Call for Volunteers – March 5 Citywide Gathering & Rally

Help out with our March 5 Citywide Gathering & Rally! This will be a fun and inspirational event featuring live music, food, volunteer fair, and special guest speakers including Congressman Lloyd Doggett, TX35. Please sign up below:

 

Thanks! We look forward to creating an incredible event for everyone.

It’s a fine day to resist!

Join IndivisibleATX  TODAY to raise your voice and tell the world that you will not sit down, you will not be silent, you will not stand by while our democracy is destroyed and our people enslaved by poverty, lack of education, and misinformation. 

ONE RESISTANCE INAUGURATION PROTEST MARCH

IndivisibleATX will be joining many other organizations and individuals for a peaceful march on the State Capitol to protest Donald Trump’s politics of fear and hate and to rally for civil rights, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, our environment, good jobs, as well as justice and safety in all of our communities. The marchers will gather at Auditorium Shores and march up Congress Ave. to the State Capitol.

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 5 p.m.

WHERE TO MEET:

IndivisibleATX members will gather in front of the box office at the Long Center at 5 p.m., then walk together across the street to Auditorium Shores where we will join the other marchers. Look for signs that say #RESIST and#INDIVISIBLEATX.

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • Good shoes!
  • Layers — this is Texas, so who knows how warm/cool it will be
  • Many will be wearing Indivisible ATX/#RESIST  t-shirts. You can make your own! Black t-shirts are about $3.99 and $.099 for white fabric paint, and a little more for iron-on transfers, at Michael’s … if you’re not crafty, consider wearing black & white to show IATX solidarity. But remember, what you wear isn’t important — BEING THERE is!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Noisemakers  such musical instruments, percussion instruments (homemade is fine!), kazoos, whistles, bullhorns etc.
  • Signs
  • Fanny pack with water and other necessities
  • Copy of protest song lyrics, which you can find here
  • A flashlight!

CHECKLIST FOR RALLY SAFETY ITEMS:

  • Photo ID
  • Charged cell phone with fingerprint disabled; pass code enabled
  • Sharpie to write important phone numbers on your arms
  • Numbers of National Lawyers’ Guild and someone who is at home & can come to police station/hospital
  • Quarters for public phones
  • Medications you have to have
  • Comfortable clothes you can stay in for a long time (layers, no belts or shoes with laces)

IATX and (hopefully) other Indivisible folks from around the state will meet briefly in front of the box office at the Long Center, right across the street from Auditorium Shores. We will meet-and-greet and learn a couple of protest songs, review some safety tips, then head over to join the main group. We are here to support the cause, but it doesn’t hurt to raise visibility for our group, so let’s march as a group!

IS IT FAMILY FRIENDLY?’

Yes!

CAN I RSVP?

Yes! If you’re on FB, please RSVP to our event here

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go here.

Roger Williams, R-TX District 25, refuses to meet

TX-25 constituents are at Rep. Roger Williams’ office today. Mr. Williams does not care to meet the people he represents. They have been told that his office is “on private property” and the group cannot go in — only one or two people at a time.

March with us on Friday & Saturday!

Here’s everything you need to know about IATX at the marches this weekend. Boost the signal — share in your district groups and with your friends!

ONE RESISTANCE INAUGURATION PROTEST MARCH

IndivisibleATX will be joining many other organizations and individuals for a peaceful march on the State Capitol to protest Donald Trump’s politics of fear and hate and to rally for civil rights, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, our environment, good jobs, as well as justice and safety in all of our communities. The marchers will gather at Auditorium Shores and march up Congress Ave. to the State Capitol.

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 5 p.m.

WHERE TO MEET:

IndivisibleATX members will gather in front of the box office at the Long Center at 5 p.m., then walk together across the street to Auditorium Shores where we will join the other marchers. Look for signs that say #RESIST and#INDIVISIBLEATX.

