Demand an impeachment inquiry; Trump’s overt racism; Lights for Liberty; MapTheVote training | Take Action Newsletter

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Demand an impeachment inquiry now.

Trump’s election in 2016 was the Molotov cocktail that ignited the Indivisible movement, including Indivisible Austin. Broadly speaking, our primary means of resisting Trump is congressional advocacy. For a lot of us, this strategy provides a coping mechanism: We can actually do something—that is proven to work. We call our representatives! We track bills! We win elections! No doubt this is important work and we will keep doing it.

We’ve had notable victories—especially the 2018 midterm elections—but let’s reflect on the man who sparked the movement: President Donald J. Trump. During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. He is an overt racist. Need we go on?

Congress can do more than pass bills. Congress can—and should—initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

Write Your Reps: Demand an Impeachment Inquiry Now. 


Demand that your reps speak out against Trump’s overt racism

Trump’s racism is now completely out in the open. On Sunday, he tweeted that four members of congress, all women of color, should “go back” to where they came from. Even CNN is on it:

“President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens.”

As of this writing, of our Central Texas reps, only Rep. Lloyd Doggett has issued a statement. (Update: Chip Roy issued a non-apology apology.)

Where is John Cornyn? Where is Mike McCaul? Give them a call and ask. 


How your voices are making a difference

  • Congressional Democrats issued 37 subpoenas to the Trump Organization and other Trump businesses
  • A House panel voted to subpoena Kushner and Sessions
  • Swiss researchers have a beautiful plan to counteract climate change: plant a trillion trees

Read how your voices are making a difference


Action of the Week

“Lights for Liberty” at the State Capitol and Hutto Detention Center

On Saturday, activists from all over the country held vigils to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Hundreds turned out in Austin, Georgetown, and at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor. (Photo at Hutto by Amy Nelson / Wilco Indivisible.)

“We stood singing where they could hear us as the sun set. We lit our lights as the children’s names were read.” (Amy Nelson, Wilco Indivisible)

A minute of silence at the Texas State Capitol in Austin to acknowledge the inhumane conditions at the border. (Photo: Indivisible Austin)=

Support RAICES Texas, ACLU of Texas, and other organizations who sponsored “Lights for Liberty”


2020 is coming

MapTheVote Training

The Texas primary is in 32 weeks. Last week we shared a powerful new tool to find registered voters in your area, which included these maps:

It’s going to take all of us to take back our country from Trump and his enablers in Congress like John Cornyn, Roger Williams, Michael McCaul, Bill Flores, Chip Roy, and John Carter. Now is the time to register voters, talk to your neighbors, and ensure everyone has a plan to vote in March 2020 and again in November.

Sign up for a free training session on MapTheVote


Events

Volume Two of the Mueller Report Read LIVE in Austin

We’re hosting LIVE readings of the Mueller Report at North Door Austin. We just wrapped up Volume One. We’re taking a short break before continuing with Volume Two (aka “the really juicy stuff”), featuring celebrity readers and a wild, multimedia experience. Come one come all!

RSVP for Mueller Report LIVE on July 28, August 4, or August 11

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Let’s Talk about the Climate Crisis

The first, most important way to combat the mounting climate crisis is to talk about it. Studies show that when we normalize the discussion of climate, the science becomes more accepted as fact. A side benefit is that talking about the problem can ease the “climate anxiety” a lot of us are feeling.

From ThinkProgress:

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists  —  97 percent   — understand that humans are the primary cause of climate change.

Yet, as a new peer-reviewed study in journal Nature Climate Change points out, “only 11 percent of the US public correctly estimate the scientific consensus on climate change as higher than 90 percent.”

In other words, a person’s understanding about what scientists know about climate change goes up after they are told just how many scientists agree it’s human caused.

Read: Here’s what happens when you tell people the scientific consensus on climate change (ThinkProgress)


Your Moment of Zen

 

37 Subpoenas | How your voices are making a difference

Republicans Against the Law

federal judge blocked Don John’s effort to switch legal representation in seeking to circumvent the Constitution by pushing through with adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in violation of the Supreme Court decision disallowing it—followed by a second federal judge upholding that ruling. At which point, in yet another head-spinning 180, Donald once again backed down from trying to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

In a mixed blessing, a federal judge ruled that Don John can no longer block his critics on Twitter. A win for free speech…but there’s something lovely about being blocked by the toddler in chief from seeing his toilet-seat tantrums.

