Join the Global Climate Strike! Impeach Brett Kavanaugh! And who’s going to defeat John Cornyn?| Take Action Newsletter

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Join the Global Climate Strike!

This Friday, September 20, be a part of the global strike to demand action on the climate crisis. Walk out from your school, place of work, or even your own home and join us at the Texas State Capitol. We are demanding government action to tackle the root of the climate crisis.

9 a.m. Walk out of schools and workplaces

12 p.m. Meet at Capitol for rally, speakers, activities, and networking

4 p.m. Clean up!

Resources

Local Facebook event

Climate Strike Arts Kit

Climate Strike Social Kit

Austin Climate Coalition

strikewithus.org

GlobalClimateStrike.net

350 Climate Strike

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Tell Your Reps to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh

John Cornyn and Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh never should have become a Supreme Court Justice. Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony should have been damning. Instead, thanks to corrupt senators like John Cornyn, Kavanaugh sits on the bench of the highest court. Now, two New York Times reporters have uncovered new corroborated evidence of Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct against Deborah Ramirez.

Enough is enough. Impeachment begins in the House. Let your House rep know that now is the time to undo the historical mistake that is Brett Kavanaugh.

Find who represents you

Related: Write a letter to your rep demanding impeachment of Donald Trump


2020 is coming

Who’s going to defeat John Cornyn?

Fire John Cornyn!A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll shows that MJ Hegar leads the pack of Democratic primary challengers to John Cornyn’s senate seat—but that most primary voters (66%) don’t know the candidates well enough to make a decision. With just 24 weeks until the Super Tuesday primary, let’s all make an effort to know who’s running.

Volunteer! Donate! Amplify!

Visit our 2020 election resources page


Events

Monday, September 16

XR MedMob, a Worldwide Meditation

7 p.m. at Lamar Pedestrian Bridge

This will be the Monday after the full moon weekend, the harvest moon, closest full moon to the fall equinox. In meditating together we hope to embrace our empathy for all living things, to come together in love and peace in a world that is incredibly chaotic. You are not alone. Your actions matter. Your voice matters. Your heart matters. View on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 18

Defend #HomesNotHandcuffs!

1 p.m at Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.

Hosted by Grassroots Leadership, Undoing White Supremacy Austin, Austin DSA and other groups.

After facing continuous anti-homeless backlash since their vote to decriminalize homelessness in June, some council members are proposing new revisions to the city’s No Camping and No Sit/No Lie ordinances that would largely undo the progress we made and even expand criminalization of homelessness beyond the original laws.

WE CANNOT GO BACK to allowing police to ticket, arrest and shuffle around people in our community who are forced to live on the streets. We have to move forward and focus on #HomesNotHandcuffs.

View Facebook event

Friday, September 20

Austin Climate Strike

Friday, Sept. 20th, Noon-4pm at the Texas Capitol

Organized by the Austin Climate Coalition and kicks off a week of a global week of action. View Facebook event.

More information on the 9/20 Strike at Austin Climate Coalition’s website

Tuesday September 24

National Voter Registration Day

nationalvoterregistrationday.org

Upcoming: Nov. 2—Dance for Freedom

To benefit the Austin Sanctuary Network in support of our immigrant friends, Hilda, Ivan, and Alirio who are in sanctuary at two Austin churches. Proceeds will go to help in their fight for freedom!

Get tickets


Your Moment of Zen

 

Tell Greg Abbott: We need a special session on gun violence; Tell your reps to #DefundHate | Take Action Newsletter

How to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian

Take Action

Pressure continues to mount on Greg Abbott to call a special session on gun violence—send him a letter.

Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is among the many lawmakers and policy experts calling for Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to address gun violence. Even Dan Patrick—who is utterly unserious and untrustworthy—called for legislation to prevent private gun sales to strangers. The pressure is working. If you missed last week’s email, now is the time to send Gov. Abbott your thoughts and prayers.

