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The majority of Americans favor tighter regulation of weapons | How your voices are making a difference

The Web company used by 8Chan, the hate site where recent El Paso shooter posted his white supremacist hate messages against immigrants before driving nine hours to the border town, announced it will no longer provide services to the racist site, effectively shutting down the 8Chan page.

A Nebraska Republican lawmaker called out the GOP—and Donald directly—for “enabling white supremacy.” “I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist,” wrote McCollister, who represents an Omaha-area district. “What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party.”

President Obama made a rare public rebuke—ostensibly of racism in general, but his tweet was very pointed toward the Very Stable Genius—or at least thin-skinned Donald thought so, lashing out in reply that he is the “least racist person in the world.” Obama’s tweet simply asked Americans to “clearly and unequivocally” reject language from leaders that “feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the FBI, stating that he was fired just before his retirement as politically motivated punishment by Don John for being insufficiently loyal. McCabe stated that Donald “purposefully and intentionally” pushed the Justice Department to demote and terminate him as part of an “unconstitutional plan” to discredit and remove Justice Department and F.B.I. employees who were “deemed to be his partisan opponents.”

The House Judiciary Committee filed suit against Donald’s former counsel Don McGahn to force him to testify before Congress.

Republicans—even Mitch McConnell—are making noise about actually introducing legislation for sensible gun reform, in response—at last—to the majority of Americans who favor tighter regulation of weapons.

Your Feel-good Story of the Week

Check out these TED talks on how to engage in productive political discussion that may help mend, rather than continue to worsen, our ideological divides.

It’s time to end gun violence in America; Call your local reps’ offices to demand impeachment | Take Action Newsletter

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This is not normal. It’s time to end gun violence in America.

Our hearts are broken for the victims and survivors of mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and everywhere. Our hearts are broken for the 36,000 Americans killed by guns every year. Our hearts are broken for the 22,000 of them who die by gun suicide. And our hearts are broken for the 3,000 children, also killed each year by firearms in America. Our hearts are just broken.

The shooting in El Paso is the natural byproduct of lax gun laws and white supremacy. (The shooter drove nine hours to kill immigrants.) It’s exactly the kind of stochastic terrorism our president encourages at his rallies, yet later claims plausible deniability in the ensuing acts of violence. It’s what happens when the people in power don’t care about the people they represent. We can stop it. But it’s going to take all of us.

What you can do:

  1. Call or write your reps. There is common sense gun legislation that has already passed the House and on which Mitch McConnell refuses to hold a vote in the Senate. Remember, too, that your reps are in town this month for the August recess. Call their local offices. Tell your story. Speak your truth.
  2. Get organized for 2020. We Texans are represented by some of the most venal politicians in America. John Cornyn’s senate seat is in play, and of course every House seat is flippable. Make sure you are registered to vote; become a VDR so you can register others to vote; donate to and blockwalk for candidates who support legislation to end gun violence. The Texas primaries are approaching fast.
  3. Support organizations doing the work to end gun violence. Here are a few:
    1. Texas Gun Sense
    2. Moms Demand Action
    3. March for Our Lives

We don’t have to die this way. Write your Senators. 

It’s August recess: Call you local reps’ offices to demand impeachment

Rep. Doggett supports an impeachment inquiry

Your House reps are in town for the August recess, which is an opportunity to pressure staff at their local offices to demand an impeachment inquiry for Donald Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors.

During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. Need we go on?

Call your House reps at these numbers. (If Lloyd Doggett, is your rep, call to thank him, as he supports an impeachment inquiry.)

Who represents me?

  • Rep. McCaul: (512) 473-2357
  • Rep. Flores: (512) 373-3378
  • Rep. Roy: (512) 871-5959
  • Rep. Williams: (512) 473-8910
  • Rep. Carter: (512) 246-1600
  • Rep. Doggett: (512) 916-5921

If you are unable to call, send your House rep a letter in just a couple of clicks


How your voices are making a difference

  • John Ratcliffe is out as Donald’s head of intelligence
  • A Baltimore church booted Ben Carson off its property
  • Rick Perry admitted that global warming is manmade

Learn to bear with fortitude


Events

Tuesday, August 6

Pride is Still a Protest ATX

5:30 p.m. at Impact Hub Austin, 411 W Monroe St.

Sponsored by ACLU of Texas: “Join us and our partners at the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to celebrate Pride and take action for trans justice in our state.”