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • Good shoes!
  • Layers — this is Texas, so who knows how warm/cool it will be
  • Many will be wearing Indivisible ATX/#RESIST  t-shirts. You can make your own! Black t-shirts are about $3.99 and $.099 for white fabric paint, and a little more for iron-on transfers, at Michael’s … if you’re not crafty, consider wearing black & white to show IATX solidarity. But remember, what you wear isn’t important — BEING THERE is!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Noisemakers  such musical instruments, percussion instruments (homemade is fine!), kazoos, whistles, bullhorns etc.
  • Signs
  • Fanny pack with water and other necessities
  • Copy of protest song lyrics, which you can find here

IATX and (hopefully) other Indivisible folks from around the state will meet briefly in front of the box office at the Long Center, right across the street from Auditorium Shores. We will meet-and-greet and learn a couple of protest songs, then head over to join the main group. We are here to support the cause, but it doesn’t hurt to raise visibility for our group, so let’s march as a group!

IS IT FAMILY FRIENDLY?’

Yes!

CAN I RSVP?

Yes! If you’re on FB, please RSVP to our event here

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go here.

 

INDIVISIBLE ATX AT THE WOMEN’S MARCH

The Women’s March on ATX is a sister event of the Women’s March in Washington, DC and others across the nation. IndivisibleATX is participating in the march to show solidarity and support the mission.

MISSION: We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS.
For more information, please see this.

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 11 a..m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE TO MEET: indivisible ATX members will gather in front of the Texas State Capitol Visitors Center, 112 East 11th Street, and then join the main group on the South Lawn of the Texas State Capitol. Look for signs that say #RESIST and#INDIVISIBLEATX.

The march departs from the south gate of the capitol at 12PM. We will march down Congress Ave towards 6th Street, across 6th, and north on Lavaca back to the south lawn.

ALL Indivisible teams are welcome to join us, no matter where you’re coming in from. We would love the chance to meet up with you!

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • Good shoes!
  • Layers — this is Texas, so who knows how warm/cool it will be
  • Many will be wearing Indivisible ATX/#RESIST  t-shirts. You can make your own! Black t-shirts are about $3.99 and $.099 for white fabric paint, and a little more for iron-on transfers, at Michael’s … if you’re not crafty, consider wearing black & white to show IATX solidarity. But remember, what you wear isn’t important — BEING THERE is!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Noisemakers  such musical instruments, percussion instruments (homemade is fine!), kazoos, whistles, bullhorns etc.
  • Signs
  • Fanny pack with water and other necessities
  • Copy of protest song lyrics, which you can find here.  

This is not a protest, but a rally, so any signs should be in support of women’s rights, equality, support for marginalized people, unity, etc.

CAN I RSVP?

Please do! Right here.

MARCH INFO FROM THE ORGANIZERS:

For full information on the march, including tips, updates, and printable fliers, please go here

Songs of Protest & Hope

Protest/rally songs are a useful tool for communicating a movement’s message, motivating and energizing a crowd, and demonstrating unity. The best ones are pretty simple & easy to pick up on. Here are a few we can use for upcoming actions such as the One Resistance Inauguration Day Protest March or the Women’s March. Print out your own copy!

INDIVISIBLE ANTHEM
Some history: the melody is currently best known as a favorite Sunday school song, but the original was composed by labor organizer Joe Hill for his 1913 song, Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!, which was in turn based on a popular Civil War song used by both sides. You can hear the song on YouTube.
Or search “Joe Hill – Tramp Tramp Tramp”.

These lyrics were written by an IndivisibleATX member.

We are here to stand for freedom, to preserve democracy
From each corner of the land, indivisible we stand
As we fight for justice, truth, and liberty.

We are here to stand for freedom, to preserve democracy
We will not stand quiet by as our rights and freedoms die
Or submit to an unjust authority. (Alt. lyric: or be governed by a foreign entity)

We are here to stand for freedom, to preserve democracy
We are marching hand in hand, voices raised, we make our stand
For America, from sea to shining sea!

WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED
Hear it here.

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water.
We shall not be moved.

