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The country’s most important climate election | Midweek Action Roundup

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Visit notrailroads.com and spread the word about the “country’s most important climate election”

Chrysta Castañeda

What if you could prevent 850 million tonnes of methane from being released into the atmosphere just by getting involved in an obscure Texas statewide race? That’s what’s at stake in the race for one of three open seats on the Texas Railroad Commission. If Chrysta Castañeda wins that open seat, she could block the practice of natural gas “flaring”—which wastes hundreds of millions of dollars and pollutes the air with methane, which is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

This race is so important, and so overlooked, that we launched a new website at notrailroads.com — check it out!

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Demand Your Representative Investigate Detention Abuses

A brave whistleblower recently filed a complaint alleging “jarring medical neglect” within the Irwin Detention Facility in Georgia, including a refusal to test immigrants who are detained there for coronavirus, and an alarming number of hysterectomies performed on immigrant women held in the facility. These horrifying new allegations follow years of carefully documented medical neglect within immigration detention.

Get talking points and connect to your Representative

Thank you

In Monday’s newsletter we put out a call for postcard writers—and you answered that call. We’re on track to send more than 13,000 postcards to voters in flippable US and Texas House districts before Election Day. If you’d like to support future campaigns like this, make a gift to Indivisible Austin.


Events

Thursday, September 17

Southerners for Medicaid Expansion

11 a.m. Southerners for Medicaid Expansion and SickOfItTX invite you to join us and share your healthcare story. Texans are dying from COVID-19, and many more lost their health insurance during the pandemic. It’s long past time for our state leaders to expand Medicaid. We want to uplift the experiences of Texans and underscore the consequences of inaction.

Tune in on Facebook Live

Climate Change TownHall with Chrysta Casteñeda

5 p.m. Join Janet Dudding, Democratic Nominee for Texas House District 14 & Chrysta Castaneda, Democratic Nominee for Texas Railroad Commissioner in a climate change & energy town hall.

RSVP for this event

Saturday, September 19

NEW TIME: Indivisible Austin’s Intro to Anti-racism Training

11 a.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the first part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on anti-racism! We we  including the history of how “race” was created, what is white supremacy culture, and what does it mean to anti-racist today by practicing anti-racism principles. Learning to be anti-racist is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in our white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation likely available.

RSVP for this training

March 4 / Stand 4 Breonna

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1 p.m. at Austin City Hall. Join Austin Justice Coalition and stand in solidarity with the Q4BL Team based in Baltimore, as we organize a protest to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.

More about this event

Sunday, September 20

2021 Legislative Training from Austin Justice Coalition

3 p.m. We’re devoting our policy meeting on September 20 to train up before the upcoming legislative session. Come learn how to advocate at the state level, how to read a bill and follow it through the legislative process, how session has shifted due to the pandemic, and more.

RSVP for this event

Upcoming: September 25 & 26

Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

Join Indivisibles from across the South for this VIRTUAL EVENT.

Learn about:

  • Indivisible’s Strategy to win in the South
  • Empowering group members, leaders and activists with the tools they need to overcome the challenges of southern organizing
  • Celebrate the rich history of organizing in the south
  • A glimpse into the work that lies on the horizon in 2021
  • Preparing for GOTV: Direct Voter Contact
  • Discussion on navigating voter suppression in Southern elections

RSVP for this event

Upcoming: Wednesday, September 30

Chrysta Castañeda’s TOUR OF TEXAS II: CENTRAL TEXAS

5 p.m. Join Chrysta as she embarks on her virtual journey across the state of Texas. This event brings Chrysta to the heartland regions of Texas, including Austin, Round Rock, Bryan/College Station.

RSVP for this virtual event

Upcoming: Thursday, October 1

Southerners for Medicaid Expansion Digital Vigil

6 p.m. With over 180,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and tens of thousands of Southerners who have died from not expanding Medicaid, we invite you to join us for this action of remembrance to honor the lives of people who have suffered from being uninsured and unable to get the healthcare they need. Stacey Abrams will be our moderator and Rev. Dr. William Barber will be the keynote speaker.

Register at southerners4medex.org

Upcoming Friday, October 9

MJ Hegar and John Cornyn DEBATE!

The debate the rivals have agreed to will air Friday Oct. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast live from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

Tune in to KXAN

Send postcards to Texas voters | Take Action Newsletter

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Send postcards to Texas voters

Save USPS

Ready to write postcards to voters, reminding them of the early voting and general election dates? Sign up here and we will send to you:

  • Postage-paid postcards
  • Addresses of Texas voters
  • Instructions on what to write and when to send

All you need to do is write the postcards and then drop them in the mailbox! Supplies are limited. If you can provide your own postcards and postage, indicate that on the form and we’ll send you addresses.

