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Support Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, who was detained and harassed after a campaign event

On Saturday, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan—who’s in the December 15 runoff election—was blocked from leaving his campaign event by a maskless, screaming man. Annie Hartnett spoke to Flannigan the next day and has this dispatch about the intimidation that took place—most of which was caught on video.

Jimmy Flannigan harassed

Read more and watch the video (warning: disturbing)

Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter need your help!

The December 15 runoff elections include two City Council seats—held by Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter. There is always a massive dropoff in voter turnout between general elections and runoffs, which allows a very small group of people to determine the outcome. It is imperative that voters in Districts 6 & 10 show up to vote, and that the rest of us support the incumbents in every way we can.

Support Alison Alter

Support Jimmy Flanigan

Find your City Council district

See last week’s newsletter for ways to support Democrats in the Georgia runoffs

Learn About the Lege

From Indivisible TX Lege

Were you appalled by the voting rights suppression that Texans faced during this election? Worried that the new Federal Supreme Court Justice will tip the scales to reverse Roe v. Wade? Frustrated that Texas is one of the last states to expand Medicaid? Public ed, criminal justice reform, marajuana legalization – our state government can pass laws that address all of these things and more. Understanding how the legislature gets work done is instrumental if you want to influence it. We’ve developed a Virtual Texas Tour training to help you learn what you need to know. We can squeeze the content into 30 minutes, and ideally could fill 2 hours or more.

Email us: Reach out at indivisibletxlege@gmail.com if your group wants to schedule a Virtual Texas Tour

Let us know that you’re interested in attending a Virtual Texas Tour!

Tell Governor Greg Abbott to demand the resignation of Attorney General Ken Paxton

Weak and Crooked Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton

From the Lone Star Project:

Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted for fraud and is now is being investigated by the FBI for bribery.  His own staff has said he is abusing his power.  Add your name to the list and we’ll send the message to Greg Abbott: demand the resignation of the most corrupt Attorney General in Texas history.

Sign the petition

Actions from the national Indivisible Project:


Events

Friday, December 4

Legislative Update on Redistricting and Testimony Refresher

12 p.m. Join Stephanie Swanson, LWVTX’s Redistricting Issue Chair, and Joaquin Gonzalez, Staff Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, for an update on what’s happening on redistricting in Texas and what to expect in the upcoming session of the Texas legislature.

RSVP for the refresher

December 8 & 10

Fair Maps Texas virtual public input hearings

Fair Maps Texas: Virtual Public Input Hearings

The purpose of these hearings is to solicit public input about a region’s unique geographic and demographic characteristics from those residents most familiar with their own neighborhoods as well as ways to improve the upcoming redistricting process. This testimony is meant to provide context to the 2020 Census data and assists the Legislature when it draws district boundaries, so that district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests.

Everyone in the state is invited to participate during both hearings.

Local State Legislators will be invited to attend.

Read more and sign up at Fair Maps Texas


Your moment of Zen

 

Video: Council Member Jimmy Flannigan detained and harassed after campaign event

Guest post by Annie Hartnett

On Saturday, November 21st, Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan was headed back to his car after a weekly Day of Action campaign event at Springwoods Park when half a dozen people on motorcycles rolled up. Flannigan, who I spoke with the following day, said he thought nothing of it at the time. All of his associations with bikers were good, he said. So, he was surprised when the men began to yell and move toward him aggressively. He quickly stepped into his car and shut the door.

The leader of the group, who Flannigan did not recognize at the time but who has since been identified as Luis Rodriguez, then yanked open the car door and positioned himself between Flannigan and the door. At this point, Flannigan was unable to close his car door, exit the car, or even drive forward, so he grabbed his phone and began to livestream.

The livestream, linked to here, is disturbing to watch. Rodriguez, identified by patches on his denim vest as National President and Club Co-Founder of the Wind Therapy Freedom Riders, leans into Flannigan’s car, maskless and screaming, for a long three minutes and 26 seconds. When Jacob Aronowitz, a member of Flannigan’s campaign staff, politely attempts to re-close the car door, Rodriguez becomes even more aggressive, shouting threats and expletives and stabbing into the car with his hand. He pushes his face and chest into Aronowitz and repeatedly accuses Flannigan of calling him a racist.

