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Impeachment Rally in Austin; #NeverAgain Sukkot Rally at T. Don Hutto Detention Center | Take Action Newsletter

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MONDAY: Join the impeachment rally outside John Cornyn’s office

IMPEACH

TX21 Indivisible is hosting an impeachment rally—Monday 10/14 from noon to 1 p.m.! Before the Congressional recess ends, let’s make sure John Cornyn knows that Texans won’t stand for Senate stonewalling. We want the House’s impeachment efforts to be taken seriously, and we expect the Senate to act responsibly and remove Trump from office once his crimes are fully documented by impeachment hearings. Bring signs and gather on the sidewalk outside the building entrance. Small group visits to the Senator’s office upstairs may be possible, depending on staff.

Join the the Cornyn impeachment protest (or just show up)

View the Facebook event for this protest

By TUESDAY: Support local activists protesting conditions at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX

Indivisible Austin supports our Jewish and immigrant sisters and brothers in this demand to close the Hutto concentration camp in our own backyard.

We’re raising money to charter a bus from Austin to the “Never Again: Sukkot Action Central Texas” rally at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX on Tuesday, October 15.

Please consider a gift of $36 to support this urgent moral action and show that we mean #NeverAgainIsNow.

Support the Sukkot action

Facebook event


2020 is coming

Texas Observer: Who Is John Cornyn Serving?

Spoiler: It ain’t us.

In an article by Justin Miller, the Texas Observer spells out in excruciating detail Sen. John Cornyn’s history of subservience to corporations and political winds.  Cornyn was engineered in Karl Rove’s lab and the moral fecklessness we’ve seen in him during the Trump era has been evident since the beginning of his career in politics.

Support Cornyn’s 2020 opponents

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn at senatorjohncornyn.com


Events

Monday, October 14

TX21’s Impeachment Rally at John Cornyn’s office

12 to 1 p.m. at Sen. John Cornyn’s office, 221 W 6th St (Chase Tower).

Bring signs and gather on the sidewalk outside the building entrance. Small group visits to the Senator’s office upstairs may be possible, depending on staff.

Join the the Cornyn impeachment protest (or just show up)

View the Facebook event for this protest

Tuesday, October 15

#NeverAgain Rally at T. Don Hutto Detention Center (see action above)

6 p.m., see event listing for details

Facebook event

Bus fundraiser

Add your ancestor

Austin Dem Debate Watch Party

6:30 p.m., at Infinte Monkey Theorem, 702 Shady Lane, Austin, Texas 78702

The Democratic National Committee is hosting its fourth debate in Ohio on Oct. 15. Join us for the official Jolt Watch Party!

View the Facebook event

Wednesday, October 16

Searchlight Series: Justice, Equity, and Action Around Rape; Part I: Series Introduction and the Provability Gap

6:30 p.m. at the Street-Jones Building, 1000 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702, 4th floor conference room

This five part community forum series will explore the intersections of victim/survivor justice, racial equity, and criminal justice transformation in order to discover opportunities to advance healing and community accountability for sexual violence in Austin. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP here

View the Facebook event

Sunday, October 20

Dancing Away Detention: Benefit for Grassroots Leadership’s Bond Fund

6 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St

From Grassroots Leadership:

Join us for a night of live music, food, and solidarity at Grassroots Leadership’s 9th annual Dancing Away Detention! ALL PROCEEDS will go toward our bond fund.

Whether it’s bonding out a mother so she can be reunited with her child, supporting a hunger strike leader facing solitary confinement, or setting a sexual assault survivor free from her abusive guard’s reach, we’re raising money to respond in these moments of crisis. Join us!

Our musical guests for the night are DJ Vanessa la Bestia, Bidi Bidi Banda, and Kiko Villamizar!

Invite your friends and stay up to date by following this event on Facebook for details on venue, food, silent auction, and musical acts.

Most days, we fight—but this night, we dance.

RSVP to dance away detention

Upcoming:

Saturday, October 26

Intersex Awareness Day

Please join ACLU of Texas, HRC Austin and Equality Texas to learn more about the ~2% of your community born intersex, with any of a range of characteristics that may not fit traditional conceptions about male or female bodies.

View the Facebook event

Saturday, November 2

Support Austin Sanctuary Network at the “Dance for Freedom”

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their Fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

Buy tickets for the Dance for Freedom

More info from Austin Sanctuary Network

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day

See what proposed constitutional amendments are on ballot

Saturday, November 9

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>

Your Moment of Zen

 

Support local activists protesting conditions at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center | Take Action Newsletter

Act Locally

There’s not much we can add to the discourse on the steadily unraveling Trump administration except to keep telling your reps that you support impeachment. But there is more you can do at the state and local level—which we are eager to share below.

