#BeATexasVoter | Take Action Newsletter

Take nothing for granted

On this date in in 2016 Hillary Clinton had a solid lead in the polls. Need we say any more?

Early voting continues through Friday, October 30.

Build your ballot at vote411.org

Polling locations

Endorsements

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

Be A Texas Voter

These candidates need our help to flip the Texas House

Not only is Texas now a swing state for the first time in over 40 years; for the first time in over 30 years we could flip the Texas House! This is extraordinarily important because not only can the Texas Legislature eviscerate any local progressive reforms (such as to curb police brutality), but also 2021 is the redistricting year. This may (literally) be our last chance to stop Republicans from gerrymandering us so badly that Texas is never in play again.

There have been tons of investment in Texas candidates and there are dozens of phonebanks happening right now. We’ve researched which candidates most need our help right now so that we can flip the Texas House. Note: This includes supporting incumbents! (Somewhat surprisingly, several Austin Area candidates really need help.)

Top Tier/Most In Need of Help:

2nd Tier/Also Need Help

You can also sign up for phonebanks by Powered By People, Beto O’Rourke’s organization, to make calls for some of these candidates as well as candidates in other flippable Texas Districts.

Sign the petition to #ReimagineATX

Austin moved $21 million from a massive $440 million police budget, with no officer layoffs. That first $21 million helped the city add 3 new ambulances and 67 new EMS responders, including 14 Community Health Paramedics. Police have been asked to handle all kinds of social problems that should not be met with punishment. #AustinIsSaferWhen we start funding the alternatives.

Sign the petition at austinissaferwhen.org to push back against efforts to undo these victories


Congress Critter of the Week: Roger Williams

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)

Rep. Roger Williams just can’t stop exhibiting questionable ethics. The Houston Chronicle reports that our TX25 congress critter “used his powerful post in Congress to try to help a top donor in his dealings with a publicly traded bank.”

Let’s not waste too much breath on Rep. Roger Williams. Julie Oliver is well within the “margin of hustle” to fire his useless arse.


Events

Beto O’Rourke’s Powered By People Phonebanks (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)

Monday, October 19

Mobility Equity in Action: Project Connect’s Equity Goals

Project Connect is a comprehensive plan to expand Austin’s regional transit system. This panel discussion will focus on the equity dimensions of Project Connect and the anti-displacement policy framework embedded in it.

Zoom registration

FB Event

Wednesday, October 21

Swing Left Texas House Party

6:30 p.m. Join Swing Left Austin and Rouser for a Texas House Party (virtual) featuring The Rabble’s In The House podcast series finale along with some of your favorite politicians, musicians, and comedians helping raise money and turnout the vote for Democrats in Texas and nationwide!

RSVP for the House party

Saturday, October 24

Sierra Club Phonebank for Erin Zwiener for HD 45 (Hays County)

12-2 p.m. Join the Lone Star Sierra Club and progressives for a phonebank with a super efficient autodialer (you only speak to people and voicemails) to help keep Erin in office!

Zoom registration

Saturday, October 31

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

3 p.m. Hear from five dynamic speakers, including:

  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
  • Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent of AISD
  • Jan Goss-Gibson, CEO, Civility Consulting
  • Robin Henderson, Assistant Chief of Police (APD)
  • Chas Moore, Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition

Tickets $24 – $100. All proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank, the Town Lake Chapter’s $20,000 annual Scholarship Fund, and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.

Buy tickets


Your moment of Zen

 

It’s time to VOTE EARLY | Take Action Newsletter

Vote Early!!!

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

Build your ballot at vote411.org

Polling locations

Endorsements

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


Events

Early Voting: October 13-30

Monday, October 12

Calling Texas: The Million Voter Phone Bank

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

RSVP for the Event(s)

Indivisible phone bank for Julie Oliver

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

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

City Council Candidate Forum: Institutional Racism in Austin

City Council Candidate Forum

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

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

RSVP for the candidate forum

Tuesday, October 13

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

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

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

Sign up to fight for the next 10 years

Thursday, October 15

Indivisible phone bank for Mike Siegel

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

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

Saturday, October 17

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

John Cornyn - Payback Project

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

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

Saturday, October 31

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

3 p.m. Hear from five dynamic speakers, including:

  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
  • Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent of AISD
  • Jan Goss-Gibson, CEO, Civility Consulting
  • Robin Henderson, Assistant Chief of Police (APD)
  • Chas Moore, Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition

Tickets $24 – $100. All proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank, the Town Lake Chapter’s $20,000 annual Scholarship Fund, and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.

