Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse
At the outset, we want to acknowledge that as the allegations about Brett Kavanaugh unfold, our minds and hearts are not only with the brave women coming forward in this instance, but also the tragically high number of survivors of sexual assault and abuse that live in our community.
We recognize how difficult it can be for survivors to react and digest the news—and correspondingly hateful words about survivors—that continues to emerge. For anyone struggling, or anyone with a loved one who is struggling, we encourage them to reach out to the following organizations (or one of the many other support networks in our region):
- Military-specific resources can be found here.
Rick Kennedy for U.S. House District 17
Rick Kennedy is an experienced problem-solver, who will bring much-needed pragmatism, empathy, and technical acumen to Congress.
Thursday: Fundraiser to Elect Mike Siegel
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Serranos Restaurant (Lakeline), 11100 Pecan Park Blvd, Cedar Park
TX10 Indivisible, Indivisible Cedar Park, Far Northwest Progressives, and Indivisible Austin are hosting this fundraiser to elect Mike Siegel for TX10. (Read our endorsement.)
Guest speaker: Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan
Sponsorship levels: $50 -$75 – $100- $250 – $500
Suggested donation: $25
Ongoing #BeATexasVoter Activities
- Join our Tuesday night pizza, postcards, and phone banking parties. Want to write postcards from home? Order some here.
- Join us for a neighborhood canvass in TX-35 every Saturday.
- Support progressive candidates with your time and money
- Check our community calendar for more ways to get involved
And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote.
- October 9: Last Day to register to vote
- October 22 – November 2: Early voting
- November 6: Election Day
Push Back on Public Charge Rule Change
Saturday night the administration finally dropped a bombshell we’ve been expecting for several months. Since a draft proposed rule was leaked in February, we have been expecting a new, cruel anti-immigrant policy designed to prevent documented immigrants from getting a Green Card and ultimately pursuing US citizenship. The proposed rule change targets immigrants who legally use programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, and even Medicare Part D.
This is the latest salvo in Trump’s war on immigrants. We’re losing count of who Trump has targeted so far: Muslims, undocumented people, children, refugees, asylees, people with Temporary Protected Status, and more. This latest action squarely targets legal immigrants who are doing what every sniveling Twitter conservative demands: they are getting in line, filing the proper paperwork, doing it right, waiting their turn, etc.
We knew that was never going to be enough, right?
Here’s what happens next:
- Proposed rule will be published in the federal register
- 60-day public comment period begins
- Public comments are submitted online
- Administration is required to review all comments
- A final rule will be published in the federal register
- 60-day public review period
- New rule becomes effective on a certain date
Watch this space. As soon as we have details on making comments we’ll post them.
National Walk Out: Support Dr. Blasey Ford
At noon on Monday 9/24, join a national walk-out to show our support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out—of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are—and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.
How your voice are making a difference
- Some Texas Republicans are now endorsing Democrats.
- Republican Florida governor Rick Scott was booed out of a restaurant
- Wilbur Ross will be deposed in a lawsuit that challenges his adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census
Your Moment of Zen
ICYMI: Beto O’Rourke went to Whataburger after the Ted Cruz debate last night and played the airdrums to Baba O’Riley pic.twitter.com/XimtqmikNj
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) September 22, 2018
Funding the Fight
Pizza and Stamps and Printing, Oh My!
We’re marching down the Blue Brick Road, building it one brick at a time. (Yes, this is a brick road metaphor, instead of a wave.)
Every week, we’ve got more and more great volunteers making phone calls, writing postcards, and knocking on doors to engage voters. Believe it or not plenty of people aren’t following the elections, but we are winning them over.
BUT all that good work means more pizza to feed people, more stamps to send our postcards out, and printing more voter information packets. And more of all that, of course means more funds.
We’re doing the work, and we could really use your support to throw cold water on the Wicked Witch of Republican Corruption and Immorality.