Congress must act to #ReleaseTheFullReport; Medicaid expansion vote this Wednesday in the #TXLEGE; Oppose SB9; John Carter Town Hall | Take Action Newsletter

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Congress must act to #ReleaseTheFullReport

Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller report. Celeste Pewter has this short list of things to do next:

  1. Continuing to push for Congress to get the full report
  2. Continuing to push for the public to receive a declassified version of the report
  3. Supporting the call by House Judiciary to call Barr to testify
  4. Support the call by some in the Senate to call on Mueller to testify
  5. Try not to focus too much on the pundits

Tell your state representative to vote for Medicaid expansion in the House budget on Wednesday

Medicaid expansion is an item that tops Indivisible Austin’s list of #txlege priorities this session. Round Rock-area Rep. John Bucy is a House leader on Medicaid expansion this session. Along with Rep. Celia Israel (HB 590 and HJR 40) and Sen. Nathan Johnson (SB 524 and SJR 34), Rep. Bucy (HB 840 and HJR 46) has filed legislation for a constitutional amendment ballot measure to all the people to vote to expand Medicaid.

Rep. Bucy has also pre-filed a Medicaid expansion amendment to the House budget (HB 1), which will be debated on Wednesday, March 27.

Call your #txlege House rep Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday with the following messages:

  1. It’s unacceptable that Texas has the highest rate and number of uninsured, including children
  2. It’s criminal that state leaders have refused for 6 years to accept Medicaid expansion funds to expand coverage to as many as 1 million uninsured Texans
  3. Several polls have shown that at least two-thirds of Texans support Medicaid expansion
  4. Please vote FOR Rep. Bucy’s budget amendment for Medicaid expansion

Need to find your rep’s contact info? >> Who Represents Me?

Join the HB 1 Watch Party Wednesday in the House gallery at the Capitol and you might get a cool t-shirt courtesy of Bumperactive! >> Event info

Tell your state senator to oppose SB9

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Indivisible Austin joined Texas Civil Rights Project and other grassroots groups in signing a letter to the Texas Legislature opposing SB9, which would have devastating consequences for our democracy.

From Texas Civil Rights Project:

“It’s already difficult to cast a vote in Texas, thanks to our archaic voting system and State-imposed hurdles between voters and their ballots. SB9 would turn honest mistakes in the voting process into felonies.”

Here is some of what SB9 would do:

  • Prosecute volunteers outside polling places for vaguely worded ordinance against impeding walkways
  • Deter volunteers helping non-English speakers cast their ballots
  • Impose harsh sentences on people who mistakenly believe they are eligible to vote, even if they only cast a provisional ballot that is not counted

Read the full letter from Texas Civil Rights Project

Write your state senator here


How your voices are making a difference

  • The commandant of the marines chastised Donny’s sending troops to the southern border for his made-up national emergency
  • Retired UT professor Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the international Abel Prize for math
  • In a direct response to mass protests led by activists, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo announced they will no longer fund private prisons

More ways your voices are making a difference


Events

Wednesday, March 27

Deeds Advocacy Day

Hosted by Deeds Not Words

Facebook event

Our Generation Z #Changemakers are working to ensure that Women achieve Freedom from sexual assault, realize Economic opportunity, and Menstrual equity. They’re also fighting for the right to be healthy – from access to Reproductive Rights to Maternal Health improvements. We hope you’ll become one of our #Changemakers and join the fight at our Advocacy Day on March 27th!

RSVP at: https://sign.deedsactionfund.org/advocacyday/

Tuesday, April 2

Texas Gun Sense Advocacy Day

Hosted by Texas Gun Sense

Now is the time for gun safety in Texas.

Agenda

7:30AM Press conference live stream

8:30AM Presentation in banquet room

10:00AM to Noon Group visits to key legislators around the capitol

Immunize Texas Rally Day

Hosted by Immunize Texas

Join your fellow pro-vaccine, pro-science, anti-disease advocates at the State Capitol to rally for pro-vaccine public policy and legislation! We must make our voices heard and send the message that we want to keep our communities protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Thursday, April 11

Planned Parenthood Texas Lobby Day

Hosted by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes & others

Facebook event

Join 1,000 fellow Planned Parenthood advocates at the State Capitol to rally for reproductive rights and talk to our legislators about the top issues impacting women’s health care. Together, we will make our voices heard and take a stand for access to confidential, expert, and comprehensive reproductive care for all Texans. No matter what.


Congress Critter of the Month: John Carter

John Carter at a town hall in Hutto, TX

Photo: Christine Eady Mann

Rep. John Carter held two town halls last week, in Hutto and Leander. Our correspondent Felicia M. Miyakawa was there.

The town hall itself was a typical question-and-answer format. I expected that his staff would pre-screen questions, but this was not the case. Congressman Carter took questions for about an hour, and it was my impression that everyone who wanted to ask a question was able to do so. He opened with a statement about being there to learn from us and to have real conversation. Unfortunately, each time he was asked a question that did not conform to his worldview, his responses devolved into partisan pivots and whataboutism.

Read “That Time Rep. John Carter held a town hall in Hutto,” by Felicia M Miyakawa


Funding the Fight

Important, essential things are happening here in the Texas at the legislature, and we need you to be with us on expanding Medicaid and protecting voting rights.

But let’s be honest you’re probably thinking about the Mueller Report. What has changed though?

Yes, the escape hatch from this presidency that we all hoped would appear didn’t, but deep down, we knew that the authoritarians in the Senate would almost certainly do nothing to protect this country no matter what the report said.

But whose mind has been changed? Who had doubts yesterday that have suddenly been wiped away?

No one.

It is up to us to get ourselves and our country out of this, as it always has been, at the ballot box and working in our communities. It’s up to us. Be a part of the work. Support Indivisible Austin.

Your Moment of Zen

For those of us old enough to remember the original Grumpy Cat, this whole thread is pretty amazing.

 

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