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Mueller Report Read LIVE in Austin

Starting later this month, we’re hosting six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Most Americans haven’t read the 448-page saga about Russia’s attack on our Democracy and Trump’s fealty to the attackers. Like Shakespeare’s plays, perhaps the Mueller Report is better on stage than on paper. So we’re bringing it to the public, in a fun, live-action setting.

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Tell your Rep to Defund ICE and CPB; Fire John Cornyn; Mueller Report Read LIVE in Austin! | Take Action Newsletter

Join us for six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Details below.

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Tell your Rep to Defund ICE and CPB

The truth about ICE and CPB

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The bill has some strengths—like taking back the money Trump stole for his wall when he declared a fake emergency—and weaknesses, like creating a $387 million slush fund for ICE. Now the bill moves to the full House, which must act by Sept. 30.

United We Dream has an amazing resource on ICE and CPB, and on the human impact of their deportation force. This summer, while Congress decides on funding for these agencies, take time to read “The Truth About ICE and CPB,” and watch some of the video testimonials on the United We Dream website. Let’s arm ourselves with knowledge, and prepare for the next fight in Congress.

United We Dream: “The Truth About ICE and CPB”

Indivisible: Tell Your Representative to Defund Hate

Fire John Cornyn!

Sen. John Cornyn doesn’t think we need a bill requiring campaigns to report foreign contacts. He thinks campaigns should call the FBI if, say, a Russian cutout offers dirt on a political opponent; he just doesn’t think we need a bill to enforce it. Pre-Trump, Cornyn’s trust in norms, rather than laws, to uphold our Democracy made sense. (Of course you put country over party, right?)

But now? Not so much.

You’re welcome to call John Cornyn’s office and complain. But at this point, our best hope is to fire him in 2020.

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn

Related: Democrats’ 2020 Achilles’s heel: The Senate (The Hill)


How your voices are making a difference

  • The House voted to enforce subpoenas of AG William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
  • Adam B. Schiff demanded that two federal intelligence agency heads provide documents showing how White House officials edited and suppressed written testimony stating that global warming poses a grave man-made national security threat.

“Baby Wannabe Despot in Chief”


Events

Upcoming: June 26 & 27

Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 p.m. at Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe St.

Join Indivisible Austin and Jolt Action for the First Presidential Debate watch party of the 2020 Election. We will be streaming the full Presidential debate LIVE. Come watch, witness, and prepare to vote.

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Upcoming: June 28 through August 11

Mueller Report Read LIVE!

5 to 9 p.m. North Door, 502 Brushy St.

Indivisible Austin and North Door present a live reading of the Mueller Report, starring local actors, musicians and other ne’er-do-wells.

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Let’s talk about climate change

One of the most important things you can do to combat the existential threat of global warming is to talk about it. This week we thank Rep. Lloyd Doggett for his willingness to confront the challenge.


Funding the Fight

Starting later this month, we’re hosting six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Most Americans haven’t read the 448-page saga about Russia’s attack on our Democracy and Trump’s fealty to the attackers. Like Shakespeare’s plays, perhaps the Mueller Report is better on stage than on paper. So we’re bringing it to the public, in a fun, live-action setting.

Saving Democracy isn’t free: we have equipment to rent, ad space to buy, and a certain 448-page document to print.

Can you chip in?


Your Moment of Zen

 

Baby Wannabe Despot in Chief | How your voices are making a difference

Republicans Against the Law

The Office of Special Counsel, a federal ethics watchdog agency, recommended that Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal office for repeated violations of the Hatch Act—disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while in her official capacity. Donald refused to follow the Depression-era law and the ethics organization’s recommendation.

Donald also stated on national TV that he would not only accept information from foreign governments if approached with “dirt” on an opponent, but that he likely wouldn’t tell the FBI about it either. FOX News is trying to convince America why that’s okay. So is Mitch McConnell, and Republicans blocked a bill that would have made doing so illegal. The FCC chairwoman issued a statement warning candidates NOT to accept help from foreign governments, as it is illegal to do so, stating, “I would not have thought that I needed to say this.”

A federal appeals court ruled that the GOP administration cannot prevent detained, unaccompanied migrant minors from procuring an abortion.