Buy tickets


Your moment of Zen

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

Five ways to flip Texas and defeat Trump

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

Beto O’Rourke, The Washington Post

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

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

1. Fire John Cornyn

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

Support MJ Hegar:

2. Fire Rep. Michael McCaul and flip TX10

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

Support Mike Siegel:

3. Fire Rep. Chip Roy and flip TX21

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

Support Wendy Davis:

4. Fire Rep. Roger Williams and flip TX25

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

Support Julie Oliver:

5. Flip the Texas House

Flip the Texas House

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

Bonus: Tweet for Texas!

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

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

Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters | Take Action Newsletter

What we do with our time now

Cornyn and Cruz seated next to Mike Lee

We’ve been doom-scrolling the news just like everyone else, seeking updates on Trump’s health and on which public figure is the latest to contract Covid-19. Our own senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, were seated next to Sen. Mike Lee at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting last Thursday, and on Friday Sen. Lee announced that he too was sick. We’re writing this on Sunday morning, and by the time you read it, more jaw-dropping news will have broken.

The next few weeks require focus like never before. Everything we have been fighting for since November 2016 is on the line. What we do with our time now will determine the outcome of the election. What we do with our time now is the difference between an imperfect Democracy or a hateful, corrupt, Trump family regime that will crush dissent. It’s the difference between hope and fear.

This pep talk is as much for ourselves as it is for you. Let’s use our time well.

Volunteer to flip the Texas House and take back Democracy


Take Action

Monday: Last day to register to vote!

Monday, October 5 is the LAST DAY to register to vote in Texas. We know from experience that voters in Texas can be unknowingly purged from the rolls. Take a minute to confirm your registration. Poder Austin and other orgs will be conducting drive-through voter registration.

Am I registered to vote?

Tweet important voting dates – help spread the word!

Start making your early voting plan at VoteTravis.com

Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters

President Trump is hospitalized with COVID-19. At least three Senators have also contracted the virus—including Mike Lee, who was seated between John Cornyn and Ted Cruz at last Thursday’s Judiciary Committee meeting.

Yet here in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott continues to do his damndest to suppress votes and risk Texans’ lives.

On October 1, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots. This reduced the number of drop-off locations in Harris County (pop. 2.4 million) from 12 to one, and the number in Travis County (pop. 1.2 million) from four to one.

Harris and Travis county are—naturally—Democratic strongholds.

Give Abbott a piece of your mind

Also: CALL Abbott at (512) 463-2000 and demand that KEN PAXTON RESIGN.

Give, give, give

We’re entering the final weeks before early voting and Election Day. This is what we have been working toward for four years. Grassroots candidates are fighting against incumbents with massive war chests and dark money support. Dig deep so we can flip the Senate, pick up US House seats and flip the Texas House!

Support these candidates


Events

Monday, October 5

Last day to register to vote in the November election.

Are you sure you’re registered?

Friday, October 9

MJ Hegar and John Cornyn DEBATE!

The debate the rivals have agreed to will air Friday Oct. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast live from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

RSVP on Zoom

Facebook Event 


Your moment of Zen

What we do with our time now

We’ve been doom-scrolling the news just like everyone else, seeking updates on Trump’s health and on which public figure is the latest to contract Covid-19. Our own senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, were seated next to Sen. Mike Lee at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting last Thursday, and on Friday Sen. Lee announced that he too was sick. We’re writing this on Sunday morning, and by the time you read it, more jaw-dropping news will have broken. 

The next few weeks require focus like never before. Everything we have been fighting for since November 2016 is on the line. What we do with our time now will determine the outcome of the election. What we do with our time now is the difference between an imperfect Democracy or a hateful, corrupt, Trump family regime that will crush dissent. It’s the difference between hope and fear. 

This pep talk is as much for ourselves as it is for you. Let’s use our time well.

