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Don’t let the coronavirus threaten your right to vote

“…Trump will serve one term or three.” —Ayesha A. Siddiqi

By calling himself a “wartime president,” Trump is setting the stage to restrict constitutional rights, including the right to vote. This is a time to be vigilant and to advocate for easier access to voting, including universal vote-by-mail.

Tell Cornyn and Cruz: Support the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA) of 2020

Tell Greg Abbott: Keep Texas voting during the coronavirus pandemic

Statement by League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene on Election Changes Needed Needed to Deal with COVID-19

People Over Profits: Finding community and taking action to demand a people-first response to coronavirus (Indivisible Project)


2020 Update

Primary Runoff Elections (P.S. Cornyn is a racist)

Be A Texas Voter

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Texas primary runoffs scheduled for May 26 have been postponed to July 14; early voting will begin July 6.

At the top of the ticket will be the finalists for Senate in the Democratic primary: MJ Hegar and Royce West. As you consider your options, recall incumbent Senator John Cornyn’s racists comments last week about the spread of the coronavirus:

“China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that. These viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people, and that’s why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the swine flu, and now the coronavirus.”

As multiple sources have pointed out, the statement is not only racist but factually untrue. (Neither MERS nor swine flu originated in China. Also, plenty of Texans eat snakes.)

Read: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism (Teaching Tolerance)

While Cornyn goes on racist rants, his potential opponents are working to solve actual problems.

Donate to MJ Hegar

Donate to Royce West


Congress Critters of the Week: Chip Roy

While the coronavirus threatens to devastate our health and economy, Rep. Chop Roy—one of six Texans to vote against the coronavirus relief bill, a distinction he shares with the iminitably stupid Louie Gohmert—is tweeting nonsense about toilet paper and plastic straws. Please give everything you can to his opponent, Wendy Davis. We cannot be rid of this clown soon enough.

Chip Roy dumb joke about free toilet paper for all


Coronavirus Resource Roundup

10 Ways to Help Your Fellow Texans Endure the Coronavirus Pandemic (Texas Observer)

Make an appointment to donate blood or contribute money to We Are Blood

More from the national Indivisible team:

What to Tell Your MoCs to Do About Coronavirus: Call your representative and two senators and tell them that the third coronavirus package must include vote by mail, direct cash assistance, no unaccountable corporate bailouts, and stronger economic supports for workers and families!

Ensuring Safe, Secure Elections Resource: We can’t let this public health crisis impede the functioning of our democratic processes. That’s why we’re recommending states start now to build alternatives to in-person voting so that nothing will put the administration of the November presidential election at risk.

For digital activism:

Free Premium Google Hangouts: Google is offering free premium features for all customers through July 1st — this increases the participant limit to 250.

Google Hangout Guide for Hosts – This is a quick step by step guide for setting up and hosting a Google Hangout

Google Hangout Guide for Newbies – This is a quick step by step guide for attending a Google Hangout

Recorded Zoom Training: Recording of training about hosting a Zoom meeting. (h/t Aram Fischer, Indivisible leader in CA)

Zoom instructional videos from Zoom: Short videos from Zoom with everything you need to get started.

Host a Facebook Watch Party: Learn how to host a watch party in a Facebook group.


Your Moment of Zen

 

 

Write Your Reps! Tell Greg Abbott: Keep Texas voting during the coronavirus pandemic

Statement by League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene on Election Changes Needed Needed to Deal with COVID-19:

We are all very concerned about the growing COVID-19 health threat to our local communities, all of Texas, the nation, and all the nations of the world. The Leagues of Women Voters across the country and in Texas are particularly concerned about protecting our citizens’ ability to participate in elections and maintaining our democratic way of life. Voters should not have to choose between voting or protecting their health.

Write your reps! Tell your senators: Protect our vote during the coronavirus pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable Americans are going to have to choose between casting a ballot and protecting their health. Vote-by-mail is a time-tested, reliable way for Americans to exercise their constitutional rights, and the right answer to respond to this crisis.

Tell your senators to support the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA) of 2020.

Coronavirus response and resources: What to do when your government fails you | Take Action Newsletter

Read: Community Building During the Coronavirus (Indivisible Project)

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Coronavirus response and resources: What to do when your government fails you

 

Flatten the curveSource: Drew Harris

Trump and his congressional enablers like John Cornyn are failing us, and with deadly consequences. It is medical neglect at a national scale. We have to protect ourselves.

1. Listen to experts

Because we are far behind other countries in testing, we know that COVID-19 cases in the US, including Texas, are undercounted. Expect exponential growth as more testing is made available. Follow guidance on social distancing and handwashing.

2. Tell your senators to pass H.R. 6201

Last week the US House passed H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security. This response includes paid leave, establishes free testing, and protects health workers.

