Indivisible Austin is proud to endorse Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. We have watched O’Rourke’s campaign closely over the last several months, and we have been excited to see him criss-cross the state to meet with Texans at hundreds of public meetings. In sharp contrast to the incumbent, who seems to spend more time in Iowa than in Texas, O’Rourke has met with thousands of Texans this August alone, welcoming questions from people of all political stripes, and rejecting PAC and large donations.
Countdown: 70 Days
It’s 70 days to Election Day—and only 55 days until Early Voting begins. Here are some ways to continue building the Blue Wave:
- Join our Tuesday Night phone (plus text & postcard) banks. There will be food & fun!
- Most GOP incumbents are refusing to debate. Dan Patrick agreed to a debate, but with Geraldo Rivera, and not his actual opponent, Mike Collier. This is absurd. In addition to contacting incumbents, you can write a letter to the editor demanding debates. Here’s a good one from an activist in TX-21. (Write to the Statesman or the Tribune.)
- Support down-ballot candidates. We all love Beto, but U.S. House and Texas Legislature candidates need your support as well.
Tell Cornyn and Cruz: No Supreme Court Nomination for Unindicted Co-Conspirators
“Given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the President, doubts that Judge Kavanaugh believes a president can even be investigated, and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding this nominee’s record, we should not move forward with hearings.”
—Letter to Chairman Grassley from all 10 Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee
The level of corruption in this presidency is mindblowing, yet, so far, GOP enablers like John Cornyn and Ted Cruz continue riding the Trump Train. Both of our Senators are members of the Judiciary Committee on which their Democratic colleagues took a stand. Call and tell them that corruption will not be tolerated, and that they will be on the wrong side of history if they allow Kavanaugh’s nomination to proceed.
Judiciary Staff Email addresses:
Tell your GOP House Rep to cosponsor renewal of Violence Against Women Act
(And thank you, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, for co-sponsoring)
From the Huffington Post:
“The Violence Against Women Act — which directs the national response to crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking — will expire at the end of September if lawmakers don’t act fast.”
The VAWA has been reauthorized three times since 1994 with bipartisan support. The bill currently has 126 Democratic cosponsors and zero Republican. It’s time for GOP reps like Mike McCaul, Bill Flores, Lamar Smith, Roger Williams, and John Carter to get onboard with this popular legislation that protects half of their constituents.
How your voices are making a difference
- Election officials Georgia rejected the proposal to close 7 of 9 polling places and fired the consultant who proposed it
- Wyoming Republicans rejected the nominee for governor endorsed by the very stable genius
- Expanding Medicaid will be on the ballot in Nebraska
Tuesday, Aug. 28
- 2:30 p.m. Rise Up: A Rally for Criminal Justice, Meet at African American History Memorial (100 W. 11th St.) and march to the Capitol for a rally at 3 p.m.. The event will include two-time Grammy and Stellar Award-winning producer, writer and singer Billy Dorsey. Congressman Beto O’Rourke will be speaking to the audience about criminal justice reform. There is also a picnic to continue the conversation about Criminal Justice Reform and how we can initiate change in Texas.
- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. GOTV phone bank with Indivisible Austin, ADAPT of Texas Office, 1100 S IH 35 Frontage Rd.
Friday, Aug. 31
- 6 – 8 p.m. ADAPT Of Texas Needs Attendants For National Actions, ADAPT of Texas Office, 1100 S IH 35 Frontage Rd. If you are interested in becoming an Action attendant, please join us. Refreshments provided.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
- 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monthly VDR Training, Travis County Voter Registrar’s office located at 5501 Airport Blvd. October 8th is the last day to register before midterms. We need everyone registered before then!
Action Spotlight: Texas’ Biggest Postcard Party
We're at Texas' Biggest Postcard Party today at the Capitol! A couple hundred folks are busy writing cards to 90K(!) voters, and hearing from speakers about the threat of Kavanaugh to our collective rights. @marchontexas #StopKavanagh pic.twitter.com/TrxIxy5DU4
— Indivisible Austin (@indivisibleATX) August 26, 2018
Your Moment of Zen
It’s still that uncomfortable-verging-on-intolerable period of Texas summer, so we fully relate to this baby condor:
Funding the Fight
Indivisible Austin is dedicated to making sure that our voices are heard here in Texas and in Washington, D.C. during the midterm elections. Soon we’ll be organizing groups of volunteers to canvas neighborhoods. We’ll be educating voters and working to boost turn out.
We can’t just send volunteers out alone with no preparations or supplies, though. We need clipboards, printed leave-behind material, ID tags, water and dozens of other things that you wouldn’t immediately think of, in order to do it right.
All of these things cost money, and that means we need you. Make a gift to Indivisible Austin today. Add your drops to this year’s wave. Heck, add your buckets if you can.