Take Action

Support local activists protesting conditions at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX

Indivisible Austin supports our Jewish and immigrant sisters and brothers in this demand to close the Hutto concentration camp in our own backyard.

We’re raising money to charter a bus from Austin to the “Never Again: Sukkot Action Central Texas” rally at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX.

Please consider a gift of $36 to support this urgent moral action and show that we mean #NeverAgainIsNow.

Support the Sukkot action

Support Austin Sanctuary Network’s fall fundraiser

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

Buy tickets to “Dance for Freedom”

More information about Austin Sanctuary Network’s fall fundraiser

Help raise funds for a Voting Rights license plate in Texas

From Rep. Gina Hinajosa: “During the 86th Legislative Session, we passed legislation (HB 1130) to create a specialty “Register to Vote” license plate. Now, we can officially remind others to register to vote while driving around or being stuck in Austin traffic.

Please donate what you can so we can get this license plate out there on the streets and encourage voter participation!

Learn about the Constitutional Amendments on the November 5, 2019 ballot

We have an Election Day this November 5! League of Women Voters of Texas has a nonpartisan guide to the Constitutional Amendments.


Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Bill Flores

Rep. Bill Flores

Retiring Rep. Bill Flores (TX17) has nothing to lose. He is in an allegedly “safe” Republican district. He could go quietly to spend more time with his family. He could even, you know, say something mildly critical about the rampant corruption in the Trump White House. Instead he has doubled down on his venality, retweeting conspiracy theorists and generally continuing to be an all-around Trump bootlicker. Why? What’s in it for him? Has Fox News so poisoned his brain that he doesn’t see the ship going down? Meanwhile, he was unusually taciturn about the prospect of fellow Republican Rep. Pete Sessions running for his seat. While we watch this play out within the GOP, Democrat Rick Kennedy must be feeling pretty good.


Events

Wednesday, October 9

Chip Roy Town Hall in Banderas, TX

Rep. Chip Roy has decided to hold a town hall… on a weeknight, two hours away, in a town with fewer than 900 people. It’s about as far from Austin as you can get without jetpacking out of TX21 altogether, which is clearly what Chip wants to do when he lands his eventual Fox News gig. (It’s also the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur, so good job excluding folks!)

Go see Chip in Banderas

Tuesday, October 15

#NeverAgain Rally at T. Don Hutto Detention Center (see action above)

6 p.m., see event listing for details

Facebook event

Bus fundraiser

Add your ancestor

Thursday, October 17

Drag Out the Vote fundraiser

7:30 p.m. at Coco Coquette, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez

All proceeds from the party will benefit Drag Out The Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit national campaign that works with drag queens to register voters and get them out to the polls.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Upcoming:

November 2, 2019

Dance for Freedom

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their Fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Buy your tickets at https://www.crowdrise.com/dance-for-freedom. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

More info here:

https://austinsanctuarynetwork.org/2019/08/28/support-asn-and-come-party-with-brave-combo/

https://bravecombo.com/

November 5, 2019

Election Day

See the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot

November 9, 2019

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>


Your Moment of Zen

 

What our feckless representatives say about Ukraine and impeachment | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Impeach—and organize.

Trump’s latest impeachable offense—pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for military support—has captured the nation’s attention in a new way. The national Indivisible team, along with MoveOn and other partners, has a new website to help organize and make sense of impeachment:

www.impeachnow.org

In Central Texas, it comes as no surprise that—with the exception of Rep. Lloyd Doggett—not one representative has shown class or spine. Their fealty to a corrupt president is absolute.

“Impeachment is what Vladimir Putin wants,” says Rep. Michael McCaul in a WSJ Op-ed.

Retiring Rep. Bill Flores appears to be gunning for a cabinet position, retweeting conspiracy theories from rightwing nutjobs and telling the press that it’s Pelosi, not Trump, who is violating the rule of law. It’s clear he’s not leaving office because he grew a conscience.

Speaking of rule of law, Sen. John Cornyn says the quiet part out loud: The Senate will never convict, no matter where the evidence leads. What a check! What a balance!

So what can we do?

You can and should continue writing your reps demanding a Yes vote on impeachment. But just as importantly, it’s time to organize against venal politicians like Reps. McCaul, Flores, Roy, Williams and Carter—and especially against Sen. John Cornyn. These guys are hopeless. They are dangerous. They are dragging down our country. Let’s donate, knock doors, and vote them the hell out of office.

