Quick note: The ACA still stands, but… What’s Paxton’s plan if he kills the Affordable Care Act?
Call your reps to demand an investigation into the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal
From our friends at VotoLatino:
The death of 7-year-old girl Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody and the poor treatment of families in CBP detention are unacceptable.
Children like Jakelin desperately come here after escaping unimaginable violence and tragedy.
We are better than this. America is better than this.
As your constituent, I urge you to immediately call for an independent and rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and to identify reforms to CBP needed to prevent any mistreatment and separation of families. The new Congress should hold public hearings in January.
Support Rep. Doggett’s demand for action on Yemen
Last week, the Senate passed a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (Cruz and Cornyn, predictably, voted to continue starving Yemeni children with your tax dollars.)
In the House, however, Speaker Paul Ryan hid in the Farm Bill a provision to end House debate on Yemen. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is calling BS on this and needs your support.
Read Rep. Doggett’s statement or watch the video below, and then call your GOP House reps to demand action on Yemen. The House needs to follow the Senate’s lead to rebuke the White House’s claim that its activities in Yemen are not subject to the War Powers Act, and that the Saudi regime bears no responsibility for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
How your voices are making a difference
- A bipartisan group of 44 former senators wrote an open letter to Congress urging members to stand up and protect democracy and put country over party
- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke finally resigned
- Most Americans don’t believe Donald’s lies
It’s hard work pretending Trump is a normal, functioning president, and not a corrupt Russian asset. But Big John is up to the task. Here’s the latest from senatorjohncornyn.com:
Congress Critter of the Week
Lamar “Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya On the Way Out” Smith embarrassed himself and the nation when he attempted to grill Google CEO Sundar Pichai about alleged liberal bias in search results. Basing his claim on easily debunked information, Smith insisted that a single employee could modify Google’s search results. As the San Francisco Chronicle points out, this was a huge missed opportunity:
“(Judiciary) Members could have (and should have) pressed Pichai about misinformation and radicalization on YouTube (Google owns the video-sharing site).
“Crucial questions about his company’s morphing relationship with China went unasked.
“…it’s galling that when the U.S. House of Representatives finally had the chance to ask him questions on Tuesday, the members treated him like he was Tech Support.”
Rep. Lamar Smith, you and your willful ignorance will not be missed.
Jan. 3: Save the date: Whose House? Our House!
January 3 will be a nationwide day of action to remind our House reps: “We are here, we are paying attention, and we will hold you accountable for what you do.” More details to come. Here’s what we know so far:
- TX21: 12 p.m. at Chip Roy’s Austin and San Antonio offices (exact locations TBD)
- TX25: 4 p.m. at Rep. Roger Williams’s Austin office
If you are interested in joining or organizing an event, contact us.
Your Moment of Zen
Alpacas inspecting a hedgehog. 😂 pic.twitter.com/refwAnFwZP
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) December 11, 2018
Funding the Fight
In The Thick Of It
A court ruling against the ACA, morally abominable treatment of migrant children, the erosion of voting rights and the power of voters: in Texas and across the nation Republican leaders are attacking human rights and the basic principles of democracy.
Rise up, with Indivisible Austin, to meet these challenges. After you’ve taken this week’s actions, take it one step further, and support Indivisible Austin today. With you, we can help even more people raise their voices.