Support Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter in the Tuesday runoff elections | Take Action Newsletter

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Support Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter in the Tuesday runoff elections

Tuesday, December 15 is Election Day for two city council runoffs, and Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter need your support fending off far-right challengers. 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

Demand that John Cornyn and Ted Cruz pass a COVID relief bill

The virus is surging while aid is expiring for millions of people, and Congress needs to pass relief as soon as possible. That’s why we need you to call your Senators and Representatives to demand they pass a COVID relief bill before the end of the year session without McConnell’s poison pill provisions. We need to get the pandemic under control and support people being impacted by the economic crisis. The pandemic isn’t waiting, and neither should Congress. Relief can’t wait.

Tell Cornyn and Cruz to pass COVID relief now


Events

Tuesday, December 15

Travis County General and Special Elections Runoff

Build your ballot on VoteTravis.com

Guide from League of Women Voters

More info from the Travis County Clerk’s office

Saturday, December 19

Unlearning Circle – White Supremacy Culture

Join UWSA for an unlearning circle where we will delve into our paternalism in our lives and ask: how can we recognize and interrupt our paternalism in order to dismantle white supremacy culture and create lasting solutions?

RSVP for the unlearning circle

January 4

National Call A Thon – Georgia Runoff

Join us for our final national Call-A-Thon before the January Georgia runoff! We’ll be calling Georgia voters in the final hours before the election, making sure they have plans to get out and vote on Election Day, January 5th.

Make some calls


Your moment of Zen


Editor’s note

Beginning in December 2016 with calls to block Trump’s original cabinet picks, we’ve been publishing this newsletter every week for four years. Now we are taking a break. We plan to resume publication in the New Year with some as-yet undetermined changes to format and tone. If you have ideas on how to adapt this newsletter to the Biden administration, we would love to hear from you. Email us at ask@indivisibleaustin.com.

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Help prevent the latest effort to criminalize homelessness

Save Austin Now, a group fronted by the Travis County Republican Party chair, is once again trying to make homelessness a crime in Austin and double down on policing as the answer to poverty. They’ve launched a new petition drive to get on the ballot in May and, based on our experience with their canvassers earlier this year, they’ll lie, cheat and steal to achieve their goals.

Along with the pandemic, organized people interrupting their canvassing efforts and educating people about their true goals stopped them from collecting enough signatures this summer, and we need to come together again. Homes Not Handcuffs will host a 1-hour zoom training session so you can learn how we successfully (and safely) kept them from getting their signatures.

Sign-up here

Support Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter in the runoff elections

We have just two week until the December 15 runoff elections, and Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter need your support fending off far-right challengers. 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


Events

Early voting continues through December 11

Be A Texas Voter

Early Voting in Travis County

Dec. 7-9

Texas Civil Rights Project’s “Take Back The Vote” Convening

We invite you to attend the fourth annual Take Back The Vote Convening on December 7th – 9th virtually via Zoom. We’ll reflect on the 2020 election to identify challenges and successes that will impact our voting rights work moving forward and present you with valuable legal information and litigation updates that can inform your organizing priorities and advocacy work related to the 2021 legislative session.

Register Now

Monday, December 7

Austin Justice Coalition’s “A Community Conversation: Barriers to Reentry”

6 p.m. Reentry is the transition of individuals from incarceration back into the community. 95% of those who are incarcerated will eventually return to the community.

How often do you consider the impacts of reentry on your life, your family, your workplace, and your faith community?

The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and the Austin Justice Coalition will co-host a virtual Community Conversation on Reentry on Monday, December 7th, 2020 from 6:00-7:30. This invitation is open to any community member who is interested in learning more about the impact of reentry on individuals and our community as a whole. This event will be more intimate than a town hall meeting – we will start with an overview of the state of reentry in Travis County and then will move into small group conversations to promote dialogue.

Please register for the event here. Looking forward to seeing you on December 7th!

All Eyes On Georgia: Indivisible / Color of Change PAC Phone Bank

5 p.m. Looking for how you can support the Georgia runoffs happening on January 5th? This is your opportunity for you to jump in and get Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff across the finish line! Indivisible has partnered with Color of Change for an All Eyes on Georgia call party on Monday, December 7, from 5-7:30 pm CST and we need you to sign up to make calls to protect our democracy and win Georgia!

RSVP and we’ll send you all the details!

Tuesday, December 8

Austin Justice Coalition’s “Committing to Racial Justice with Austin Justice Coalition & Notley Tide”

12 p.m. Since 2015, Austin Justice Coalition has worked to improve the quality of life for people of color by helping them be the driving force behind their own liberation. Notley Tide and Austin Justice Coalition will hold an exclusive look back on the important year AJC had in 2020 and where they go from here.

The momentum from the renewed energy and coverage of Black Lives Matter doesn’t just end after the election. Learn what committing to racial justice means to AJC and how you can continue to take part in advancing racial justice.

Register here

December 8 & 10

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.

Read more and sign up at Fair Maps Texas

Tuesday, December 15

Travis County General and Special Elections Runoff

Build your ballot on VoteTravis.com

Guide from League of Women Voters

More info from the Travis County Clerk’s office


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Vote early starting December 3 in the Travis County runoff elections | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Support Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter in the runoff elections

We have just two week until the December 15 runoff elections, and Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter need your support fending off far-right challengers. 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

Georgia: Do your part to take back the Senate

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.

More resources from the national Indivisible team

Showing 2020 the Door

Even in this stretch of uncertainty, there are still lots of things you can do to help us win the Senate, continue to push for progressive wins in the House, support the Biden transition, and get ready for some hard but defining fights in the waning months of this Congress.

Why We Need a Progressive Voting Block

One important way progressives in the House can grow and use their power is through the use of a voting bloc. A voting bloc is a group of Members large enough to stall or stop harmful legislation by committing their votes together as part of negotiations. By creating a bloc and executing it strategically, progressives can force leadership to listen to their demands and win key victories.

How we Build a Progressive Biden Administration

Joe Biden is our President-elect, but our work is just getting started. In the Executive Branch, personnel is key to getting any of a President’s agenda enacted. If we want to see significant progressive change, it starts with President-elect Biden appointing progressive leaders to his cabinet and to key administrative positions.

House Rules that Need Changing

The House of Representatives operates under a set of rules that they vote on at the beginning of each Congress. Some of those rules make it harder to pass progressive legislation. Most provisions of the package of rules that the House will pass are relatively non-controversial and set the requirements for things like the congressional schedule, how Congress will keep records, and how Members of Congress can use their office funds. However, there are two provisions that present a barrier to progressive legislation: the “Motion to Recommit” (or “MTR”) and the “Pay as You Go rule” (or “PayGo”).

“The People Lead” event toolkit

We did it! On January 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, ending Trump’s disastrous four years in office. We worked hard for this. We called, we texted, we protested, we held town halls, we birddogged, we organized. But we know that even with Trump on his way out of the White House (ridiculous lawsuits notwithstanding), our work isn’t over.


Events

Thursday, December 3 to Friday, December 11

Early Voting in Travis County

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

Tuesday, December 15

Travis County General and Special Elections Runoff

Build your ballot on VoteTravis.com

Guide from League of Women Voters

More info from the Travis County Clerk’s office


Your moment of Zen

 

Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter need your help! | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.