Abbott’s voter suppression—and a national phonebank day! | Weekend Roundup

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Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters

Abbott and Trump at White House

Especially in light of Donald Trump contracting COVID-19, Gov. Abbott must act in the interests of public health, not far-right extremists.

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the lives of Texas voters. Texans who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot can reduce their risk of exposure to the virus by mailing or hand-delivering their ballots. To make it easier and safer to vote, two of the largest Texas counties set up secure ballot drop-off locations in multiple locations. This is especially important because of ongoing U.S. Postal Service delays.

On October 1, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots. This reduced the number of drop-off locations in Harris County (pop. 2.4 million) from 12 to one, and the number in Travis County (pop. 1.2 million) from four to one.

Harris and Travis county are both Democratic strongholds.

In July, Gov. Abbott extended the Early Voting period by six days—which will alleviate long lines and exposure to the coronavirus. However, Republicans in the state legislature are placing intense pressure on Abbott—including a lawsuit—to reverse his decision. Rumors (unfounded at this point) are circulating that Abbott may change his mind. Abbott must be pressured to do the right thing: keep the extended Early Voting period and allow multiple ballot drop-off locations.

Write Greg Abbott a letter here  (and CALL him at 512-463-2000)

Sunday: Make Calls to Voters for the 2020 Election

We’re less than six weeks to Election Day and things are ramping up. We are fighting tooth and nail to win the White House, flip the Senate, and keep the House. This has gotten even more urgent now that Trump and the GOP are intent on filling RBG’s seat on the Supreme Court. That’s why Indivisible is hosting its first National Phonebank Day on Sunday, 10/4.

Phonebanking is the gold standard of election work. On National Phonebank Day will be hitting the phones together in solidarity for a special community event for both new and veteran phonebankers. The event will start off with a training and will include a dedicated  social media space for questions, guidance, story and picture sharing and bingo!

We have aggressive goals (we want to reach out to 100,000 voters during this event), because we can’t leave ANY voter untouched. This goal is for all of us, and we’ll only meet it (and hopefully crush it) if everyone puts in the work.

This event promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll be starting with a livestream on Facebook  at 2p ET, which will include a training for first-time callers or those who just want to brush up on some skills. You can tune in by going to this link. Also, we’ll be chatting, sharing stories & photos, and getting phonebanking questions answered in our own Facebook group community space, which you can join right now by going to this link. Lastly, just to add a bit more fun into the mix we’ll be playing bingo – and there will be prizes!

Make Calls to Voters for the 2020 Election

Make sure you are registered to vote

Monday is the LAST DAY to register to vote. We know from experience that voters in Texas can be unknowingly purged from the rolls. Take a minute to confirm your registration. Poder Austin and other orgs will be conducting drive-through voter registration.

Am I registered to vote?

 

 

Write Your Reps! Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters

Writing Tips

  • Make it personal: Tell Greg Abbott how COVID-19 has impacted you. Express your concerns about voting during a pandemic.
  • Tell Greg Abbott that prohibiting counties from providing multiple ballot drop-offs is voter suppression.
  • Commend Greg Abbott for extending the Early Voting period and insist that those dates remain in place

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the lives of Texas voters. Texans who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot can reduce their risk of exposure to the virus by mailing or hand-delivering their ballots. to make it easier and safer to vote, several of the largest Texas counties set up secure ballot drop-off locations in multiple locations. This is especially important because of ongoing U.S. Postal Service delays.

On October 1, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots. This reduced the number of drop-off locations in Harris County (pop. 2.4 million) from 12 to one, and the number in Travis County (pop. 1.2 million) from four to one.

Harris and Travis county are both Democratic strongholds.

In July, Gov. Abbott extended the Early Voting period by six days—which will alleviate long lines and exposure to the coronavirus. However, Republicans in the state legislature are placing intense pressure on Abbott—including a lawsuit—to reverse his decision. Rumors (unfounded at this point) are circulating that Abbott may change his mind. Abbott must be pressured to do the right thing: keep the extended Early Voting period and allow multiple ballot drop-off locations.

Especially in light of Donald Trump contracting COVID-19, Gov. Abbott must act in the interests of public health, not far-right extremists.

