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Take Action: One Week to Early Voting

One week to early voting

Early voting starts next week, on October 22. It runs through November 2. This is the culmination of everything you have been fighting over the past two years. In the end, it all comes down to voting.

We have new resources to help you and your less-voting-inclined friends get to the polls:

We have three more weekends of canvassing before Election Day and three more Tuesday night pizza parties. If you haven’t been to any of these, now is the time to sign up!

We’re also getting ready to march to the polls! Sign up to be a march captain.

Take Action

Post a public comment decrying the inhumane “public charge” rule

Speak out against Trump's cruel regulation
Immigrants have endured nearly two years of direct attacks from this administration. The latest effort targets immigrants and their family members who wish to apply for a green card and potentially become U.S. citizens.

The Trump administration is continuing its destructive efforts to divide the country and vilify immigrants. Now we have to take action against this latest attack.

In a sharp departure from from long-held policies on determining who is eligible to come to the U.S. and to receive a green card, the Trump administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States. Under the new rule, immigrants who legally access health care, safe housing, and healthy food programs could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, having children, or dealing with a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent future in the United States.

It’s not final yet—but the clock is ticking. We need to move swiftly. Take a few minutes now to post a public comment decrying this inhumane attack on the health and wellbeing of countless families, communities, and children. Just click here.

Direct Link to public comment on regulations.gov >>

Fear may drive as many as 4.9 million families to disenroll children from Medicaid or CHIP >>

More info from protectingimmigrantfamilies.org >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Voters are expressing significantly more interest in voting this year than in the last midterms in 2014
  • Voter registration soared after Taylor Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates on Instagram
  • After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a teacher and her students developed a lesson and classroom policy to teach them what consent means.

Read more >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

We need stamps.

March on Texas postcardSeriously, we really do need stamps. Over the past several months, Indivisible Austin, along with several other progressive organizations, has been sending out 90,000 postcards to Texas women who didn’t vote in the last  two elections.

As early voting approaches, we’re looking to send out the last 2000 or so cards in the next week. Postcard stamps are 35 cents each.

2000 Postcards = $700.

These are the final days. Make a gift now. Help us encourage these women to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

“An open and free society” | How your voices are making a difference

10/15/18 “An open and free society”

Leadership of the People

Donald may be unwilling to take action against Saudi Arabia for its killing of journalist Jamal Kashhoggi, but as is becoming the norm, others are stepping up to fill the leadership void: Western corporations with pending deals and discussions with the Saudis are pulling out as a result of the kingdom’s actions.

After a terrifyingly bleak report by 91 climate scientists for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the catastrophic progression of global warming (which Donald dismissed), companies are also stepping up to address the absence of leadership in addressing climate change, taking actions to reduce their carbon footprint, develop sustainable businesses, and even pull carbon dioxide from the air and store it.

Nearly a quarter million people showed up to support “an open and free society” and unite in protest of Germany’s far-right groups and the attendant racism, intolerance, and xenophobia creeping out from under its rock.

Republican Rot

New emails reveal that Wilbur Ross, Donald’s secretary of commerce, lied about not speaking to anyone in Donald’s cabinet about adding a potentially illegal census question to the 2020 census, and that his motivations were political.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s abrupt resignation came one day after an ethics watchdog group (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) requested an investigation into her acceptance of seven free flights worth tens of thousands of dollars aboard private jets from South Carolina businessmen. Haley is the former governor of South Carolina.

Two Arizona Republicans falsely donated money to Democratic congressman Tom O’Halloran’s campaign under the made-up donor name of the Northern Arizona University Communist party in an attempt to link O’Halloran to the far left. An O’Halloran campaign worker drove to the local Republican field office to return the money—and surprised one of the men, who was working there.

government ethics watchdog filed another Hatch Act complaint against someone in Donald’s administration, a law that forbids any executive branch employee from “us[ing] his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election”—this time against Sarah Huckabee Sanders for tweeting a photo of herself with a MAGA-hat wearing (and crazy-talk-spewing) Kanye West.

Rick Gates, one of Donald’s top campaign advisers, requested proposals from a foreign agent (Israel) to create fake online identities, false social media profiles, and gather intel to help defeat Hillary Clinton and Republican rivals in the 2016 campaign. Mueller is already on it. 🙂

Despite head hypocrite Mitch McConnell refusing to commit to not confirming any Supreme Court justices in 2020, after spearheading the blockade against supremely qualified Merrick Garland in President Obama’s final year, Senator Chuck Grassley directly refuted McConnell’s stance, stating that he would oppose any 2020 nominations, with Lindsay Graham suggesting the same. Of course, we’ll see what actually happens in that instance. The hypocrisy is strong with these ones.

This crazy shit happened.

Getting Out the Vote

A new poll reveals that voters are expressing significantly more interest in voting this year than in the last midterms in 2014.