Rodriguez organized a November 1st event in support of the Austin Police Department at which eight APD officers were photographed posing with Wind Therapy Freedom Riders, including Mr. Rodriguez; members of the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group, who flashed white power signs in the photographs; and Mackenzie Kelly, Flannigan’s opponent in the upcoming run-off election for the District 6 City Council seat.

In an interview about the event, Rodriguez says, “The event was to let people know that we are backing the blue and that we are looking for candidates that voters can get behind that also believe in the same values we believe in….”

When I spoke with him the day after the incident, I asked Flannigan how he felt and if he would be deterred from holding future campaign events. “As an openly gay man,” he said, “I’m impervious to bullying. This incident only steels my resolve. My campaign and I will not be intimidated into silence going into this run-off.”

If you would like to stand with Jimmy Flannigan against people who use violence and threats to intimidate political opponents, visit his website and read about the solutions he proposes to address issues facing voters in District 6.  Then, donate to his campaign, like his Facebook page, or sign up to volunteer.

Let’s send a clear message that Austinites will not stand for intimidation tactics and political violence in our city!

Runoff Elections for Austin City Council and GEORGIA | Take Action Newsletter

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Defend City Council Districts 6 & 10

The December 15 runoff elections include two City Council seats—held by Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter. Flannigan’s opponent, Mackenzie Kelly, was spotted recently with Chip Roy and Roger Williams at a GOP fundraiser at the Broken Spoke (indoors, maskless, etc.). Alter’s opponent, Jennifer Virden, aims to reverse the city’s cuts to the police budget. She sides with Gov. Abbott on criminalizing homelessness.

There is always a massive dropoff in voter turnout between general elections and runoffs, which allows a very small group of people to determine the outcome. It is imperative that voters in Districts 6 & 10 show up to vote, and that the rest of us support the incumbents in every way we can.

Support Alison Alter

Support Jimmy Flanigan

Find your City Council district

Speaking of runoffs… We can still take the Senate

Win a Democratic Senate WinBigGA.com

Both Senate seats in Georgia head for runoff elections on Tuesday, January 5. Below are some organizations dedicated to flipping Georgia and taking back the Senate.

Fair Fight

Stacey Abrams’ organization promoting fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encouraging voter participation in elections, and educating voters about elections and their voting rights.

Black Votes Matter Fund

Black Voters Matter’s goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

GALEO

GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.

Contribute directly to the candidates: Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff

A simple donation form that splits your contribution evenly.

Protect the Results

Protect the Results

Senators Cruz and Cornyn are still playing along with the charade that Trump can overturn the election results.

Demand that Cornyn and Cruz publicly accept that Joe Biden is President-Elect

Visit protecttheresults.com to stay informed of future events in Austin

We are still in a pandemic

…and it’s worse than ever, thanks to Greg Abbott and other “liberty-and-death” types. Please stay home over the holidays and also call Greg Abbott and demand that he act to stop the spread and slow the deaths. From the Dallas Morning News, reporting from El Paso:

The county’s public health committee asked Abbott’s office this week to adjust his executive orders here, including by eliminating the provision that lets bars open by selling food, allowing the county to prohibit in-person dining at restaurants, prohibiting in-person fitness classes at gyms and limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer.

“They’re not saying we need to go to full lockdown mode,” Jenkins said. “They’re saying if we do these few things, as a community of people sacrifice these few things, we can get to where we need to be and we don’t get to a place where we’ve got mobile morgues.”

Gov. Abbott: (512) 463-1782


Pivoting to the Texas Legislature

Thanks to all of you who took our survey on where to focus next. A clear majority believe we can be most effective next year in the Texas Legislature—which makes perfect sense, as the 87th every-other-year session takes place. We’ll also be very focused on Greg Abbott’s seat in 2022.

