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Join Texas’ Healthcare Activist Leadership Network!

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

  • The House passed an immigration bill to protect Dreamers
  • A bipartisan group of senators introduced more than a dozen bills intended to block the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia
  • U.S. Embassies are flying rainbow pride flags against State Department’s orders

Reminders of the goodness of people…


Thanks, Lloyd

Rep. Lloyd Doggett was an important ally on two fronts last week. The big news is that he announced his support to begin an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. He did not arrive at this position quickly or lightly, as he tells Lawrence O’Donnell.

Rep. Doggett also held a joint press conference with Rep. Joaquin Castro calling on congress to issue subpoenas to turn over more documents related to Gov. Greg Abbott and David Whitley’s attempted purge of 90,000 Texas voters. Give Rep. Doggett a call to voice your thanks and support.


2020 is coming

Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is running for Congress in TX21… OR IS SHE??? The Texas Observer’s Forrest Wilder tweeted last week that she had announced her candidacy at their fundraiser. Now the Austin Chronicle says they jumped the gun. While Davis wrings her hands, it’s worth noting that Jennie Lou Leeder jumped into the race weeks ago. We’re just excited that there is so much interest in this gerrymandered district that Rep. Chip Roy barely won in 2018.

Check out more 2020 Central Texas resources


Your Moment of Zen


Funding the Fight

Things are heating up. You can feel it, and you can see it in this week’s stories. NOW is when the action really starts to end this amoral, corrupt administration. Whether it be the unlikely but righteous route of impeachment or through the righteous slog of the 2020 election, our work is beginning in earnest. So, NOW is the time to support our efforts to get out and organize for the endgame.

A reminder of the goodness of people | How your voices are making a difference

Seventeen automakers, including Ford, Volvo, GM, and Toyota, signed a letter asking the Mentally Deranged Dotard not to roll back Obama-era auto pollution regulations, promising “an extended period of litigation and instability” if he does.

Republicans Finding a Spine

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced more than a dozen bills intended to block Donald’s sales of arms to Saudi Arabia, which Donald has continued despite the civilian death toll of the Saudi-led war in Yemen and the Saudi prince’s orchestration of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Pentagon told the White House to stop politicizing the military after Donny’s aides ordered the USS John McCain’s ship name covered while he was visiting troops, to shield his tiny ego from recognizing the honors bestowed on an honorable man the Very Stable Genius can’t hope to measure up to.

The House in Da House

The House passed an immigration bill to protect Dreamers, with seven yes votes actually coming from Republicans. It will of course be killed in the Senate by Mitch McConnell, the man who undermines democracy.

Republicans Against the Law (and Ethics)

Dept. of Treasury secretary (and wife of hypocrite and democracy blocker Mitch McConnell) Elaine Chao is trouble, y’all, for trying to include family members with a shipping business in meetings with Chinese government officials. Ethics watchdogs are investigating.

Trump Tower in Uruguay joins the numerous Trump properties that are flailing under the Trump Co management and name.

The owners of Trump Panama are accusing the Trump Organization of evading taxes and falsifying finances. (It’s almost like it’s a pattern!)

Social and Civil Rights Advances

Apparently the State Department forbade embassy requests to fly the rainbow Pride flag for Pride month—but they are doing it anyway. And outside the British embassy in DC s a Union Jack in Pride colors—mere blocks away from the house of the vice president.

In a recent poll, 77 percent of Americans want the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade—a mere 13 percent want to see it overturned; “6% say they would like to see it remain in place, but with more restrictions added; 21% want to see Roe expanded to establish the right to abortion under any circumstance; 16% want to keep it the way it is; and 14% want to see some of the restrictions allowed under Roe reduced. Just 13% overall say it should be overturned.”

Netflix became the first network to announce that if the restrictive abortion bans enacted in Georgia become law, they will pull productions from the state.

YouTube announced it’s removing hate-speech content, including those from white supremacists, and videos that claim the Holocaust and Sandy Hook were hoaxes. Ted Cruz is pissed.

The episode of the PBS children’s show Arthur that was pulled from public television in Alabama for featuring a same-sex wedding will be shown in the state after all—in a screening put on by at a local Methodist church.

Colorado banned convicted animal abusers from owning pets for five years.

New York voted to ban declawing cats.

Amid Don John losing his tiny mind about brown people coming into our country, Business Insider reports that more people in the U.S. are moving to Mexico than the other way around.

