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Vote on July 14

In many counties, including Travis, you can vote at any polling location. For maximum social distancing, check on wait times to find a location with few people.

Highlights

In addition to primary runoff elections in the U.S. Senate, TX10, TX17, and TX31 U.S. House races, on the ballot there are also important state, county and TXLEGE elections. (Note: the “Railroad Commission” is what Texas calls its oil and gas industry Commission in order to obfuscate it from the public and prevent accountability.)

  • Texas Railroad Commissioner: Roberto R. ‘Beto’ Alonzo vs. Chrysta Castañeda
  • TX10: Mike Siegel vs. Pritesh Gandhi (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Mike Siegel)
  • TX17: Rick Kennedy vs. David Jaramillo (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Rick Kennedy)
  • TX31: Christine Mann vs. Donna Imam (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Christine Mann)
  • Travis County Attorney: Laurie Eiserloh vs. Delia Garza
  • Travis County District Attorney: Jose Garza vs. Margaret Moore
  • Travis County Judge, Court at Law #4: Margaret Chen Kercher vs. Dimple Malhotra

More primary runoff resources

Here’s what’s being done to make in-person early voting in Texas safer during COVID-19 (KXAN)

A guide to voting in Texas during a pandemic (Progress Texas)

Texas Mail-In Ballot 101 (Progress Texas)

An ongoing timeline of Texas vote-by-mail lawsuits in the 2020 election (Progress Texas)

Listen to the “Down-ballot Frenzy” episode of Oh This World to learn more about some of these Central Texas races

Build your ballot on VOTE411.org

Reimagine Austin’s budget

Where the money goes pie chartHow would you reimagine the city’s budget? Unlike the City of Austin’s tool, this #WeFund Tool (powered by The Balancing Act) allows YOU to get as creative you’d like with the City’s budget.

Take a few minutes to use the tool and use your voice so we can show the City Council and City Manager how WE think OUR dollars should be spent!

Developed by Austin Justice Coalition, Just Liberty, TFDP & Texas Appleseed,

Create your Austin police budget—it will be shared with City Council

Additional Actions:

Write John Cornyn a letter about Russian bounties on US soldiers’ lives

Texas AFL-CIO: Tell the Travis County Commissioners “No Tax Breaks for Billionaires” (Tesla)

Support Austin teachers: Tell Greg Abbott to put health and safety first

GoFundMe: Help Rebuild Black-Owned Business Big Easy Bar & Grill of East Austin After Fire


Congress Critter of the Week: Chip Roy (yet again)

who is chip roy?

Congressman Chip Roy, whose 21st congressional district includes parts of Austin and San Antonio—but not, notably, the border with Mexico—tends to fixate on certain issues that don’t have much relevance to his constituents. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is escalating in Central Texas, Chip Roy finds time to tweet about statues, baseball…and Mexican drug cartels.

Having certain (but not all!) Mexican cartels declared terrorist organizations has been a pet cause of Chip’s since he took office. But why? His district doesn’t border Mexico. What is this obsession?

It turns out Chip has his reasons: To line his own pockets. In a nutshell, Chip’s sponsored legislation would focus the U.S. military on one set of cartels, which creates opportunities for a different set of cartels. These latter drug lords protect the governor of oil-rich Taumalipas—who is friendly to petroleum companies in which Chip owns stock.

Confused yet? So were we. Our friend George Schorn breaks it down in this Twitter thread, which is based on findings in a longer article found here.

If you’re in the 21st congressional district and you don’t have time to sort through this, it’s okay—just be sure to vote for Wendy Davis in November.

Go deep on Chip’s tweets in this episode of the “Oh This World” podcast


Action of the Week


Events

Monday, July 13

Swing Left Letter Writing Party

6 p.m. Join Swing Left staff and volunteers from around the country for a virtual letter writing party supporting races up and down the ballot in Texas and Georgia.

RSVP for the party

Tuesday, July 14

Election Day

Build your ballot on vote411.org

Thursday, July 16

Call for an eviction moratorium

6 p.m. Join the Eviction Solidarity Network on Facebook Live on Thursday July 16th at 6pm.

We will be discussing the current state of tenant’s rights in Travis County during the pandemic.. We’ll also talk about the approaching end date for the eviction moratorium which expires on July 22nd, and how you can stand in solidarity with our neighbors facing eviction.

Join this event


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