The DC attorney general issued subpoenas to the NRA and its “charitable” foundation in an investigation into whether the organization violated the city’s Nonprofit Act, which prohibits misuse of nonprofit funds, including for personal gain.

The governor of New York approved a new law allowing the release of Trump’s state tax returns to Congress.

Meanwhile California lawmakers passed, 57-17, legislation requiring all presidential and state gubernatorial candidates to release their tax information to appear on the state’s ballot.

Congressional Democrats issued 37 subpoenas to the Trump Organization and other Trump businesses tied to a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits profiting from foreign governments.

House panel voted to subpoena Kushner and Sessions, along with 10 other witnesses in the Mueller investigation.

federal grand jury is investigating former RNC chairman Elliott Broidy to determine whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to facilitate business deals with foreign leaders.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

Members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly (383-73) to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland and to require the government to expand draconian restrictions on abortion.

The Boca Raton, FL, principal who stated in an email to a parent that he couldn’t state whether the Holocaust was a “factual, historical event” because he had to stay “politically neutral” has been removed from his position.

The Best People

Labor secretary Alex Acosta slinks away from Don John’s cabinet (making him the ninth cabinet member to leave in Donny’s first two and a half years—more than his five immediate predecessors in their entire first terms) after dogged Miami Herald journalist Julie Brown uncovered evidence of how Acosta, as the top federal prosecutor in Florida, brokered a plea deal with child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that resulted in extraordinarily lenient sentencing. Bringing the total of “acting” heads in key positions in Don John’s administration serving without any vetting by the Senate to more than a dozen.

Either Donald is straight-up insane, or he’s an imminent threat to the rule of law, democratic norms, and simple civility. (Either way, America loses.)

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

Starting in 2020, UT announced it will provide free tuition to undergrad students whose family income is $65K or below.

A grocery store’s attempt to shame customers into avoiding plastic bags backfired hilariously—but drew attention to eco-awareness.

Swiss researchers have a beautiful plan to counteract climate change: plant a trillion trees—literally. “It’s like the hippie solution: plant a tree, save the world. But the amazing thing is now we’ve got the science to back it up. It really is this unbelievably powerful tool.”

A needlepoint artist wanted to do something to protest the egregious violations of human decency by the Very Stable Genius and started a movement: the Tiny Pricks Project was formed to bring more awareness to this administration’s misogyny.

This wonderfully thought-provoking short piece by Sebastian Junger cites scientific studies that show our politics may be in our DNA—but also makes the hopeful point that this makes us evolutionarily adaptable if we can manage to work together: “Every human society must do two things: It must be strong enough to protect itself from outside groups, and it must be fair enough to avoid internal conflict. A society entirely composed of liberals risks being overrun by enemies, and a society entirely composed of conservatives risks breaking apart over issues of inequality — ‘social justice,’ as it’s now termed. Put those groups together, however, and you have addressed the two greatest threats to human welfare: enemies and discord.”

Write your reps! Demand an impeachment inquiry now.

Trump’s election in 2016 was the Molotov cocktail that ignited the Indivisible movement, including Indivisible Austin. Broadly speaking, our primary means of resisting Trump is congressional advocacy. For a lot of us, this strategy provides a coping mechanism: We can actually do something—that is proven to work. We call our representatives! We track bills! We win elections! No doubt this is important work and we will keep doing it. 

We’ve had notable victories—especially the 2018 midterm elections—but let’s reflect on the man who sparked the movement: President Donald J. Trump. During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. Need we go on?

Congress can do more than pass bills. Congress can—and should—initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

5 things you can do to support an accurate census; Register voters in your district | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Tell your reps that Trump is not above the law: He must accept the Supreme Court’s ruling on the census question

When the Supreme Court ruled that the 2020 census must not include a question about citizenship status, most thought the battle was won. It should not surprise anyone that the President feels otherwise; after all, when has he ever admitted defeat or respected the rule of law? Our own U.S. Rep Chip Roy is enabling Trump’s unconstitutional gambit by spelling out ways for Trump to issue an executive order that would reinstate the question of citizenship status. (For an explainer on the whole debacle, go here.)