Your Feel-good stories of the Week

This here is what we call karma.

And so is this: Paul Manafort is headed for Rikers Island.

And this: The Fort Worth teacher who tweeted Don John to ask him to remove illegals from her classroom—and who has a history of prejudicial behavior and comments toward students—has been fired.

The UK trolled Donald mercilessly on his recent visit. Mercilessly. I mean trolled like no one but the Brits can. And then karma bit delightfully again.

America ranked Barack Obama as the greatest president of our lifetimes. Boom.

If you need a reminder of the goodness of people

Tell Cruz and Cornyn: Pass the background check bill; It’s time to impeach; TXLEGE Sine Die | Take Action Newsletter

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Tell the do-nothing Senate: Pass the background check bill

The House of Representatives has sent over 100 bills to the Senate only to see them languish because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not allowing votes. One such bill is H.R. 8, which passed the House with bipartisan support, and would close the gun-show loophole that allows sales of firearms without a background check.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time in Virginia Beach, passage of this bill would be an incremental step toward common sense gun legislation in this country. But the Senate won’t vote on it. Tell Cruz and Cornyn that this is not acceptable. And while you’re at it, take the pledge to fire John Cornyn—the most useless of all of the do-nothing senators on the Hill.

Write a letter to to Cornyn and Cruz

No one is above the law: It’s time for the House to start impeachment proceedings

With control of the House, Democrats should use their investigatory power to begin investigations into whether Donald Trump has committed crimes that would justify his impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution is a good step forward.

Send a letter to your rep

Find (or organize!) a local event for MoveOn’s June 15 Day of Action


How your voices are making a difference

  • The Texas Secretary of State who tried to fan up outrage and purge the voter rolls of “noncitizens” voting is out of a job.
  • Nineteen discriminatory anti-LGBTQ proposed bills were shot down in this session of the Texas lege
  • A growing number of House Democrats—and even one Republican—are ready to begin impeachment proceedings

Bye, Felicia


TXLEGE SINE DIE

Thank you - Pusheen the cat

We did it, y’all. You did it.

SB 9: Blocked. David Whitley’s confirmation: Also blocked.

As Progress Texas says:

“Because progressives showed up to vote in 2018, we changed the Texas legislature for the better and we’re just getting started”

If we bring that same energy to the next election cycle, a progressive Texas is ours. Thank you for continuing to show up.

Read: Top Best (& Worst) Moments of the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

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2020 is coming

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With the TXLEGE session over, it’s time to reflect and recharge…and then refocus on 2020.

  • We still have five U.S. House seats to flip in Central Texas. The incumbents are already spending vast sums of money to defend those seats. It’s never too soon to donate to the candidates you support.
  • Sen. John Cornyn is already coming out swinging. He must be stopped. We must flip the Senate, or Mitch McConnell will continue to obstruct Democracy.
  • In 2018 we flipped nine Texas House and two Senate seats. We’re on our way to a progressive Texas, but only if we put in the work.

We have 38 weeks until the first votes are cast in the 2020 primary. Let’s make sure we’re doing everything we can to make those weeks count.

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Events


Your Moment of Zen

 

To the Texas SOS: Bye, Felicia | How your voice are making a difference

Mueller spoke to directly contradict Donald’s repeated assertions that he was completely exonerated and there was “no collusion.” (Donny even made some posters to say so, just like a second-grader!): “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Mueller flat-out said.

A growing number of House Democrats—and even one Republican—are ready to begin impeachment proceedings (AKA “the i-word,” if you are Donald and struggle with multisyllabic words.)

Meanwhile Donny boy finally admitted Russia put him in the White House, although he tweeted that he had “nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.”

Republicans Against the Law

federal judge rejected Don John’s request to begin building his compensatory border wall while the administration awaits appeal on a previous judgment that found the funds weren’t properly authorized by Congress and therefore couldn’t be used.

Along with a Don John reelection PAC, Mar-A-Lago—another failing Donald property kept afloat by the American taxpayer—got slapped with a federal subpoena for records pertaining to the GOP donor at the center of recent arrests for prostitution—at one of her chain of “massage parlors”—who was recently indicted for peddling access to the Mentally Deranged Dotard, and possibly foreign campaign donations.

A judge granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a temporary restraining order against Missouri, preventing the state from closing down its sole remaining abortion clinic last week.