The song leader replaces “We shall not be moved” with other lyrics, echoed by the group, such as “We’re brothers & sisters, we shall not be moved”; “We want health care, we shall not be moved”; “Gay, straight, bi or trans, we shall not be moved”; “Equal rights for women, we shall not be moved”; “We say black lives matter, we shall not be moved”, etc.

WE SHALL OVERCOME
The origin of this classic civil rights protest song is unclear; though it may have roots in the cotton and tobacco fields of the antebellum South, which in turn influenced a popular hymn of the day. It is said to have been used by Lucille Simmons in 1945 in a South Carolina tobacco worker’s strike. It was adopted for the Civil Rights Movement by folk singers such as Guy Carawan, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger, and this is the version most people know now. You can hear it here, or or search “We shall overcome”.

We shall overcome, we shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
Deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome some day.

(The song continues with the leader singing additional lyrics in the place of “we shall overcome”, echoed by the group. Example: “We shall live in peace; we’ll walk hand in hand; we won’t be afraid; we’ll stand for each other”; etc.)

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
Words and music by Woodie Guthrie
This classic song is under copyright, but you can hear it here and find a full copy of the lyrics here.

IF I HAD A HAMMER
Peter Seeger & Lee Hays
Hear it here.

I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening. All over this land!
I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out a warning,
I’d hammer out love between my brother & my sister
All over this land.

If I had a bell, I’d ring it in the morning, etc.
If I had a song, I’d sing it in the morning, etc.

Well I got a hammer and I got a bell
And I got a song to sing all over this land
It’s the hammer of justice, it’s the bell of freedom
It’s a song about love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land

CALL TO ACTION: ONE RESISTANCE INAUGURATION DAY PROTEST MARCH

IndivisibleATX will be joining many other organizations and individuals for a peaceful march on the State Capitol to protest Donald Trump’s politics of fear and hate and to rally for civil rights, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, our environment, good jobs, as well as justice and safety in all of our communities. The marchers will gather at Auditorium Shores and march up Congress Ave. to the State Capitol.

We are organizing IndivisibleATX and any other Indivisible groups or allies who wish to march with us  at 5 p.m. on Inauguration Day. Please RSVP to our event and share with your district groups and subgroups.

If you are not on Facebook, you can leave a comment here to RSVP — please don’t do both!

WHERE TO MEET:
IndivisibleATX members will gather in front of the box office at the Long Center at 5 p.m., then walk together across the street to Auditorium Shores where we will join the other marchers. Look for signs that say #RESIST and#INDIVISIBLEATX.

WHAT TO WEAR:
You can buy an IndivisibleATX t-shirt from a link on our website,www.IndivisibleAustin.com!

IS IT FAMILY FRIENDLY?
Yes!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.oneresistance.com/

 

IndivisibleATX at the Women’s March on Austin

CALLING ALL WOMEN’S MARCH ON AUSTIN ATTENDEES

We are organizing IndivisibleATX and any other Indivisible groups or allies who wish to march with us. Please RSVP to our event and share with your district groups and subgroups.

If you are not on Facebook, you can leave a comment here to RSVP — please don’t do both!

About the Women’s March on Austin

The Women’s March on ATX is a sister event of the Women’s March in Washington, DC and others across the nation.

MISSION: We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS.
for more information, please see: https://marchonaustin.com/about/

INDIVISIBLE MEETUP:
We will meet in front of the Texas Capitol Visitors Center, 112 East 11th Street, at 11 a.m. and then walk down to join the rest of the marchers at the South Gate. Look for a flag or sign that reads “#RESIST or #IndivisibleATX.

The march departs from the south gate of the capitol at 12PM. We will march down Congress Ave towards 6th Street, across 6th, and north on Lavaca back to the south lawn.

ALL Indivisible teams are welcome to join us, no matter where you’re coming in from. We would love the chance to meet up with you!

WHAT TO WEAR OR BRING:

If you have an Indivisible tee, wear that! There are also t-shirts available on the march organizers’ page.

