Tell John Cornyn: Delaying elections is not a “joke” | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Save the Post Office

The USPS provides jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans, including a disproportionate number of veterans and minority groups. New reporting confirms what we feared: Trump is gutting the U.S. Postal Service to slow delivery of mail-in ballots. In addition, slowed delivery of lifesaving prescription drugs could have catastrophic effect.

Write your reps and demand they save the USPS

Demand that Cornyn & Cruz support the HEROES Act—which includes $25 billion in funding for the USPS

Tell John Cornyn: Delaying elections is not a “joke”

On July 30, Trump tweeted, “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???

Some in the GOP, including John Cornyn, claimed this was a joke. Trump is not joking. He may not have the authority to change the date of an election, but his words seek to undermine trust in the entire process.

Tell your GOP reps: Trump’s efforts to undermine elections are no laughing matter


Coronavirus

Cornyn’s Ebola Hypocrisy

In 2014, when Ebola threatened to spread throughout the world, John Cornyn demanded swift and comprehensive action—including a call to screen all airline passengers flying into Texas airports. Ultimately, two American nurses contracted Ebola and both recovered. No U.S. citizens died.

Today, the coronavirus has killed more than 150,000 Americans. Cornyn’s calls for swift federal actions are nowhere to be seen; instead he downplays and distracts by pointing fingers at China.

Tell John Cornyn: China didn’t make the US the epicenter of the coronavirus. Trump did.

Support MJ Hegar

Additional Coronavirus News & Actions

Tell Cornyn & Cruz to Support the HEROES Act

Tell Greg Abbott: Your half-measures won’t kill COVID-19

Opinion: My mother died of COVID. Gov. Abbott is invited to the funeral. (Statesman)

Across Texas and the nation, the novel coronavirus is deadlier for people of color (Texas Tribune)

Abbott: local health authorities can’t shutter schools to prevent coronavirus spread (Statesman)


Events

Monday, August 3

Virtual Phone Bank for Julie Oliver

Julie Oliver
Julie Oliver

Join Team Julie while we call folks across our district to offer resources for those negatively affected by the virus and to spread the word about Julie. We will be spicing up the event with different fun games and trivia.

Sign up for a Monday night phone bank

Tuesday, August 4

Jolt Town Hall: Reopening Schools During A Global Pandemic

6 p.m. The first day of school is right around the corner but COVID cases are still on the rise in Texas. As parents and teachers, you don’t have to face the decision to send your children back to school alone. In partnership with the Texas’ American Federation of Teachers, Jolt is hosting a town hall to discuss the options available to parents and teachers for safely beginning the new school year.

RSVP for the Jolt Town Hall

Wednesday, August 5

Mayor’s State of the City address

6 p.m. Mayor Adler invites you to the 2020 State of the City Address. This is a virtual event.

Watch live

Monday, August 10

Virtual Phone Bank for Julie Oliver

Join Team Julie while we call folks across our district to offer resources for those negatively affected by the virus and to spread the word about Julie. We will be spicing up the event with different fun games and trivia.

Sign up for a Monday night phone bank


Your moment of Zen

 

Write your reps! Trump’s unconstitutional call to delay elections

On July 30, Trump tweeted, “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

Trump's tweet about delaying elections

Trump does not have the power to delay elections. He is trying to distract people from abysmal economic numbers and the funeral of voting rights legend Rep. John Lewis.

However, Trump’s suggestion is still incredibly dangerous because it undermines trust in the election process. Trump’s GOP enablers in Congress should speak clearly and loudly against this affront to our Constitution. Likewise, they should vote on and pass the election security bills that the Senate GOP has been blocking since 2019.

How should schools reopen? | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action

Join the conversation about racial bias in healthcare

Take Racism Out of Healthcare

At 6 p.m. on Friday, July 31 join the #SICKOFITTX coalition in a discussion about the racial bias that still exists within the medical community, and what we can do to help take racism out of healthcare.

RSVP to take the racism out of healthcare

Join the event (Facebook Live)

How should schools reopen?

The Texas House Democratic Caucus’ Education Working Group is looking for feedback from families, educators, staff and students across the state regarding preferences for policies surrounding in-person or remote instruction at schools this fall. Your participation in this survey will help the Texas HDC push for solutions that work for all Texas families come back-to-school season.

Take the survey

Sign up for the Jolt Town Hall on Reopening Schools (details in the events section below)

Ken Paxton’s indictment is 5 years old. Sign the birthday card!

