Congress is in recess this month, which means… TOWN HALLS!
Democrats Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro are doing a joint Town Hall in San Antonio on Saturday. (Details below.)
As of this writing, not one of our five Austin-area Republican representatives has scheduled a Town Hall during the August recess, nor have either of our two senators. This week, call and ask why they are not scheduling a Town Hall during the long summer break.
Monday, August 7
While all eyes were on the Senate’s ACA repeal, the House Budget Committee passed a resolution that would give massive tax cuts to the wealthy by cutting the basics, like Medicare, Medicaid, and education.
Since our Republican reps are apparently not willing to face constituents in person, it’s up to us to call them and ask for these commitments:
- Will you commit to me, your constituent, that you will oppose the FY18 budget resolution?
- Will you commit to me that you won’t use the threat of a shutdown to advance other policies and instead pass a clean Continuing Resolution?
- Will you promise me you won’t mess around with the full faith and credit of the United States, and that you’ll support a “clean raise”?
- Will you oppose any budget resolution or funding bill that has cuts to public education?
Before you call, please read the Indivisible Project’s August Recess Toolkit to gain deeper understanding of the budget process.
Tuesday, August 8
6 to 7:30 p.m. Black Lives Matter August General Body Meeting
1705 E 11th St.
From the organizers: Join Black Lives Matter Austin for our August 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.”
Wednesday, August 9
7 p.m. Free Screening of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills 9828 Great Hills Trail
We’re proud to host this event, which will include a Q&A following the film. Act quickly: Tickets are going fast, and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Can’t come to the screening? Check out Indivisible Project’s new Climate toolkits, and also our Kids’ Climate Action toolkit (done in April but still a valuable resource).
Thursday, August 10
6:30 p.m. The Austin City Council votes tonight on whether to make Austin 100% Carbon Free by 2030. Show your support at City Hall.
8 p.m. “Texas Solidarity Singalong” in the Capitol Rotunda
From the organizers: In solidarity with singers across the nation, we sing songs of resistance in the Texas Capitol rotunda every Thursday evening.
Friday, August 11
12 p.m. Free “Indivisible 101” Workshop
Wells Branch neighborhood. RSVP for details.
For new activists and seasoned members of the Resistance alike. Join us for a discussion of the Indivisible movement, which has its roots in Austin. At this workshop we’ll look back on the last seven months and discuss where to go from here.
Saturday, August 12
3 p.m. Town Hall in San Antonio with Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro
Ella Austin, 1023 N Pine St.
Our Republican lawmakers have so far steered clear of any interaction with actual constituents, but not so for Democrats Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro. Be sure to email your RSVP to Doggett’s office, as this could fill up quickly.
2 to 4 p.m. Postcard Writing Party
Hosted by Indivisible TX-25 East Austin at Black Star Coop, 7020 Easy Wind Dr.