The House in Da House

The House voted to go to court to enforce subpoenas of AG William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

The House voted to block Donny’s ban on using fetal tissue in scientific research.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam B. Schiff demanded that two federal intelligence agency heads provide documents showing how White House officials edited and suppressed written testimony stating that global warming poses a grave man-made national security threat.

Meanwhile three Republican—Republican!—former heads of the EPA accused the agency’s current leadership of “undermining of science” and calls its approach to global warming (meaning to deny it) “catastrophic.”

Social and Civil Rights Advances

For the first time in history, a woman will lead a U.S. Army infantry division.

Botswana’s High Court decriminalized gay sex.

After lobbying by the LGBTQ community, ASID—which rents space in their Performing Arts Center to a church with an anti-LGBTQ agenda—has agreed to donate $10K of that rental revenue to LGBTQ causes, like the upcoming Pride festival.

When Orthodox Jews wouldn’t stop protesting outside an LGBTQ-friendly restaurant in Israel, waitresses took matters—and other things—into their own hands, lifting their shirts and baring their bras to the ultraconservative men protesting their restaurant.

Republicans Reconsidering

GOP Rep Justin Amash, the lone Republican voice against the Baby Wannabe Despot in Chief, leaves Freedom Caucus he helped found.

Your Feel-good Story of the Week

DC residents filed a petition with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission of the District of Columbia to deny Trump Hotel a renewal of their liquor license, based on the fact that one of the requirements is that the applicant be of “good moral character.”

People can be awesome.

Fight for expanded healthcare access in Texas | Take Action newsletter

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Join the Healthcare Activist Leadership Network to build power for 2020

Join Texas’ Healthcare Activist Leadership Network!

Are you mad that the lege did nothing significant about healthcare this session? Indivisible Austin has endorsed a new campaign to fight for expanded healthcare access in Texas. This statewide coalition of advocates is looking for individual healthcare champions to build a grassroots network of like-minded activists that spans the state. We want lawmakers and 2020 candidates at every level, in every district, to know that when we vote, healthcare is going to be the deciding factor.

Learn more and nominate yourself or someone else to join


How your voices are making a difference

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

Reminders of the goodness of people…


Thanks, Lloyd

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

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


2020 is coming

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

Check out more 2020 Central Texas resources


Your Moment of Zen


Funding the Fight

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

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

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

Republicans Finding a Spine

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

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

The House in Da House

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

Republicans Against the Law (and Ethics)

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

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

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

Social and Civil Rights Advances

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York voted to ban declawing cats.

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

Your Feel-good stories of the Week

This here is what we call karma.

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

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

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

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

If you need a reminder of the goodness of people

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

Take Action

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

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

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

Write a letter to to Cornyn and Cruz

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

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

Send a letter to your rep

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


How your voices are making a difference

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

Bye, Felicia


TXLEGE SINE DIE

Thank you - Pusheen the cat

We did it, y’all. You did it.

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

As Progress Texas says:

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

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

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

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2020 is coming

I voted stickers

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

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

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

Become a Texas Volunteer Deputy Registrar

June 26: Get trained on a new tool to register your neighbors to vote


Events


Your Moment of Zen

 

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

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

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

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

Republicans Against the Law

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

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

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

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

Karmic Comeuppance

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

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

Social and Civil Rights Advances

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

The People Taking Action

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

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

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

Your Feel-Good Stories of the Week

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

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

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

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

The Austin Sanctuary Network Needs Your Help

Memorial Day

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


Take Action

Submit a public comment to protect trans health

From the Transgender Law Center:

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

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

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


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

 

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

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


How your voices are making a difference

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

Also, Ben Carson is a flat-out idiot


Congress Critter of the Week: Chip Roy (again)

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

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

Get involved:

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


Let’s talk about climate change

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

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


Funding the Fight

I voted stickers

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

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


Your Moment of Zen

Delicious Ironies | How your voices are making a difference

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

Fighting the Attack on Women

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

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

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

A Nevada law removing abortion restrictions passed the state assembly.

Republicans Reconsidering

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

Republicans Against the Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social and Civil Rights Advances

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

Ben Carson is a flat-out idiot.