Republicans are grappling with the evidence from one of their own that recent GOP attempts to add a citizenship questions are deliberately intended to create an electoral advantage for “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites” at the expense of all other voters…despite the GOP’s protestations of same. THAT now-public information should weigh in interestingly as the Supreme Court considers the question.

Karmic Comeuppance

The Texas Secretary of State who tried to fan up outrage and purge the voter rolls of “noncitizens” voting—information that turned out to be rife with errors—is out of a job. Bye, Felicia.

Senator and Donald toady Lindsey Graham got schooled hard—on FOX News, no less, by Chris Wallace—about his own hypocrisy regarding a president ignoring subpoenas from Congress. Wallace played Graham clips of 1998 Graham.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

Nineteen discriminatory anti-LGBTQ proposed bills were shot down in this session of the Texas lege, thanks to the efforts of LGBTQ activists and allies.

The People Taking Action

It isn’t only their businesses that states are hurting with their draconian and illegal anti-abortion laws—now students are rejecting colleges in those states as well.

Tech giant Salesforce has enacted a policy of refusing to provide e-commerce software to retailers who sell semiautomatic and other weapons.

In Italy, the government announced plans to revoke plans for white supremacist (and bloviating hate-pustule) Steve Bannon to use a medieval monastery to foment his white supremacist message to create “right-wing culture warriors” (aka, more white supremacists).

Your Feel-Good Stories of the Week

In the unlikeliest pairing since Lilo and Stitch, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez is teaming up with—wait for it!—Ted Cruz in efforts to prevent legislators from becoming lobbyists. Perhaps, like Lilo, AOC will manage to help Cruz discover the meaning of compassion.

Apparently following the whiz-bang branding acumen of the multiply (and morally!) bankrupted Very Stable Genius, the Department of Energy recently issued a communique in which it tried to rebrand fossil fuel as “molecules of U.S. freedom.” LOLOLOL!! No, I’m serious!

Meanwhile, the Commander of Cheese is a joke absolutely everywhere, as this hilarious (but sad…SAD!) Australian Onion-style spoof makes clear.

Protect trans health; Last chance to #PurgeWhitley; Chip Roy’s bad-faith grandstanding | Take Action Newsletter

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Memorial Day

Today we honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. As the Trump administration yet again rattles its sabers in the Middle East, it’s worth reading the responses from military veterans to this tweet from the official U.S. Army account.


Take Action

Submit a public comment to protect trans health

From the Transgender Law Center:

The Trump-Pence Administration is trying to undermine the Health Care Rights Law, a lifesaving law that helps transgender people access the health care they need without discrimination from health care providers or insurers. Now, the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing regulation that falsely says discrimination against transgender people is legal.

While they can’t change the law, this new regulation would confuse patients, providers, and insurers, and make it much harder for many transgender people to access life-saving care.

Make your voice heard. Submit a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services to tell them why you oppose the new rule and share your story.


Last call to block the confirmation of David Whitley as Texas Secretary of State

 

You defeated SB 9. Now, the Texas Legislature adjourns on May 27, and senate Republicans are seeking any opportunity to vote for the confirmation of Abbott’s SOS nominee David Whitley. (The same Whitley who oversaw the disastrous attempt to purge voters.) They need a two-thirds majority, and has long as Democrats hold strong (and don’t leave the building), Whitley will not be confirmed.

Stiffen their spines: Send a letter to your Texas state senator


How your voices are making a difference

  • Texas SB 9 is DEAD
  • Maryland became the first state to cover Planned Parenthood proposed cuts.
  • New York passed a bill giving Congress a way to Get Trump’s state tax returns.

Also, Ben Carson is a flat-out idiot


Congress Critter of the Week: Chip Roy (again)

Rep. Chip Roy made national headlines last week when he single-handedly delayed $19.1 billion in disaster relief aid for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and other storms. The funding will be released when Congress returns from recess on June 3, so Chip’s move was nothing more than grandstanding at the expense of desperate Texans waiting for relief. Chip’s purported objection was that the bill did not contain funding for border security.

Chip — who claims to want to drain the swamp that spawned him — won his heavily gerrymandered seat in Congress by fewer than 10,000 votes. Now is the time to organize. As our friends in TX21 Indivisible put it, “Y’all want disaster relief? In 2020 we need to relieve ourselves of the disaster that is Chip Roy.”