I’m ready to write postcards to voters!

What if Trump refuses to leave?

Hold the Line

Experts on authoritarianism have warned about this since Trump was elected: Will the elections be free and fair? If he loses, will he leave? The rest of the country is finally starting to take this threat seriously, and a new org, called Hold the Line, has developed a guide on the plausible ways Trump could refuse to step down, and what we can do about it.

Read Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

Sign up with protecttheresults.com, Indivisible’s coalition to prevent a constitutional crisis 

Get involved in the “most important climate election in the country”

Not about railroads

“The Texas Railroad Commission: It’s not about railroads.” (New website coming soon.)

Wildfires. Hurricanes. Extreme heat. Flooding. We all know what’s happening: we’re experiencing the climate crisis that experts have warned about for decades. It’s hard to know what we as citizens can do to confront an emergency of such epic proportions. One place to start is by supporting and amplifying what the New Republic called the “most important climate election in the country this cycle.”

We’re talking about Democrat Chrysta Castañeda’s bid for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission—which would be more accurately called the Fossil Fuel Commission. Chrysta is running as a Democrat for one of the three seats on the Commission—which Republicans have dominated for 25 years. She’s running against a weak opponent with a history of corruption. In short, she has a real shot—if we all step up and support her.

Read Castañeda’s own words about the importance of this race

Visit chrystafortexas.com

Donate to Chrysta Castañeda

Tuesday: Meet #TXLEGE candidates at the “Time for Texas to Thrive” event from Indivisible TX Lege

Join Indivisible TX Lege in this statewide Indivisible event highlighting candidates who will bring the passion and experience we need in our state’s legislature:

  • Sharon Hirsch HD66
  • Keke Williams HD54
  • Clayton Tucker SD24
  • Joanna Cattanach HD108
  • Lorenzo Sanchez HD67
  • Audrey Spanko SD1

It’s time for Texas to take action against climate change as well as provide relief and justice for everyone across the state. You’ll hear from the candidates on why they’re committed to Indivisible’s Thrive Framework and the changes they’ll fight for in our state. We’ll then take action together in supporting these candidates by reaching out to voters in their district areas.

Register here

View Facebook event


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Tuesday, September 15

Time for Texas to Thrive – meet the candidates and take action

Join Indivisible TX Lege in this statewide Indivisible event highlighting candidates who will bring the passion and experience we need in our state’s legislature:

  • Sharon Hirsch HD66
  • Keke Williams HD54
  • Clayton Tucker SD24
  • Joanna Cattanach HD108
  • Lorenzo Sanchez HD67
  • Audrey Spanko SD1

It’s time for Texas to take action against climate change as well as provide relief and justice for everyone across the state. You’ll hear from the candidates on why they’re committed to Indivisible’s Thrive Framework and the changes they’ll fight for in our state. We’ll then take action together in supporting these candidates by reaching out to voters in their district areas.

Register here

View Facebook event

Thursday, September 17

Southerners for Medicaid Expansion

11 a.m. Southerners for Medicaid Expansion and SickOfItTX invite you to join us and share your healthcare story. Texans are dying from COVID-19, and many more lost their health insurance during the pandemic. It’s long past time for our state leaders to expand Medicaid. We want to uplift the experiences of Texans and underscore the consequences of inaction.

Tune in on Facebook Live

Saturday, September 19

Indivisible Austin’s Intro to Anti-racism Training

1:00 p.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the first part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on anti-racism! We we  including the history of how “race” was created, what is white supremacy culture, and what does it mean to anti-racist today by practicing anti-racism principles. Learning to be anti-racist is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in our white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation likely available.

RSVP for this training

Upcoming: September 25 & 26

Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

Join Indivisibles from across the South for this VIRTUAL EVENT.

Learn about:

  • Indivisible’s Strategy to win in the South
  • Empowering group members, leaders and activists with the tools they need to overcome the challenges of southern organizing
  • Celebrate the rich history of organizing in the south
  • A glimpse into the work that lies on the horizon in 2021
  • Preparing for GOTV: Direct Voter Contact
  • Discussion on navigating voter suppression in Southern elections

RSVP for this event

Upcoming: Wednesday, September 30

Chrysta Castañeda’s TOUR OF TEXAS II: CENTRAL TEXAS

5 p.m. Join Chrysta as she embarks on her virtual journey across the state of Texas. This event brings Chrysta to the heartland regions of Texas, including Austin, Round Rock, Bryan/College Station.

RSVP for this virtual event

Upcoming: Thursday, October 1

Southerners for Medicaid Expansion Digital Vigil

6 p.m. With over 180,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and tens of thousands of Southerners who have died from not expanding Medicaid, we invite you to join us for this action of remembrance to honor the lives of people who have suffered from being uninsured and unable to get the healthcare they need. Stacey Abrams will be our moderator and Rev. Dr. William Barber will be the keynote speaker.

