Endorsement: Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner

Indivisible Austin proudly endorses Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner

For Agriculture Commissioner, where Sid Miller has been a national embarrassment since 2014, Kim Olson gets our nod. Kim is a retired Air Force pilot and an organic farmer who is listening to the concerns of Texans in all of our 254 counties. Her campaign has demonstrated she is eager to listen to the concerns of both those who grow our food as well as the families that purchase it.

Her life has been one of service—often in a trailblazing manner—both during her military career and afterwards, as she worked in education and on behalf of veterans. In 2014, she was rightly inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and we are proud to offer our endorsement to her race.

Phone bank! General body meeting! Texas-size postcard party!

We’re less than 80 days from midterm elections and it’s time to step on the gas. There are several ways to get involved this week, and we’d love to see you there.

Tuesday Night Phone Banking

Weekly phone banks at ADAPT offices thru midterms

Tonight—and every Tuesday night through November 6th—we’re holding phone banks to help get out the vote. Come help build the blue wave, call by call, voter by voter, voting plan by voting plan.

WHEN: Every Tuesday until November 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: ADAPT of Texas, 1100 S. IH-35 Frontage Rd.

RSVP and get more information here >>

General Body Meeting

Indivisible Austin General Body Meeting

We’re holding our first official general body meeting of the midterm election season this Sunday. We’d love to hear from you about your involvement with Indivisible, and how we can do better. We’ll also share details about our plans for midterms. There will be food!

WHEN: Sunday, August 26th, from 12 to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Texas AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca St #200

RSVP on Action Network or on Facebook >>

Texas-Size Postcard Party

Texas's biggest postcard party

WHEN: Sunday, August 26th from 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Texas State Capitol

After the general body meeting, we’re heading to the Capitol to join a “Texas-size postcard party” to write postcards to 90,000(!) Texas women encouraging them to vote in November. This event is part of a nationwide day of action to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court. This event is co-sponsored with the Unite for Justice Coalition, MarchOn Texas, MoveOn, NARAL, and other progressive groups.

RSVP on MoveOn’s website or on Facebook >>

 

 

 

Endorsement: Lloyd Doggett for U.S. House District 35

Indivisible Austin endorses Lloyd Doggett for TX-35

Indivisible Austin is proud to endorse Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) for reelection. When Indivisible Austin started, and we began asking people which congressional district they lived in, the majority said “Doggett’s!” because at some point that was probably true—and he represents the values of our city much more than any other Austin-area Congressperson.

Thanks to gerrymandering by the Texas House, Rep. Doggett no longer represents most folks in Austin. But he has consistently shown an openness and willingness to engage with and represent all Austinites, regardless of which congressional district they call home. He is the only Austin-area member of Congress to hold public town halls open to all.

Rep. Doggett is the only reliable champion the Austin area has in its congressional delegation. He’s an active and vocal ally on every important issue. Rep. Doggett has been a steadfast supporter of the Affordable Care Act and thoroughly resisted all repeal efforts. Well before Trump was elected, Rep. Doggett founded the Affordable Prescription Drug Task Force and has consistently fought to advance real solutions to lower drug prices and address one of the biggest drivers of America’s healthcare crisis—in contrast to the president, who consistently lies to voters about his dedication to reducing drug prices.

As the ranking member of the Tax Policy Subcommittee of Ways and Means, Rep. Doggett was by our side fighting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (aka the GOP Tax Scam) and he continues to call attention to the abject failures of that bill to make a positive difference in the lives of the vast majority of taxpayers. Rep. Doggett is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, and in March of this year voted against the House budget in part because it failed to offer any protection for Dreamers, while boosting funds for the so-called border wall.

We are pleased to endorse Rep. Doggett as a public servant who shares Indivisible Austin’s values: defending democracy, opposing authoritarianism, and protecting those most under attack by the immoral policies of the Trump administration.

Gallery: Ezra and Leah at a #100DaysOut Phone Bank in Austin

On Sunday, Indivisible Austin held a phone bank. With about 50 of our closest friends—you!—we  called prospective voters to make sure they know why this election is so important, and to get them engaged NOW so they’re ready to go to the polls as soon as early voting starts. Indivisible groups held over 150 events nationwide, kicking off the 100 days until Election Day in November.

Help Lead Indivisible Austin’s GOTV Work

GOTV volunteer announcement

We are ramping up our voter engagement and mobilization push for the 2018 election and we’re looking for a number of volunteers who can help lead this exciting phase of our work! Everyone knows how important the 2018 elections are, with so many key challenges at stake. Indivisible Austin is developing our midterm field program in conjunction with Indivisible national’s statewide plan, and will use their voter outreach tools to organize canvassing, phone banking, texting, and more.

Our first event is on July 29th with special guests Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, founders and co-executive directors of Indivisible.

We’re looking for folks who have the following interests, skills and abilities:

  • Commitment to Indivisible values: we defend democracy, resist authoritarianism, hold our elected officials accountable, and fight back against the administration’s horror-show policies especially in the areas of healthcare, immigration, and gun violence prevention
  • Enthusiasm to change the face of power in Texas and in Congress
  • Flexibility, both in terms of time and attitude
  • Past experience leading canvassing, phone banking, and other activities is an awesome bonus!
  • GOTV work is most likely to take place in the evenings and on the weekends. Occasional weekday/daytime availability is helpful but not required.

Interested? Let us know by emailing our Treasurer Tony Weber at tony@indivisibleaustin.com