The survey also included open-ended questions, and your answers fully captured the gamut from despondency about the down-ballot election results to pride in our accomplishments and hope for the future. A few examples are below.

“I volunteered for a political campaign for the first time in my life. It wasn’t and will not be the last time.”

“We defeated Donald Trump (and he won Texas by a lower margin than every elections since 1996) and put American racial justice on a global stage.”

“For the first time in my life, I have been involved in politics. After Donald Trump was elected, I began calling my senators and congressman. I attended protests for climate change and BLM. I volunteered for the Beto O’Rourke and Julie Oliver campaigns. In the future, I am very interested in getting involved in local Texas politics and pro-democracy actions.”

It’s been exciting to see the TX suburbs turning blue over the past four years.

“I really dislike the demonization/purity politics directed at “moderate” or “establishment” Democrats. We need to stick together and be wise about how we can move forward to win elections.”

“When we use words like socialism or defund, I think we offend a large portion of the electorate. What we really mean is more equitable society and reallocation of funds to educate and prevent the current police cycle”

“Chip Fucking Roy.”

“Texas isn’t as purple as I thought it was. (I.e., bozo Dan Patrick, robot Greg Abbott, and stepford John Cornyn. They all still represent our state. 😟)”

“Indivisible is now just an elect the blue team machine, it is why I stopped helping.”

“It was devastating that none of our heavily gerrymandered congressional districts flipped. Julie Oliver, Wendy Davis and Mike Siegel are great candidates and I wish they had won.”

“Older red-state Democrats might actually have some wisdom to share. They’ve seen a lot over their lifetimes. I would like for us to be able to share information and stop attacking one another. Let’s work together and stop demonizing each other and be realistic about what we can accomplish. Each district will be unique.”

“Abbott must go!”

“Thanks for everything, this is a much needed activist movement.”

“We are due for some deep introspection for why we are not bringing in more BIPOCS into the progressive fold.”

“How can we show Wendy Davis, Julie Oliver, and other amazing 2020 candidates the love and support to run for office again?”

“Texas must find their Stacey Abrams and also speak to the Hispanic voters. Without the Hispanic voters turning out like Black voters do, Texas will never turn blue.”

“I live in a rural area – phone banks/online sessions don’t work. I appreciate the postcard efforts and other ways I can participate from afar.”

“It all starts at the local level. Community organizing is key!”


Events

Thursday, November 19

Sierra Club Webinar: Oil and Gas Air Pollution: What Texas should be doing on flaring, venting and methane emissions and isn’t doing.

RSVP for the flaring webinar

Your moment of Zen

 

What’s next? | Take Action Newsletter

We won.

It’s been four years since Trump catalyzed this movement. And now he is gone, or will be soon. Undeniably, there is still work to be done. But it’s okay to celebrate this moment. Savor it. Remember what it feels like to win. Carry that feeling with you in the months and years ahead. You will need it.

What’s next?

Trump’s defeat is a win for Democracy and a blow to authoritarians worldwide. But Trumpism is alive and well, and Trump’s enablers in Texas—like John Cornyn, Michael McCaul, Chip Roy, and Roger Williams—held onto their seats. Many of these losses were heartbreaking. Will we forgive them for their cowardice? Hell, no. Will we keep fighting? Hell, yes.

We would like to hear from you on where to focus for 2021 and beyond


Next stop: Georgia

Win a Democratic Senate WinBigGA.com
John Cornyn may have claimed victory but the Senate could still be ours, as both Senate seats in Georgia head for runoff elections on Tuesday, January 5. Below are some organizations dedicated to flipping Georgia and taking back the Senate.

Fair Fight

Stacey Abrams’ organization promoting fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encouraging voter participation in elections, and educating voters about elections and their voting rights.

Black Votes Matter Fund

Black Voters Matter’s goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

GALEO

GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.

Contribute directly to the candidates: Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff

A simple donation form that splits your contribution evenly.