Four ways to #saveSCOTUS | Take Action Newsletter

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#saveSCOTUS

RIP RGB

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for civil rights and gender equality, passed away on September 18. We cannot let Donald Trump destroy her legacy by replacing her with Amy Coney Barrett—who opposes Roe v. Wade and the ACA, and whose confirmation could hand Trump the upcoming election if it comes down to a judicial ruling

Call, tweet, and email your senators – and then start phone banking, writing letters, or plan a local event to take the Senate this November. We owe Justice Ginsburg nothing less.

Demand your Representative investigate detention abuses

A brave whistleblower recently filed a complaint alleging “jarring medical neglect” within the Irwin Detention Facility in Georgia, including a refusal to test immigrants who are detained there for coronavirus, and an alarming number of hysterectomies performed on immigrant women held in the facility. These horrifying new allegations follow years of carefully documented medical neglect within immigration detention.

Get talking points and connect to your Representative

Make sure you are registered to vote

Next Monday, October 5, is the LAST DAY to register to vote. We know from experience that voters in Texas can be unknowingly purged from the rolls. Take a minute to confirm your registration.

Am I registered to vote?

Give, give, give

We’re entering the final weeks before early voting and Election Day. This is what we have been working toward for four years. Grassroots candidates are fighting against incumbents with massive war chests and dark money support. Dig deep so we can flip the Senate, pick up US House seats and flip the Texas House!

Support these candidates


Organization Spotlight: Indivisible Rosedale Huddle

Indivisible Rosedale Huddle began in 2017 as a neighborhood group within TX10. Today, they are a tremendous force within the progressive community. They have written tens of thousands of postcards to voters. They have billboards and Facebook ads. They partner with other organizations for rural outreach. They formed a PAC! They are an inspiration. Check out their anti-McCaul video below and also their website: rosedalehuddle.com.


Events

Monday, September 28

Virtual Phone Bank with Keke Williams and Beto O’Rourke

6:30 p.m. Join Keke Williams and Beto O’Rourke for a virtual phone bank! We’ll call voters in State House District 54 and ask them to support Keke’s campaign for Texas State Representative. For every volunteer that signs up, Beto provides an additional volunteer.  The previous event with Beto allowed the Keke team to reach 3000+ voters.

Sign up to phone bank

Wednesday, September 30

Census Day!

Today is the last day to fill out the 2020 census. Be sure yours is filled out so that we can get an accurate count—and equitable representation—in Texas.

Spread the word about the US Census

Chrysta Castañeda’s TOUR OF TEXAS II: CENTRAL TEXAS

5 p.m. Join Chrysta as she embarks on her virtual journey across the state of Texas. This event brings Chrysta to the heartland regions of Texas, including Austin, Round Rock, Bryan/College Station.

RSVP for this virtual event

Visit notrailroads.com to learn more about this race

Indivisible Austin Action Meetup

6:30 p.m. Join us to debrief on our introductory trainings on anti-racist organizing and begin practicing the organizing principles we learned through an introduction to “relational organizing” and how we can use this tool to help flip the Texas House.

RSVP for the Action Meetup

Thursday, October 1

Webinar: Pursuing Racial Justice Amid Gentrification in Austin

2 p.m. Featuring Dr. Eric Tang, Assoc. Professor and Assoc. Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies; Dir. of the Center for Asian American Studies @University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Peniel Joseph, Director, Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values, Professor of History @Center for the Study of Race and Democracy; LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin.

Register for the webinar

Southerners for Medicaid Expansion Digital Vigil

6 p.m. With over 180,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and tens of thousands of Southerners who have died from not expanding Medicaid, we invite you to join us for this action of remembrance to honor the lives of people who have suffered from being uninsured and unable to get the healthcare they need. Stacey Abrams will be our moderator and Rev. Dr. William Barber will be the keynote speaker.

Register at southerners4medex.org

Undoing White Supremacy “Actionar”: What’s Next

6:30 p.m. Please join us for a recap of this past summer’s budget process and to talk through how we’re going to move forward through the election season and the winter months.

Register for the actionar

Fort Hood on Trial

5:30 p.m. at the Texas Capitol. Join Vets for the People (V4TP) and countless allies for a powerful community event in which we, the people, will host a public trial holding Fort Hood leadership accountable for the criminal negligence and more. No longer will we tolerate the impunity of those who attempt to conceal their criminality and failures by scapegoating and continuing to abuse us and treat us as expendable.