Find and support candidates running against venal Trump bootlickers

Use this excellent script by Celeste Pewter when you call your GOP reps

Read: The Texas Politicians Who Have Rallied to Trump’s Defense, From the Gutsy to the Gutless (Texas Monthly)


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The Trump-Ukraine scandal and the march toward impeachment feels like the biggest story in the world. It’s not. Nixon fell in two weeks, and Trump might too, but the crisis of our overheated planet will outlast every news cycle. And, finally, the world is paying attention. Climate activists organized a global strike. Rallies were held worldwide. Major news outlets dedicated hours of substantive climate coverage. We may finally be at the tipping point needed to save our species. The key is to stay angry, and to channel that anger into action.

Emily Atkin writes in the excellent heated.world newsletter:

All I can say is that, when I understand all these things, I do not primarily feel despair. I feel anger. Because we have the science. We have the solutions. It’s all here, right in front of us, wrapped up in a red satin bow. It’s all been sitting here for literally decades. And no one is fucking doing anything about it.

I strongly believe that anger—at least when it’s directed on behalf of others, particularly those less powerful than you—is essential to effective journalism and effective action. Unlike despair, which is paralyzing, I find it to be a catalyzing emotion.

When I am angry, I am driven to act. When I act, I feel better.

This was in response to two reports issued on the same day: The extremely concerning UN/IPCC report on the health of the world’s oceans, and a report in the journal Science on how oceans could actually be the solution to the climate crisis.

Let’s not despair. Let’s stay angry. And turn that anger into action:


Action of the Week

Indivisible Rosedale Huddle birddogs Rep. McCaul at TribFest

At the end of the session, Rosedale Huddle members rose up and called out McCaul for his fecklessness and avoidance.

Rep. Michael McCaul was at TribFest over the weekend, speaking on a panel with former Obama-era DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The topic was “The Threat Assessment” and included questions on the Ukraine whistleblower scandal, Russian election interference, domestic terrorism, and gun violence. For many of the tireless TX10 constituents in the Indivisible Rosedale Huddle, this was the closest to their rep they’d after gotten—after two years of trying.

Here’s Rep. McCaul citing Indivisible members as a driving force for impeachment in the House:

Watch the full video

Watch all six McCaul TribFest videos

 


Events

Thursday, October 3

Naomi Klein, author of “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal”

7 p.m. at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar

Event is free. Tickets are required for book signings. 

Upcoming:

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day

See what proposed constitutional amendments are on ballot

Saturday, November 9

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>


Your Moment of Zen

 

It’s past time to impeach the president; Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk | Take Action Newsletter

Friday 9/27: Swerve Left performs at a fundraiser for Indivisible Austin (details below)

Take Action

Elizabeth Warren is right: It’s past time to impeach the president

The Mueller Report documented the Trump campaign’s complicity in the attack by a foreign government on the 2016 elections. Now Trump, in broad daylight, is seeking to undermine the 2020 elections by directing a foreign government to interfere again. And because Congress has responded with little more than sternly worded letters and tweets, Trump acts with impunity: threatening war (at the direction of yet another foreign government), decimating environmental protections, and terrorizing immigrants.

If not now, when? It’s time to impeach the president. Write your rep here. 

Read: If Trump extorted a foreign leader for political gain, it’s impeachment time (Washington Post OpEd)

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk on Nov. 9!

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>


Events

Tuesday, September 24

National Voter Registration Day Events

Monday, October 7, 2019 is the registration deadline for the Tuesday, November 5, 2019 general election. The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2019 midterm and state elections across the country by encouraging Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Find an event

What’s on the November 2019 ballot?

Friday, September 27

Swerve Left benefit show for Indivisible Austin

8 p.m. at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.

Join resistance rockers Swerve Left for a night of rock-n-roll with Indivisible Austin. Come on out and learn more about Indivisible Austin and what you can do to help put the Swing back in Swing State. Stay angry, stay active and stay together…only 23 weeks till the Texas Primary!  Free show—donations for Indivisible Austin accepted.

View Facebook event (or just show up)

Saturday, September 28

Just Sayin’

Having trouble getting through to your reps? On Saturday, some of them will be speaking at TribFest. Links to their schedules are below.

Rep. Chip Roy

Rep. Michael McCaul

Sen. Ted Cruz


Your Moment of Zen

 

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

Take Action

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

Related

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.”

Subscribe to Heated


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

Related:


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!

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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

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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.

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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!


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