Register at southerners4medex.org


Your moment of Zen

 

The country’s most important climate election

First published in the Austin Sierran, the newsletter of the Austin Group of Sierra Club, on September 7th, 2020. Republished with permission. 

It is hard to overstate the importance of Chrysta Castañeda’s race for the Railroad Commission—the New Republic just called it “The Country’s Most Important Climate Election.” Let that article sink in! You’ll see why Sierra Club is so excited about Castañeda’s campaign.

  • She could be the first Democrat elected statewide in Texas in 25 years.
  • She could be the vote on the Railroad Commission to stop wholesale consensus approval of flaring permits and demand detailed open hearings.
  • She could force transparency into the Railroad Commission and begin to demand better use of Texas natural resources and demand better public health safeguards.
  • She has the vision to bring new tech and manufacturing jobs to oil and gas regions.

Chrysta Castañeda for Railroad Commission

“There is so much we can do at the Railroad Commission. That is why the New Republic on August 19 wrote about my positions and my race as the most critical for the environment in the entire nation this cycle. It makes a tremendous difference to have a Democrat on the Railroad Commission. All the flaring permits now go through on the consent agenda. As soon as I don’t consent, then we have to have a hearing on these things. It needs to be a meaningful hearing—not just lip service.

“I can use the power of the office to shed light on what’s really going on and we haven’t had that in 25 years. It’s just a closed system, it’s just the Republicans talking to the operators and I know we don’t get the information because I litigate about these issues all day every day. I represent a group of royalty owners and we know that what gets reported is much less than what got used to flare. I want to enforce the laws that have been on the books for a hundred years and require that people actually do something with that energy.

“First, have the operators convert it to electricity right at the well pad and use it for their own operations. Saves them money and saves waste.

“Step number two, put the excess into the grid so that we could actually use it in Houston rather than wasting it in the atmosphere. That could eliminate the need to call up coal fired power plants on these hot August days.

“What if we used the excess to build industry in the Midland area so they wouldn’t be so dependent on oil and gas? What if we put server farms out there? Use the electricity right where we find it.

“Stop venting methane. That is illegal too! It is 80 times more impact than carbon dioxide.”

“We know that anywhere there is pollution and wherever there are violations the effect is most likely to fall disproportionately underserved communities, on communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities.

“We know that it causes pregnant women who live within proximity to be 50% more likely to give birth to pre-term children. Those are Latinas living in the Eagle Ford. It also causes lung damage because it contains volatile organic compounds. And we know that if we turned it to electricity, it would be enough to power the city of Houston.

“On the Permian Highway pipeline, the Railroad Commission can provide for intrastate pipelines to safely cross water bodies. Heavier pipes, thicker walls, cathodic protection, etc. Railroad Commission does not regulate where the lines are sent. We need legislative action for that. My policies focus us away from having pipelines by using the power where it is produced. We won’t need to export LNG, we can use it right in the Permian – like computer farms or manufacturing. LNG export on Padre Island sounds like a terrible idea. Use it as close to the source as possible so we can to get the most out of it.

“Fracking takes tremendous amounts of water. One of my policies is that we have to at least incentivize the reuse and reclamation of that water rather than simply using it once and putting it down a saltwater disposal well.

“If I can just get this message out about flaring, combined with my opponent’s 255 toxic tort violations and cease and desist letters issued against his companies by the Texas Railroad Commission, once people hear those two facts, we win! We need your help to get the word out.”

Get to chrystafortexas.com to sign up and help her win a Democratic seat on the Texas Railroad Commission.

Help spread the word at notrailroads.com 🚫🛤

The home stretch of the fight to save Democracy | Take Action Newsletter

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Give directly to campaigns

We are in the home stretch of the fight to save Democracy. You’re already canvassing, phonebanking, texting, and postcarding. You’re making sure all of your friends are registered to vote. You’re attending all the Zooms. One more thing to check off your list is to give, give, give. Help down-ballot candidates compete with wealthy incumbents.

Ready for even more? Find where candidates stand on the issues and learn how to volunteer on our 2020 resources page

Join the Travis County Dems Weekend of Action

Be A Texas Voter

It didn’t have to be this way, but this election is when we change everything! To fight for a better Texas, we need to get voting information into the hands of our most vulnerable voters with a massive contactless info drop effort. All you need is a mask, a cell phone, and people power. Put on your walking shoes and join us for one or more shifts during our Weekend of Action!

Sign up for the weekend of action

Apply to be an election poll worker

Apply to be a poll worker

From MOVE Texas:

“In 2018, six out 10 poll workers were 61 and above. In the middle of this pandemic where our older generations are among the most vulnerable, us young people need to step up and protect our elders. Registered to vote? Great! Take your civic duty one step further and register to be a poll worker! Texas needs poll workers, Texas needs us.”