Get involved:

Read: If Republicans hate government so much, they should leave (Washington Post)


Let’s talk about climate change

One of the best ways you can fight climate change is to talk about it. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Here are some conversation starters.

  • MoveOn’s “Youth Climate Strike” campaign is demanding that presidential candidates debate climate policy. Here’s Elizabeth Warren agreeing to the debate.


Funding the Fight

I voted stickers

We did it. You did it. After repeated calls, letters, tweets and posts, SB 9—as well as related amendments—is DEAD. This vile voter-suppression attempt would be the law of the land were it not for dedicated organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and activists like you. For our part, Indivisible Austin sent 100 of your letters opposing SB 9 to state lawmakers.

Activism works. But it’s not free. Make a gift today?


Your Moment of Zen

Delicious Ironies | How your voices are making a difference

Breaking: Texas Senate Bill 9, the voter-suppression bill that would turn honest mistakes into felonies, is DEAD! Activism works, y’all. Thanks to everyone who called and wrote their reps to defeat this awful bill.

Fighting the Attack on Women

Bill Nye the Science Guy wants anti-choice activists to know exactly how scientifically ignorant their anti-abortion stance is.

Meanwhile prosecutors across the country are vowing not to bring charges for violations to the unconstitutional abortion bans recently enacted by several states.

Maryland became the first state to cover Planned Parenthood proposed cuts.

A Nevada law removing abortion restrictions passed the state assembly.

Republicans Reconsidering

Vermont’s Republican governor is the first prominent political figure to publicly come out favoring Don John’s only (so far) challenger in the GOP primary, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, over reelecting the Very Stable Genius.

Republicans Against the Law

A federal judge issued a temporary injunction blocking part of Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

Washington state is aiming to make violent white supremacism legal grounds for having your guns confiscated.

A federal judge blocked Don John’s attempt to keep his financial institutions from releasing records, upholding the congressional subpoenas. In the most delicious of ironies, the court to which Donald will have to take his appeal is headed by—wait for it; this is really good—Merrick Garland. Twitter ran with it.

New York prosecutors closed a loophole that will now allow the state to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes.

New York passed a bill giving Congress a way to Get Trump’s state tax returns

The Washington Post uncovered a confidential internal IRS attorney memo that states that the IRS must disclose subpoenaed tax information to Congress unless the president declares executive privilege—which the Mentally Deranged Dotard has not—thus contradicting Don John’s stated justification for blocking it.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would help same-sex couples get married.

A new Gillette ad features a dad teaching his trans son to shave for the first time.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO to many) declared it to be National Day of Fighting Against Homophobia, Lesbofobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

Target stores donated $100K to an LGBT nonprofit that promotes ‘inclusive’ K-12 schools.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Native American rights in a 5-4 decision in a case out of Wyoming.

Nickelodeon actor Michael D. Cohen reveals he transitioned from being a woman to a man nearly 20 years ago.

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

Ben Carson is a flat-out idiot.

 

The Rights of Women and Girls; Zombie SB 9; End the “Dead Suspects” loophole | Take Action Newsletter

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The Rights of Women and Girls

While the Texas legislature is no friend to comprehensive health care, this past week the state of Alabama’s new, near total ban on abortion dominated headlines. The law is so extreme that it would force a 12-year-old rape survivor to carry a pregnancy to term—and this in a state with abysmal education, child care, and public support policies for children writ large. While some may oppose abortion care for genuine reasons, Alabama’s law makes clear the political hypocrisy motivating too many who call themselves “pro-life.”

This law is designed to go to the Supreme Court and overturn—or at the very least gut—Roe v. Wade. Supporters want people to forget the women and girls taken to the ER after being preyed upon in back alleys or taking desperate measures on their own. We won’t forget.

And we also won’t forget that federal lawmakers are not powerless to act. Passing a federal law could codify a woman’s right to choose has always been a possibility, but always blocked by conservatives.

Urge our members of Congress to pledge to do anything it takes to make a stand for women’s rights—cosponsoring legislation, blocking judicial nominees in the Senate, and speaking out clearly against this affront of a law.

Show up at the Capitol on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to #StoptheBans


Zombie SB 9?

SB 9 appears to have died in the House Calendars Committee, and therefore cannot be passed before the May 21st deadline. More than 120 witnesses showed up to testify, the vast majority opposed to the bill. Your calls and letters rattled them!