There are a couple of actions to take. (Hat tip, once again, to Celeste Pewter.)

  1. Call your reps (even—especially!— if you are in Chip Roy’s district). They should speak up on this issue; no one, not even Trump, is above the law. Any executive order he issues can and should be overturned.
  2. Spread the word about the census! The whole point of the citizenship question is to discourage participation among immigrants. A lot of that damage has already been done. If you have a flexible schedule, consider becoming a census worker!

Read: 5 things you can do now to support an accurate census 


How your voices are making a difference

  • The DNC is reportedly considering a vote to conduct a presidential-candidate debate focused on climate change (This was one of last week’s actions!)
  • A federal judge blocked indefinite detention for asylum seekers
  • The House sued for access to President Trump’s tax returns

Read more on Donald’s masturbatory celebration of self


2020 is Coming

Register voters near you!

Register2Vote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating voter registration and mobilization. Using this map from Register2Vote.org, you can identify unregistered voters, chip in a little money, and have voter registration forms mailed to them. Once the applications come back, you’ll be able to track progress. Amazing!

Download a two-pager that explains how it works

We have also updated our 2020 Elections Page. There are lots of new candidates—including new Senate candidates and 11 (ELEVEN) people running in TX31. 


Events

Friday, July 12

Public hearing on asylum seeking migrant families at the Texas-Mexico border.

The committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will meet jointly with the committee on International Relations and Economic Development to hear invited testimony on issues related to the increase in asylum-seeking migrant families at the Texas-Mexico border.

2 p.m. at the Texas Capitol, Room E1.030

View schedule on TXLEGE website

Sunday, July 14

Mueller Report Read LIVE

The third installment in our series of readings from the Mueller Report, at North Door Austin. Doors open at 5 p.m.

RSVP here

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Activist of the Week: Madi Distefano


Your Moment of Zen

 

Donald’s masturbatory celebration of self | How your voices are making a difference

Republicans Against the Law

After threatening to unconstitutionally delay the next census indefinitely because of the Supreme Court ruling against Don John adding a citizenship question, the question’s engineer, Wilbur Ross, announced that the government had dropped plans to add the question. The very next day, Donald called the report of his own flip-flop “FAKE NEWS” and said he is “absolutely moving forward” with adding the question, announcing that he will attempt to circumvent the Constitution through executive order—but a federal judge in Maryland is allowing a suit to move forward that alleges that the question is intended to discriminate against immigrant communities of color. Here’s a great NPR article about the whole saga.

Donald’s billionaire crony Jeffrey Epstein, whom Don John has praised for his predilection for younger women, was arrested on charges of sex trafficking of minors.

Meanwhile a federal judge blocked Don John’s policy and William Barr’s order of indefinite detention for asylum seekers without bail.

federal judge also temporarily blocked Ohio’s “heartbeat” abortion ban, which could have blocked abortions as early as five or six weeks, subsequent to an ACLU lawsuit.

Yet another federal judge blocked Trump from using $2.5 billion in military funding to build a wall at the southern border

DHS is investigating a secret Facebook group for border patrol agents that was recently revealed to be riddled with racist and sexist comments and memes, and jokes about migrant deaths. Reports indicate that Border Patrol has known about the group for years; whether it monitored the comments and posts is unclear at this point.

The House in Da House

The House sued the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, demanding access to President Trump’s tax returns.

Republicans Reconsidering

Rep. Justin Amash—lone-wolf GOP dissenter against Donald and former founder of the Freedom Caucus, is leaving the Republican party.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

Thanks in part to lobbying efforts from YOU, Indivisible warriors, the DNC is reportedly considering a vote to conduct a presidential-candidate debate focused on climate change.

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen became the first woman nominated to head the European Union as commission president, and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, will become the first female president of the European Central Bank.

When a Jacksonville library canceled a planned LGBTQ prom after conservative blogger incited her 700K followers, raising concerns for the teens’ safety, the Buckman Bridge Universalist Unitarian Church in town stepped in, hosting the event for the displaced teens.