Taylor Swift’s Instagram post last week finally breaking her political silence seems to have landed with a resounding splash—voter registration has soared in the last week, beginning just hours after her post, about 42 percent of them between 18 and 24. Hopefully her impact will be duplicated and amplified by organizations like OMG WTF, a Resistance gathering of Hollywood folks using their influence and outreach to support downballot candidates in the midterms and encourage fans—especially younger ones—to vote.

Beto upped his record for single-quarter fund-raising to a staggering $38.1 million (three times Ted Cruz’s fund-raising amounts in the same period).

The Georgia secretary of state is being sued by civil rights groups for placing 53,000 voter registrations on hold, 70 percent of them African American (in a state that’s 32 percent African American, where an African American woman is running for governor).

Not sure how I feel about this, but for those of the persuasion that Democrats must fight Republican tactics with attacks in kind, this article about an anti-Republican, crowdsourced “oppo” research team—looking into GOP incumbents and candidates to find every bit of dirt in their pasts—suggests there could be some nuclear bombs coming before the midterms.

Meanwhile, Republicans seem to be in a panic, like this Minnesota state rep who literally snatched the mic away from his (female) Democratic opponent during their debate and dropped it in front of her. He claimed “nerves.”

The Week in Good News

Texan woman Lynzy Lab’s genius song parody sending up Donald’s appalling claims that men are at greatest risk from false sexual harassment claims while women are doing just fine has gone ridiculously viral. Speaking of the attempt to delegitimize women’s struggles and paint men as the victims with the non-factually-supported “#HimToo” movement claiming men are at greater risk of false accusations than women are of sexual assault, this mother mortified her son by making him the highly unwilling poster child of the movement. Her son’s public Twitter denial (he joined the social media platform for the first time to refute it) gave a good-natured shout-out to the sarcastic Twitter memes that cascaded down afterward.

After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a teacher at a Los Angeles elementary school developed a lesson and a classroom policy, along with her students, to teach them what consent means.

Jamaica is embarking on a massive campaign to ban plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam.

Despite her husband’s attacks on Mexicans, women, Muslims, immigrants…well, pretty much everyone—despite that her husband tore children from their families and put them in cages (still there); that he openly mocked a woman who came forward about her sexual assault; that he recently stopped allowing visas for same-sex partners of diplomats and…well, pretty much all kinds of horrific bullying, wife Melania apparently feels she is the “most bullied person on the world.” If I may…

Don't care jacket

Let this leave a better taste in your mouth: A gecko terrorized a Hawaii marine mammal hospital.

Take Action: Be sure you’re registered, and elect better people

Take Action

TODAY: Be sure you’re registered to vote!

Tuesday, October 9th is the deadline to register to vote in the midterms. Are you registered? Are you certain? Are all of your Facebook friends registered? Spread the word!

TRAVIS COUNTY

Mail to:

Tax Assessor-Collector
Bruce Elfant
P.O. Box 1748 Austin 78767

You can also hand-deliver your application to these locations:

Tax Assessors’ offices

  • Central: 5501 Airport Boulevard (open until midnight for last-minute registrations!)
  • Southeast: 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway
  • Pflugerville: 15822 Foothill Farms Loop

On Tuesday only, you can hand-deliver here:

  • All Travis County drivers license offices
  • All Travis County Thundercloud Subs locations
  • All Travis County Alamo Drafthouse locations

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Mail to:

Williamson County Elections Department
P.O. Box 209, Georgetown, Texas, 78627

Or hand-deliver to:

Elections Administrator
301 S.E. Inner Loop, Suite 104, Georgetown 78626

HAYS COUNTY

Mail or drop off to:

Hays County elections administrator
712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1012, San Marcos, Texas, 78666

BASTROP COUNTY

Mail or drop off to:

Bastrop County election administrator
804 Pecan St., Bastrop, Texas, 78602

View more Texas counties >>

Voter registration explainer from KUT >>

Elect better people

Be a Texas VoterThis has been a hard week. The confirmation to the Supreme Court of belligerent drinker and very credibly alleged sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh has reinforced the importance of elections. Control of the Senate, and therefore the Senate Judiciary Committee, is in our grasp. And so are myriad statewide, House and other down-ballot races.

Last week we listed all of our endorsed candidates, with links to their fundraising and volunteer pages. Are you doing everything you can to support these candidates? If you want to celebrate victory—and not just nurse a hangover—on November 7th, it’s time to put in the work.

Blue Wave Events

Tidal Wave

Tuesday, October 9: Block walk with Dolores Huerta!

  • Join legendary activist Dolores Huerta, Workers Defense, and People for the American Way for a community block walk Tuesday Oct. 9th at 3pm at the Pan-American Neighborhood Park in East Austin. (View on Facebook)

Indivisible Austin BlockwalkersOngoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote. Got both covered? Help anyone you know do the same.