Tell Greg Abbott: Call a special session to #DoSomething about gun violence in Texas

Related: Tell Your Senators We Need Stronger Gun Laws Now

Tell your Reps to Defund Hate

See below for rally details

Attend the Defund Hate Policy Q&A hosted by Indivisible TX-25 East on September 13 (space is limited)

The biggest fight on immigration this year will be over funding. While Democratic control of the House has given us a firewall against some of the worst Republican attacks, Trump’s attacks against immigrants continue. He shut down the government for over a month in an effort to get his hateful wall, and has already requested billions more for ICE and CBP in next year’s budget, “FY20.” He hopes to use the money to pay for his wall, more ICE and CBP agents, and more cages for immigrant families.

The appropriations process is our best chance to act to stop Trump’s deportation machine. If you care about ending Trump’s racist immigration policies—like separating, caging, and tear gassing families—make a call today and tell your Member of Congress (MoC) to cut funding for ICE and CBP, and get rid of these agencies’ ability to conduct backdoor money grabs by raiding other government accounts like FEMA.

Join the Indivisible #DefundHate call-in day TODAY

Learn more about the nationwide Defund Hate coalition

New! “Megaphone Texas” Podcast featuring  interviews with local immigration activists


2020 is coming

Texodus!

Rep. Bill Flores

Rep. Bill Flores announced his retirement from the U.S. House last week, the fifth Texas Republican from Texas to do so, and the first in our area. Flores’s district, TX17, covers a gerrymandered slice of North Austin and Pflugerville, along with Waco and Bryan-College Station.

In 2018, we endorsed Democrat Rick Kennedy is in the race for Flores’s seat. Kennedy is running again and so far no one else, Republican or Democrat, has declared.

Kennedy isn’t the only 2018 challenger running for the same seat in 2020. The Texas Observer has a great piece on three other candidates doing the same thing: Julie Oliver (TX25), MJ Hegar (TX31, now running for Senate), and Gina Ortiz Jones (TX23, where Republican Will Hurd is retiring).


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

See our Events section below for upcoming climate actions in Austin. 

Last week, CNN held a seven hour Climate Crisis Town Hall. Emily Atkin’s new Heated newsletter did an excellent job covering the highs and lows, and you should subscribe right now this very minute—it’s free!

“…the CNN climate crisis town hall contained so many reminders about how the fossil fuel industry continues to distort the climate conversation today.

“I could explain why those kinds of questions reflect fossil fuel industry talking points. But I don’t have to, because Elizabeth Warren did:

“This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry hopes we’re all talking about. … They want to be able to stir up a lot of controversy around your light bulbs, around your straws, and around your cheeseburgers. When 70 percent of the pollution, of the carbon that we’re throwing into the air, comes from three industries. …

“And why don’t we focus there? It’s corruption! Its these giant corruptions that keep hiring the PR firms so we don’t look at who’s still making the big bucks off polluting our earth. And the time for that is past. We have a chance, a chance left in 2020 to turn this around. But we are running out of time on this one.”

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Events

Monday, September 9

Redistricting 101

Hosted by Open Austin, Texas Civil Rights Project and the Austin Tech Alliance

We’ll welcome the following speakers that will cover topics ranging from the 2020 Census, gerrymandering and redistricting. We’ll learn about how these things will impact our community and how YOU can get involved!

  • Joaquin Gonzalez from Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Stephanie Swanson from the League of Women Voters of Texas
  • Madi Eden from MapTheVote.org

RSVP for Redistricting 101

Tuesday, September 10

Public Hearing #TXLEGE House Committee on Redistricting

1:30 p.m. This is the 1st opportunity to provide public input on the 2021 Redistricting. The Committee will meet to hear invited and public testimony in the Texas Capitol, committee hearing room E1.030 located at 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701.

More information

Wednesday, September 11

#DefundHate Sidewalk rally

7:45 to 9 a.m. at 1005 Congress Ave (outside the office of TX 25 U.S. Rep Roger Williams)

With members of local Indivisible groups, Central Texas MoveOn, and allied groups.

Thursday, September 12

Democratic Debate Live Jolt Watch Party

8:00 p.m. The Democratic National Committee is hosting the third round of debates in Houston in September, the latest sign that the national party is looking to put Texas in play. Join Indivisible Austin for the official Jolt Watch Party!