An Italian judge ordered the release of the ship’s captain being kept in custody for breaking a naval blockade to bring rescued refugees into port, ruling that she had been carrying out her duty to protect life and had not committed any act of violence.

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

The Trump Baby flew at Donald’s masturbatory celebration of self at the Fourth of July waste of taxpayer money in the National Mall.

In Donny’s public feud with U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe, once again the woman has the last word, helping her team to victory in the World Cup.

This happened on FOX News’s post-World Cup broadcast from France and it was glorious.

Liberty & Justice for Migrant Families; Honor E. Jean Carroll; In Memoriam: Marguerite Ponder | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Honor E. Jean Carroll and other survivors of sexual violence

Writer E. Jean Carroll is the latest to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault. This allegation would end any other presidency. And it should end this one, but likely won’t. The injustice of a serial sex criminal continuing to occupy in the Oval Office makes us feel depressed and powerless. It’s hard to process such ongoing, flagrant cruelty. But one thing you can do right now is donate to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to help other victims of sexual violence. On the donation form, there is a field where you can honor someone: We suggest E. Jean Carroll or one of the other 21 victims of Trump’s sexual crimes.

Donate to RAINN in honor of E. Jean Carroll and other victims of sexual violence


How your voices are making a difference

“You eat fruit from trees you did not plant…and you must plant trees you will not eat from.”

Stay in the fight warriors. Even if we don’t see immediate victory, we must plant for those who will inherit this world after us.

Continue reading a special edition of this week’s VOICES


Events

Tuesday, July 2

Close the Camps NOW!

12 p.m. Visit your nearest congressional office at noon to tell your reps to close the camps now.

What Happened at the Texas Capitol & What’s Next?

6:30 p.m. at Patagonia, 316 Congress. Get an insider view of what happened during this year’s session of the state legislature from:

  • State Representative Erin Zwiener
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment Austin Program Director & Legislative Director Andrew Dobbs
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment  Executive Director Robin Schneider

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Wednesday, July 3

Liberty & Justice for Migrant Families at Carrizo Springs

Protest at the Carrizo Springs detention facility Wednesday, July 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. organized by Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, Texas Organizing Project and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas.

909 Munson Rd, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834

This is a family-friendly event. Please bring a memento to add to a communal project we’ll create on site, such as a letter, drawing, paper hearts or hands, etc.

Sign up for bus transportation from Houston and San Antonio thanks to TOP

Sign up to carpool from Austin

More info

Sunday, July 7

Mueller Report Read LIVE

Austin’s best will turn out to read the Mueller Report in successive portions—LIVE at the North Door—for your listening and entertainment pleasure!

RSVP on Eventbrite

View Facebook event

Friday, July 12

Lights for Liberty—T. Don Hutto Detention Center

Hosted by Wilco Indivisible and Lights for Liberty

SCHEDULE:
8-9pm: Music and speakers
9pm: Candle lighting & moment of silence.
*Stay tuned for more details*

LOGISTICS:
We will be at the baseball fields next to the T. Don Hutto, Residential Center at 1001 Welch St, Taylor, Texas. Start time is 8:00 p.m., July 12, 2019. The event will be on the baseballs fields adjacent to the Center. There are no facilities at this site.

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Let’s talk about the climate crisis

Over two nights of Democratic presidential debates, 15 total minutes were spent on the existential threat of climate change. And the moderators’ questions — especially Chuck Todd’s — were asinine. Despite pressure, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), who sets the debate schedule, has so far not scheduled a debate devoted solely to the threat of climate change. This needs to change.

The Sunrise Movement is one organization stepping up to shine a light on this issue. They seek to “make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.” Let’s amplify their efforts and pressure the DNC to schedule a #ClimateDebate.

More information on how to build pressure for a climate debate from the Sunrise Movement


Funding the Fight

You’re here, all the way down at the bottom of our weekly newsletter. Each and every week we do our best to distill some of the most important messages and actions for you.

You rely on it, at least in part, to organize your thoughts about how to keep pushing back, each and every week.

If you value that, first show us little love by supporting us today. 