Paxton's indictment celebrates its fifth birthday

On this 5th anniversary of Paxton’s criminal indictment, we want to remind him that Texans haven’t forgotten his sordid history. While the case has been moved and delayed multiple times, Paxton still faces five to 99 years in jail if convicted.

Sign the Progress Texas birthday card

Still in the news: Cornyn’s silence on Russian bounties

Axios reports that despite multiple phone calls with Vladimir Putin, Trump never raised the issue of Russia offering to pay bounties on American soldiers.

You know who else never mentions this? Senator John Cornyn. 


Events

Thursday, July 30

Austin City Council meeting

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The speaker registration window has closed, but tune in to hear from others on the 2021 budget and other items on the agenda.

Watch live

Friday, July 31

Join the conversation about racial bias in healthcare

At 6 p.m. join the #SICKOFITTX coalition in a discussion about the racial bias that still exists within the medical community, and what we can do to help take racism out of healthcare.

RSVP to take the racism out of health care

Join the event (Facebook Live)

Tuesday, August 4

Jolt Town Hall: Reopening Schools During A Global Pandemic

6 p.m. The first day of school is right around the corner but COVID cases are still on the rise in Texas. As parents and teachers, you don’t have to face the decision to send your children back to school alone. In partnership with the Texas’ American Federation of Teachers, Jolt is hosting a town hall to discuss the options available to parents and teachers for safely beginning the new school year.

RSVP for the Jolt Town Hall

Wednesday, August 5

Mayor’s State of the City address

6 p.m. Mayor Adler invites you to the 2020 State of the City Address. This is a virtual event.

Watch live

 

Garrett Foster | Take Action Newsletter

Our hearts go out to friends and family of Garrett Foster, who was killed in Austin Saturday night at the Black Lives Matter protest. Garrett died fighting for justice. May he rest in power.

GoFundMe for Garrett Foster

Week of Action

July 27 marks 100 days until the general election, and it also happens to be the third anniversary of Indivisibles defeating Trumpcare. In celebration and commitment to the work ahead, from July 27-August 2, Indivisible groups all over the country will be hosting phone banks and text banks.

Find or host a phonebank

Find or host a text bank

See all events

Tell Austin City Council: Fund communities not policing, reject Spencer Cronk’s budget proposal!

This Thursday July 30 is City Council’s 2nd Public Hearing on the Budget! The community has spoken and called on the city of Austin to defund the Austin Police Department by 50% and divert those funds for R.E.A.L Solutions (see the petition link below for a description). It is of the utmost importance to tell City Council not only to divest from the APD budget, but also how and where to reallocate it. The current proposal cuts only $150,000 (a third of one percent of the APD budget) in funding to APD compared to last year’s budget, and even falls short of removing all of the currently vacant positions in APD.

Sign up (starting at 10am on Monday) to speak at the budget Public Hearing this Thursday

New website from Grassroots Leadership: defundaustinpolice.com

Sign this petition calling on Austin City Council Members to refuse this budget proposal

White allies: join UWSA by putting a sign in your window or yard to support a just Austin budget!

Tell Greg Abbott: Your half-measures won’t kill COVID-19

Abbott and Trump at White House

Had Governor Abbott acted responsibly in the first place—as other governors did—we could have recovered more quickly. Now is his chance to show true leadership by ignoring Trump and issuing aggressive and enforceable statewide policies that stop the virus and allow the economy to thrive.

Write your governor a letter


Events

Monday, July 27

Payback Project with Indivisible National’s Dani Negrete

7 p.m. Indivisible Grapevine hosts a Payback Project event to unseat John Cornyn, featuring Dani Negrete of the national Indivisible team.

RSVP for this event

Tuesday, July 28

Webinar: Indivisible Textbanking Training

6 p.m. Learn how to start texting with the IndivisiText program on our platform TextOut!

RSVP for this event

UWSA Actionar: Policing in Austin & the Upcoming City Budget Process

6:30 p.m. As conversations about defunding the police continue, UWSA is looking closer at how white people specifically fit into this change process in Austin.

RSVP for this event

Wednesday, July 29

Rescheduled: IATX Action Meetup—Introducing Our New Series

6:30 p.m. Join Indivisible Austin for an exciting new series: introductory trainings on anti-racism and community organizing and how approaches need to guide Indivisible’s fight for justice!