We must remain vigilant, as provisions of the bill could be amended to other bills. We’ll need to fight any renewed efforts to suppress voters with the same tenacity we fought SB 9.

But the last week has shown: Activism works!

Read the latest letter to the House Elections committee from Texas Civil Rights Project and other grassroots orgs


Close the “Dead Suspects Loophole” to the Public Information Act

This is a quick action for constituents of state Sen. Kirk Watson (basically all of Austin):

Texas law makes records non-public in criminal cases when the suspect dies. This means the government can withhold information in police shootings, jail suicides, and other situations where a defendant died before being convicted. These are the cases where we need accountability most!

  • Support closure for families and loved ones of people killed by police
  • Promote public accountability in the most serious death-in-custody cases.
  • Restore public status of records that were open in Texas for 25 years w/o a problem.

Send Kirk Watson a letter


How your voices are making a difference

  • Michigan Rep. Justin Amash has become the first Republican to call for Donny’s impeachment
  • The House passed a bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • In Nevada, a majority-female legislative body is prioritizing women’s health and safety issues, prison reform, and gun safety

Don’t panic! Read how your voices are making a difference


Texas 2020

Imagine a world where Donald Trump is defeated but the Senate keeps its majority, and John Cornyn remains in office. Our job is to ensure that doesn’t happen. The Texas Tribune reports that three more people are considering a run against Cornyn:

  • Amanda Edwards, an at-large Houston City Council member
  • Dallas-area State Sen. Royce West
  • Chris Bell, the former Houston congressman and 2006 gubernatorial nominee

In the House, Julie Oliver (TX25) and Christine Eady Mann (TX31) officially kicked off their campaigns.

For updates on these and other districts, bookmark our Central Texas 2020 Elections Resource page


Congress Critter of the Week: A Tale of Two Congressmen

Last week, Rep. Chip Roy had a public meltdown defending the rights of pharmaceutical companies to gouge patients and earn monopolistic profits. Elle Magazine put it best:

“Now you may say, what’s wrong with having a huge emotional response to the fact that a small number of drug executives are making more than most of the cast of Avengers: End Game made? Oh, because Roy was arguing in defense of that most maligned of social groups: Profits.”

Compare Rep. Roy’s statement to a House speech from Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who, like Roy, is passionate about drug prices, but unlike Roy, he wants them to go DOWN.

Let’s make room for more reps like Lloyd Doggett in the House. We can begin by firing Chip Roy.


Let’s talk about climate change

One of the best ways you can fight climate change is to talk about it. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Here are some conversation starters.

  • The Guardian newspaper recently updated their style guide to replace neutral phrases like “climate change” with words that more clearly express what is actually going on: “Crisis,” “Emergency,” etc.
  • Research shows that people respond better to photos of people fighting climate change than to, say, polar bears stranded on ice. Climate Visuals a photo library of people engaged in climate solutions.
  • Use this shortcut to read and share the text of the the Green New Deal: indivisibleaustin.com/gnd
  • Finally, here’s Bill Nye the Science Guy swearing like a sailor about climate change:


Funding the Fight

We’re in the thick of it at the Texas Legislature, and with your help, Indivisible Austin is leading the fight. Last week, we helped organize major resistance to the SB9 voter suppression bill at its committee hearing. Thanks to all the volunteers and allied groups, we were able to show a shocking and unexpected level of resistance to this terrible bill.

We need you to keep engaged with us at the legislature and we truly need your financial support to keep all our wheels turning. Support us in our efforts to be your voice of the legislature. Make a gift today.


Your Moment of Zen

(For best results play with the sound ON.)

 

Don’t lose sight of progress | How your voices are making a difference

First off, don’t panic.

In the recent wave of anti-choice legislation—in Alabama, where 25 white male Republicans decided the issue; legislation in Georgia that criminalizes abortion for residents in or out of the state, and the GOP lawmaker in Missouri who voted along with the rest of his party to criminalize abortion, citing “consensual rape”—it’s easy to despair. But step back and see the bigger picture behind these frantic efforts to overturn established law of the land.

Don’t lose sight of progress: In Nevada, a majority-female legislative body is prioritizing women’s health and safety issues, prison reform, and gun safety, while reports of sexual harassment forced one male lawmaker to resign. Don’t forget that last September, only months after Ireland made abortion legal—for the first time ever—the conservative, Catholic country made them free.  Remember last March that Washington state passed a state law that ensures insurance companies will be required to pay for abortions. THIS is what happens when women–and other historical minorities (who are now a majority) finally have a voice.