Second, know that this newsletter is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what IATX does and will do to preserve and advance our democracy.


In Memoriam: Marguerite Ponder

We are saddened to announce the passing of one of our earliest activists, Marguerite Ponder. Marguerite was part of a core group of women who visited legislative offices and appeared in our 2017 short film “I Stand Indivisible.” May she rest in power.

 

Plant your trees, warriors | How your voices are making a difference

Please indulge me in a word before we launch into all the ways your voices made a difference this week.

“Sometimes you get the elevator; sometimes you get the shaft.” I first heard this saying in Austin writer Sarah Bird’s book The Boyfriend School. At the time I found it hilarious, but lately I’ve been finding it less amusing as it I see it manifest in our lives. The aphorism has never been more on display for me than with two key Supreme Court decisions handed down this week.

In the first we got the elevator: The court ruled that Donald couldn’t plow forward (at least for now) with his attempt to discriminate by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling his justifications “contrived.” Donald, of course, called the ruling “totally ridiculous” in a customarily presidential tweet, and asked how his administration might circumvent the constitutionally mandated law that requires taking a new census every 10 years. Because why start respecting our Constitution or laws now?

The second Supreme Court decision gave anyone favoring equality and fairness the shaft: The court stripped federal courts of the right to prevent racially motivated and disenfranchising partisan gerrymandering, setting the stage for Republicans to continue to cheat their way into power. And it makes us have to consider that sometimes, at least in the short term, cheaters win.

Until they don’t—and I have every confidence that ultimately karma finds us all, and the arc of the moral universe “bends toward justice.”

But meanwhile how do you deal with those dips in the ascent? The setbacks, those moments of defeat and even despair?

I’ve been pondering this because as much as I always look to the ways we’re making progress, this past week (these past few, actually) have been like a battering ram on my psyche, and I imagine a number of us may share that feeling.

We may be living through the Chinese proverb’s dreaded “interesting times.” We inherited a relatively good world from our predecessors, who fought battles so much harder than this for basic freedom, for equality, for justice and civil rights. We’ve been so lucky to enjoy the fruits of all their effort, and if you’re like me, maybe you were ill prepared to have to fight battles like theirs all over again.

But we do.

And so we will. Here’s another proverb I just learned that moved me profoundly: “You eat fruit from trees you did not plant…and you must plant trees you will not eat from.”

Stay in the fight warriors. Even if we don’t see immediate victory, we must plant for those who will inherit this world after us.

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled progress—it’s been a busy week for…

Republicans Against the Law

A federal judge ruled that Democrats’ suit against Donald for violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution can proceed; lawmakers can begin soliciting financial and other records from the Trump Organization.

An appeals court panel says a Maryland judge should reconsider discriminatory intent by Donny’s administration in Wilbur Ross’s orchestrating the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

After Kellyanne Conway was found to have repeatedly violated the Hatch Act (which prohibits federal employees from political speech) by the ethics watchdog Office of Special Counsel and failed to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee for a hearing because the president of the United States forbade her to (reread that a few times), the House issued a subpoena to force her to appear.

The leak of almost 100 internal Trump transition team vetting documents revealed a panoply of major red flags about several officials who went on to secure high-ranking positions in the Trump administration.

The Best People

Gosh, look at that—once again a member of the “family values party” is being investigated for unethical behavior that flies in the face of conservative morality. California Rep. Duncan Hunter is accused of spending campaign funding on his extramarital mistresses, for a twofer: adultery and campaign finance violations. Keep it classy, GOP.

Sean Lawler, Donny’s diplomatic protocol chief, was indefinitely suspended indefinitely just before the G20 Summit in Japan because he’s being investigated by the State Department inspector general over accusations that Lawler intimidated his staff and carried a whip in the office. (Go on and reread that one a couple of times too.)

EPA air chief Bill Wehrum, who helped reverse Obama-era rules aimed at cutting pollutants, resigned amid an investigation by the Energy and Commerce Committee over his possible violations of federal ethics rules, which require political appointees to recuse themselves from specific matters involving their former employers and clients for two years.

After political and public outcry, the Treasury Department’s inspector general will open an investigation into why Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delayed the new $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman.