More information

Friday, September 13

Defund Hate: Immigration Policy Q&A

6:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave

Hosted by Indivisible TX25 East and Central Texas MoveOn. Join our panel of experts in a Q&A session. You do NOT have to live in TX25 to attend.

Please RSVP for this event

Upcoming: Climate Action Week Events

Monday, September 16

XR MedMob, a Worldwide Meditation  

7 p.m. at Lamar Pedestrian Bridge

This will be the Monday after the full moon weekend, the harvest moon, closest full moon to the fall equinox. In meditating together we hope to embrace our empathy for all living things, to come together in love and peace in a world that is incredibly chaotic. You are not alone. Your actions matter. Your voice matters. Your heart matters. View on Facebook.

Friday, September 20

Austin Climate Strike 

Friday, Sept. 20th, Noon-4pm at the Texas Capitol

Organized by the Austin Climate Coalition and kicks off a week of a global week of action. View Facebook event.

More information on the 9/20 Strike at Austin Climate Coalition’s website.

September 20-27

Extinction Rebellion’s Global Week of Action: Climate Strikes to Climate Justice!

Global Climate Strike

Extinction Rebellion Austin


Your Moment of Zen

 

Tell Greg Abbott: Saying “Mistakes were made” is not sufficient. It’s time to #DoSomething about gun violence and anti-immigrant rhetoric in Texas | Take Action Newsletter

Do you hate gerrymandering? See our events section for multiple listings on redistricting in Texas—including the first public hearing of the #txlege redistricting committee.

Take Action

Tell Greg Abbott: Saying “Mistakes were made” is not sufficient. It’s time to #DoSomething about gun violence and anti-immigrant rhetoric in Texas.

The day before a gunman—specifically targeting Mexican immigrants—killed 22 people in an El Paso Walmart, Gov. Greg Abbott sent a fundraising letter that warned:

“Unless you and I want liberals to succeed in their plan to transform Texas—and our entire country—through illegal immigration.”

Since then, Gov. Abbott has acknowledged that “mistakes were made,” a dodge so pervasive in politics that it has its own Wikipedia page. Abbott went on to assemble a “domestic terrorism task force” whose membership insures that absolutely nothing will be done to prevent gun violence or to dampen the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has become the hallmark of the Texas GOP.

It’s time we let Gov. Abbott know that half-measures and passive, non-apology apologies aren’t going to cut it this time.

Send Greg Abbott a letter

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Events

Wednesday, September 4

One Person, One Vote: Redistricting 101 Webinar

Join experts from the ACLU of Texas and Texas Civil Rights Project for a digital meet-up to discuss the redistricting process in our state. Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway, and they’ll send you a recording of the session afterwards.

RSVP for One Person, One Vote

Upcoming:

Monday, September 9

Redistricting 101

Hosted by Open Austin, Texas Civil Rights Project and the Austin Tech Alliance

We’ll welcome the following speakers that will cover topics ranging from the 2020 Census, gerrymandering and redistricting. We’ll learn about how these things will impact our community and how YOU can get involved!

  • Joaquin Gonzalez from Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Stephanie Swanson from the League of Women Voters of Texas
  • Madi Eden from MapTheVote.org

RSVP for Redistricting 101

Tuesday, September 10

Public Hearing #TXLEGE House Committee on Redistricting

1:30 p.m. This is the 1st opportunity to provide public input on the 2021 Redistricting. The Committee will meet to hear invited and public testimony in the Texas Capitol, committee hearing room E1.030 located at 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701.

More information

Thursday, September 12

Democratic Debate Live Jolt Watch Party

8:00 p.m. The Democratic National Committee is hosting the third round of debates in Houston in September, the latest sign that the national party is looking to put Texas in play. Join Indivisible Austin for the official Jolt Watch Party!

More information


Funding the Fight

Defending and advancing democratic principles is a bedrock value of Indivisible Austin. There are many pernicious attacks on those principles, and one of the most successful and damaging ones is gerrymandering.