Thank you

Thank you to the Democratic candidates who stepped up to the plate against incumbents entrenched in gerrymandered districts: Especially Mike Siegel, Julie Oliver, Rick Kennedy, and Wendy Davis—as well as all the TX Lege candidates who sought to flip the Texas House. The power you built power in Central Texas will pay dividends for years. Texas will flip and it will be because of good, fearless people like you.

Join Indivisible TX Lege LIVE on Election Night | Take Action Newsletter

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Prepare to protect the results

Protect the Results

Last week we listed six things you can do to flip Texas after you have voted. Now that Election Day is finally here, we need to confront the possibility that Trump will not go quietly.

Protect the Results came up with three lines that we must not allow Trump to cross:

  1. Trump declares himself the winner while the results remain unclear.
  2. Election officials find unexplained irregularities or signs of tampering.
  3. Trump loses but won’t leave office.

We all hope for a Biden landslide. We all hope none of this will be necessary. But if that past four years have taught us anything, it’s that Trump will stop at nothing to retain power. So let’s be prepared.

Sign up to protect the results in Austin

Read: Election Protests Alone Won’t Stop a Coup (Atlantic)

Watch: 10 things you need to know to stop a coup (Field Team 6)

Join Indivisible TX Lege for a special LIVE event on Election Night

While many across Texas and the country will be focused on results at the top of the ballot (Trump vs Biden) and potentially waiting, waiting, and waiting for results, we have a plan to celebrate as much as possible on Election Night.

We will focus our attention and efforts on the results that impact the Texas State Legislature. One of our 2020 goals at Indivisible TX Lege has been to help Flip the Texas House. And of course, we aren’t the only group doing this work.

The evening will kick off with conversations with various organizations and groups that have worked to turn out the vote and the Flip the Texas House. We want to celebrate all of the amazing work that has happened in Texas during the 2020 election cycle.

Once election returns start rolling in, we will dive into the results and share outcomes of various races for Texas House Districts, Texas State Senate, and state-wide roles. We will share our Flip the Texas House tracker throughout the night and celebrate victories that get us closer to our goal!

Some candidates will join the broadcast to discuss the results of their races. Win or lose we want to spend some time thanking them for their candidacy and celebrating their work.

We look forward to celebrating throughout the night. Join us as we track the movement and our progress to Flip the Texas House!

Join the Facebook Live event

Or watch on YouTube


Events

November 2 & 3: Final phone banks to flip Texas

Flip the Texas House

https://poweredxpeople.org/calling-texas/

Mike Siegel (TX10)

https://www.mobilize.us/siegelfortexas/event/302336/

Rick Kennedy (TX17)

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcOmqrz4iGN2MRp0MR-rnxECAiWC2vtVe

Wendy Davis (TX21)

https://www.mobilize.us/wendydavisforcongress/event/316357/

Julie Oliver (TX25)

https://www.mobilize.us/julieoliverforcongress/event/276336/

MJ Hegar (Senate)

https://www.mobilize.us/mjfortexas/

Chrysta Castañeda (Railroad Commissioner)

https://www.mobilize.us/leadlocally/event/358933/

Monday, November 2

6PM: Training: Know Your Rights and De-escalation 2.0

Hosted by Fight Back Table, Beautiful Trouble and ACLU. This training is for folks who will be showing up to demonstrations, and want to upskill their de-escalation skillset through the ABC’s of de-escalation response. The second part of this training will focus on how to be thoughtful and creative about actions taken at protests, as well as actions that help keep events safe and calm. Finally, this training will also include a segment on Know Your Rights.

Tuesday, November 3

Indivisible TX Lege LIVE on Election Night

5 to 10 p.m. While many across Texas and the country will be focused on results at the top of the ballot (Trump vs Biden) and potentially waiting, waiting, and waiting for results, we have a plan to celebrate as much as possible on Election Night.

Join the Facebook Live event

Or watch on YouTube

Wednesday, November 4

Tentative: Protect the Results rally in Austin

Sign up to receive updates.


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Six things to do after you’ve voted | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

You voted. Now what?

We’re shattering voter turnout records in Texas thanks to people like you.

If you’re one of the 95% who have already voted, here are some things to do to help run up the score. Remember—it’s not enough to win; it must be decisive if we want to declare victory on Election Night and not in the courts.

