Take nothing for granted
On this date in in 2016 Hillary Clinton had a solid lead in the polls. Need we say any more?
Early voting continues through Friday, October 30.
Build your ballot at vote411.org
- Austin Chronicle
- Progress Texas
- Visit notrailroads.com for info about the Railroad Commissioner’s race
Call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org to ask questions or to report voter intimidation.
These candidates need our help to flip the Texas House
Not only is Texas now a swing state for the first time in over 40 years; for the first time in over 30 years we could flip the Texas House! This is extraordinarily important because not only can the Texas Legislature eviscerate any local progressive reforms (such as to curb police brutality), but also 2021 is the redistricting year. This may (literally) be our last chance to stop Republicans from gerrymandering us so badly that Texas is never in play again.
There have been tons of investment in Texas candidates and there are dozens of phonebanks happening right now. We’ve researched which candidates most need our help right now so that we can flip the Texas House. Note: This includes supporting incumbents! (Somewhat surprisingly, several Austin Area candidates really need help.)
Top Tier/Most In Need of Help:
- HD 14 Janet Dudding
- HD 32 Eric Holguin
- HD 52 James Talarico (inc), Austin area
- HD 20 Jessica Tiedt, Austin area
- HD 148 Penny Morales Shaw
- HD 47 Vicki Goodwin (inc), Austin Area
- HD 134 Ann Johnson
2nd Tier/Also Need Help
- HD 45 Erin Zwiener (inc), Austin area (Buda)
- HD 54 Keke Williams, Austin area-ish (Killeen)
- HD 93 Lydia Bean
- HD 28 Eliz Markowitz
- HD 115 Julie Johnson (inc)
- HD 64 Angela Brewer
You can also sign up for phonebanks by Powered By People, Beto O’Rourke’s organization, to make calls for some of these candidates as well as candidates in other flippable Texas Districts.
Sign the petition to #ReimagineATX
Austin moved $21 million from a massive $440 million police budget, with no officer layoffs. That first $21 million helped the city add 3 new ambulances and 67 new EMS responders, including 14 Community Health Paramedics. Police have been asked to handle all kinds of social problems that should not be met with punishment. #AustinIsSaferWhen we start funding the alternatives.
Sign the petition at austinissaferwhen.org to push back against efforts to undo these victories
Congress Critter of the Week: Roger Williams
Rep. Roger Williams just can’t stop exhibiting questionable ethics. The Houston Chronicle reports that our TX25 congress critter “used his powerful post in Congress to try to help a top donor in his dealings with a publicly traded bank.”
Let’s not waste too much breath on Rep. Roger Williams. Julie Oliver is well within the “margin of hustle” to fire his useless arse.
- MJ Hegar events
- Chrysta Castañeda events
- Mike Siegel events
- Rick Kennedy events
- Wendy Davis events
- Julie Oliver events
Beto O’Rourke’s Powered By People Phonebanks (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)
Monday, October 19
Mobility Equity in Action: Project Connect’s Equity Goals
Project Connect is a comprehensive plan to expand Austin’s regional transit system. This panel discussion will focus on the equity dimensions of Project Connect and the anti-displacement policy framework embedded in it.
Wednesday, October 21
Swing Left Texas House Party
6:30 p.m. Join Swing Left Austin and Rouser for a Texas House Party (virtual) featuring The Rabble’s In The House podcast series finale along with some of your favorite politicians, musicians, and comedians helping raise money and turnout the vote for Democrats in Texas and nationwide!
Saturday, October 24
Sierra Club Phonebank for Erin Zwiener for HD 45 (Hays County)
12-2 p.m. Join the Lone Star Sierra Club and progressives for a phonebank with a super efficient autodialer (you only speak to people and voicemails) to help keep Erin in office!
Saturday, October 31
Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin
3 p.m. Hear from five dynamic speakers, including:
- Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
- Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent of AISD
- Jan Goss-Gibson, CEO, Civility Consulting
- Robin Henderson, Assistant Chief of Police (APD)
- Chas Moore, Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition
Tickets $24 – $100. All proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank, the Town Lake Chapter’s $20,000 annual Scholarship Fund, and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.
Your moment of Zen
Treat yourself to this breathtaking Beethoven 'Ode to Joy' flashmob. Hang in there 🔊
— Jay Arnold 🎬 (@jadedcreative) March 12, 2020