RSVP for this event

Thursday, July 30

Medi-Caravan celebrating Medicare’s 55th Bday/Medicaid Expansion

Please join us as we celebrate Medicare’s 55th Birthday and promote Medicaid expansion! Texas has the highest rate of uninsured adults and children in the country and this is our chance to advocate for all-inclusive HealthCare that covers everyone.

The Medi-Caravan will start lining up at Huston Tillotson at 10:30am where you will be able to decorate or put finishing touches on your car. We ask that you decorate your car prior to the event but if you do not, no worries, we got you covered. Some of our Host will have a few signs, tape, chalk markers and other things needed to decorate your car.

Mask are required and the emphasis on this event is safety!

The Medi-Caravan hits the road at 11am, drive around the Governor’s mansion and capital. Detailed directions will be added soon.

Facebook event

Friday, July 31

2020 Medicaid/Medicare Anniversary: Take Racism Out of Healthcare

6 p.m. Join the #SICKOFITTX coalition in a discussion about the racial bias that still exists within the medical community, and what we can do to help take racism out of healthcare.

Join the event (Facebook Live)


Congress Critter of the Week: Roger Williams

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)

Rep. Roger Williams—the millionaire whose car dealerships took money for Covid relief—stood shoulder to shoulder with Florida GOP Rep. Ted Yoho and accosted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. From CNN:

[Rep. Roger] Williams, meantime, was first watching Yoho and then Williams “literally started hollering about throwing urine,” Ocasio-Cortez said Friday.

“He started talking about throwing urine,” she said. “I don’t know what he was talking about. I think he was maybe talking about an incident at some protest somewhere that I don’t know about. But he started talking about throwing urine and at that point, I was so bewildered. I was like, these folks are out of their minds.”

She added, “He was walking down the steps with Yoho, shoulder to shoulder. And at this point, they were just yelling at the world,” referring to the two men.

Had enough? Support Julie Oliver


Your moment of Zen

 

Why won’t Greg Abbott just do the right thing? | Midweek Action Roundup

We’re trying something new.

For three-and-a-half years we have delivered the “Take Action” newsletter to inboxes every Monday morning. Today the 2020 elections, Covid-19, calls to defund the Austin Police Department, and Trump’s ongoing attacks on Democracy are—unfortunately—providing a wealth of material. It’s too much to fit into one weekly newsletter, and news is happening so fast that our Monday newsletter is frequently stale by Wednesday.

Starting today we’re introducing a midweek supplement to include and amplify previous actions that may have been overlooked. We’ll experiment with the format until we land on what works—and we welcome your feedback at ask@indivisibleaustin.com.

Why won’t Greg Abbott just do the right thing?

Abbott and Trump at White House
We’ve tried for years to dig into the psyche of Greg Abbott. We know he can be cruel. We know he is susceptible to rightwing conspiracy theories like Jade Helm. He maintains his popularity by avoiding scrutiny. (There was an unconscionable number of Beto-Abbott voters.)

The Covid-19 crisis reveals Abbott’s fecklessness. This passage from Texas monthly sums it up well:

“Here, we could talk about Abbott’s quadruple-backflip on mask mandates; the time he issued a statewide lockdown disguised under a bureaucratic name while insisting it wasn’t one, before clarifying that it was the next day; the Shelley Luther saga, which saw him ordain that violators of his shutdown order should be punished with fines and jail time only to blame local officials for enforcing it, before retroactively nullifying what he had expressly commanded; or the way he opened the state for business before fixing the problems the lockdown was designed to address.”

If there is any silver lining to Abbott’s incoherent style of governance, it’s that he is susceptible to pressure. He responds to the loudest voice in the room. So we need to get louder.

Still a big deal: Cornyn’s silence on the bounties Russia is paying on the lives of US troops

Comrade Cornyn

It’s been weeks since news broke of the Russian bounties on US troops. And still this was the best Cornyn could offer on the subject:

“I think the president can’t single-handedly remember everything, I’m sure, that he’s briefed on”
—US Senator John Cornyn, on the news that Russia is paying a bounty on the lives of US soldiers

This is unacceptable. Send Cornyn a letter


Events

Thursday, July 23

Austin City Council meeting

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday we included a series of actions to pressure City Council to reject Spencer Cronk’s Austin Police budget. This will be one to watch.

Watch Live

Friday, July 24

LIVE: Can Texas protect voters’ rights and safety in November?