RSVP with ACLU of Texas

Austin Vigil for Voting Rights

6:00 p.m. at David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2211 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Sponsored by Public Citizen, Texas Civil Rights Project, Indivisible Austin and Common Cause Texas: to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and urge Congress to restore the Voting Rights Advancement Act

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Wednesday, August 7

Screening of “When They See Us” with Austin Justice Coalition

7 to 9 p.m. at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.

Join Austin Justice Coalition and our community partners for screenings and small community town halls throughout the month of August 2019.

***This is a FREE community event***

Each Wednesday, beginning August 7, we will screen Ava DuVernay’s four-part mini-series, “When They See US”. Following each screening, we will have short community drive discussions revolving around issues that arise in the series.

Get tickets

Wednesdays, August 7 to September 11

Empower U Austin Leadership Training

6-week community workshop provides participants with the skills and connections to achieve the changes they want for their families and community. We help individuals turn their passion for community change into reality. Our curriculum is presented by experts in their fields and covers topics such as:

  • Activism and Community Change
  • Understanding the Local Power Structure
  • Building Communities for Action and
  • Collaboration/Coalition Building
  • Growing Your Movement Through Messaging

Dinner provided. Free!

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Sunday, August 11

FINAL SHOW: Live Readings from Volume II of the Mueller Report

TX25 candidate Julie Oliver reads from the Mueller Report on August 4, 2019

Doors open at 5 p.m. at North Door Austin, 501 Brushy St.

Join voice actor Shannon McCormick and other special guests for the grand finale of our series of live readings from the Mueller Report.

RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

Wednesday, August 14

Unwelcome Reception: Rally Against ALEC

4:30 p.m. at Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Avenue

Read: ALEC is coming to Texas. Here’s why that’s bad. (Progress Texas)

**Meet outside Fareground at 4:30PM**

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is convening in Austin from Aug. 14-16 at the J.W. Marriott for their 46th annual meeting.

We must show them THEY ARE NOT WELCOME! We must TAKE BACK OUR STATE!

ALEC is just another way for corporate interests to control our government.

  • They take power away from everyday Texans and put it into the hands of the wealthy few.
  • They’re behind bad legislation like “Stand Your Ground” gun legislation and Voter ID.
  • They use corporate contributions to sell prepackaged conservative bills that hurt our communities.

Let’s take back our power! Let’s take back our state! Join us for our Unwelcome Reception and Rally!

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

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:

  • Health care
  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Economy

RSVP for this Town Hall


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Learn to bear with fortitude | How your voices are making a difference

John Ratcliffe, Donald’s nominee for head of intelligence despite his having little experience and having embellished his credentials, lying about his accomplishments, is out.

New York state prosecutors are continuing their investigation into Donald’s payment of hush money during his campaign to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, subpoenaing related documents from the Trump Organization.

Speaking of Stormy (Stephanie Clifford), the five police officers responsible for her harassment arrest last year are facing internal discipline for violating departmental rules of conduct.

This was last week’s story, but I missed it and it’s too good to leave out: in North Carolina, home of the “bathroom bill” that attempted to force people to use the bathroom that matched their birth certificate, a federal judge approved a legal settlement brought by the governor and several LGBTQ rights groups, thus allowing people to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Pee freely, friends.

Baltimore church booted Ben Carson off its property as the Housing Sec tried to hold a presser on its grounds without permission, following Donald’s Twitter attack on the city.

Donald’s own Energy Secretary, Rick Perry (still seems like a joke, we know) directly contradicted the Very Stable Genius on climate change, stating that global warming is a man-made phenomenon. “The climate is changing. Are we part of the reason? Yeah, it is.” (Excuse the poor grammar, but…Rick Perry.)

Your Feel-good Story of the Week

It’s hard to find a feel-good in a couple of weeks with three mass shootings and zero GOP action. Take heart from this patient Great Pyrenees—may we all learn from him to bear with fortitude.

“We stuck together like neighbors are supposed to do.” | How your voices are making a difference

No doubt you’ve read plenty about Mueller’s testimony before Congress this past week, so we won’t rehash it here—but watch Donny deny things Mueller clearly said in this video comparison.

Major automakers bypassed the White House’s resistance to upholding higher standards for gas mileage in vehicles by secretly negotiating a climate deal with California to limit vehicle emissions.

A House congressional committee voted to authorize subpoenas for all White House work communications sent via personal email and cellphone, expanding a probe into violations of government laws regarding record-keeping.

federal judge in California halted the Mentally Deranged Dotard’s latest asylum ban—the third such judicial block, if you’re counting.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

New Hampshire passed a law requiring free feminine-hygiene products in public schools. (And check out the picture of activists, school representatives, and lawmakers present—THAT’S what a roomful of people making laws about women’s bodies should look like.)