Important Dates

  • October 9: Last Day to register to vote
  • October 22 – November 2: Early voting
  • November 6: Election Day

How your voices are making a difference

  • Travis County is on track to achieve 93 percent voter registration—a modern record
  • Texas Senate candidate Steve Kling‘s mother is personally calling and thanking donors to his campaign
  • Taylor Swift joined the Resistance

Read more success stories, and watch Trump go up the steps of Air Force One with toilet paper on his shoe >>

Congress Critter of the Week: John Cornyn (Again)

John Cornyn and Brett Kavanaugh

“We will not be bullied by the screams of paid protesters” said John Cornyn on the floor of the United States Senate. This followed a tweet in which he implied that protesters in the Hart Senate Building—mostly women, many of them survivors of sexual assault— were paid.

Sen. John Cornyn and the rest of the modern GOP can’t understand why an impassioned citizenry will risk arrest to fight for what we believe in. This is because Sen. John Cornyn and the rest of the modern GOP has traded many of their long-held principles and instead embraced Trumpism. The party of fiscal responsibility now wants to increase the federal deficit by trillions of dollars. The party of Cold War hardliners now embraces Russian spying and attacks on our election system.

The party, as represented by Congressional Republicans, peddles BS and is running avowed white supremacists and actual Nazis for office in 2018. John Cornyn is one of its chief propagandists. He’s up for reelection in 2020, and we intend to fight him with everything we’ve got.

Commit to firing John Cornyn in 2020 >>

Your Moment of Zen

Our current mood (and we hope yours, too):

Just Fucking Vote

Funding the Fight

Be A Texas VoterYou’re furious right now. So are we.

Now is the time for the fight.

Volunteer to phonebank, postcard, and text on Tuesdays. Canvass neighborhoods with us and talk to potential voters on Saturdays.

Be a contributor now to help us do it all.

And don’t just vote, make sure your friends and family vote too.

Fight for the rights and justice that are truly due to all of us. We owe it to ourselves and others to use today’s anger to change our course and make tomorrow better.

 

Our job is to make sure voters remember | How your voices are making a difference

10/8/18 “In our view that testimony was partisan, and not judicious, and inconsistent with what we expect from a Justice of the Supreme Court”

Kavanaugh was confirmed.

Congress clearly never intended to consider the FBI investigation results—McConnell promised the nomination hearing before the report was even received, and denied Democrats’ request for a briefing on the investigation from FBI agents.

Yet GOP senators rammed through his confirmation despite that less than 20 percent of Kavanaugh’s records were made available to Democrats for review prior to his nomination hearing, 42,000 of which were released only the day before the hearing.

Despite that the FBI’s investigation was very narrow and rushed, limited in scope by the White House, and neglected to speak to Dr. Blasey Ford herself, Kavanaugh, or the many witnesses and colleagues who stated that they had pertinent information.

Despite that text messages show Kavanaugh lied about not knowing about Deborah Ramirez’s accusations—and that he was trying to silence them before they were made public. Despite two ethics complaints about his behavior as a judge, and more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints received by the DC circuit court about Kavanaugh in recent weeks. Despite evidence that he was a belligerent drunk from a letter Kavanaugh himself wrote and his documentedinvolvement in bar fights.

Despite the National Council of Churches, the nation’s largest organization of Christian churches representing 38 denominations, 100K churches, and 45 million people across the country, urging the White House to withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination because of his “extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee,” his “several misstatements and some outright falsehoods,” and his “troubling” record “with regard to issues of voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections.”

Despite that more than 1,500 law professors signed a letter stating that Kavanaugh is unsuited to preside over any court, let alone the nation’s highest, after his histrionic, biased, partisan testimony and his drinking history.

Despite the American Bar Association, a group of Mormon women, and the dean of Yale Law School (Kavanaugh’s alma mater) all publicly stating that Kavanaugh’s appointment is detrimental to our nation—and the American Bar Association further announcing that they are reevaluating Kavanaugh’s “well qualified” rating.

Despite Kavanaugh’s former college roommate stating that Kavanaugh lied under oath about his drinking and the meaning of his yearbook entries, and that two of Kavanaugh’s former Yale classmates who signed a letter of support for him. “In our view that testimony was partisan, and not judicious, and inconsistent with what we expect from a Justice of the Supreme Court, particularly dealing with a co-equal branch of government,” they wrote.

Despite former Republican Steve Schmidt (veteran of the Bush administration and McCain campaign), in commenting on Donald’s behavior regarding the Kavanaugh trial and toward his accusers, calling the president indecent, contemptible, vulgar, cruel, dishonest, especially after Donald openly mocked Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony at a rally Tuesday night.

Despite that former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens stated that Kavanaugh had demonstrated with his potential political bias and volatile testimony and temperament that he was not fit to serve on the court.

Despite that senators Flake, Collins, and Murkowski expressed concerns over Kavanaugh’s partisan attacks in his hearing, Dr. Ford’s accusations, and the scope of the background check. (Only Lisa Murkowski had the courage and patriotism tovote against Kavanaugh.)

Despite that more than 750 Harvard Law graduates signed a letter for the dean of the school asking that Brett Kavanaugh’s invitation to lecture be rescinded (Kavanaugh dropped out after the allegations of his sexual misconduct).