In Texas, gerrymandering lets Republicans pick their voters, instead of voters picking their representatives. Austin, the largest city in the US without majority control of a congressional district, is ground zero for gerrymandering in the state.

Redistricting, where gerrymandering happens, will follow next year’s census. Redistricting is also where we FIGHT gerrymandering. Starting with the first public hearing on September 10th, and all the way to the end of the process, Indivisible Austin will be pushing to make the process fair and make all of our votes count.

Make a gift to support our efforts to fight gerrymandering through the redistricting process today!

Your Moment of Zen

 

Write Your Reps! Tell Greg Abbott: Call a special session to #DoSomething about gun violence in Texas

The day before a gunman—specifically targeting Mexican immigrants—killed 22 people in an El Paso Walmart, Gov. Greg Abbott sent a fundraising letter that warned:

“Unless you and I want liberals to succeed in their plan to transform Texas—and our entire country—through illegal immigration.”

Since then, Gov. Abbott has acknowledged that “mistakes were made,” a dodge so pervasive in politics that it has its own Wikipedia page. Abbott went on to assemble a “domestic terrorism task force” whose membership insures that absolutely nothing will be done to prevent gun violence or to dampen the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has become the hallmark of the Texas GOP.

It’s time we let Gov. Abbott know that half-measures and passive, non-apology apologies aren’t going to cut it this time.

The Amazon is on fire. What can you do? | Take Action Newsletter

Read our statement on Trump’s anti-immigrant public charge rule

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The Amazon is on fire. What can you do?

Photo of Amazon fires by CoolEarth.org

The Notre Dame fire received 15 times more news coverage than the fires in the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon fires, many of them set intentionally by a corrupt regime to clear land for cattle, are rapidly increasing the global climate crisis. We know we need to pay more attention—but what does that mean from Austin, TX? What can we do?

  1. Call your reps. Tell them to pressure the White House to work with our allies like France and Ireland to pressure Bolsanaro to stop the deforestation.
  2. Support organizations like Cool Earth and Rainforest Action Network.
  3. Keep talking about the crisis. The media and our elected leaders respond to what people like us are shouting loudest about.

(hat tip to Celeste Pewter—follow her on Twitter)

Related: Send John Cornyn a letter about his dereliction of duty on the climate crisis

Support HR 3222 — No Funds for the Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule

Call your representatives and tell them to support HR 3222, which will prevent the public charge rule from taking effect by simply not allowing funds to be used to implement it.

If implemented, the rule will make it much more difficult for immigrants going through the immigration system to ever become citizens. It’s part of the administration’s calculated plans to make America less diverse and less welcoming to those seeking to build a better life. In Texas, where more than one in four of our children live with immigrant parents, the impact can’t be overstated.

Demand impeachment because…wtf

Demand Impeachment Inquiry Now

Each week we pick one or two of the most urgent actions to include in this newsletter. During weeks like this one—when Trump tacitly endorsed deforestation of the Amazon, escalated a trade war that sunk the stock market, coddled the North Korean dictator, reversed his stance on passing gun-control legislation, unleashed an anti-Semitic rant, and proposed rolling back the Flores settlement that limits the amount of time children can be caged—all we can do is throw up our hands and demand impeachment.

Write your reps demanding an impeachment inquiry now


Events

Monday, August 26

Town Hall with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Riveter Austin, 1145 West 5th Street

Doggett supports impeachment - honk to impeach!

Join us for a town hall with US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who represents communities from Austin to San Antonio. Hear from Congressman Doggett about the state of our federal government and how you can be even more civically engaged. Additional elected officials will be announced soon.

Congressman Doggett serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the House Ways & Means Committee and on the House Budget Committee.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Gun Legislation
  • Health care
  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Economy

RSVP for this Town Hall

Wednesday, August 28

City of Austin Budget Hearing

6 p.m at City Hall

Join Austin Justice Coalition and other advocacy groups at the second budget hearing to make sure Austin City Council knows that mental health reform is a need in this city and should be a funding priority.