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements to be a poll worker, there are other opportunities to help save democracy. MOVE Texas is making calls to 300,000 unregistered Texans to make sure they’re registered to vote before the deadline.

Apply to be a poll worker

Volunteer to make calls

Tweet for Texas

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If you’re on Twitter, we’ve set up a tool to easily send tweets with important information about voting and select down-ballot races. Let us know what you think!

Join the Texas tweetbank today

Activist Spotlight: The Oh This World podcast episode, “Chipocalypse 2”

 

In this special episode, Lucas looks at how Wendy Davis and Chip Roy—the Democratic and Republican Congressional candidates in TX21—have responded to COVID-19, and the strategies Rep. Roy and other Republicans are using to distract from their failures to lead during this pandemic.

For a timeline of how the candidates responded, including screenshots from social media and links to the articles referenced in this episode, go here.

Listen to “Chipocalypse 2”

Support Wendy Davis


Events

Important Election Dates

  • October 5 – Deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election (postmarked by)
  • October 23 – Deadline to request a ballot by mail (received by)
  • October 13 – October 30 – Early voting period
  • November 3 – Election Day AND Last day to deliver a mail-in ballot to a county clerk’s office

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank

Make sure you are registered to vote

Tuesday, September 8

Indivisible Webinar: Make the Media Take Notice!

5 p.m. Join Marj Halperin from Indivisible Chicago and Terry Maher from Bend the Arc: Champaign-Urbana as they teach you how to write a newsworthy press release, build meaningful relationships with the media, increase press coverage, and get your grassroots power covered in the news. We will also hear from Nick Uniejewski, Senior Regional Organizer at Indivisible (National), about federal priorities over the next few weeks.

This event will also be livestreamed on the Indivisible Chicago Facebook page.

RSVP for this event

Join Beto O’Rourke for a virtual fundraiser with Mike Siegel

5 p.m. A special event with Beto O’Rourke and Mike Siegel for a discussion on turning Texas Blue!

Donate to join

The Road to Universal Background Checks Tour with MJ Hegar and Gabby Giffords

5 p.m. This is the year we will elect a gun safety majority in the United States Senate. When elected, our majority will take historic action to make our country safer. So we’re going on the road—virtually—to rally voters around background checks this election year.

RSVP for the Tour

It’s On Us presents a Conversation with Julie Oliver

6 p.m. Join Julie on Tuesday September 8 at 6pm CDT for a Virtual Roundtable with Delaney Davis, President of the University of Texas at Austin chapter of It’s On Us, an organization created to combat the rising statistics of sexual assault on college campuses.

Please RSVP to this event to let the team know you’ll be attending the Roundtable.

Wednesday, September 9

Relational Organizing in Texas, featuring the Julie Oliver campaign

5:30 p.m. Time for a break from phone banking! Relational Organizing is an effective way to improve voter turnout, and we’d like to share all the ways you can try it out. Join Indivisible Austin and Wimberley Indivisible, along with the Julie Oliver campaign in learning about how you can use this approach for races across the state. Everyone is welcome!

RSVP for this event

Equality Town Hall with MJ Hegar and Special Guests

7 p.m. Join MJ and Education Leaders like Aicha Davis and Dallas ISD Trustee Miguel Solis with more to come as we discuss issues facing education in Texas.

RSVP for the Education Town Hall

Thursday, September 10

Meet Mike Gleason, candidate for Williamson County Sheriff

5 to 8 p.m. at Celebrino Events Center, Georgetown. Mike Gleason is the Democratic candidate running against incumbent Robert Chody—the “Live PD” reality show star whose department is responsible for the death of Javier Ambler. Wilco residents have a chance to vote him out.

RSVP on Facebook

Saturday, September 12 to Sunday, September 13

Travis County Dems Weekend of Action

It didn’t have to be this way, but this election is when we change everything! To fight for a better Texas, we need to get voting information into the hands of our most vulnerable voters with a massive contactless info drop effort. All you need is a mask, a cell phone, and people power – we’ll provide the rest. Put on your walking shoes and join us for one or more shifts during our Weekend of Action!

Sign up for the weekend of action

Saturday, September 12

Unlearning Circle – White Supremacy Culture

10 a.m. UWSA’s September Unlearning Circle will focus on the characteristic of fear of open conflict in the continuation of our series on White Culture Characteristics. Come and explore how fear of open conflict is both a barrier for our engagement in anti-racism work and also upholds white supremacy culture. This topic will address issues such as our socialization to value politeness at the expense of important changes and how civility shuts down conversations on race. In our unlearning circles, we engage in large and small group discussions to address racism at individual, cultural and systemic levels.