The NRA’s internal earthquakes are growing on the Richter scale. There’s open public rancor between the NRA and their longtime advertising firm with whom they’ve just cut ties—bye-bye, shrill spokeswoman Dana Loesch!—and the organization just announced that its live-propaganda channel, NRA-TV, is no more.

Instead of Your Feel-good Stories of the Week, this week we have…

Citizens Defending Democracy

This section should renew your faith in the U.S. people amid the current gross vacuum in the current administration of leadership, morality, and ethics.

U.S. asylum officers ask federal court to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. The officers, who have been directed to implement the program, say it is “fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our Nation and our international and domestic legal obligations.”

Twitter announced a new policy of flagging accounts of world leaders who violate site rules (such as by fomenting white supremacist or hate messages). The tweets will stay on the site as being part of public record, but will not appear in searches or be recommended to users through any of Twitter’s algorithmic channels, and will appear with a label marking them as “abusive content.”

Even the usually peaceful crafting crowd are so incensed about the social, civil, and human rights violations of this administration that popular knitting site Ravelry, in what they called a resolution against white supremacy, has banned all pro-Trump content.

Reddit quarantined an active pro-Trump forum over repeated violations of its rules, including frequent incitements to violence.

In an unprecedented public stand, Highlights magazine, a widely popular and nonpolitical magazine for children since 1946, denounced Donald’s family separation policy, and the appalling conditions in which his administration is keeping these children detained. From the article: “Highlights encourages its readers to have moral courage, Johnson wrote, which involves ‘standing up for what we believe is right, honest and ethical — even when it is hard.’ He invited the public to speak out against family separation and demand better conditions for children held in detention facilities.”

Texas bishop walked with Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. across the border bridge with Mexico to publicly protest the appalling conditions in which the Trump administration is housing asylum seekers.

There are so many good people in the world fighting against this tide of hate. Plant your trees, warriors.

And if you’re worried about the generation that comes after us, as long as most of them are like this kid, don’t. <3

Stop playing games with kids’ lives | Take Action Newsletter

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Take Action

Tell your reps: Stop playing games with kids’ lives

(Much credit to Celeste Pewter)

Trump is treating his border crisis like a game: He announced sweeping ICE raids in 10 cities, and then hours later announced a two-week delay, demanding that Congress find a solution. We all know he does not operate in good faith. Celeste Pewter (of 2020Senate) says:

He just wants it to make it seem like he’s being reasonable, so at the end of two weeks, he can say:

– Look, I tried and Congress failed, so let’s carry out the raids, and

– Doesn’t Congress suck at doing their job? Drain the swamp, reelect me, etc.

It’s manipulation via Tweet, and frankly – all media outlets should cover it as much, and electeds should call it out too.

Congress is in fact voting on DHS funding this week. This is money that Trump can use to expand his detention and deportation machine. They need to hear from us that children’s lives are not a game, and that no additional money for enforcement be included in the bill.

Write your reps: No additional funding for immigration enforcement

Call your reps

Updated list of organizations helping immigrant families at the border (Texas Tribune)


Tell your reps to support the study of reparations for slavery

It’s hard to believe it was only last week when, in observation of Juneteenth, Ta-Nehisi Coates testified before Congress on the need for reparations to address the sin of slavery in the United States. Five years ago Coates wrote the seminal piece on reparations. Now there is a bill in Congress—H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act—which has 67 cosponsors, all Democrats, four of them from Texas. Call your reps and ask them to support this bill.

In the video below, Coates directly addresses Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s complaint that “no one alive” owned slaves.

 


Join the Healthcare Activist Leadership Network to build power for 2020

Are you mad that the lege did nothing significant about healthcare this session? Indivisible Austin has endorsed a new campaign to fight for expanded healthcare access in Texas. This statewide coalition of advocates is looking for individual healthcare champions to build a grassroots network of like-minded activists that spans the state. We want lawmakers and 2020 candidates at every level, in every district, to know that when we vote, healthcare is going to be the deciding factor.