This may in fact wind up being the very issue that galvanizes the vote, as these draconian, unconstitutional legislative acts get more and more media exposure—especially highlighting the GOP’s hypocrisy. In Pennsylvania, for instance, GOP representative Tim Murphy, a strong anti-abortion activist, resigned from the house after—wait for it!—reports surfaced that he’d asked his extramarital mistress to have an abortion. Alabama governor Kay Ivey, who signed the unconstitutional anti-women abortion ban in Alabama, said in a tweet, “this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God.” And then the next day she presided over an execution—her seventh in her tenure as governor.

Even staunch conservative Pat Robertson said Alabama “has gone too far.” Even House GOP leader Senator Kevin McCarthy. The GOP knows they’ve pushed women too far and the backlash is coming—remember the sizes of the crowds—globally—in the Women’s March the day after Donny was inaugurated? Don’t underestimate the numbers and power of the opposition to this antediluvian legislation and attitudes.

The world has changed, warriors, even if the old white male guard doesn’t want to believe it. Women, youth, and “minorities” are now the majority—and they will not go backward. We may have to struggle through the death throes of the terrified aging white man as he realizes his monopoly on controlling world events is ending, but it will end. Stay in the fight. If every woman, young person, and ethnic group voted we would put a stop to this regression in the very next election.

And just to put another little glimpse of the inevitable future in your view—this week Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage—the first Asian country to do so. Change is a-comin’, friends, whether the GOP wants it or not.

Republicans Reconsidering

And the tide turns elsewhere too. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash has become the first Republican to call for Donny’s impeachment, stating that AG William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” Mueller’s findings.

Despite being asked by the Mentally Deranged Dotard to state that he hadn’t obstructed justice, Donny’s former lawyer Don McGahn refused.

In fact a surprising wave of conservative and Republican lawyers are condemning Trump for abuses of power—and the letter from last week defending Mueller’s investigation and stating that the report showed plenty of grounds for obstruction of justice charges against the Very Stable Genius is up to more than 800 signatures, at last check, many of them Republicans.

Former TV host Larry Kudlow, now serving as Director of the National Economic Council (aside to future generations who may read this—no, really! This happened!), contradicted Donald’s laughably ignorant view of tariffs (that they will put “$100 billion into the U.S. Treasury” (no, really, future people, this happened!)—on FOX News, of all places, acknowledging that the trade war Don John has kicked off will hurt American consumers.

Some Republican lawmakers expressed growing concern that President Trump’s escalating trade war with China is hurting their constituents in rural America.

Voters are figuring out they’ve been had; this Midwestern farmer who voted for Trump is set to lose $150K thanks to Donny’s whose-dick-is-bigger tariff battle with China, and says he’d never vote for the Commander of Cheese again.

Mitt Romney, who every now and then grows a spine, spoke out against a judge supported by Don John and the rest of his GOP toadies, refusing to vote to confirm a federal judge appointee of Donny’s who referred to President Obama as “an un-American impostor.”

We also learned this week that top Department of Homeland Security officials challenged the Very Stable Genius’s plan to carry out mass family arrests—a likely cause of Donny’s subsequent purge of the department.

More Bad News for Don John!

His businesses are tanking (again). Mar-A-Lago’s revenue dropped 10 percent, and Donny can’t seem to give away condos at Trump Tower, New York’s least prestigious address. Donald’s Doral resort is also in steep decline, illustrating his mounting business problems. Eric Trump said the resort was “on fire,” but the company later said profitability was down 69%. (Maybe he meant it’s literally on fire?)

Donny’s boy Scott Pruitt, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency who resigned amid investigations into his inappropriate spending of taxpayer dollars, will be required to repay $124,000 of the more than $1 million excessive travel funds he spent while in office, on recommendation from the EPA internal watchdog. The best people!

The House in DA HOUSE

The House passed a bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. While it will likely not pass in the Senate (that’s if Mitch McConnell doesn’t stifle it first), it’s another indication of progress moving relentlessly forward, even as the old white men of the GOP cling to it by their fingernails.

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

Just when you think it can’t get any dumber, there’s this: Ted Cruz doubled down on his support of Donald’s ludicrous “Space Force” because—and I’m not making this up, “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space.” You guys…BECAUSE SPACE PIRATES.