Two Louisiana police officers were fired after one posted and one liked a Facebook post suggesting AOC should be shot: “needs a round…and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” Their police chief called their behavior “an embarrassment” to the department, “alluding to a violent act be conducted against a sitting U.S. [congresswoman], a member of our government [and] we are not going to tolerate that.”

So far this year Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal for the first time ever.

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

Hope you didn’t miss this hilarious image of Don John obliviously standing in front of a fake presidential seal, created by a former Republican disgusted with the Very Stable Genius, which featured a version of the Russian Federation coat of arms and a set of golf clubs, as well as the slogan, in Spanish where the Latin “E Pluribus Unum” usually is, “The president is a puppet.”

Nashville residents spontaneously banded together to prevent ICE officers from deporting a longtime member of their community: ““We stuck together like neighbors are supposed to do.”

People can be wonderful.

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It seems like there has been only bad news on immigration recently, and it’s hard to know how to help. Children are still being detained, and dying in captivity. The Supreme Court ruled that Trump can allocate emergency funds to building a border wall. The administration issued an “expedited removal” that allows, without due process, the swift deportation of immigrants.

At the Congressional level, we continue to support the Defund Hate campaign. Another way to help is to make a donation to organizations doing the work to mitigate the humanitarian crisis at the border. Annunciation House, located in El Paso 10 blocks from the US/Mexico border, supports “the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.”

Make a donation to Annunciation House

Write your rep to demand impeachment

The Houston Chronicle, the House Judiciary Committee, and five US representatives from Texas are all in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.

Houston Chronicle

From the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board:

“We come to this conclusion reluctantly. While we believe for myriad reasons that Trump poses a danger to our country and to the free nations that look to America for global leadership, we had hoped that it would be the American voters who held him accountable in the 2020 election.

“But these are extraordinary circumstances. America cannot wait until next year to uncover the full truth of Trump’s conduct, to determine whether he committed high crimes and misdemeanors, and if so, what consequences he should face.”

—“Time to begin proceedings into impeachment of Trump,” Houston Chronicle, July 25, 2019

At last count, 100 U.S. House Representatives are publicly in favor of impeachment. All but one (now-Independent Rep. Justin Amash) are Democrats. We’ll need 218 votes to confirm impeachment.

Where do Texas Democrats stand on impeachment?

For impeachment: No/Not Yet:
  • Rep. Doggett
  • Rep. Escobar
  • Rep. Green
  • Rep. Jackson Lee
  • Rep. Vela
  • Rep. Allred
  • Rep. Bernice Johnson
  • Rep. Cuellar
  • Rep. Fletcher
  • Rep. Garcia
  • Rep. Gonzalez
  • Rep. Veasey

You know what to do. Whether your MOC is a Republican or Democrat, write your rep at indivisibleaustin.com/impeach 


How your voices are making a difference

  • So far this year Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal for the first time ever.
  • A House congressional committee voted to authorize subpoenas for all White House work communications sent via personal email and cellphone
  • Nashville residents spontaneously banded together to prevent ICE officers from deporting a longtime member of their community

“We stuck together like neighbors are supposed to do”


Events

Sunday, August 4

The Mueller Report Read LIVE—featuring Julie Oliver

5:30 p.m. at North Door Austin, 501 Brushy St.

Julie Oliver

We’re ramping up our readings of Volume II of the Mueller Report with special guests, bingo cards, and dazzling visuals. This week we’re pleased to include TX25 candidate Julie Oliver and TX21 organizer George Schorn among our lineup of readers.

Doors open at 5, show starts around 5:30. Feel free to drop in and out. There’s food! And drinks!

RSVP for Mueller LIVE

ATX Black Food Week: Various locations through August 4

Hosted by Austin Justice Coalition + Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals + Black Foodies of Austin + #ATXinColor.

Austin Justice Coalition

“For our second Black Food Week we are extending get together for two weeks! Also, we are highlighting Austin’s longstanding Black-owned restaurants that are or have become pillars in our community!  Join us for two weeks filled with satisfaction and soul!”

Make a reservation today!


2020 is coming

We’re 30 weeks from the Texas primary!