This is not a protest, but a rally, so any signs should be in support of women’s rights, equality, support for marginalized people, unity, etc.

MARCH INFO FROM THE ORGANIZERS:
For full information on the march, including tips, updates, and printable fliers, please visit https://marchonaustin.com/.

Stop buying into the bullshit

Donald Trump may not be a genius, but he’s not stupid, either. What he is is crafty, and he knows his craft — bullshit, that is — very well. He’s a master of it.
And people keep buying it — even the swanky “liberal elite”.

Peegate is only the latest example. Last night, the Twittersphere gleefully exploded with humor at the expense of the Tweeter-in-Chief over the unsubstantiated intelligence reports which included salacious details about Trump’s alleged kinks. Let’s leave aside, for the moment, the absolute horror of mainstream media, already circling the drain after the highly successful campaign to brand them as part of the fake news phenomenon, reporting on unverified claims as if they were true.

How can we not see the glaring, loud, unsubtle pattern here?

Donald Trump is trolling America. Every time, every single time, he says or does something particularly egregious, or an especially salacious or disgusting story about him emerges, it is for one purpose and one purpose only: to distract from the real story of the hour.

In the case of Peegate, it’s the terrifying prospect of Russia, a foreign government which may have recently been our ally but certainly is not our friend, tampering in an election campaign; not only tampering, but apparently, having playing a long game; and our own intelligence agencies knowing about it but saying nothing, even when one of their own used this information to deal a death blow to the Clinton candidacy.

We know Trump’s game, and we must not continue to allow our heads to be turned by this transparent and outrageous ploy.

Don’t help fuel the flames by sharing or contributing to the latest fluffy furor. Save your outrage and your energy for the issues that matter, and encourage your friends to do the same. Direct their attention, and your own, back to what matters: America is experiencing a hostile takeover, and increasingly it is looking like a foreign government is deeply involved and dangerously entangled with our own. The Republicans are busily aiding and abetting this.

Make no mistake, this is a war. It is a war of words, and bids fair to become a bloodless coup that will bring down democracy. So keep your head on straight. Think critically. Investigate your sources. Question everything.

Commit. Act. Resist.

RECRUITMENT – THERE’S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

The resistance is growing quickly, and more importantly — we’re organizing quickly. But more of us are needed. ALL of us are needed — liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians Green Party, blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, whites, minorities. Immigrants and natives. The marginalized and the privileged. Women, men, gay, straight, rich, young, old, poor. We all matter and we are all needed — that is the message of those of us who #StandIndivisible. We stand in stark contrast to the message of the other side, which is that soon — as soon as they can make it happen — only the rich, white, and powerful will matter. They’re not even conservatives — they are only using true conservatives to reach their own ends.

It’s critical right now that we reach out to our family, friends, and neighbors and get them involved. Every last one of the 65,844,954 people who did NOT vote Trump must now be reached and asked to resist his cancerous authoritarian regime which is eating up democracy as fast as it can gobble. Make no mistake, your rights are being busily eroded by the Republican Congress as we speak. There is no time to waste.

Here are ten ways you can recruit:

1. BOOST THE SIGNAL. If you feel comfortable doing so, be loud and proud on social media. Repost and retweet items from this website, the Facebook page, and our Twitter accounts.

2. MAKE A SPECIAL FILTER ON YOUR OWN TIMELINE. Ask Facebook friends who like and comment on your political posts if they would like to be part of a special filter where you post action items, both local and national. Tag those people every time you post. Then repost action items and ask them to like your post when they’ve done them.

3. CONTACT PEOPLE PRIVATELY, 1:1. Invite them to meetings and actions. Remind them of these events the day before AND the day of. PM them to ask if they will be there.

4. ANSWER WITH A CALL TO ACTION. Every time one of your friends complains or links an article, respond with “Join #Indivisible” and tell them how.

5. REACH OUT TO PROGRESSIVE CHURCHES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. If you attend or have friends who attend a progressive church, ask if you can announce meetings and share information about the Tuesday conference calls. Talk to leaders and council members. Invite them to join.