After one broadcaster realized the inequality of representation of women on TV news shows and corrected the imbalance, the movement has gone global, with hundreds of shows in Great Britain and across the world following suit to keep parity between the genders in guests and commentators.

If Howard Stern can reform into a decent human being, there’s hope for anyone.

At Atlanta’s Morehouse College Sunday commencement ceremonies, the keynote speaker–billionaire investor and entrepreneur Robert F. Smith–unexpectedly announced that his family would be creating a grant fund to pay off the entire class’s student loans. “Everyone started crying and jumping for joy… It was him speaking from his heart.”

Here’s a puppy high-five. Now fight on–we have work to do.

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Happy (belated) Mother’s Day! ❤️

Every day thousands of mothers languish in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. Make a donation today to the National Bail Out Collective, the force behind the #FreeBlackMamas Mother’s Day bail-outs. Throughout the year, the collective also provides fellowship and employment opportunities for those they bail out. And they work with groups like the Texas Organizing Project to support ongoing bail reform efforts.


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Last chance to stop SB 9

I voted stickers

SB 9, the voter-suppression bill in the Texas Legislature that would charge voters with felonies for making honest mistakes, has a hearing in the House Elections Committee on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 a.m.

SB 9 seeks to make voting much more difficult, confusing, and scary for voters, all while creating more red-tape and bureaucracy for county election administrators. In 2018, a record number of Texans showed up to the polls to participate in our midterm elections. Instead of encouraging more democratic participation, SB 9 seeks to keep more and more Texans from voting in the future.

Read more about SB9

Call or email your rep—especially if they are on the Elections Committee:

Chair: Rep. Stephanie Klick (512) 463-0599

stephanie.klick@house.texas.gov

Vice Chair: Rep. Philip Cortez (512) 463-0269

philip.cortez@house.texas.gov

Rep. John H. Bucy III (512) 463-0696

john.bucy@house.texas.gov

Rep. Dustin Burrows (512) 463-0542

dustin.burrows@house.texas.gov

Rep. Briscoe Cain (512) 463-0733

briscoe.cain@house.texas.gov

Rep. Art Fierro (512) 463-0596

art.fierro@house.texas.gov

Rep. Celia Israel (512) 463-0821

celia.israel@house.texas.gov

Rep. Mayes Middleton (512) 463-0502

mayes.middleton@house.texas.gov

Rep. Valoree Swanson (512) 463-0572

valoree.swanson@house.texas.gov

Contact your state reps about SB 9


Demand that Barr be held in contempt of Congress

(Credit to Celeste Pewter for this action)

A quick recap of the constitutional crisis: House Judiciary voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. As retaliation for Judiciary’s vote the DOJ urged Trump to assert executive privilege over the Mueller report/related documents—which he did.

Call your rep and insist that they vote Yes when the contempt resolutions comes to a floor vote. You can say:

  1. Barr should be held in contempt if he fails to meet the deadline set by Chairman Schiff and House Intelligence for  turning over an unredacted version of the Mueller Report and related documents to Congress.
  2. For all WH staff and cabinet members to be held in contempt and subject to measures like inherent contempt if they ignore subpoenas, and
  3. I also want [elected] to know, I want [electeds] to continue to discuss Barr resigning and/or being impeached. He’s proven repeatedly that his interests are serving Trump, and not the DOJ or the American people. Enough is enough.

While you’re at it: Demand your member of Congress support Rep. Tlaib’s Impeachment Resolution


How your voices are making a difference

  • The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
  • The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold the U.S. attorney general in contempt
  • The Austin City Council formally backed AOC’s Green New Deal

“Evil only wins when good is silent.” Read how your voices are making a difference


Events

Wednesday, May 15

SB 9 hearing with Elections Committee at Capitol, room E2.016

See SB9 action above. Show up in person to oppose voter suppression.

Optional RSVP on Facebook


Funding the Fight

Indivisible Austin’s fight for democracy includes fighting against the horrendous voter suppression bill, SB 9, sending more than 70 letters. Among many anti-democratic  provisions, SB 9 prevents pregnant women from voting absentee, even if they expect to be giving birth on the day of the election.

These are extraordinary times calling for extraordinary action. We’re making a difference together. You can be a part of it. Contact your legislators AND support our efforts to reach others like you by making a gift today!


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