UPDATE: Activists have sent over 600 letters to John Cornyn, decrying Trump’s racism. (Make sure to add yours here.) And Trump is still at it—with disgusting, racist smears of Rep. Cummings and the city of Baltimore. Write John Cornyn now. Help us get to 1,000 letters. Cornyn can no longer claim that he’s not hearing from constituents! 

Cornyn has over $9 million in cash on hand. Now is the time to start supporting his opponents.

In TX21, we’re consciously giving less oxygen to Chip Roy’s constant bloviating. For example, do you really need to see the video of Rep. Roy storming out of a committee hearing because he was upset about—of all things—an investigation into Ivanka’s use of a private email server? Ok, maybe you do.

The important takeaway is that there are Actual Adults who want to represent citizens in TX21, including Wendy Davis. Chip won by a tiny margin in 2018. It’s time to send him packing so he can secure the Fox News gig he so desperately craves.

View our 2020 election resource page


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The #1 thing you can do to fight the climate crisis is to talk about it. 

Read this monument to a lost glacier in Iceland

Memorial for a lost glacier in Iceland


Your Moment of Zen

 

John Cornyn doesn’t care that Trump is a racist | Take Action Newsletter

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Let’s send 1,000 letters to John Cornyn condemning Trump’s racism

Last weekend, Trump tweeted that four members of congress—all women of color—should “go back” to their countries of origin. (Never mind that three of them were born in the US and all, of course, are citizens.) The rhetoric has only gotten worse since then, with more tweets and chants of “send her back” erupting at a Trump rally in North Carolina.

When asked for comment, John Cornyn told Politico​:

“I know we are consumed by this here, but it doesn’t consume my constituents when I go back home,” Sen. John Cornyn said. —Politico, July 16, 2019

John Cornyn thinks we don’t care. So we’re sending John Cornyn 1,000 letters to show that Texans do care that the president is a racist.

Start writing now​, and stay tuned for more Cornyn updates as we get closer to the Texas primary.

Need inspiration? Read some of the letters written so far. 

Demand Impeachment

The House voted last week on Rep. Al Green’s latest impeachment resolution. The resolution was related only to Trump’s racists comments and garnered 95 Yes votes—among them Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s. While that wasn’t nearly enough to pass, it was the strongest showing for impeachment yet, and many Dems likely objected on the grounds that this was just one resolution with no backing from leadership.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett explains his position in this video.

Send your rep a letter demanding impeachment. (If Doggett is your rep, you can use the form to thank him.)

How your voices are making a difference

  • Donald’s racist tweets are now admissible in court as evidence for judges to block his discriminatory policies.
  • The House voted to hold Attorney General Raymond Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt.
  • The House voted to block Trump’s use of “emergency” authority to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, bypassing Congress.

Read “Our Racist President”


Events

Sunday, July 28

Canvass for the Green New Deal with Austin DSA

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2132 Rogge Ln. Email austindsatech@gmail.com for details.

From Austin DSA:

We’re canvassing Austin neighborhoods about the climate emergency and what we can do about it right now. We’re moving the City to engage in a massive Green New Deal mobilization to end burning of fossil fuels for Austin’s energy utility. Green New Deal = Zero Carbon. We’re talking with our neighbors about how Austin’s gas and coal plants pollute neighborhoods, raise asthma rates, emit deadly greenhouse gases and encourage the dirty, dangerous fracking industry and the abuse of Texas land and people.  And we’re giving them ideas for how to change it all! Join us!

The Mueller Report Read LIVE

5:30 p.m. at North Door Austin, 501 Brushy St.

 

We’re kicking off Volume II of the Mueller Report LIVE with an all star cast that includes:

Doors open at 5, show starts around 5:30. Feel free to drop in and out. There’s food! And drinks!

RSVP for Mueller LIVE


2020 is coming

Speaking of John Cornyn, two candidates have moved from “rumored” to “running” in the race for his Senate seat.

Amanda Edwards serves as the Houston City Council Member in At-Large Position 4. She came out strong with this video:

Royce West represents Dallas-area state senate district 23.

And Wendy Davis IS RUNNING in TX21 against grandstanding Fox New auditioner Chip Roy.

There are 31 weeks until the Texas primary! View our 2020 Election Resources page!


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The #1 thing you can do to fight the climate crisis is to talk about it. 

First, the good news: Planting trees may buy us more time to fight the effects of climate change than originally thought. The positive effects may be overstated, as this article points out, but there is no question that reforestation is a crucial part of the climate puzzle. In the United States, American Forests has been doing this work since 1875—get involved!