12 p.m. Join Texas Civil Right Project in a discussion about the election problems they heard from voters across the state during the run-offs and what we must do in the next 100 days to ensure that every voter can cast a ballot fairly and safely.

Register for this event

Saturday, July 25

Celebrate Julie Oliver’s birthday with special guests Julián Castro and Lloyd Doggett!

Honor TX25 Democratic nominee Julie Oliver’s special day and raise money for the last few crucial months of the campaign!

Donate and join the party

Monday, July 27

Payback Project with Indivisible National’s Dani Negrete

7 p.m. Indivisible Grapevine hosts a Payback Project event to unseat John Cornyn, featuring Dani Negrete of the national Indivisible team.

RSVP for this event

Tuesday, July 28

Webinar: Indivisible Textbanking Training

6 p.m. Learn how to start texting with the IndivisiText program on our platform TextOut!

RSVP for this event

Friday, July 31

2020 Medicaid/Medicare Anniversary: Take Racism Out of Healthcare

6 p.m. Join the #SICKOFITTX coalition in a discussion about the racial bias that still exists within the medical community, and what we can do to help take racism out of healthcare.

Join the event (Facebook Live)

 

Fund communities, not policing | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Tell Austin City Council: Fund communities, not policing—reject Cronk’s budget proposal!

Austin City Council: Fund communities not policing, reject Cronk’s budget proposal!

The community has spoken and called on the city of Austin to defund the Austin Police Department by 50% and divert those funds for R.E.A.L Solutions. Clearly City Manager Spencer Cronk did not listen. The proposal cuts only $150,000 (a third of one percent of the APD budget) in funding to APD compared to last year’s budget, and even falls short of removing all of the currently vacant positions in APD.

Sign this petition calling on Austin City Council Members to refuse this budget proposal

Fill out Austin Justice Coalition’s budget tool to show Council how they should reallocate funds

New website from Grassroots Leadership: defundaustinpolice.com

White allies: join UWSA by putting a sign in your window or yard to support a just Austin budget!

Stop the “Save Austin Now” Racist Petition

A campaign coordinated between the Chair of the Republican Party of Travis County, the Austin Police Association (our police union), and some business owners aims to attack and undo important criminal justice reform that allows people experiencing homelessness to find safe shelter in Austin.

If you unknowingly or with good intentions signed this petition (many of their canvassers are outright lying to people to get signatures), please follow these instructions to get your name removed—you have until around noon-1 pm TODAY Monday, July 20th to do this. 

Please complete this form, sign it, and scan and email it to the City Clerk’s office (city.clerk@austintexas.gov). In order for this request to be valid, your (signed) request must be received prior to the petition being filed with the Clerk’s Office.

Link to form here.

Additional Actions


COVID-19 in Central Texas

Abbott and Trump at White House

Texas will allow schools to keep classrooms closed longer than previously ordered (Texas Tribune)

Greg Abbott’s Penchant for the Path of Least Resistance Has Led Texas to the Brink of Disaster (Texas Monthly)

Texas GOP works toward telling government to back off pandemic response (Statesman)

Excerpt from Jason Stanford’s “The Experiment” newsletter:

One option for good-faith Republicans would be good-faith efforts to fix the problems, but we’re seeing what is happening to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who belatedly and half-heartedly is trying to close down their cities and counties to stop the spiking caseload in Texas. Already, 78 counties have opted not to enforce his rules. In some counties where cases are numerous enough to trigger mandatory limits, local Republican officials are just refusing to do so. The Republican parties of nine counties have even passed resolutions condemning the governor for tyranny for making people wear face masks.

“My party is dead,” a Republican operative friend messaged me this morning. “The inmates are running the asylum.”

Abbott is a good example of the box that all Republican officials are in. Doing the right thing — to obey the laws of epidemiology — shows the President disloyalty, which earns the enmity of Republican voters. This President takes expert advice as personal criticism. In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a report about the dangers pregnant women faced with the coronavirus; an adviser to a top Health and Human Services Department official — that is, one of the President’s men — accused the CDC of “undermining the President.” 

Subscribe to The Experiment


2020 Primary Election Results

Be A Texas VoterAfter last week’s primary runoff and special election, it’s time for all of us to shift into general election mode and rally behind the candidates. Here are some of the winning candidates to support now through November.

Not sure who represents you in Congress? 

View all election results


Events

Wednesday, July 22

Webinar: Indivisible Textbanking Training

6 p.m. Learn how to start texting with the IndivisiText program on our platform TextOut!

