Visit notrailroads.com and spread the word about the “country’s most important climate election”
What if you could prevent 850 million tonnes of methane from being released into the atmosphere just by getting involved in an obscure Texas statewide race? That’s what’s at stake in the race for one of three open seats on the Texas Railroad Commission. If Chrysta Castañeda wins that open seat, she could block the practice of natural gas “flaring”—which wastes hundreds of millions of dollars and pollutes the air with methane, which is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
This race is so important, and so overlooked, that we launched a new website at notrailroads.com — check it out!
Demand Your Representative Investigate Detention Abuses
A brave whistleblower recently filed a complaint alleging “jarring medical neglect” within the Irwin Detention Facility in Georgia, including a refusal to test immigrants who are detained there for coronavirus, and an alarming number of hysterectomies performed on immigrant women held in the facility. These horrifying new allegations follow years of carefully documented medical neglect within immigration detention.
Get talking points and connect to your Representative
In Monday’s newsletter we put out a call for postcard writers—and you answered that call. We’re on track to send more than 13,000 postcards to voters in flippable US and Texas House districts before Election Day. If you’d like to support future campaigns like this, make a gift to Indivisible Austin.
Thursday, September 17
Southerners for Medicaid Expansion
11 a.m. Southerners for Medicaid Expansion and SickOfItTX invite you to join us and share your healthcare story. Texans are dying from COVID-19, and many more lost their health insurance during the pandemic. It’s long past time for our state leaders to expand Medicaid. We want to uplift the experiences of Texans and underscore the consequences of inaction.
Climate Change TownHall with Chrysta Casteñeda
5 p.m. Join Janet Dudding, Democratic Nominee for Texas House District 14 & Chrysta Castaneda, Democratic Nominee for Texas Railroad Commissioner in a climate change & energy town hall.
Saturday, September 19
NEW TIME: Indivisible Austin’s Intro to Anti-racism Training
11 a.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the first part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on anti-racism! We we including the history of how “race” was created, what is white supremacy culture, and what does it mean to anti-racist today by practicing anti-racism principles. Learning to be anti-racist is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in our white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation likely available.
March 4 / Stand 4 Breonna
1 p.m. at Austin City Hall. Join Austin Justice Coalition and stand in solidarity with the Q4BL Team based in Baltimore, as we organize a protest to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.
Sunday, September 20
2021 Legislative Training from Austin Justice Coalition
3 p.m. We’re devoting our policy meeting on September 20 to train up before the upcoming legislative session. Come learn how to advocate at the state level, how to read a bill and follow it through the legislative process, how session has shifted due to the pandemic, and more.
Upcoming: September 25 & 26
Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success
Join Indivisibles from across the South for this VIRTUAL EVENT.
- Indivisible’s Strategy to win in the South
- Empowering group members, leaders and activists with the tools they need to overcome the challenges of southern organizing
- Celebrate the rich history of organizing in the south
- A glimpse into the work that lies on the horizon in 2021
- Preparing for GOTV: Direct Voter Contact
- Discussion on navigating voter suppression in Southern elections
Upcoming: Wednesday, September 30
Chrysta Castañeda’s TOUR OF TEXAS II: CENTRAL TEXAS
5 p.m. Join Chrysta as she embarks on her virtual journey across the state of Texas. This event brings Chrysta to the heartland regions of Texas, including Austin, Round Rock, Bryan/College Station.
Upcoming: Thursday, October 1
Southerners for Medicaid Expansion Digital Vigil
6 p.m. With over 180,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and tens of thousands of Southerners who have died from not expanding Medicaid, we invite you to join us for this action of remembrance to honor the lives of people who have suffered from being uninsured and unable to get the healthcare they need. Stacey Abrams will be our moderator and Rev. Dr. William Barber will be the keynote speaker.
Register at southerners4medex.org
Upcoming Friday, October 9
MJ Hegar and John Cornyn DEBATE!
The debate the rivals have agreed to will air Friday Oct. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast live from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.