Register for the community trial

Facebook event

Monday, October 5

Last day to register to vote in the November election.

Are you sure you’re registered?

Friday, October 9

MJ Hegar and John Cornyn DEBATE!

The debate the rivals have agreed to will air Friday Oct. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast live from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

RSVP on Zoom

Facebook Event 


Your moment of Zen


Thank you

Save USPS

A hearty thanks to the army of volunteers who answered the call to write postcards to voters. Thanks to you, more than 13,000 postcards will be sent to Democratic voters in competitive US and Texas House districts before November 3. The majority of cards are being sent to:

  • CD10 / HD28: A zip code in Katy, TX where Rep. McCaul’s district overlaps with state Rep. Gary Gates. The Democratic challengers are Mike Siegel and Eliz Markowitz.
  • CD21 / HD121: A zip code in San Antonio where Rep. Chip Roy’s district overlaps with state Rep. Steve Allison’s.The Democratic challengers are Wendy Davis and Celina Montoya.
  • CD25 / HD54: A zip code in Copperas Cove, TX where Rep. Roger Williams’s district intersects with state Rep. Brad Buckley’s. The Democratic challengers are Julie Oliver and Keke Williams.

The cards remind voters of the important upcoming election dates and encourages them to vote. (Simple GOTV messages like these have been found to be more effective than endorsements of specific candidates.)

Weekend Roundup: Anti-racist training and a rally at Cornyn’s to #SAVESCOTUS

Message from Board Member, Shane Johnson

I know everyone who’s heard the news about the murderers of Breonna Taylor being acquitted are angry, disgusted, feeling empty/everything is meaningless, or any number of other feelings right now. Your feelings are absolutely right, and please take the time you need today to heal with friends/family/loved ones, go to a local action, or anything else you personally need to do today and for however long you need. As a mixed-race Black man involved in Indivisible organizing in Central Texas, I am really struggling to process all of this too.

However, for me, being in community and taking fulfilling action—that is humanizing and strategic—is how I best process and cope with this and other symptoms of the white supremacy culture and rise of fascism in the US. As a long-time community organizer, I know that community organizing is the ONLY solution to the social systems and culture of white supremacy in this country that murders black people literally every day. I’m leading the intro to community organizing training below this Saturday (same time as last week) to build off the super-basic intro to anti-racism last week. Please join if you’re at all able to so that we can really build community political power longer-term and be able to channel this momentum into changing the f**ked up realities of this country. Of course, please don’t feel any pressure to join in any events over right now and prioritize your own healing and self-care. Much love!


Events

Saturday, September 26

Indivisible Austin’s Intro to (Anti-racist) Community Organizing

11 a.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the second part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on (anti-racist) community organizing! We will go over what community organizing is, some examples of historic community organizing, and how community organizing (done right) is putting anti-racism into practice. Learning to practice anti-racism through true (anti-racist) community organizing is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in the US’s white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation available.

RSVP for this training

Facebook event

Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join Indivisibles from across the South for this VIRTUAL EVENT.

Learn about:

  • Indivisible’s Strategy to win in the South
  • Empowering group members, leaders and activists with the tools they need to overcome the challenges of southern organizing
  • Celebrate the rich history of organizing in the south
  • A glimpse into the work that lies on the horizon in 2021
  • Preparing for GOTV: Direct Voter Contact
  • Discussion on navigating voter suppression in Southern elections

RSVP for this event

Sunday, September 27

RIP RGB

#SAVESCOTUS – HONOR HER WISH

2 p.m. at John Cornyn’s Austin office (outside the Chase Bank building), 221 W 6th St.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for civil rights and gender equality, passed away on September 18. We cannot let Donald Trump destroy her legacy by replacing her with a justice from his shortlist of conservative extremists. Anyone Trump picks to replace RBG would no doubt undo all of the progressive change she fought for her whole life. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already declared he will bring Trump’s nomination to the floor for the vote. We cannot let this happen. We have to block everything Republicans try to do to get this nomination confirmed and we have to fight like hell to take back the Senate and the White House in November.