View on Facebook

Friday, August 30

TARA Austin Chapter Meeting with US Congressman Michael McCaul

Michael McCaul

The Texas Asian Republican Assembly of Austin is having a meeting 6:45PM, Friday August 30th, 2018 at Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd. Suite 100 Austin TX 78758.

RSVP for this event!


Your Moment of Zen

 

 

 

 

Cut recess short to pass legislation on gun violence; Cornyn has a $9 million war chest and a massive head start | Take Action Newsletter

NEW: Check out our video playlist of LIVE readings of the Mueller Report

Statement on Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule

The board of Indivisible Austin joins with those fighting for the rights of immigrants in condemning the administration’s decision to make it harder for immigrants to become citizens. The final version of the public charge rule, which will go into effect in 60 days, was announced on the heels of the horrific act of domestic terrorism in El Paso perpetrated on the Latino community.

Read our full statement

What you can do:

  1. Ask your rep to support H.R.3222, the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019
  2. Sign this petition by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Take Action

Tell Cruz and Cornyn: Cut recess short to pass legislation on gun violence

Congress is in recess until September 9. The House Judiciary Committee is cutting short the long summer break to work on gun control legislation. The Senate should do the same, and both John Cornyn and Ted Cruz sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Call Cornyn and Cruz with your support for an emergency session on gun violence prevention.

Local numbers:

  • Sen. Cornyn: 512-469-6034
  • Sen. Cruz: 512-916-5834

If you haven’t already: Write Cruz and Cornyn a letter, demanding common sense gun legislation

Script below by Celeste Pewter:

End recess early to pass common sense gun legislation


2020 is coming

Published in 1959, Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” — an absurdist play about the rise of fascism — describes Sen. John Cornyn and other Trump enablers perfectly. One minute they seem like normal human beings, the next they’ve grown horns.

Cornyn tweet it's summer chuck

Flipping Cornyn’s senate seat might be our biggest chance to effect change in 2020. If Trump loses the presidency, but we still have Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader, all of the progressive legislation we’ve been fighting for—the Green New Deal, the DREAM Act, bills to protect our health care and reduce gun violence—will die.

We already have solid candidates in the senate race (most recently Jolt Texas founder Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez) and likely more on the way. With 27 weeks until the Texas primary elections, the time to pay attention is now. Donate, amplify, knock doors. Cornyn has a $9 million war chest and a massive head start.

Write Sen. Cornyn and tell him his stance on the climate crisis is a dereliction of duty

Additional reading:


Action Spotlight: Mueller LIVE

Mueller Report Live at North Door AustinWhen you hear the phrase “448-page legal document” you might not make an immediate mental leap to “six nights of free interactive entertainment.” But that’s just what our team of volunteers did this summer with the Mueller Report on a series of Sunday nights at North Door Austin. The best part is, all six nights were captured on video. We’re proud to share them for the first time here.

Download slides and watch the video of our LIVE readings of the Mueller Report


Events

Thursday, August 22

AbortionAccessATX Rally and Testimony

12:30 p.m. at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.

Hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and others. Together, we have a real opportunity to ensure access to safe abortion care in Austin. But it’s going to take all of us to unite and take action.

  • 12:30 PM #AbortionAccessATX Rally on the steps of City Hall
  • 1:00 PM Pizza lunch in the City Hall Atrium
  • 2:00 PM Testimony before City Council begins

View this event on Facebook

Monday, August 26

Town Hall with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Riveter Austin, 1145 West 5th Street

Rep. Lloyd DoggettJoin us for a town hall with US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who represents communities from Austin to San Antonio. Hear from Congressman Doggett about the state of our federal government and how you can be even more civically engaged. Additional elected officials will be announced soon.

Congressman Doggett serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the House Ways & Means Committee and on the House Budget Committee.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Gun Legislation
  • Health care
  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Economy

RSVP for this Town Hall


Funding the Fight

Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t the most popular or cost-effective course of action. One example: Our six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Staged in front of small but lively audiences in the dead of summer, we packaged a 448-page legal document—which is critically important for Americans to understand—into 18 hours of free, interactive entertainment. This was a large financial undertaking for us, not to mention the hundreds of volunteer hours spent and the mental toll from learning the depths of corruption of the Trump Administration.