6. REACH OUT TO PEOPLE OF COLOR. It’s vital that our movement be diverse —this is one very important way in which we are different from the Tea Party. Reach out to black churches and civic groups, to elders in the community who remember the civil rights movement, to students and friends. Ask them to come to a meeting.

7. HELP PEOPLE BECOME ACTIVE. Many people feel overwhelmed and alone right now. Let them know they’re not. Let them know we are their tribe. If they feel they can’t come to meetings, show them how to find calls to action and scripts (on our website) or send them to them personally. Lots of older folks, for example, don’t feel up to coming to meetings — but they sure can make phone calls and write letters. Offer to drive people to meetings or help them dial into a conference call. Find a way to get the information to them. Give them a little training and then ask them to ask their friends to do it, too!

8. BE SPECIFIC. Ask people to volunteer for specific activities.
• “Would you be willing to commit to calling your representatives’ offices three-four times a week on specific issues? I can provide you contact info, action items, and scripts.”
• “We’re looking for someone to help research bills in District 31. I know you have lots of experience in research — would you be wiling to help out?”
• “I think you would be amazing in a leadership role. With your social media footprint, you could really help boost the signal on the issues we’re trying to highlight. Would you be willing to do that?”

9. EXPLAIN IMPACT & ACTIVITIES. Let people know how their involvement will impact our cause. Show them how they personally can make a difference. Two instances you can cite:
• The Goodlatte Amendment, the recent GOP effort to dismantle the Office of Congressional Ethics. Indivisible activists and others bombarded their representatives’ local offices and successfully demanded that they vote down the amendment.
• District 25 recently put Rep. Roger Williams, himself under investigation for ethics violations, on notice by staging a silent protest at one of his public appearances. And they got his attention.

10. MAKE SURE THEY KNOW WE’RE NOT ASKING FOR THEIR LIVES. Even in an emergency situation like this one, people have lives. They have families, jobs, and their own projects to attend to. Make sure when you speak to people, you make it clear that you are asking them to donate what they can, whether it’s a few minutes a day, a couple of hours a week, or more. Point out to them:
• If they are worried about the Trump regime, doing something is better than doing nothing.
• Becoming part of a determined, hard-working, supportive, accomplished group is a great way to begin to feel stronger and less alone; not to mention the good feeling that comes from making a positive difference, helping others, and learning new things.
• They will get the support they need to accomplish the action items. And we have work for EVERYONE. No one has to do the things they don’t really want to do. We will find something for them and their contribution will be important and appreciated.
• They will be part of a community that cares for and appreciates them.

The old adage “There’s strength in numbers” stands true. Let’s continue to add to our strength so we can ensure that our nation continues to stand #indivisible for truth, justice, and liberty.

Join us! How to Become a Member

Welcome to IndivisibleATX. Both the national and Austin area Indivisible movements are taking off by leaps and bounds. We’re excited that you want to join us!

Here’s what you need to do to become a member:

1. Attend one of our regular Tuesday night conference calls

AND/OR

2. attend a meeting.

3. Get to know us and let us get to know you. Ask about joining your district’s subgroup. Volunteer to help in your areas of interest/expertise. And don’t worry if you think you don’t have an area of expertise. There are all kinds of things that need doing!

4. Get active on social media if you’re comfortable doing so. Follow us on Twitter (@indivisibleatx) & Facebook. Use our hashtags: #standindivisible, #indivisibleatx, #resisttrump. Retweet our tweets and repost our posts, and add your own. Reach out to like-minded folks in your own circles and encourage them to get involved. Do the listed action items.

5. Head on over to our Take Action Now page – there’s stuff you can do right now even before you attend a meeting!

IndivisibleATX is a decentralized movement — in other words, each member acts according to his or her own best judgment within the movement’s guidelines. But you are not alone! We also support each other and band together to work on special projects or areas of interest.

Welcome to the resistance.