  1. Sign up for a phone bank shift with Indivisible. Support work in key races across the country and share information with voters on how they can safely cast their ballot.
  2. Join a Powered by People event to flip the Texas House. Powered by People has expanded to all 254 Texas counties! Talk to current registered voters in rural, suburban, and urban Texas. Also see last week’s newsletter for a list of state House candidates who need your support the most.
  3. Send postcards to your GOP leaning friends. We’ve completed our postcard program—thank you!—but what about people in your network? If you act now, you can still get personal postcards in the mail to friends and family.
  4. Print flyers to hand out at work, reminding people to vote early. (Best to keep it nonpartisan.
  5. Volunteer with or donate to campaigns. Give candidates a final surge of resources during the last week of campaigning.
  6. Finally, it’s important to acknowledge that this is not a normal election. Even if Biden wins, it may not be over on Election night. Trump and the GOP will do absolutely anything to hold onto power. We must be prepared for all possible post-election outcomes. Sign up here to Protect the Results. Sign up here for a “choose Democracy” training with George Lakey.


Election Spotlight: The Williamson County Sheriff’s race

The race for Williamson County Sheriff should be on everyone’s radar—not just Wilco residents’.

The incumbent, Robert Chody, was recently indicted for felony evidence tampering in the case of Javier Ambler. As you may recall, Wilco cops chased Ambler, who is Black, into Travis County and killed him with multiple tasers. During the arrest Ambler repeatedly stated “I can’t breathe” and “please save me” before dying.

Ambler’s death was recorded by a Live PD reality television crew. Chody solicited Live PD to film in Williamson County and then, according to USA Today, hired troubled officers to play to the camera. Last week, the Statesman released an in-depth study of the rate of police violence in Williamson County since Chody enlisted Live PD.  They found that “violent encounters between Williamson County sheriff’s deputies and civilians nearly doubled from 2017, the year before Live PD joined the agency, to 2019, the height of the department’s television fame.”

The Statesman has endorsed Chody’s opponent, Mike Gleason, writing:

“No community can call itself safe when its policing serves egos and image over the public good. We strongly urge voters to oust Chody and elect challenger Mike Gleason as Williamson County sheriff.”

Mike Gleason

Gleason, a Democrat, is an experienced law enforcement officer. He retired as chief deputy after 24 years in the Williamson County Sheriff’s office—in the same year Chody took office. The Statesman endorsement goes on to say:

“Gleason plans to revamp the chain of command, weeding out unfit supervisors, establishing standards for promotions and ensuring everyone has the right qualifications for their posts. He will work with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to overhaul the sheriff’s training academy, a facility that was run so unprofessionally under Chody that the police chiefs of Pflugerville, Manor and Buda swore off sending their new recruits there.”

Grab your Wilco friends and family and make sure they are voting for Mike Gleason. Support his campaign at gleason4wilcosheriff.com and make a donation here.

More more information on Javier Ambler, visit justiceforjavierambler.com.


Events

Sign up here to Protect the Results.

Sign up here for a “choose Democracy” training with George Lakey.

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.

Buy tickets


Your moment of Zen

 

Election Spotlight: The Williamson County Sheriff’s race

The race for Williamson County Sheriff should be on everyone’s radar—not just Wilco residents’.

The incumbent, Robert Chody, was recently indicted for felony evidence tampering in the case of Javier Ambler. As you may recall, Wilco cops chased Ambler, who is Black, into Travis County and killed him with multiple tasers. During the arrest Ambler repeatedly stated “I can’t breathe” and “please save me” before dying.

Ambler’s death was recorded by a Live PD reality television crew. Chody solicited Live PD to film in Williamson County and then, according to USA Today, hired troubled officers to play to the camera. Last week, the Statesman released an in-depth study of the rate of police violence in Williamson County since Chody enlisted Live PD.  They found that “violent encounters between Williamson County sheriff’s deputies and civilians nearly doubled from 2017, the year before Live PD joined the agency, to 2019, the height of the department’s television fame.”