RSVP for this event

IATX Action Meetup—Introducing Our New Series

Join Indivisible Austin for an exciting new series: introductory trainings on anti-racism and community organizing and how approaches need to guide Indivisible’s fight for justice!

RSVP for this event

Monday, July 27

Payback Project with Indivisible National’s Dani Negrete

7 p.m. Indivisible Grapevine hosts a Payback Project event to unseat John Cornyn, featuring Dani Negrete of the national Indivisible team.

RSVP for this event

Tuesday, July 28

Webinar: Indivisible Textbanking Training

6 p.m. Learn how to start texting with the IndivisiText program on our platform TextOut!

RSVP for this event

Friday, July 31

2020 Medicaid/Medicare Anniversary: Take Racism Out of Healthcare

6 p.m. Join the #SICKOFITTX coalition in a discussion about the racial bias that still exists within the medical community, and what we can do to help take racism out of healthcare.

Join the event (Facebook Live)


Your moment of Zen

 

 

Vote Safe on July 14; Reimagine Austin’s budget | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Vote on July 14

In many counties, including Travis, you can vote at any polling location. For maximum social distancing, check on wait times to find a location with few people.

Highlights

In addition to primary runoff elections in the U.S. Senate, TX10, TX17, and TX31 U.S. House races, on the ballot there are also important state, county and TXLEGE elections. (Note: the “Railroad Commission” is what Texas calls its oil and gas industry Commission in order to obfuscate it from the public and prevent accountability.)

  • Texas Railroad Commissioner: Roberto R. ‘Beto’ Alonzo vs. Chrysta Castañeda
  • TX10: Mike Siegel vs. Pritesh Gandhi (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Mike Siegel)
  • TX17: Rick Kennedy vs. David Jaramillo (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Rick Kennedy)
  • TX31: Christine Mann vs. Donna Imam (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Christine Mann)
  • Travis County Attorney: Laurie Eiserloh vs. Delia Garza
  • Travis County District Attorney: Jose Garza vs. Margaret Moore
  • Travis County Judge, Court at Law #4: Margaret Chen Kercher vs. Dimple Malhotra

More primary runoff resources

Here’s what’s being done to make in-person early voting in Texas safer during COVID-19 (KXAN)

A guide to voting in Texas during a pandemic (Progress Texas)

Texas Mail-In Ballot 101 (Progress Texas)

An ongoing timeline of Texas vote-by-mail lawsuits in the 2020 election (Progress Texas)

Listen to the “Down-ballot Frenzy” episode of Oh This World to learn more about some of these Central Texas races

Build your ballot on VOTE411.org

Reimagine Austin’s budget

Where the money goes pie chartHow would you reimagine the city’s budget? Unlike the City of Austin’s tool, this #WeFund Tool (powered by The Balancing Act) allows YOU to get as creative you’d like with the City’s budget.

Take a few minutes to use the tool and use your voice so we can show the City Council and City Manager how WE think OUR dollars should be spent!

Developed by Austin Justice Coalition, Just Liberty, TFDP & Texas Appleseed,

Create your Austin police budget—it will be shared with City Council

Additional Actions:

Write John Cornyn a letter about Russian bounties on US soldiers’ lives

Texas AFL-CIO: Tell the Travis County Commissioners “No Tax Breaks for Billionaires” (Tesla)

Support Austin teachers: Tell Greg Abbott to put health and safety first

GoFundMe: Help Rebuild Black-Owned Business Big Easy Bar & Grill of East Austin After Fire


Congress Critter of the Week: Chip Roy (yet again)

who is chip roy?

Congressman Chip Roy, whose 21st congressional district includes parts of Austin and San Antonio—but not, notably, the border with Mexico—tends to fixate on certain issues that don’t have much relevance to his constituents. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is escalating in Central Texas, Chip Roy finds time to tweet about statues, baseball…and Mexican drug cartels.

Having certain (but not all!) Mexican cartels declared terrorist organizations has been a pet cause of Chip’s since he took office. But why? His district doesn’t border Mexico. What is this obsession?

It turns out Chip has his reasons: To line his own pockets. In a nutshell, Chip’s sponsored legislation would focus the U.S. military on one set of cartels, which creates opportunities for a different set of cartels. These latter drug lords protect the governor of oil-rich Taumalipas—who is friendly to petroleum companies in which Chip owns stock.