I wonder how many of these items would disqualify a Democrat judicial nominee for the GOP? It’s hard to know, since the Senate unethically blocked the nomination of the highly qualified, scandal-free Merrick Garland that Mitch McConnell and the Republican-controlled Congress refused to even hear. Yet none of these appalling facts seemed to make any impression on the GOP.

Republicans ignored all of this disqualifying behavior and information to confirm a self-reported belligerent, out-of-control drinker with numerous credible highly disturbing allegations against him and a clearly demonstrated partisan bias and unstable temperament. This will be their legacy.

Our job is to make sure voters remember which path they chose come November—history will remember it in perpetuity.

More Republican Rot

An internal review on Donald’s ill-conceived and ill-executed separation of children from their families and imprisoning of children uncovered a series of lies and incompetencies. The Inspector General’s report about the Trump administration’s separating children from their families at the border revealed that the administration deliberately instigated this as a policy—despite its lies to the contrary—lied about how long these children were detained; failed to adequately track them; and had inadequate plans for housing them.

Republicans Against the Law

Four reputed members of a militant white-supremacist society were arrested on charges of instigating violence at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017, and each faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

A federal judge temporarily blocked Donald’s White House from terminating the legal status of 300,000 refugees, questioning whether there was “a discriminatory factor” in the White House’s attempted action.

A federal judge ruled that 200 Democrats suing Donald for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause have legal standing to pursue the suit.

Did you get your creepy Presidential Alert on Wednesday, the direct line Donald now has to every cell phone user in America? A lawsuit in New York is challenging the constitutionality of the messaging system as “a violation of First and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from Government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices.”

Power of the Free Press

The New York Times conducted an exhaustive investigation of Donald’s fiscal history and his family’s fortune and found that Donald inherited more than $400 million of his “self-made” money beginning when he was a toddler, which he augmented through dubious tax schemes and fraud, and his family bequeathed this fortune on Donald and his siblings with a tax evasion in the amount of more than $550 million. Much of the information was gleaned from the financial disclosures of Donald’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, upon her confirmation as a federal judge (appointed by Bill Clinton). New York State tax officials are reviewing the fraud evidence to see about recouping the lost tax income from the family.

An in-depth investigation by Esquire magazine discovered that Trump toady Devin Nunes’s long-vaunted family dairy in California actually secretly relocated to Iowa, where it employs a large number of undocumented workers.

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

(We need some)

Texas Senate candidate Steve Kling‘s mother is personally calling and thanking donors to his campaign.

Taylor Swift joined the Resistance.

Within an hour of Maine senator Susan Collins finishing her speech in which she announced her holdout confirmation vote for Kavanaugh (with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s) that tipped him over the confirmation threshold, a group of Maine voters raised (through crowdfunding) $2 million for whatever Democrat runs against her. (That total is now up to $3 million.)

Travis County is on track to achieve 93 percent voter registration—a modern record. Now we just need to work to make sure as many of those as possible actually get out to vote. Check the Indivisible page to find opportunities to phone bank, block walk, and other ways to help get out the vote. And this is important—no later than Tuesday, check your own voter registration; it’s online, quick, and easy. Some people have discovered that they’ve been removed from the rolls, or are told at the polls that they aren’t registered or there’s a problem with their registration.

I feel this is a week where we’re entitled to be a little bit petty, at least privately. Enjoy.

This was a hard week, warriors—as hard as any we’ve had so far. I found a great deal of comfort and inspiration in Dan Rather’s post (as I so often do) the day Collins announced her intended vote for Kavanaugh. I leave you with his closing words in that post, where he reminds us to adopt an attitude of “we can be beaten but never defeated”: “Adopt it, cling to it and live it as a credo. Be relentless. When things are bad, when the going is tough, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and carry forward. Also, maybe take as a goal what an old man once said to me: ‘Keep trying, keep fighting, keep smiling every minute you’re alive; you’re going to be dead a long time.’ And recognize that you are not alone. Far from it. Look to your left and right, before you and behind you, at the millions who will support you on this journey for justice. Fill your lungs with the determined air of action. I find myself humming that old but powerful anthem of the Civil Rights Era. ‘We’ll walk hand in hand!’ ‘We are not afraid!’ ‘We shall overcome!’”

Take Action: It’s Time to Step Up

Five Weeks

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We’ve been out canvassing in East Austin, within Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s district (TX-35) for a few weeks now. In rain and shine both, we’ve spoken with residents young and old, consistent voters and skeptics, those following political news and those keeping closer tabs on maintenance at their local elementary school. (Spoiler alert: we haven’t found many fans of Sen. Ted Cruz.)

We believe turnout in this election depends upon everyone’s hard work. Yes, even yours: come join us in these conversations because the best antidote to anxiety, fear, or anger about our present is tangible action to impact our future. And because we have good leave-behind swag, great #BeATexasVoter t-shirts for every volunteer, and even better company. Pick at least one Saturday between now and Nov. 6th, put it on your calendar, and RSVP today (see our web page, Facebook, or Indivisible.org’s map).

Ongoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote. Got both covered? Help anyone you know do the same.