Sign up for the Unlearning Circle. Space is limited. 

Education Town Hall with MJ Hegar and Special Guests

Join MJ and Education Leaders like Aicha Davis and Dallas ISD Trustee Miguel Solis with more to come as we discuss issues facing education in Texas.

RSVP for the Education Town Hall

Turnout2020’s “Swing State Saturday” Call Event to Contact Texas Voters

Every Saturday at 3, 4, and 5 p.m. Central Time. Turnout2020 is a national phone banking campaign calling inconsistent Democratic swing state voters to urge them to take action.

On Saturdays, we’re calling Texas Democratic voters who are 65 and older to help them request a vote-by-mail ballot. Our script provides callers with talking points to help voters understand options, and our system allows volunteers to enter in the voter’s address for Texas election authorities to send a mail-in ballot request form.

Sign up to call Texas voters

Sunday, September 13

TX-21 Muslim Community with Wendy Davis

Join Wendy Davis as she speaks with Farah from Emgage Austin and Saamia and Parisa from Austin Muslim Democrats about issues that are important to our Muslim Community.

RSVP for this event with Wendy Davis

Upcoming: September 25 & 26

Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

Join Indivisibles from across the South for this VIRTUAL EVENT.

Learn about:

  • Indivisible’s Strategy to win in the South
  • Empowering group members, leaders and activists with the tools they need to overcome the challenges of southern organizing
  • Celebrate the rich history of organizing in the south
  • A glimpse into the work that lies on the horizon in 2021
  • Preparing for GOTV: Direct Voter Contact
  • Discussion on navigating voter suppression in Southern elections

RSVP for this event


Your moment of Zen

Tell City Council: Stop actively routing money to APD | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action

Call and email your council members and demand they stop actively routing money to APD

From Grassroots Leadership:

Just a few weeks ago, when all eyes were on them, Austin City Council took the first steps toward investing in communities’ health and wellbeing instead of policing. However, when they thought no one was watching, they handed the Austin Police Department more than $1.7 million in state grants last Thursday—and they plan on giving APD more money.

This is why we must actively demand better from our elected officials.

On September 3, Austin City Council will be voting on a total of more than $467,000 grant funding for APD for aerial surveillance and body armor. These grants are further expressions of APD’s warrior mentality and will lead to increased criminalization and escalation against Austin residents. There was also an attempt to further fund the most policed streets in our community, but fortunately, the proposal was dropped due to lack of federal funding.

Call City Council

Call script: “Hi, my name is [NAME], I’m a resident of District [X] and I am urging that you stop actively routing money to APD through outside contracts and reject the aerial surveillance and body armor grant. Any increase to the police budget, regardless of the sources, is a betrayal to the demands from community members who are asking you to stop killing us through racist policing.”​

City Council District Map – find out who your council member is

Read more from Grassroots Leadership on calling City Council members and County Commissioners

Apply to be an election poll worker

Apply to be a poll worker

From MOVE Texas:

In 2018, six out 10 poll workers were 61 and above. In the middle of this pandemic where our older generations are among the most vulnerable, us young people need to step up and protect our elders. Registered to vote? Great! Take your civic duty one step further and register to be a poll worker! Texas needs poll workers, Texas needs us.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements to be a poll worker, there are other opportunities to help save democracy. MOVE Texas is making calls to 300,000 unregistered Texans to make sure they’re registered to vote before the deadline.

Apply to be a poll worker

Volunteer to make calls

Tweet for Texas

Tweet for Texas

If you’re on Twitter, we’ve set up a tool to easily send tweets with important information about voting and select down-ballot races. Let us know what you think!

Join the Texas tweetbank today

Events

Important Election Dates

  • October 5 – Deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election (postmarked by)
  • October 23 – Deadline to request a ballot by mail (received by)
  • October 13 – October 30 – Early voting period
  • November 3 – Election Day AND Last day to deliver a mail-in ballot to a county clerk’s office

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank

Thursday, September 3

Indivisible September National Activist Call

7 p.m. Join us for the monthly Indivisible National Activist Call! All group leaders, group members and other Indivisible activists are welcome.

RSVP on Zoom

Wednesday, September 9

Relational Organizing in Texas, featuring the Julie Oliver campaign

5:30 p.m. Time for a break from phone banking! Relational Organizing is an effective way to improve voter turnout, and we’d like to share all the ways you can try it out. Join Indivisible Austin and Wimberley Indivisible, along with the Julie Oliver campaign in learning about how you can use this approach for races across the state. Everyone is welcome!