Confused yet? So were we. Our friend George Schorn breaks it down in this Twitter thread, which is based on findings in a longer article found here.

If you’re in the 21st congressional district and you don’t have time to sort through this, it’s okay—just be sure to vote for Wendy Davis in November.

Go deep on Chip’s tweets in this episode of the “Oh This World” podcast


Action of the Week


Events

Monday, July 13

Swing Left Letter Writing Party

6 p.m. Join Swing Left staff and volunteers from around the country for a virtual letter writing party supporting races up and down the ballot in Texas and Georgia.

RSVP for the party

Tuesday, July 14

Election Day

Build your ballot on vote411.org

Thursday, July 16

Call for an eviction moratorium

6 p.m. Join the Eviction Solidarity Network on Facebook Live on Thursday July 16th at 6pm.

We will be discussing the current state of tenant’s rights in Travis County during the pandemic.. We’ll also talk about the approaching end date for the eviction moratorium which expires on July 22nd, and how you can stand in solidarity with our neighbors facing eviction.

Join this event


Your Moment of Zen

What did John Cornyn know about the Russian bounties? | Take Action Newsletter

Early voting ends July 10. Election Day is July 14. Learn how to vote early and vote safe. 

Take Action

Comrade Cornyn

Tell John Cornyn: Russian Bounties on US Soldiers Cannot Be Swept Under the Rug

“I think the president can’t single-handedly remember everything, I’m sure, that he’s briefed on”

—US Senator John Cornyn, on the news that Russia is paying a bounty on the lives of US soldiers

According to reporting from multiple sources, Russian intelligence units put a bounty on the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan, paying them to hunt and kill Americans. US intelligence assessments have determined that this bounty scheme did play a role in the deaths of several of our soldiers.

Adding to that outrage, Senator Cornyn, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has downplayed the seriousness of the situation and provided dishonest cover for the President, rather than holding the President to account or taking action to protect our troops.

Write John Cornyn a letter about Russian bounties on US soldiers’ lives

Attend the “Payback Time For Corona Cornyn” this Saturday

Use this budget tool to reallocate funds from policing to community support

Where the money goes pie chart

Developed by Austin Justice Coalition, Just Liberty, TFDP & Texas Appleseed, #WeFund is a tool developed in order to involve the Austin community in the general fund budgeting process. As the national conversation around public safety rapidly evolves, we want to know where you think our resources should go.

Create your Austin police budget—it will be shared with City Council


Central Texas Coronavirus News & Resources

#SickOfItTX Save Lives Protect Hospitals Expand Medicaid

Take Action: Demand Families be Released Together

Oklahoma expands Medicaid, first state to do so during pandemic

Tell Abbott: Expand Medicaid


Virtual Events

Tuesday, July 7

Voting in a Pandemic

7 p.m. Voting in Texas has never been easy. Join the Texas Observer for a discussion of the voting challenges in Texas ahead of the July runoffs.

RSVP for this event

Wednesday, July 8

Policing in Austin & the Upcoming City Budget Process (Part 1 of 2)

Part 1: July 8th, 6:30-7:30 pm, hosted by Undoing White Supremacy Austin

  • Explore and reflect on the intersection of white supremacy culture and policing
  • Discuss accountability to BIPOC-led organizations
  • Connect broader anti-racist conversations to the current discussion about the future of the Austin Police Department and this year’s city budget process

RSVP for Part 1

Policing in Austin & the Upcoming City Budget Process (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2: July 15th, 6:30-7:30 pm, hosted by Undoing White Supremacy Austin

  • Delve into specifics of the city budget and divesting from the Austin Police Department
  • Build relationships with people in your district
  • Organize to take action

RSVP for Part 2

Thursday, July 9

Texas Tribune’s Live Interview with MJ Hegar

12 p.m. The Trib sits down for a live interview with Hegar to answer your questions ahead of the July runoff election that will determine the Democratic Party’s challenger to John Cornyn.

RSVP for this event

Friday, July 10

Last day of early voting.

Build your ballot on vote411.org

Saturday, July 11

“Payback Time For Corona Cornyn”

John Cornyn - Payback Project

We need to show Congress and America there is broad resistance to Trump’s agenda, and specifically John Cornyn. Join us as we address #BLM and LBGTQ issues, representative from a Planned Parenthood speak to women’s health and choice, economist analyzes COVID-19 mismanagement, soldiers call out Putin bounties and Cornyn lack of response, asylum human rights attorney describes the racist white supremacist policies in place now. The event closes with Royce West, Primary Runoff candidate. (MJ Hegar was unable to attend.)