Important Dates

  • October 9: Last Day to register to vote
  • October 22 – November 2: Early voting
  • November 6: Election Day

It’s time to step up

Midterms are fast approaching. We need to elect better people. And that starts with you.

Beto O’Rourke (U.S. Senate)

In sharp contrast to the incumbent, who seems to spend more time in Iowa than in Texas, O’Rourke has met with thousands of Texans, welcoming questions from people of all political stripes, and rejecting PAC and large donations.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Mike Siegel (U.S. House District 10)

Instead of hiding from constituents out of fear they might ask hard questions and demand actual answers, Siegel is on the street knocking doors, talking to voters face-to-face, holding town halls, and treating his future constituents with common decency and respect.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Rick Kennedy (U.S. House District 17)

Rick Kennedy is an experienced problem-solver, who will bring much-needed pragmatism, empathy, and technical acumen to Congress.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Joseph Kopser (U.S. House District 21)

TX21 residents have a choice in this election: A veteran who served his country and now fights for progressive causes, or another GOP Swamp Creature. Staying home is not an option.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Julie Oliver (U.S. House District 25)

Julie Oliver goes everywhere, listens to and learns from anyone, and fearlessly explains how she is fighting for them, even if they aren’t supporting her yet.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Lloyd Doggett (U.S. House District 35)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett has consistently shown an openness and willingness to engage with and represent all Austinites, regardless of which congressional district they call home.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Mike Collier (Lt. Governor)

Mike Collier supports property tax reform, opposes gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement, and supports policies that would close the income inequality gap.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Justin Nelson (Attorney General)

Nelson’s campaign has brought serious focus to issues that matter to Texans—and to the serious ethical malpractice committed by the incumbent.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Kim Olson (Agriculture Commissioner)

Olson is a retired Air Force pilot and an organic farmer who is listening to the concerns of Texans in all of our 254 counties.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Joi Chevalier (Comptroller)

Small-business owner Joi Chevalier would bring experience and humanity to the important role of managing the state budget.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Congress Critter(s): Special Edition

Unflattering headshots of John Cornyn and Ted CruzBoth of our Senators—Ted Cruz and John Cornyn—are on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is in charge of evaluating and voting on every federal judicial nominee. Last week, as most know, the committee met for a hearing on the heartbreaking sexual assault allegations facing Judge Kavanaugh. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, both of our Senators acted disgracefully.

Neither had the guts to question Dr. Blasey Ford directly, but both went out of their way to fawn over Judge Kavanaugh.

Ted Cruz proved himself a liar—again—by falsely saying that all parties Dr. Blasey Ford had named had denied the assault took place. They did not.

John Cornyn disrespected survivors across the country when he worked himself up into hysterics by claiming a hearing on sexual assault was roughly the same as the McCarthy investigations.

Their behavior underscored just how important it is to vote Beto O’Rourke into office in November. These two men—full of power and financial might at home—choose to mindlessly back Donald Trump over demonstrating even a hint of leadership. It was pathetic, and so are they.

Texas deserves better.

Beto Backstage

How your voices are making a difference

  • The American Bar Association, a group of Mormon women, the dean of Yale Law School, and finally—finally—the U.S. Senate determined that serious, multiple, credible allegations of sexual abuse of Brett Kavanaugh must be investigated by the FBI before he can be confirmed.

Read more >>

Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

We recognize how difficult it can be for survivors to react and digest the news—and correspondingly hateful words about survivors—that continues to emerge. For anyone struggling, or anyone with a loved one who is struggling, we encourage them to reach out to the following organizations (or one of the many other support networks in our region):

The SAFE Alliance

RAINN National Hotline

  • Military-specific resources can be found here.

In addition:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 1-(888) 792-2873

Events

Join us with our partner, Run for Something, to celebrate young people running for office

October 11, 6-8pm

The Market & Tap Room

319 Colorado St, Austin, Texas 78701

Indivisible Austin will be giving away tickets to the first five who contact us at: run@indivisibleaustin.com

Dancing Away Detention, hosted by Grassroots Leadership with all proceeds toward Hutto Bond Fund

October 4, 6:30-9:30 PM

Taylor Station Bar

108 East Second Street, Taylor, Texas 76574

Buy Tickets

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Your Moment of Zen

Did you know capybaras are really good at being friends with other animals? We didn’t, either–but now we want to be like capybaras. Enjoy this one stoic among lively duck pals:

Funding the Fight

Meg from A Wrinkle in Time

“Stay angry, little Meg,” Mrs Whatsit whispered. “You will need all your anger now.”

You’re furious right now. So are we.

Now is the time for the fight.

Volunteer to phonebank, post card, and text on Tuesdays. Canvass neighborhoods with us and talk to potential voters on Saturdays.

Be a contributor now to help us do it all.

And don’t just vote, make sure your friends and family vote too.

Fight for the rights and justice that are truly due to all of us. We owe it to ourselves and others to use today’s anger to change our course and make tomorrow better.

“I give you my love, Meg. Never forget that. My love always.”