The Statesman has endorsed Chody’s opponent, Mike Gleason, writing:

“No community can call itself safe when its policing serves egos and image over the public good. We strongly urge voters to oust Chody and elect challenger Mike Gleason as Williamson County sheriff.”

Mike Gleason

Gleason, a Democrat, is an experienced law enforcement officer. He retired as chief deputy after 24 years in the Williamson County Sheriff’s office—in the same year Chody took office. The Statesman endorsement goes on to say:

“Gleason plans to revamp the chain of command, weeding out unfit supervisors, establishing standards for promotions and ensuring everyone has the right qualifications for their posts. He will work with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to overhaul the sheriff’s training academy, a facility that was run so unprofessionally under Chody that the police chiefs of Pflugerville, Manor and Buda swore off sending their new recruits there.”

Grab your Wilco friends and family and make sure they are voting for Mike Gleason. Support his campaign at gleason4wilcosheriff.com and make a donation here.

More more information on Javier Ambler, visit justiceforjavierambler.com.

#BeATexasVoter | Take Action Newsletter

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

Polling locations

Endorsements

Call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org to ask questions or to report voter intimidation.

Be A Texas Voter

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:

2nd Tier/Also Need Help

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 (TX-25)

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.


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.

Zoom registration

FB Event

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!

RSVP for the House party

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!

Zoom registration

Saturday, October 31

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

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.

Buy tickets


Your moment of Zen

 

It’s time to VOTE EARLY | Take Action Newsletter

Vote Early!!!

Gov. Greg Abbott’s own party sued him to revoke this extra week of early voting, which starts on Tuesday, October 13. Let’s take advantage of their loss by voting early now.

Build your ballot at vote411.org

Polling locations

Endorsements

Call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org to ask questions or to report voter intimidation.


Events

Early Voting: October 13-30

Monday, October 12

Calling Texas: The Million Voter Phone Bank

Powered by People is calling one million Texans at an all-day phone bank to get out the vote. We’ll be joined by special guests and Beto and our volunteers will make calls from 10:30AM to 9:00PM. Help reach one million voters by signing up for as much of this Texas-sized phone bank as you can!

RSVP for the Event(s)

Indivisible phone bank for Julie Oliver

1 to 6 p.m. Sign up to make calls for Indivisible-endorsed TX25 candidate Julie Oliver. You can volunteer from anywhere, and we’ll follow up and make sure you have everything you need to contact voters once you sign up.

To make calls for Julie, sign up for a shift on Monday between 1 and 6 p.m.

City Council Candidate Forum: Institutional Racism in Austin

City Council Candidate Forum

5 p.m. Institutional and systemic racism have been in the national spotlight lately, but what is your local government doing here in Austin? How do your local candidates feel about issues that are important to you, and how will local politicians represent your interests if you elect them?

To find out more, join us for a virtual City Council Candidate Forum co-sponsored by Communities of Color United (CCU), Grassroots Leadership, & Undoing White Supremacy Austin.

RSVP for the candidate forum

Tuesday, October 13

Webinar: “Fighting for the Next 10 Years of Political Power in Texas”

6 p.m. Given Texas’ record of drawing maps that unfairly discriminate against Black, brown, lower-income, and rural communities, it’s more important than ever that we stay vigilant around this process.

Join Miguel Rivera from the Texas Civil Rights Project, Alex Birnel from MOVE Texas, and Jessica Cisneros, former Texas Congressional candidate LIVE on Thursday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00PM CDT.

Sign up to fight for the next 10 years

Thursday, October 15

Indivisible phone bank for Mike Siegel

1 to 6 p.m. Sign up to make calls for Indivisible-endorsed TX10 candidate Mike Siegel. You can volunteer from anywhere, and we’ll follow up and make sure you have everything you need to contact voters once you sign up.

To make calls for Mike, sign up for a shift on Thursday between 1 and 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Payback Project Event: Cardboard Call-A-Thon – everyone’s invited!