RSVP for this event

View this event on Facebook

Tuesday, July 14

Election Day

Build your ballot on vote411.org


Your Moment of Zen

Write Your Reps! Tell John Cornyn that Russian Bounties on US Soldiers Cannot Be Swept Under the Rug

“I think the president can’t single-handedly remember everything, I’m sure, that he’s briefed on”
—US Senator John Cornyn, on the news that Russia is paying a bounty on the lives of US soldiers

According to reporting from multiple sources, Russian intelligence units put a bounty on the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan, paying them to hunt and kill Americans. US intelligence assessments have determined that this bounty scheme did play a role in the deaths of several of our soldiers.

The real outrage is that Trump was personally briefed about this in February. Since then the only significant measure he has taken with regards to Russia, was to attempt to bring them back into the G8, a major boon to Putin.

Adding to that outrage, Senator Cornyn, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has downplayed the seriousness of the situation and provided dishonest cover for the President, rather than holding the President to account or taking action to protect our troops.

GOP Sen Cornyn gives bounty allegations, which Trump cast doubt on, the of course-old-news treatment: it doesn't surprise me that the Russians are trying to help the Taliban kill Americans. I mean we've known that for a long time.
Missed this. @johncornyn on Russian bounties story: I think the president can’t single-handedly remember everything, I’m sure, that he’s briefed on

Early voting starts now | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Vote Early, Vote Safe

Early voting begins Monday, June 29 and runs until Friday, July 10. In many counties, including Travis, you can vote at any polling location. For maximum social distancing, check on wait times to find a location with few people.

Vote Safe guidelines from League of Women Voters

Highlights

In addition to primary runoff elections in the U.S. Senate, TX10, TX17, and TX31 House races, on the ballot there are also important county and TXLEGE elections.

  • TX10: Mike Siegel vs. Pritesh Gandhi (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Mike Siegel)
  • TX17: Rick Kennedy vs. David Jaramillo (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Rick Kennedy)
  • TX31: Christine Mann vs. Donna Imam (in 2018 Indivisible Austin endorsed Christine Mann)
  • Travis County Attorney: Laurie Eiserloh vs. Delia Garza
  • Travis County District Attorney: Jose Garza vs. Margaret Moore
  • Texas State Senator, special election: Sarah Eckhardt vs. Eddie Rodriguez

Chronicle Endorsements: July 14 Primary Run-off Election and Senate District 14 Special Election – News (Austin Chronicle)

More primary runoff resources

Here’s what’s being done to make in-person early voting in Texas safer during COVID-19 (KXAN)

A guide to voting in Texas during a pandemic (Progress Texas)

Texas Mail-In Ballot 101 (Progress Texas)

An ongoing timeline of Texas vote-by-mail lawsuits in the 2020 election (Progress Texas)

Listen to the “Down-ballot Frenzy” episode of Oh This World to learn more about some of these Central Texas races

Build your ballot on VOTE411.org

Ask John Cornyn about the Russian bounties on US troops: What did he know and when did he know it?

According to the New York Times, Russia has put a bounty on the heads of US soldiers serving in Afghanistan. President Trump has known about this for months, but instead of responding to protect our troops, he’s tried to hand Putin a big win, by inviting him back into the G8.

This is an obscene betrayal, even by this administration’s standard’s.

John Cornyn sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and should have known about this. Call Cornyn’s office today and ask when the Senator first learned about Russia putting our soldiers in the crosshairs? What does he think of the President’s inaction?  What does he intend to do to protect our troops?

Senator Cornyn: 512-469-6034 or 202-224-2934

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Monday, June 29

Early voting in the July 14 primary runoff begins.

Tuesday, June 30

Virtual Rally at End of SCOTUS Term

Take Back the Court, Indivisible, and Demand Justice are coming together on June 30th at the conclusion of this crucial term to fight back and press for court reform. We want to send a clear message that we are not powerless against this Court unless we allow ourselves to be.

Virtual Rally at End of SCOTUS Term – We are Not Powerless, Fight Back!

Thursday, July 2

Last day to submit an application to vote by mail in the July 14 primary runoff election. (Note: Your application must be submitted by this date, not just postmarked.)

Friday, July 10

Last day of early voting.

Tuesday, July 14

Election Day


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