Now, the bad news: This article from an anonymous worker at an environmental organization confirms our worst fears: Namely, that the effects of climate change were consistently understated to avoid scaring off donors. From the article:

“When did reality become so unpalatable that we shouldn’t tell people about it? Since when did so many of us need to be treated like children? Why do those of us who know about these things have to disassemble, distract or blatantly lie about the state of our world?”

How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born? (New York Times Interactive)


 

Funding the Fight

This was a bad week in a long line of bad weeks. Trump’s racism is on full display. Kids are still locked in cages. Venal and spineless politicians continue to try to strip access to healthcare while taking money from deadly industries like gun manufacturers and fossil fuel.

Indivisible Austin is all volunteer-run, and we are still in this fight. During this no good, very bad week, we organized a letter campaign that has flooded John Cornyn’s office, while simultaneously rehearsing for our series of live readings of the Mueller Report. Want to help? Make a gift today.


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Our Racist President | How your voices are making a difference

Nancy Pelosi forced House Reps to go on the record with their responses to Donald’s most recent racist tweets with an astonishing, rare vote to condemn the president, which passed mostly along party lines. Unsurprisingly, Republican lawmakers are all cool with institutionalized racism except for four of them, including Texas’s Will Hurd, and a former Texas judge who announced she’s leaving the Republican party because Don John’s “ideology is racism.” (Um, yeah—it took her two and a half years to figure that out, but I guess better late than never…)

In fact, many Republicans doubled down on the racist sentiments, much as Donny himself did. Lily-white Republican Mike Kelly called himself a “person of color—I’m white,” a statement notable for its oblivious bigotry as well as its total ignorance of race history, science, the color spectrum, and light wavelengths. Don’s right-hand liar Kellyanne Conway actually asked a reporter, “What’s your ethnicity?” when he asked about the racist tweets.

Meanwhile the proper offense came from the unlikeliest sources. Kellyanne’s husband, George Conway, penned a WaPo op-ed simply and pointedly entitled, “Trump is a racist president.” You guys, even Anthony Scaramucci tweeted, “Would @realDonaldTrump ever tell a white immigrant – whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th+ generation – to ‘go back to your country’? No. That’s why the comments were racist and unacceptable. America is a nation of immigrants founded on the ideals of free thought and free speech.” Anthony “I’m not trying to suck my own c*&k” Scaramucci!

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle angrily weighed in after U.S. immigration refused to grant a visa to one of the company’s top international customers to travel to the U.S. for a business meeting, thus hurting U.S.-based Columbia’s business: “The government knew the person was our business partner, that we fully supported the visit and depended on it to grow our business. But the fear that someone might be an ‘immigrant’ prevented a short trip to our sales meeting.” Regarding Donald’s most recent racist tweets about four congresswomen of color, he added, ““That kind of taunting language is far more extreme than the refusal to process a routine visa application, but there is a theme through both that should be unacceptable in any organization and certainly at the top of our government.”

Popular ESPN TV/radio host Dan Le Batard opined on air despite the network president’s stated policy of avoiding political commentary, calling Don John’s racist tweets “un-American” and “deeply offensive”—and taking on the network’s policy directly: “And we here at ESPN don’t have the stomach for the fight,” he said. “We don’t talk about what is happening unless there is some sort of weak, cowardly sports angle that we can run it through.” BOOM.

On the plus side—and lord knows we need to look for those—Donald’s racist tweets are now admissible in court as evidence for judges to block his discriminatory policies.

In stark contrast, GOP darling Ronald Reagan penned this love letter to immigrants back when Republicanism hadn’t been co-opted by racism, prejudice, and hate.

Oh, and here’s a fun game if you have downtime—Who said this criticism of the U.S.—Don John or a Democratic congresswoman?

The House in Da House

The House voted to hold Attorney General Raymond Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for failing to comply with its subpoena regarding the unconstitutional citizen question Ross proposed adding on the 2020 Census.

The House voted to block Trump’s use of “emergency” authority to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, bypassing Congress.

The House voted to up the federal minimum wage to $15/hour by 2025.

Social and Civil Rights Advances

Accused child sex trafficker and Don John crony Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail and will continue to marinate in jail.

The ACLU is suing the Very Stable Genius over increasingly restrictive asylum rules.

Amid increasing attacks on women’s reproductive rights, two states—New York and Illinois—are working hard to help women maintain access to health care, offering financial and other assistance to out-of-state women seeking abortions.