Tell Your Senators to Support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3. Give money to food banks

Many Americans cannot afford a 14-day supply of food and will turn to food banks for support. The best thing you can do is donate money:

Central Texas Food Bank

Caritas of Austin

Hope Food Pantry

4. Defend the Affordable Care Act

On the 10-year anniversary of the ACA—and in the face of a global pandemic—state leaders should focus on reducing our state’s worst-in-the-nation uninsured rate instead of attacking our health care.

Join #SickOfItTX to hold state leaders accountable for continued attacks on coverage and to demonstrate support for the ACA in Texas.

Call on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to stop his Health Care Repeal Lawsuit!

5. Elect leaders who are good in a crisis

November will be here before you know it. Any of the Democratic contenders are better than current GOP incumbents. And some are showing true leadership in the face of pandemic.

Julie Oliver, Democratic nominee, TX25:

Dr. Christine Eady Mann, primary runoff candidate, TX31:

Support Austin artists and small businesses impacted by the SXSW cancelation

Stand with Austin Fund
This fund was created to receive charitable donations to support nonprofits assisting individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW and least able to recover on their own

ilostmygig.com
A collection of links enabling you to directly support artists and other workers who have lost income due to the SXSW cancelation


Congress Critter of the Week: Michael McCaul


Call for Volunteers

We’re building power for the November elections and beyond. We welcome all, and are specifically seeking volunteers with accounting experience.

Be a volunteer with Indivisible Austin


Job Alert

The national Indivisible team is seeking a Senior Regional Organizer in Texas.

Learn more and apply


Your Moment of Zen

Write your reps! Support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Bold action is needed to protect Americans from pandemic. Support H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security. This response includes paid leave, establishes free testing, and protects health workers.

Coronavirus: What to do when your government fails you

Trump and his congressional enablers like John Cornyn are failing us, and with deadly consequences. It is medical neglect at a national scale. We have to protect ourselves.

1. Listen to experts

Because we are far behind other countries in testing, we know that COVID-19 cases in the US, including Texas, are undercounted. Expect exponential growth as more testing is made available. Follow guidance on social distancing and handwashing.

2. Tell your senators to pass H.R. 6201

Last week the US House passed H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security. This response includes paid leave, establishes free testing, and protects health workers.

Tell Your Senators to Support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3. Give money to food banks

Many Americans cannot afford a 14-day supply of food and will turn to food banks for support. The best thing you can do is donate money:

Central Texas Food Bank

Caritas of Austin

Hope Food Pantry

4. Defend the Affordable Care Act

On the 10-year anniversary of the ACA—and in the face of a global pandemic—state leaders should focus on reducing our state’s worst-in-the-nation uninsured rate instead of attacking our health care.

Join #SickOfItTX to hold state leaders accountable for continued attacks on coverage and to demonstrate support for the ACA in Texas.

Call on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to stop his Health Care Repeal Lawsuit!

5. Elect leaders who are good in a crisis

November will be here before you know it. Any of the Democratic contenders are better than current GOP incumbents. And some are showing true leadership in the face of pandemic.

Julie Oliver, Democratic nominee, TX25:

Dr. Christine Eady Mann, primary runoff candidate, TX31:

 

Coronavirus: Support Austin artists and small businesses impacted by the SXSW cancelation

Super Tuesday Election Results (Texas Tribune)

Runoff Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 26

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Coronavirus: Support Austin artists and small businesses impacted by the SXSW cancelation

I lost a gig

The cancelation of SXSW due to coronavirus is financially crushing for local creatives and small businesses. Many have lost gigs and revenue that they were counting on. Additionally, wage earners from many industries will suffer lost income and often no paid sick leave (thanks, Ken Paxton). Let’s all show them our support.

Visit ilostmygig.com to directly support people losing income due to the SXSW cancelation

Local political consultant Harold Cook also had this brilliant idea to support service workers: Use the hashtag #TipforTwo when you double your tips in Austin!

Meanwhile local candidates are taking action, filling a void left by the Trump administration’s incompetence.

Julie Oliver, who last week won the Democratic primary to become the nominee facing TX25’s Rep. Roger Williams, already has a Coronavirus Response resource on her website.

Dr. Christine Mann, a physician who won the most votes in the Democratic primary in TX31 (she’ll face Donna Imam in the May runoff election) posted this video:

Get involved with the Payback Project to fire John Cornyn

John Cornyn - Payback ProjectThe Payback Project is the national Indivisible organization’s campaign to fire John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, Susan Collins, and other senators whose seats are flippable in 2020.

Sign up to text voters in Texas!


Events

Monday, March 16

Rally to fight for the schools our students deserve. Speak Out against the takeover!

11 a.m. to noon at the Governor’s Mansion, 1010 Colorado St. Fight for more funding and less STAAR. Join with parents, educators, students, school staff, community leaders, and faith leaders for a rally at the Governor’s Mansion.

