, UNITE HERE, Texas Organizing Project, and Women’s March on Washington San Antonio for a rally and press conference at 12 p.m. in front of the federal courthouse.
6:30 p.m. ATX 25 East Weekly Meeting
Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Dr.
Weekly meeting for TX-25 residents in or near the Windsor Park neighborhood.
Tuesday, July 11
6 p.m. Black Lives Matter Austin July General Body Meeting
Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium at Huston-Tillotson University
From the organizers: Join Black Lives Matter Austin for our July 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.”
UPDATE: We will still be on campus, but our meeting room has changed to the Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium which is two buildings away from the Sandra Joy Anderson Health and Wellness Center. You can still park in the SJA parking lot and walk to the AL building.
Wednesday, July 12
Call the FCC and your MoCs about the FCC’s intention to repeal net neutrality rules.
Video explainer from FCC Chair Wheeler
From Bill Moyers:
“Net neutrality is a principle that internet service providers (ISPs) — and the regulators that oversee them — treat all internet traffic the same way. The idea is to keep the net free and open, giving users equal access to any website or application. net neutrality would prevent companies that provide internet access from blocking or slowing down traffic to or from specific sites in much the same way as a phone company has to put through your call, regardless of whom you’re calling.”
Thursday, July 13
8 p.m. Texas Solidarity Sing Along
From the organizers: In solidarity with singers across the nation, we sing songs of resistance in the Texas Capitol rotunda every Thursday evening.
Saturday, July 15
10 a.m. Deputy Voter Registrar Training
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave.
7 p.m. Meet & Greet with the TX-10 Democratic Candidates in Smithville
From the organizers: You won’t want to miss this Meet and Greet! Six Democratic candidates who hope to represent you will be joining us at West End Park in Smithville. Please feel free to RSVP so we can plan ahead more efficiently!
Joining us for this event are three Democratic candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives: Tawana Cadian, Joe Miguez, and Ryan Stone are hoping to run against Republican incumbent Michael McCaul.
Also in attendance will be: Kim Olson, running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner against Sid Miller. Michelle Ryan looking to represent District 17 in the Texas House of Representatives against Republican incumbent John Cyrier. Kirk Watson is seeking re-election to the Texas State Senate and will also be in attendance!
Food, drinks, music, and the best conversation in town will be provided. Join us!