**MAY HER MEMORY BE A REVOLUTION**

**This is a socially distanced event and masks are required**

RSVP for this event

Facebook event

Cornyn’s predictable hypocrisy | Take Action Newsletter

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RBG’s death raises the stakes—we must fire John Cornyn

Cornyn Cornyn Cornyn

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg shines a light on the hypocrisy of irredeemable cowards like John Cornyn. In March 2016 he insisted that, because primary votes were already being cast, the Senate must withhold its consent to vote on Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Now, mere weeks from the general election, Cornyn will flip-flop—surprising exactly no one.

If you feel called to give Cornyn a piece of your mind, Indivisible makes it easy

Here are ways to fire Cornyn and elect MJ Hegar

Get involved with MJ and other campaigns on our 2020 election resources page

Also: Attend the Our Courts, Our Voice rally with March for Our Lives Austin

Tell Texas House and Senate Redistricting Committees to resume hearings

From Texas Civil Rights Project: 

Send a message directly to Chairman King and Chairwoman Huffman to take action immediately! Our demand is that they resume the previously canceled public input hearings on redistricting.

The redistricting process must be open, transparent, and accessible to all Texans— and public input is one key way of achieving that. Help us amplify our message!

Write to King and Huffman demanding the resumption of redistricting hearings

While you’re thinking about it, give to Indivisible TX Lege


Events

Tuesday, September 22

Jolt’s National Voter Registration Day Text-bank

Please join us on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) in our effort to register as many voters as possible leading up to the November Elections. During our last text-bank, we were able to help 104 people register to vote in one hour. This event is super painless and can be done at the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is click a button repeatedly to make a difference.

Sign up for a texting shift!

Wednesday, September 23

Our Courts, Our Voice! rally with March for Our Lives Austin

6 p.m. at Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. A rally to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and defend the Supreme Court Vacancy. Our ask, to postpone the vote on the supreme court nominee till after the inauguration.

** A socially distanced event, masks are required **

More details coming soon.

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Friday, September 25

Friday Rush Hour Banner Drop with Extinction Rebellion ATX

Join Extinction Rebellion ATX for a Friday afternoon banner drop: People & Planet Over Profits! Social distancing + masks will be in full use. We will be meeting at the 11th street bridge over I-35 to drop as many banners as we can to get our message out about the climate crisis.

**We will practice social distancing and wear masks.**

We’ll be setting up our People and Planet Over Profits and Stop the Pipeline banners, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Our goal is to have as many people as we can so that we can hold banners across both directions of I-35 traffic over rush hour. Last time, we reached about 100 cars per minute!

Join the banner drop

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Saturday, September 26

Intro to (Anti-racist) Community Organizing Training

11 a.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the second part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on (anti-racist) community organizing! We will go over what community organizing is, some examples of historic  community organizing, and how community organizing (done right) is putting anti-racism into practice. Learning that practicing anti-racism is done through true community organizing is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in the US’s white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation available.

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Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join Indivisibles from across the South for this VIRTUAL EVENT.

Learn about:

  • Indivisible’s Strategy to win in the South
  • Empowering group members, leaders and activists with the tools they need to overcome the challenges of southern organizing
  • Celebrate the rich history of organizing in the south
  • A glimpse into the work that lies on the horizon in 2021
  • Preparing for GOTV: Direct Voter Contact
  • Discussion on navigating voter suppression in Southern elections

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Wednesday, September 30

Chrysta Castañeda’s TOUR OF TEXAS II: CENTRAL TEXAS

5 p.m. Join Chrysta as she embarks on her virtual journey across the state of Texas. This event brings Chrysta to the heartland regions of Texas, including Austin, Round Rock, Bryan/College Station.

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Thursday, October 1

Southerners for Medicaid Expansion Digital Vigil

6 p.m. With over 180,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and tens of thousands of Southerners who have died from not expanding Medicaid, we invite you to join us for this action of remembrance to honor the lives of people who have suffered from being uninsured and unable to get the healthcare they need. Stacey Abrams will be our moderator and Rev. Dr. William Barber will be the keynote speaker.

Register at southerners4medex.org

Friday, October 9

MJ Hegar and John Cornyn DEBATE!

The debate the rivals have agreed to will air Friday Oct. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast live from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

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