Help us recoup some of these expenses by making a gift today.


Your Moment of Zen

 

 

 

Video and Slides from our Live Readings of the Mueller Report at North Door Austin

Over the course of six nights at The North Door in Austin, TX, we read all 448-pages of the Mueller Report, complete with interactive slides (scroll down to download) and celebrity guests.

One outcome of this project is that the organizers who participated are very familiar with the contents of the report. Here is what they had to say:

“Mostly I learned that everyone connected to the trump campaign and admin only cares about how their position can help themselves. Not a one cares about democracy, the constitution, or the situation of US citizens.”

“Mueller laid a road map for congress to impeach.”

“Easier to read and understand than I thought it would be”

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Write Your Reps! Dear John Cornyn: Your failure to act on the climate crisis is a dereliction of duty

“One theory of government is that it only reacts to a crisis; trouble comes when we cannot even agree on what a crisis is.”

—Molly Ivins, on the danger of climate change denialism, in 1995.

It’s taken a generation for leaders in Congress to begin taking seriously the threat of climate catastrophe, and now it may be too late. It will certainly be too late if the most powerful people in the world—including members of the United States Senate—continue to ignore facts.

Sen. John Cornyn is the embodiment of climate change denialism and dereliction of duty. His flippant attitude toward the crisis is completely unacceptable.

 

Our job in 2020 is to vote out John Cornyn and other climate deniers who put fossil fuel profits above the lives of their children and grandchildren. But until then, we must tell lawmakers that the climate crisis is real, it’s happening now, and that anything short of an “all hands on deck” response to the catastrophe is incredibly dangerous.

Demand a #txlege special session on Gun Safety in Texas; Tell Cornyn and Cruz: We need stronger gun laws now | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Demand Governor Abbott call a special session on Gun Safety in Texas

We don’t often circulate petitions, but this one was started by state Rep. Roland Gutierrez in the wake of the El Paso massacre. Our state leadership has failed to be proactive and adopt laws that would allow gun safety. All Texans should feel safe in their communities. Every year we lose too many to gun violence. Over 3,353 gun-related deaths occur in Texas each year. One death is too many. It’s time for change.

We can End Gun Violence. Make It Stop.

Tell Cornyn and Cruz: We need stronger gun laws now

Since the El Paso shooting, Cornyn and Cruz have hinted at willingness to pass laws to make it harder for guns to get into the wrong hands. That’s not nearly enough. There is actual legislation, which the House passed with bipartisan support, and which is stalled in the Senate thanks to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s obstructionism. Our job is to pressure our senators to pressure McConnell. Tell them you care. Tell them how gun violence has affected you or someone you know.

  • H.R.8 would close the loophole in the current law to require background checks for firearm purchases online and at gun shows. It’s a small, but important step toward ending the epidemic of gun violence. It passed the House with bipartisan support, yet Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote in the Senate.
  • H.R. 1112, the “Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019,” also passed the House with bipartisan support. The bill would revise background check requirements on firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.
  • S. 184, the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act, authorizes the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.

Write Cruz and Cornyn: It’s time to end gun violence in America.


How your voices are making a difference

  • A Nebraska Republican lawmaker called out the GOP—and Donald directly—for “enabling white supremacy
  • President Obama made a rare public rebuke
  • Republicans—even Mitch McConnell—are making noise about actually introducing legislation for sensible gun reform

Read more ways your voices are making a difference


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The #1 thing you can do to fight for a better climate future is to talk about the problem. 

City of Austin: This is an emergency

Austin City Council approved a resolution last week declaring a climate emergency and calling for immediate and coordinated mobilization by the City to address the causes and consequences of climate change and directing the City Manager to take appropriate action.