Quotes from A Wrinkle in Time, novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Image of Storm Reid as Meg Murray from film of the same name directed by Ava DuVernay

Ugh, Kavanaugh | How Your Voices Are Making a Difference

10/1/18 “This nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country”

Ugh, Kavanaugh.

The American Bar Association, a group of Mormon women, the dean of Yale Law School, and finally—finally—the U.S. Senate determined that serious, multiple, credible allegations of sexual abuse of Brett Kavanaugh must be investigated by the FBI before he can be confirmed. (The American Bar Association also had concerns about Kavanaugh as a judge 12 years ago.) Besides an eleventh-hour Jeff Flake (who nonetheless voted to further Kavanaugh’s nomination), four Republican governors have added their voices to Democrats’ (and much of America’s) in demanding further investigation before any vote is taken.

After Kavanaugh repeatedly touted the Jesuit education he received at Georgetown University, the Jesuit Review rescindinded its endorsement of him and demanded that the White House rescind Kavanaugh’s nomination, stating that “even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country,” and that “Judge Kavanaugh continues to enjoy a legal presumption of innocence, but the standard for a nominee to the Supreme Court is far higher; there is no presumption of confirmability…. If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman’s report of an assault.”

Meanwhile, Matt Damon’s SNL portrayal of Kavanaugh’s belligerent, out-of-control, politicized, and histrionic performance in the hearing is both a palate cleanser, and heartbreaking in the accuracy of its parody, as is this spot-on opinion piece by a WaPo columnist….and also this Pulp Fiction mash-up.

federal judge reversed the decision of Donald’s Fish and Wildlife department last year to rescind protections on grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and allow hunting—grizzlies will once again be a protected species

federal judge rejected Donald’s attempts to stop a lawsuit against him by Democrats for violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause with his maintaining control of his personal businesses and holdings and doing business with foreign governments. The lawsuit will proceed.

Democrats are preparing to force to a floor vote a bill to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation, as Donald and his toadies in Congress begin openly gunning for the investigation, Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller himself.

Donny was thrown when his baseless claim at the UN summit that his administration had accomplished more than any other in history was met with laughter from world leaders.

This is a hard week to remember this, but despite the co-opting of our government by what conservative CNN commentator Kevin Madden called “a pathetically mean skirt-chasing man-child” and “authoritarian demagogue,” Donald’s flunkies in Congress, and the mindlessly zealous support of a small portion of his base, most people are decent. The Texas Trib Fest over the weekend featured a lineup of lawmakers, intelligence agents, ethics officials, and commentators who are actively fighting, denouncing, and publishing about the abhorrent behavior of the Republican party and its Dear Leader, and working to motivate moderate voters—even a significant number of Republicans or former Republicans themselves, like former George W. Bush ethics counsel Richard Painter, former House Rep Mickey Edwards, The Weekly’s Charlie Sykes, GOP political strategist Rick Wilson, and others. Week’s like this seem as if the world’s gone mad, but there are more good, decent people fighting for our country and our democracy than those seeking to co-opt or destroy it. Cleave to those people, remind yourself what we’re fighting for, and hang in there.

Take Action: Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

At the outset, we want to acknowledge that as the allegations about Brett Kavanaugh unfold, our minds and hearts are not only with the brave women coming forward in this instance, but also the tragically high number of survivors of sexual assault and abuse that live in our community.

We recognize how difficult it can be for survivors to react and digest the news—and correspondingly hateful words about survivors—that continues to emerge. For anyone struggling, or anyone with a loved one who is struggling, we encourage them to reach out to the following organizations (or one of the many other support networks in our region):

The SAFE Alliance

RAINN National Hotline

  • Military-specific resources can be found here.

In addition:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 1-888-792-2873

Endorsements

Rick Kennedy for U.S. House District 17

Indivisible Austin proudly endorses Rick Kennedy for TX-17

Rick Kennedy is an experienced problem-solver, who will bring much-needed pragmatism, empathy, and technical acumen to Congress.

Read our full endorsement of Rick Kennedy >>

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Thursday: Fundraiser to Elect Mike Siegel

Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Serranos Restaurant (Lakeline), 11100 Pecan Park Blvd, Cedar Park

TX10 Indivisible, Indivisible Cedar Park, Far Northwest Progressives, and Indivisible Austin are hosting this fundraiser to elect Mike Siegel for TX10. (Read our endorsement.)

Guest speaker: Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan

Your donation is your RSVP.

Sponsorship levels: $50 -$75 – $100- $250 – $500

Suggested donation: $25

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Ongoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote.

Important Dates

  • October 9: Last Day to register to vote
  • October 22 – November 2: Early voting
  • November 6: Election Day

Take Action

Push Back on Public Charge Rule Change

Saturday night the administration finally dropped a bombshell we’ve been expecting for several months. Since a draft proposed rule was leaked in February, we have been expecting a new, cruel anti-immigrant policy designed to prevent documented immigrants from getting a Green Card and ultimately pursuing US citizenship. The proposed rule change targets immigrants who legally use programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, and even Medicare Part D.