RSVP for this event

Thursday, September 10

Meet Mike Gleason, candidate for Williamson County Sheriff

5 to 8 p.m. at Celebrino Events Center, Georgetown. Mike Gleason is the Democratic candidate running against incumbent Robert Chody—the “Live PD” reality show star whose department is responsible for the death of Javier Ambler. Wilco residents have a chance to vote him out.

RSVP on Facebook

 

42 days until early voting begins in Texas | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Tweetbank for Texas

If you’re on Twitter, we’ve set up a tool to easily send tweets with important information about voting and select down-ballot races. Let us know what you think!

Steal these tweets

Keep the pressure on Cruz and Cornyn to #SaveThePostOffice

Save USPS

First, read this exclusive interview with William Moody, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Local Branch 181—written by our very own Annie Hartnett.

“It was reported to me by the Mail Handlers Union that one flat sorting machine has been removed from the facility and four letter sorting machines have been roped off and are not being used. Each letter sorting machine can sort 30,000 letters/hour. Also, letter carriers are being instructed to leave the office for their route by 8:30 AM each morning whether their mail is complete or not. Also, no second trips if parcels are late and no over time.”

Demand that Cruz and Cornyn #SaveThePostOffice

Read the letter to Greg Abbott from Texas Civil Rights Project, Indivisible Austin, and other groups regarding USPS


42 days until Early Voting

Be A Texas Voter

View our 2020 Election Resource Page

Important Election Dates

  • October 5 – Deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election (postmarked by)
  • October 23 – Deadline to request a ballot by mail (received by)
  • October 13 – October 30 – Early voting period
  • November 3 – Election Day AND Last day to deliver a mail-in ballot to a county clerk’s office

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank

Train to become a Travis County poll worker

Travis County offers contactless voter registration

Are you registered to vote? Use this simple tool to confirm, update, and register to vote.

Spread the word that Travis County voters can text ‘Register’ to 48683 to be registered to vote. Forms will be *mailed*, with a paid return envelope—sent via USPS, so get started now. October 5 is the deadline to register to vote.

How to vote by mail in Texas

Texas Legislature

Who represents me?


Events

Thursday, September 3

Indivisible September National Activist Call

7 p.m. Join us for the monthly Indivisible National Activist Call! All group leaders, group members and other Indivisible activists are welcome.

RSVP on Zoom

Thursday, September 10

Meet Mike Gleason, candidate for Williamson County Sheriff

5 to 8 p.m. at Celebrino Events Center, Georgetown. Mike Gleason is the Democratic candidate running against incumbent Robert Chody—the “Live PD” reality show star whose department is responsible for the death of Javier Ambler. Wilco residents have a chance to vote him out.

RSVP on Facebook


Your moment of Zen

 

 

 

Support #BlackLivesMatter | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action

Support Organizations Helping #BlackLivesMatter

If you click only one link in this email, make it this one. It’s a page where you can split your donation between organizations who are recognized as leading in their local communities and nationwide. There are also links to additional organizations, such as the  Milwaukee Freedom Fund, which is providing resources to protesters in the area.

Make a gift to organizations helping #BlackLivesMatter

Join the Unite the 25th Summit and Elect Julie Oliver ❤️

On Sunday, organizations in Williams’s 25th Congressional District will come together for a meeting of the minds. Aftyn Behn and Julie Oliver, Democratic candidate for Congress in TX25, will talk about the state of healthcare in Texas and take questions about what improvements can be made.

Unite the 25th Summit – Organizing for Healthcare in Texas

Dials to Save Democracy

If you want to make an impact on voter turnout, and get started right away, phonebanking is the tool for you! Sign up for a phonebanking shift to support work in key races across the country and share information with voters on how they can safely cast their ballot.

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank


Action of the Week

Indivisible groups from around Texas presented this hour-long webinar on August 22, 2020, making the case for voting John Cornyn out of office, and sending MJ Hegar to the U.S. Senate instead.

Important Election Dates

  • October 5 – Deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election (postmarked by)
  • October 23 – Deadline to request a ballot by mail (received by)
  • October 13 – October 30 – Early voting period
  • November 3 – Election Day AND Last day to deliver a mail-in ballot to a county clerk’s office

View our 2020 Election Resource Page

10,000 | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

10,000 deaths on Abbott’s watch

Abbott and Trump at White House

A week ago 10,000 Texans had died of COVID-19. As we type this, the number has surpassed 11,000. By the time you read this hundreds more will have died.

We’ve come to normalize social distancing, mask wearing, and for those of us with the privilege to do so, working from home. But let’s not forget how utterly preventable all of this was—and that Gov. Greg Abbott, who follows Trump’s lead at every opportunity, is responsible. Whether it was reopening the state too soon, undoing local ordinances, or packing his response team with wealthy donors, every step of the way we saw Texans and their families suffer because of Abbott’s actions.

