Lives Depend on Your Vote
Last week, a Trump zealot in Florida mailed pipe bombs to prominent Trump critics, including Jewish investor George Soros, and on Saturday a gunman walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 worshipers on Shabbat. The gunman believed the fake, yet very mainstream, rumor that refugees fleeing violence in Central America is a Jewish conspiracy.
White supremacy and anti-Semitism are deeply intertwined. When right-wing marchers openly chanted “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville, and our own elected politicians send fearmongering fundraising emails about “globalist George Soros,” it becomes inevitable that someone would commit hate-fueled violence. This hatred against Jews is the same hatred that fuels attacks on Muslims, immigrants, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable groups.
These are deeply dangerous and troubling times, made vastly worse by a President who lacks any empathy or ability to act outside his own self-interest. This week, and on Tuesday, November 6, we can bend the arc of history closer to justice.
(1/2) The horrifying acts of terror in Pittsburgh hit close to home for me, as I am Jewish. We should all be shaken to our core by this latest hate crime, one more of too many.
— Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler) October 28, 2018
(2/2) We must confront hate, in every form, at every venue — including the ballot box. My heart and prayers are with the victims, the families directly suffering, all of the worshippers and the law enforcement officers that bravely responded. #Pittsburgh #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
— Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler) October 28, 2018
Why are Texas voting machines switching votes and what can you do about it?
If you’ve voted in Travis County, you are familiar with the voting machines that bear more resemblance to rotary telephones than to any technology currently in use. Those machines have been buggy in the past few elections, and this one is no different—except that there is massive national attention on the race at the top of the ticket between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz.
Zenén Jaimes Pérez of the Texas Civil Right Project explained to GQ that “for nearly two decades, Texas has relied on Hart eSlate voting machines, which look sort of like giant PalmPilots and are manipulated using a selection wheel and an ENTER button. Manipulating both of these things at the same time, it seems, is what can lead to unintended and very unwanted results.”
Thanks in part to the Texas Civil Rights Project’s petition campaign, the Texas Secretary of State issued further guidance for how to ensure your vote is counted properly.
It’s the Final Countdown: Last Weekend
If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now is the time to suit up. We need you. Texas needs you. And if you’ve been canvassing, phonebanking, texting, dragging friends across broken glass to the polls—thank you. Let’s redouble our efforts through November 6.
Indivisible Co-Executive Director Ezra Levin will be here to canvass with us!
You may be excused if you’ve forgotten that open enrollment for HealthCare.gov insurance plans starts on Thursday, Nov. 1 given all the election excitement. As a movement we spent nearly a year fighting to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and we succeeded. Despite ongoing attempts to sabotage the ACA, insurance plans and financial help to pay for them are still available for 2019 just as they have been for the last 5 years.
- Open enrollment is November 1 – December 15
- No change to pre-existing condition coverage
- No change to to financial help with premiums and deductibles
- Friendly, local help is available to get enrolled
Yes to Pale Ale, No to Baby Jail
Children’s Defense Fund-Texas is hosting a “comment party” where you can swill beer (or a soft drink) and submit comments about the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to end the Flores settlement and allow indefinite detention of children.
WHEN: Monday, October 29, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wright Bros. Brew and Brew, 500 San Marcos Street #105
RSVP on Facebook (or just show up)
How your voices are making a difference
- After pressure from Texas State students, Hays County agreed to extend campus voting hours
- More than 200 journalists signed a letter openly accusing Donald of deliberately inciting violence against the press
- After the #MeToo movement brought down 201 men credibly accused of sexual abuse and harassment, nearly half their positions have been filled by women.
Congress Critters of the Week: The #MAGABomber Both-Siders
We’re rounding up quotes from our elected leaders in response to the multiple assassination attempts on prominent Trump critics. They usually follow the same formula: Issue bromide about how all violence is bad, and then pivot to complaining about unruly mobs on the left.
Sen. Ted Cruz
“Let’s be clear. The anger and rage that we’ve been seeing on the far left is deliberately provoked and stoked by Democratic politicians. When Maxine Waters and Corey Booker tell the mob to go harass, scream, yell, confront people — that is not productive. When Hillary Clinton, sadly, says that we can be civil after the Democrats have won the election, that’s not productive either.” —Dallas Morning News
Your Moment of Zen
This picture of a crow is interesting because…it's actually a cat pic.twitter.com/dWqdnSL4KD
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) October 28, 2018
Funding the Fight
This is it. You’ve gotten to the end of this incredibly long email, and we are at the end of this election cycle. You can see how much were working. We’re going to be putting in the effort, putting in the hours, putting in the miles walking neighborhoods.
We will NEVER give up, and we can always do more, but to do more, before the election and after, means more food for volunteers, more printing, and more events.
To do more, we need more support, your support. Be an Indivisible Austin supporter today.