The New Jersey judge who recommended leniency for a 16-year-old boy accused of rape because he was from a “good family,” has stepped down from the bench. State officials subsequently announced mandatory training for judges on sexual assault, domestic violence, implicit bias and diversity.

The Marine Corps issued a cease-and-desist to Republican rep Duncan D. Hunter to forbid him from using the corps’ emblem and slogan in Islamophobic hate ads.

Your Feel-good Story of the Week

This detailed, researched, gorgeously graphed-and-charted breakdown of every aspect of the election will blow your mind. Amid the takeaways—voter turnout in 2020 is projected to be huge, and there’s been a 20-point swing toward the Democrats among college-educated white people since 2016

Demand an impeachment inquiry; Trump’s overt racism; Lights for Liberty; MapTheVote training | Take Action Newsletter

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Demand an impeachment inquiry now.

Trump’s election in 2016 was the Molotov cocktail that ignited the Indivisible movement, including Indivisible Austin. Broadly speaking, our primary means of resisting Trump is congressional advocacy. For a lot of us, this strategy provides a coping mechanism: We can actually do something—that is proven to work. We call our representatives! We track bills! We win elections! No doubt this is important work and we will keep doing it.

We’ve had notable victories—especially the 2018 midterm elections—but let’s reflect on the man who sparked the movement: President Donald J. Trump. During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. He is an overt racist. Need we go on?

Congress can do more than pass bills. Congress can—and should—initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

Write Your Reps: Demand an Impeachment Inquiry Now. 


Demand that your reps speak out against Trump’s overt racism

Trump’s racism is now completely out in the open. On Sunday, he tweeted that four members of congress, all women of color, should “go back” to where they came from. Even CNN is on it:

“President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens.”

As of this writing, of our Central Texas reps, only Rep. Lloyd Doggett has issued a statement. (Update: Chip Roy issued a non-apology apology.)

Where is John Cornyn? Where is Mike McCaul? Give them a call and ask. 


How your voices are making a difference

  • Congressional Democrats issued 37 subpoenas to the Trump Organization and other Trump businesses
  • A House panel voted to subpoena Kushner and Sessions
  • Swiss researchers have a beautiful plan to counteract climate change: plant a trillion trees

Read how your voices are making a difference


Action of the Week

“Lights for Liberty” at the State Capitol and Hutto Detention Center

On Saturday, activists from all over the country held vigils to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Hundreds turned out in Austin, Georgetown, and at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor. (Photo at Hutto by Amy Nelson / Wilco Indivisible.)

“We stood singing where they could hear us as the sun set. We lit our lights as the children’s names were read.” (Amy Nelson, Wilco Indivisible)

A minute of silence at the Texas State Capitol in Austin to acknowledge the inhumane conditions at the border. (Photo: Indivisible Austin)=

Support RAICES Texas, ACLU of Texas, and other organizations who sponsored “Lights for Liberty”


2020 is coming

MapTheVote Training

The Texas primary is in 32 weeks. Last week we shared a powerful new tool to find registered voters in your area, which included these maps:

It’s going to take all of us to take back our country from Trump and his enablers in Congress like John Cornyn, Roger Williams, Michael McCaul, Bill Flores, Chip Roy, and John Carter. Now is the time to register voters, talk to your neighbors, and ensure everyone has a plan to vote in March 2020 and again in November.

Sign up for a free training session on MapTheVote


Events

Volume Two of the Mueller Report Read LIVE in Austin

We’re hosting LIVE readings of the Mueller Report at North Door Austin. We just wrapped up Volume One. We’re taking a short break before continuing with Volume Two (aka “the really juicy stuff”), featuring celebrity readers and a wild, multimedia experience. Come one come all!

RSVP for Mueller Report LIVE on July 28, August 4, or August 11

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Let’s Talk about the Climate Crisis

The first, most important way to combat the mounting climate crisis is to talk about it. Studies show that when we normalize the discussion of climate, the science becomes more accepted as fact. A side benefit is that talking about the problem can ease the “climate anxiety” a lot of us are feeling.

From ThinkProgress:

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists  —  97 percent   — understand that humans are the primary cause of climate change.

Yet, as a new peer-reviewed study in journal Nature Climate Change points out, “only 11 percent of the US public correctly estimate the scientific consensus on climate change as higher than 90 percent.”

In other words, a person’s understanding about what scientists know about climate change goes up after they are told just how many scientists agree it’s human caused.

Read: Here’s what happens when you tell people the scientific consensus on climate change (ThinkProgress)


Your Moment of Zen