Abbott isn’t up for reelection until 2022, although there is already momentum to replace him. To save the lives of Texans now, our best bet is to apply pressure. After all, above all else, he’s a politician—and, considering his constant back-pedaling and half-measures—he’s clearly scared of the electorate.

Call: Office of the Governor: (512) 463-2000

Write: Tell Greg Abbott: Stop conducting public health theater and follow the advice of experts to beat the coronavirus

Further reading

Greg Abbott’s Penchant for the Path of Least Resistance Has Led Texas to the Brink of Disaster (Texas Monthly)

Governor COVID: 10 ways Greg Abbott flubbed the Texas recovery effort (Progress Texas)

Texas Just Hit 10,000 COVID Deaths, and It’s ‘Flying Blind’ (Daily Beast)

Join the Postal Workers Union’s Day of Action on Tuesday, August 25

On Tuesday, August 25, thousands of people will take action across America with one clear message – #SaveThePostOffice.

The movement for our public Postal Service has three immediate demands of our elected officials and of Postmaster General DeJoy:

  • Provide at least $25 billion in immediate support for the Postal Service
  • Stop the mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General DeJoy
  • Ensure public confidence in voting-by-mail by providing all necessary resources for the most timely delivery of election mail possible.

Austin Rally: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Austin Menchaca branch: 7310 Menchaca Rd.

RSVP for this event, or find or host rallies at other locations

Update: The House passed the bipartisan Delivering for America Act. Now it’s time for Cruz and Cornyn to get to work. Write them a letter here. 


Action of the Week: #SaveThePostOffice rally at John Cornyn’s office.

More than 50 people showed up at John Cornyn’s Austin office to demand that he support emergency funding of the United States Post Office. On the same day, the House passed the bipartisan Delivering for America Act. Now it’s time for Cornyn to get back to work to protect our mail service.

Activists outside John Cornyn's office demanding funding for USPS


Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Roger Williams

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)

In a recent radio interview, Rep. Roger Williams was overtly racist and disparaged a significant part of his constituency. Here are some of the quotes, which you can listen to here:

“When you begin to lose a city, it’s hard to get it back. And the problem is, is Austin is becoming an inner city, and you know what I mean by that is where people stay outside the city, they don’t come in, just like they don’t go into Chicago, they don’t go into New York, they don’t go into Portland. They stay out. And I think it’s a shame that Austin is heading toward being an inner city-type environment…”

He goes on to say we need to stand up against these “thugs” and the “mob” who take these cities over. That it’s an “invasion of our liberty.” And that “we got to elect people that think like the people do.”

Question for Roger Williams: Who are the “people” he is referring to? He might as well just come out and say white people. And to label Austin an “inner city”—it’s not even a dog whistle anymore; it’s flat-out racist and Williams needs to go.

Support Julie Oliver


Events

For candidate events visit our 2020 election resources page

August 24 to September 19 is the Austin Justice Coalition’s fourth annual ATX Black Food Week

Tuesday, August 25

Day of action to save the Postal Service!

The American Postal Workers Union is leading a day of action, with rallies at local post offices nationwide.

Austin: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Austin Menchaca branch: 7310 Menchaca Rd

RSVP for this event, or find or host rallies at other locations

Virtual Fundraiser supporting MJ Hegar and Wendy Davis with Special Guest Connie Britton

A virtual reception supporting MJ Hegar, candidate for US Senate and Wendy Davis, candidate for TX-21 with Special Guest Connie Britton. For questions or to RSVP as a guest to come for free, please email: Taylor Klos at taylor@mjfortexas.com or Lark Herron at lark@wendydavisforcongress.com.

RSVP for this event ($$)

Wednesday, July 26

IATX Action Meetup

6:30 p.m. Join Indivisible Austin for an exciting new series: introductory trainings on anti-racism and community organizing and how approaches need to guide Indivisible’s fight for justice!

RSVP for the action meetup

Thursday, August 27

Zoom With James and Julián!

A virtual conversation with State Representative James Talarico and Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the state of our country, life in the Lone Star State, and the importance of flipping the Texas House in 2020.

  • VIP Reception from 4:30-5:00 pm
  • General Event from 5:00-6:00 pm

RSVP for this event ($$)

Important Election Dates

  • October 5 – Deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election (postmarked by)
  • October 23 – Deadline to request a ballot by mail (received by)
  • October 13 – October 30 – Early voting period
  • November 3 – Election Day AND Last day to deliver a mail-in ballot to a county clerk’s office

View our 2020 Election Resource Page


Your moment of Zen

Saturday at Cornyn’s: #SaveTheUSPS | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action: Attend TWO Saturday events!