This is the latest salvo in Trump’s war on immigrants. We’re losing count of who Trump has targeted so far: Muslims, undocumented people, children, refugees, asylees, people with Temporary Protected Status, and more. This latest action squarely targets legal immigrants who are doing what every sniveling Twitter conservative demands: they are getting in line, filing the proper paperwork, doing it right, waiting their turn, etc.

We knew that was never going to be enough, right?

Here’s what happens next:

  1. Proposed rule will be published in the federal register
  2. 60-day public comment period begins
  3. Public comments are submitted online
  4. Administration is required to review all comments
  5. A final rule will be published in the federal register
  6. 60-day public review period
  7. New rule becomes effective on a certain date

Watch this space. As soon as we have details on making comments we’ll post them.

In the meantime, follow this hashtag and these expert accounts on Twitter:
#ProtectFamilies, @NILC_org, @CLASP, @covertexasnow, @CPPP_TX

National Walk Out: Support Dr. Blasey Ford

At noon on Monday 9/24, join a national walk-out to show our support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out—of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are—and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.

View Facebook event >>

How your voice are making a difference

  • Some Texas Republicans are now endorsing Democrats.
  • Republican Florida governor Rick Scott was booed out of a restaurant
  • Wilbur Ross will be deposed in a lawsuit that challenges his adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census

Read more wins of the week >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

Pizza and Stamps and Printing, Oh My!

Blue brick road leading to the Emerald City

We’re marching down the Blue Brick Road, building it one brick at a time. (Yes, this is a brick road metaphor, instead of a wave.)

Every week, we’ve got more and more great volunteers making phone calls, writing postcards, and knocking on doors to engage voters. Believe it or not plenty of people aren’t following the elections, but we are winning them over.

BUT all that good work means more pizza to feed people, more stamps to send our postcards out, and printing more voter information packets. And more of all that, of course means more funds.

We’re doing the work, and we could really use your support to throw cold water on the Wicked Witch of Republican Corruption and Immorality.

 

Endorsement: Rick Kennedy for U.S. House District 17

Indivisible Austin proudly endorses Rick Kennedy for TX-17

Rick Kennedy draws on his background as a software engineer to position himself as a problem solver. He’s running on a platform that includes protecting access to quality, affordable health care; pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants; and reforming the tax code to put money in the hands of consumers, not corporations.

During the primaries, we co-hosted (and live-tweeted) a candidate forum with Kennedy and fellow Democrat Dale Mantey, along with Libertarian Peter Churchman. (The incumbent, Rep. Bill Flores, declined an invitation to participate.) The conversation spanned multiple topics including immigration, climate change, gerrymandering, public education, and health care for veterans and in rural communities. Kennedy displayed a solid grasp of policy, belying his newcomer status. His biggest applause line was on the DREAM Act: “We have a moral and economic imperative to give these people a quick pathway to citizenship.”

It was also refreshing to see three candidates—including Churchman, who disagreed with Kennedy and Mantey on many issues—debate in good faith and with respect for facts and for each other. Contrast this to absentee Rep. Bill Flores, who is notorious for blocking constituents on Twitter, deleting constituent comments on Facebook, and whose campaign amplifies atrocious memes by Dinesh D’Souza.

Spanning Waco to the north, College Station to the East, and a middle finger jabbing through Pflugerville and North Austin, TX17 is one of our more embarrassingly gerrymandered districts.

Map of gerrymandered TX-17Candidates campaigning in this district have a very broad constituency, from college students and faculty at Texas A&M and Baylor, to tech workers in Austin, to vast rural communities. The good news is that progressives are learning that you don’t need a different message for each audience you speak to. The planks of Rick Kennedy’s platform—such as a fair tax code; quality health care that includes a public option; humane immigration policy; and investment in clean energy to combat climate change—resonate with the majority of Americans regardless of demographics.

Rick Kennedy is an experienced problem-solver, who will bring much-needed pragmatism, empathy, and technical acumen to Congress. Indivisible Austin is proud to give Kennedy our endorsement.

“This is Sickening” | How your voices are making a difference

9/24/18 “This is sickening.”

Political nonprofits can no longer hide the names of their donors, thanks to a federal court ruling the Supreme Court declined to consider overturning.

The billionaire who created the National Debt Clock is disgusted with Donald and the GOP’s running up of our national debt by more than $1.5 trillion in the last year alone. He spoke out to exhort the GOP to stop creating tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of the country: “I support higher taxes on people like me,” saying he was more than willing to pay more taxes.

Republicans Reconsidering

Jeff Flake called out Donny Jr. over a tweet mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser: “This is sickening.” Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh was even more pointed: “I think we all can agree that @DonaldJTrumpJr is an uncaring, narrow-minded idiot.” Even Maine Senator Susan Collins is “appalled” by the tweet—Collins has so far not indicated her support for Kavanaugh has wavered, but perhaps this will turn the tide.

Meanwhile an adviser to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley—who is overseeing the Supreme Court confirmation process for accused sexual abuser Brett Kavanaugh—just resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

Some Texas Republicans are now endorsing Democrats.