In part, the resolution directs the City Manager to:

  • Provide options for more aggressive interim targets to accelerate the reduction pathway to achieve net-zero by 2050;
  • Incentivize non-fossil fuel heating sources
  • Promote a shift to 50 percent of trips being independent from single occupancy cars
  • Incorporate climate resilience policies
  • Identify innovative policy approaches to address the climate crisis’s causes as well as mitigation strategies, including the promotion of natural systems, green infrastructure, and carbon sequestration; the role of tree planting as a carbon offsetting strategy; public cooling spaces to combat heat waves; and updated information about the heat island effect in Austin and strategies to mitigate this effect.

We applaud councilmember Alison Alter for drafting this resolution and the Council for approving it. Austin now joins New York, Los Angeles and other cities in declaring a climate emergency. The resolution itself should have come sooner, and could be stronger—for example, divesting the city’s pensions from fossil fuels—and we look forward to deeper analysis from 350 Austin and other orgs. But this is a step in the right direction.

Take a moment to thank Austin City Council for their leadership on the climate emergency.


Events

Wednesday, August 14

Unwelcome Reception: Rally Against ALEC

4:30 p.m. at Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Avenue

Read: ALEC is coming to Texas. Here’s why that’s bad. (Progress Texas)

**Meet outside Fareground at 4:30PM**

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is convening in Austin from Aug. 14-16 at the J.W. Marriott for their 46th annual meeting.

We must show them THEY ARE NOT WELCOME! We must TAKE BACK OUR STATE!

ALEC is just another way for corporate interests to control our government.

  • They take power away from everyday Texans and put it into the hands of the wealthy few.
  • They’re behind bad legislation like “Stand Your Ground” gun legislation and Voter ID.
  • They use corporate contributions to sell prepackaged conservative bills that hurt our communities.

Let’s take back our power! Let’s take back our state! Join us for our Unwelcome Reception and Rally!

Tell Texas lawmakers that corporate lobbyists have no place governing the lives of Texans.

Saturday, August 17

Community Forum on Redistricting

10 a.m. at Colorado Tower, 303 Colorado St.

The League of Women Voters Austin Area and Fair Maps Texas invite you to take part in a Community Forum on Redistricting aimed at mobilizing our community for the Texas Legislature’s upcoming public input hearings.

RSVP for the community forum on redistricting

Monday, August 26

Town Hall with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Riveter Austin, 1145 West 5th Street

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Join us for a town hall with US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who represents communities from Austin to San Antonio. Hear from Congressman Doggett about the state of our federal government and how you can be even more civically engaged. Additional elected officials will be announced soon.

Congressman Doggett serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the House Ways & Means Committee and on the House Budget Committee.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Health care
  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Economy

RSVP for this Town Hall

Your Moment of Zen

 

The majority of Americans favor tighter regulation of weapons | How your voices are making a difference

The Web company used by 8Chan, the hate site where recent El Paso shooter posted his white supremacist hate messages against immigrants before driving nine hours to the border town, announced it will no longer provide services to the racist site, effectively shutting down the 8Chan page.

A Nebraska Republican lawmaker called out the GOP—and Donald directly—for “enabling white supremacy.” “I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist,” wrote McCollister, who represents an Omaha-area district. “What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party.”

President Obama made a rare public rebuke—ostensibly of racism in general, but his tweet was very pointed toward the Very Stable Genius—or at least thin-skinned Donald thought so, lashing out in reply that he is the “least racist person in the world.” Obama’s tweet simply asked Americans to “clearly and unequivocally” reject language from leaders that “feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the FBI, stating that he was fired just before his retirement as politically motivated punishment by Don John for being insufficiently loyal. McCabe stated that Donald “purposefully and intentionally” pushed the Justice Department to demote and terminate him as part of an “unconstitutional plan” to discredit and remove Justice Department and F.B.I. employees who were “deemed to be his partisan opponents.”

The House Judiciary Committee filed suit against Donald’s former counsel Don McGahn to force him to testify before Congress.

Republicans—even Mitch McConnell—are making noise about actually introducing legislation for sensible gun reform, in response—at last—to the majority of Americans who favor tighter regulation of weapons.

Your Feel-good Story of the Week

Check out these TED talks on how to engage in productive political discussion that may help mend, rather than continue to worsen, our ideological divides.