EVENT #1 (in-person): Save the Post Office Rally at John Cornyn’s office

Save the post office from Trump

On Saturday, August 22, at 11 a.m. (local time), activists across the country are showing up to save the post office from Donald Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

In Austin, we will be gathering outside Sen. John Cornyn’s office at 221 W 6th St (the Chase Bank building). All event participants are expected to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow all local safety guidelines.

Download signs and talking points from MoveOn

RSVP with MoveOn

View Facebook event

EVENT #2 (virtual): Payback Rally: It’s Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

John Cornyn - Payback Project

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

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View other ways to #SaveUSPS in the Monday edition of the newsletter


More Events

Thursday, August 20

#OwnOurVote Live Q&A

Join a very special Q&A session with Stephanie Gomez about her work with the Texas Civil Rights Project and what more we can do to ensure that young Texans can easily become engaged and active members of our democracy. Stay tuned to the very end for a BIG announcement!

RSVP for this online event

Thursday, August 27

Zoom With James and Julián!

A virtual conversation with State Representative James Talarico and Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the state of our country, life in the Lone Star State, and the importance of flipping the Texas House in 2020. ($$)

  • VIP Reception from 4:30-5:00 pm
  • General Event from 5:00-6:00 pm

RSVP for this event ($$)

Important Election Dates

  • October 5 – Deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election (postmarked by)
  • October 23 – Deadline to request a ballot by mail (received by)
  • October 13 – October 30 – Early voting period
  • November 3 – Election Day AND Last day to deliver a mail-in ballot to a county clerk’s office

View our 2020 Election Resource Page

Join “#SaveThePostOffice Saturday” on August 22 | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Save the USPS

Delivering for America

Trump’s gutting of the United States Postal Services affects more than mail-in ballots. It impacts veterans receiving lifesaving prescription medication; homeowners paying mortgages; grandparents sending birthday cards. USPS is enshrined in the Constitution. And Trump and his congressional enablers are willing to burn it to the ground. Ready to fight back? Here are some things you can do.

Use this tool to connect immediately to your House rep and ask them to cosponsor the Delivering for America Act, which would maintain current service standards as well as the integrity of our elections and bedrock democratic principles. Calling is important—let’s light up the phones like it’s 2017.

After you call, send a letter to your House rep and both Senators. Ask them, basically, WTF? Tell them to fund the post office fully. Tell them how mail delays affect you and your loved ones. Make it personal. Make it heartwrenching.

Spread the word: tell everyone you know to text USPS to 977-79 and Indivisible will send send them the link to the script and offer to connect them to their Rep. Share this on social media too!

Join “#SaveThePostOffice Saturday” on August 22. Details on Austin locations TBD. Saturday, August 22 is “#SaveThePostOffice Saturday!” At 11 a.m. (local time), we will show up at local post offices across the country to save the post office from Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

Special action for TX17 constituents: Rep. Bill Flores responded to our tweet about the USPS, and claims to care that veterans are not receiving lifesaving prescriptions. Call his ass and hold him to it: (512) 373-3378.

Ready to do even more to #SavetheUSPS? Join the campaign at usmailnotforsale.org


2020 is coming

Actions & Resources

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank

Spread the word that Travis County voters can text Register to 48683 to be registered to vote. Forms will be mailed, with a paid return envelope—sent via USPS, so get started now.

Train to become a Travis County poll worker

Why Democrats Need to Play to Win in Texas (Dan Pfeiffer)

U.S. Senate

MJ Hegar—running against incumbent/ghoul John Cornyn

U.S. Congress

Who represents me?

TX10

Mike Siegel—running against incumbent/millionaire Michael McCaul

TX17

Rick Kennedy—running against GOP carpetbagger Pete Sessions

TX21

Wendy Davis—running against Ted Cruz protege Chip Roy

TX25

Julie Oliver—running against corrupt car salesman Roger Williams

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Read: Railroad Commission candidate at center of lawsuit over troubled oil and gas waste disposal site (Houston Chronicle)

Support Chrysta Castañeda

Texas Legislature

Who represents me?


Events

Thursday, August 20

Lone Star Statewide Phonebank!

5 p.m. Hosted by Sister District and Indivisible TXLEGE. Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side. Leaders & volunteers from all across the state will be calling for five endorsed Texas Candidates.

RSVP on Zoom

Saturday, August 22

#SaveThePostOffice Saturday

11 a.m. Details on Austin locations TBD. Show up at local post offices across the country to save the post office from Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

Sign up to receive updates 

MEET MJ HEGAR: It’s Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

Sign up for updates on Facebook

Thursday, August 27

Zoom With James and Julián!

A virtual conversation with State Representative James Talarico and Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the state of our country, life in the Lone Star State, and the importance of flipping the Texas House in 2020. ($$)

  • VIP Reception from 4:30-5:00 pm
  • General Event from 5:00-6:00 pm

RSVP for this event ($$)


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