RSVP with Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT)

Facebook event


Your moment of Zen

Volunteer with Indivisible Austin

Super Tuesday Texas Election Resources | Take Action Newsletter

Action is the antidote to despair. We’re holding monthly meetings to commiserate and, more importantly, to organize. Get involved.

Take Action

Get involved with the Payback Project to fire John Cornyn

John Cornyn - Payback Project

The Payback Project is the national Indivisible organization’s campaign to fire John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, Susan Collins, and other senators whose seats are flippable in 2020.

Sign up to text voters in the nine flippable states (the first Texas texting campaign os starting very soon!)

Become a Travis County election poll worker

From the Travis County Clerk’s office:

“By becoming an election worker, you can help your community and be a part of this country’s great democratic process!

“We are putting out a call for people to consider taking the day off from their jobs to become a poll worker. It does no good to register voters if we don’t take the final step in assuring that they can vote without technical difficulties.”

Applications are available at the Election office, 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, Texas 78751 or call 512-854-4996 for more information.

You can also volunteer to be a poll watcher with the Texas Voter Protection coalition.


Super Tuesday Election Resources

Be A Texas Voter

Need help voting in Texas? CALL NOW: 1-866-687-8683

If you didn’t already vote early, Tuesday is your last chance to vote in the 2020 primaries. Use the resources below to build your ballot. Remember: You can bring paper notes, just not your phone, into the polling station!

Polling locations

Endorsements

More election resources


Your Moment of Zen

 

Vote early! | Take Action newsletter

Action is the antidote to despair. We’re holding monthly meetings to commiserate and, more importantly, to organize. Get involved.

Take Action

Be an (early) Texas voter!

Be A Texas Voter

Polls are open for early voting through Friday, Feb. 28. Election Day is Tuesday, March 3.

Use the resources below to build your ballot. Remember: You can bring paper notes, just not your phone, into the polling station!

Polling locations

Endorsements

More election resources

Fire John Cornyn!

Watch last week’s Senate debate and pick your fave…

John Cornyn Bets Big on Trump (Texas Observer)

How are the top Democratic U.S. Senate candidates in Texas different? We asked them 11 questions to find out. (Texas Tribune)

Watch interviews with five Democratic candidates running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 (Texas Tribune)

Your moment of Zen

Debates, endorsements, poll locations—everything you need to know about the 2020 Texas primary elections | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Vote early in the Texas primary

Be A Texas Voter

Early voting begins Tuesday, February 18 and ends Friday, February 28. Use the resources below to build your ballot. Remember: You can bring paper notes, just not your phone, into the polling station!

Polling locations

Endorsements

More election resources


Fire John Cornyn!

Feb. 18: Senate primary debate (KVUE)

How are the top Democratic U.S. Senate candidates in Texas different? We asked them 11 questions to find out. (Texas Tribune)

Watch interviews with five Democratic candidates running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 (Texas Tribune)


Events

Sign up to be notified of Indivisible Austin GOTV volunteer opportunities

Tuesday, February 18

First day of early voting!

Senate Primary Debate

6:30 to 8 p.m. on KVUE

KVUE is hosting a debate the U.S. Senate Democratic candidates facing incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn in the upcoming election.

Eleven of the 12 Democrats have been confirmed to participate in the debate. The candidates are: Former U.S. Representative Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster, Annie “Mama” Garcia, Victor Harris, MJ Hegar, Sema Hernandez, Adrian Ocegueda, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, and State Sen. Royce West.

Thursday, February 20

Meet Local Candidates Running In Texas’s Primaries At “Civic Farmer’s Market”

6 p.m. at Native Hostel, 807 East 4th Street

Join GoodPolitics, KUT Austin, USTomorrow, the Austin Monitor, and MOVETexas (it’s quite the civic squad) as we get to know the people on our ballot.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Friday, February 21

TX-10 GOTV Postcard Party

6:30 to 8 p.m. at Black Walnut Cafe, 10817 Ranch Rd 2222. Hosted by Indivisible Rosedale Huddle.

Saturday, February 22

Drag Out The Vote

6 p.m. at Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado Street

Come out to see some amazing drag, get registered to vote, help raise funds, and learn more about Drag Out The Vote! This event is co-hosted by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and MOVE Texas.

RSVP on Ticketbud. All proceeds from this event will benefit Drag Out The Vote’s work to get voters registered and to the polls.

Sunday, February 23

Consumerism and Climate Change Community Workshop

1 p.m. at Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca Street

Join the City’s Office of Sustainability to give your input on consumption patterns in Austin and their consequences related to climate change and social justice.

RSVP on Eventbrite


Congress Critter of the Week: Roger Williams

Rep. Williams doesn’t know how questions work.


Your Moment of Zen