Learn more and nominate yourself or someone else to join


How your voices are making a difference

  • New York approved one of the most ambitious climate plans to date.
  • The Supreme Court upheld the ruling that Virginia’s maps were racially gerrymandered.
  • Leander’s Open Cathedral church hosted a family Pride event after the local library caved to religious zealots and canceled the city’s popular monthly Drag Story Hour.

Read “Rainbow-clad Kids at Drag Story Hour”


Events

Tuesday, June 25

Rally to Restore Voting Rights Protections

6 to 8 p.m., Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Voting rights advocates are pushing back with a National Day of Action to demand that Congress restore voting rights protections by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR-4).

Facebook event

Wednesday, June 26 & Thursday, June 27

Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 p.m. at Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe St.

Join Indivisible Austin and Jolt Action for the First Presidential Debate watch party of the 2020 Election. We will be streaming the full Presidential debate LIVE. Come watch, witness, and prepare to vote.

Facebook event (optional RSVP)

Friday, June 28 and then Sundays through August 11

Mueller Report Read LIVE!

8 p.m. to midnight, North Door, 502 Brushy St.

Indivisible Austin and North Door present a live reading of the Mueller Report, starring local actors, musicians and other ne’er-do-wells.

RSVP on Eventbrite and/or Facebook


2020 Is Coming

How are Central Texas congressional candidates responding to Trump’s deportation force? Below are a few examples. If you’re on Twitter, subscribe to this list of candidates.


Funding the Fight

We’ve hit another one of those moments where the “normal” deluge has turned into an absolute maelstrom. Holding children prisoner in abysmal conditions, toying with war with Iran for political gain, disgustingly rampant corruption, and even more horrendous personal allegations of assault.

Our only way out is to go through, together. It sounds trite, but it’s the only real cure for that feeling in your stomach. We can and will change things by:

  • Demanding justice
  • Speaking the truth &
  • Organizing our power for the future

Support Indivisible Austin. Together, we will make it through and change the world along the way.


Your Moment of Zen

Rainbow-clad Kids at Drag Story Hour | How your voices are making a difference

Good global news—after authoritarian Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded a new election when a candidate from the opposition party won the Istanbul mayoral election, the opposition candidate won again—by an even wider margin, dealing a decisive blow to Erdogan’s human-rights-violating, oppressive ruling party.

Republicans Against the Law

Despite the unilateral efforts of Virginia’s Republican legislature, the Supreme Court upheld redrawn maps in the state that were created after a previous ruling that the state’s former districts were illegally racially gerrymandered.

Don John may be rolling back protections and safeguards against global warming as fast as President Obama instigated them, but states are picking up the slack left in the leadership void at the federal level. New York joins the list of those that are taking action, approving one of the most ambitious climate plans to date: to eliminate all net greenhouse gases and use only carbon-free power by 2050.

The Senate voted—bipartisanly—to oppose Don John’s attempted unilateral end-run around Congress to offer emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia in defiance of Congress’s refusal to do so.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

Leander’s Open Cathedral church hosted a family Pride event after the local library caved to religious zealots and canceled the city’s popular monthly Drag Story Hour. Despite a number of protesters (and one waffling minister), families brought their rainbow-clad kids, and counterprotestors made sure participants and presenters were kept safe from anti-LGBTQ protesters. But best of all is the editor’s note at the bottom of this story, a delicious literary smackdown of one city councilman who showed up to protest.

A Jesuit school defied its archdiocese and refused to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, braving the consequences that the archdiocese has now cut ties with the school and refused to recognize it as a Catholic institution. I wonder which of those actions seems more like what Jesus would do…?

The Supreme Court overturned the conviction and death sentence of a black man in Mississippi based on the repeated and “relentless effort” by the prosecutor in his trial to exclude black jurors.

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Write Your Reps! No additional funding for immigration enforcement

The week of June 24, House Democrats will vote on a bill to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with additional funding. The Senate will also be voting on its own bill, which will contain nearly $5 billion for DHS.

This is money that Trump can use to expand his detention and deportation machine. This is in the same week that Trump has threatened to launch nationwide arrests of immigrants. We’ve seen that Trump will use every dollar he is given to terrorize communities and lock up families.

Tell your Members of Congress (MoC) in the House and Senate and demand that they not give Trump any additional money for enforcement.