John Cornyn - Payback Project

The Indivisible Payback Project has identified the twelve worst Republicans in the Senate that have a chance of being defeated in the election. Many groups in these “payback states” have acquired cardboard cutouts of their state’s terrible Senator and we’re about to bring them all together for a nation-wide GOTV Call-a-Thon!

  • When: October 17th, 2:00pm to 5:00pm CT *Calling into Texas specifically from 3-3:30pm CT*
    • Where: Indivisible Zoom and Cardboard-on-the-Street locations outside Payback Senate offices; also live streamed

Saturday, October 31

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

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.

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Your moment of Zen

This is more like a thousand moments, but MJ Hegar dominated John Cornyn so completely in last week’s debate that the entire experience felt Zen-like.

Five ways to flip Texas and defeat Trump

“Joe Biden can end the election on election night. All it takes is an investment in Texas.”

Beto O’Rourke, The Washington Post

Are you ready to end this national nightmare—and to end it on November 3, not in a drawn-out court battle? Texas’s 38 electoral votes are up for grabs. If the election swings our way, it’s over for Donald Trump.

How do we win Texas? By winning up and down the ballot. How do we do that? Here are five ways.

1. Fire John Cornyn

MJ Hegar is out-raising and out-organizing Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. Cornyn lacks the name recognition of Ted Cruz. And let’s face it: Of the people who know John Cornyn, literally no one likes John Cornyn. Let’s FIRE one of Trump’s chief enablers—the guy who made a Corona beer joke about coronavirus, the guy who shows pretend-concern while voting to cage children, the guy who dog-whistles his racist supporters.

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2. Fire Rep. Michael McCaul and flip TX10

In 2018, civil rights lawyer Mike Siegel narrowly lost to incumbent Michael McCaul—in a district gerrymandered for Republicans. Now, in 2020, Siegel is running again to finish the job. He’s been organizing for two years and the race is well within reach. Rep. McCaul, meanwhile, was recently caught on video refusing to wear a mask on an airplane. Fire him.

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3. Fire Rep. Chip Roy and flip TX21

Elected in 2018 to replace retiring Rep. Lamar Smith, Chip Roy—a protege of Ted Cruz and indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton—has done nothing for his district but demagogue and shill for insurance companies. He gives Louie Gohmert a run for his money in the “most embarrassing Texas politician” contest. Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is running against Chip Roy. Davis achieved national recognition for her 11-hour filibuster of a sweeping Texas abortion bill and has worked tirelessly on behalf of Texans ever since. While Rep. Roy flouts mask mandates and whimpers about “herd immunity,” the Wendy Davis campaign has a 27-page guide to help TX21 residents stay safe and healthy.

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4. Fire Rep. Roger Williams and flip TX25

Rep. Roger Williams championed the Paycheck Protection Program, and then exploited it to take $1-2 million in loans for his car dealerships. He is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, yet took taxpayer money to sell used cars. Julie Oliver—who beat all expectations in her run against Williams in 2018—has been criscrossing every county of this massive, and massively gerrymandered, district, listening to the needs of constituents. To help those affected by the pandemic, her campaign offers mutual aid, assistance with Economic Injury Disaster Loans for small businesses and picking up necessities such as prescriptions for people in TX25.

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5. Flip the Texas House

Flip the Texas House

We need only nine seats to flip the Texas House. Why is this of national importance? The decennial United States census happens in 2020. This count is what informs how legislative districts are drawn all over the country. This only happens once a decade, so it is how gerrymandered districts happen, and endure. For Democrats in Texas to have a shot at fair legislative maps, we must gain control of one chamber of the state legislature. The State House is our best shot.

Bonus: Tweet for Texas!

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If you’re unable to—or finished with!—the actions above, here’s something else you can do if you’re on Twitter. We have a tool that makes it easy to tweet on behalf of candidates in flippable districts. It may seem like a small thing, but if enough people do it, we can make a difference.

The news is terrible. Every day brings a new violation of norms and deterioration of Democracy. It’s easy to feel despondent and powerless. But if we all channel that negative energy into positive action—we can and will WIN.