This conservative UK publication wrote a mournful elegy for the Republican party under Donny.

An Arizona House candidate running for reelection just lost the endorsement of SIX of his siblings—to his Democratic opponent. The siblings decried their brother’s far-right rhetoric and racism.

Republican Florida governor Rick Scott was booed out of a restaurant and run out of his own rally by Florida residents fed up with his lack of action to combat the toxic red tide and algae bloom destroying beaches and sea life and causing deleterious health effects in residents.

The Best People

Not long after former security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, his assistant, former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland reversed her earlier denials that Flynn may have told her he discussed sanctions with Sergey Kislyak, now admitting that perhaps in fact he did.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao racked up nearly $100K in a bill to taxpayers by flying on Federal Aviation Administration planes instead of commercial flights on seven occasions in 2017, costing taxpayers almost $100,000. One set of flights by Chao and her staff cost an estimated $68,892.

Donny is once again gunning for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly humiliating him—yet again—regarding a wide range of issues, including immigration and Sessions’s recusing himself from the Russia investigation. “I don’t have an Attorney General,” Trump said. “It’s very sad.”

A federal judge has ordered commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to sit for deposition in a lawsuit that challenges Ross’s adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

A Minnesota state rep has ended his bid for reelection in the face of accusations from his daughter that he sexually abused her for ten years beginning when she was nine.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

PayPal joined a slew of other sites that have permanently banned Alex Jones and InfoWars from the site.

McDonald’s employees effected a strike to protest workplace harassment.

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

Incredibly decent human being Michael Jordan donated $2 million of his personal funds to Hurricane Florence relief efforts in his home state of NC.

This revamped music video for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Teach Your Children” is a marvelous updating of the anthem for the resistance.

Take Action: Tell Cornyn and Cruz to delay the 9/20 Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh

Endorsements

Mike Siegel for TX10

Mike Siegel is the Austin city attorney who sued Gov. Greg Abbott to stop SB4, the worst anti-immigrant law passed in recent memory. If that were the only thing we knew about him, we’d still probably give him our endorsement.

Read our full endorsement of Mike Siegel >>

Joseph Kopser for TX21

TX21 residents have a choice in this election: A veteran who served his country and now fights for progressive causes, or another GOP Swamp Creature. Joseph Kopser has our full backing as the person best qualified to protect our most vulnerable citizens and to provide an important check on executive power.

Read our full endorsement of Joseph Kopser >>

Julie Oliver for TX25

Julie Oliver goes everywhere, listens to and learns from anyone, and fearlessly explains how she and the Democratic party are fighting for them, even if they aren’t supporting her yet. It’s the only way to win over voters. It’s the right way to govern, and it’s why Indivisible Austin is proud to endorse her candidacy.

Read our full endorsement of Julie Oliver >>

View all of our endorsements >>

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NEW: Join our Big Ol’ Texas Postcard Party on Sunday at Brewtorium

On Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. join us and March on Texas to send 90,000 (!) postcards to progressive Texas women who need a big reminder to get out and vote in the midterms. We’ll provide postcards and art supplies so you can let your creativity loose.

Ongoing Get-Out-the-Vote Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote.

Take Action

Tell Cornyn and Cruz to delay the 9/20 Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh

Courtesy of Celeste Pewter

Tell Cornyn and Cruz no on Kavanaugh

Add your comments to stop DHS from detaining children indefinitely

Two weeks ago, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule would allow children to be detained indefinitely. The rule would overturn the Flores settlement, which has been the law since 1997 and prevents children from being detained longer than 20 days.

There is a 60-day period for public comment before the rule goes into effect. Here’s where you come in:

  1. Comment online
  2. Email: ICE.Regulations@ice.dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20536. To ensure proper handling, include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in your correspondence. Mail must be postmarked by the comment submission deadline.

The proposed rule is clearly in response to Trump administration’s manufactured crisis on the border, where hundreds of children remain separated from their families thanks to the so-called zero-tolerance policy. Rather than solve the problem, they are attempting to double down on the needless cruelty. Call your reps, too—they need to speak out, and will only do so under pressure from you.

Read more from Families USA >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • The Hispanic Caucus declined an invitation to the White House
  • DC residents petitioned to revoke Trump Hotel’s liquor licenses
  • Willie is Team Beto

Read more success stories >>

Activist Spotlight: Brian Clark

Activist Brian Clark from TX21 Indivisible“I was stunned to realize how Texas is such a terrible state in terms of voting, and there should be a cardboard cutout of our reps, because the non-vote wins all the time.”

Meet TX21 Indivisible activist Brian Clark >>

Your Moment of Zen

If you’re a fan of Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, you know how much his orange kitty cats mean to him. Butters was lost in San Antonio for a bit—but he came back!

Funding the Fight

This is it.

Truly.

November 6th is the most important election of our lives, because the 2016 election has put our democracy at such grave risk.

We can, and we are building the blue wave to protect our country from corruption and authoritarianism. Be a part of the work. Support Indivisible Austin.