A Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the House

Not a critter was stirring, not even a mouse

A president’s tantrum over funding a wall

Had shut down the government, for jobs big and small

Eight hundred thousand federal workers

Across this great land, Texans to New Yorkers

Will work not at all or will work without pay

And hope that their checks arrive post-Holiday

And let’s not forget thousands more sub-contractors

Janitors, servers, cashiers, and plate-stackers

Whose pre-Christmas paychecks just won’t ever come

Because Trump’s GOP is unspeakably dumb

In just a few days, the House becomes ours

And Pelosi and friends will check Trump’s power

On Flores! On Chip! On Williams and McCaul!

On Carter! And Cornyn! Dash away all!

Your caving to autocrats truly is stunning

But voters remember… 2020 is coming

Take action: Trump’s latest temper tantrum and the showdown over the wall >>

Shining a Light on Christmas in Tornillo

This Christmas, 2,500 immigrant migrant children will remain incarcerated in a government-run facility in Tornillo, TX. In Rep. Bill Flores’s hometown newspaper, pastor T. Carlos Anderson and Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project remind us of the lesson of the Christmas story:

“Retelling this biblical story should remind us of our moral responsibility to provide shelter, care for those in need, and not let our society’s current heightened polarization impede our efforts…”

“The best of our traditions require that we live together under just laws. Religious and moral teachings help infuse our society with compassion: to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, demand equal treatment for all, welcome the migrant, and dialog constructively with those whom we disagree. The only question about these practices is how we do them, not whether we do them.”

Activists from all over the country are holding vigil in Tornillo this Christmas, and we’ll be reporting on their efforts next week. Support them through organizations like RAICES and the Texas Civil Rights Project.

How your voices are making a difference

  • Congress passed a bipartisan bill revamping the criminal justice
  • The Justice Department banned bump stocks on guns
  • Paul Ryan’s gone

Bye, Felicia >>

Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Roger Williams

“The biggest issue in my district is: build the wall.”

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)
Roger Williams

That’s what Rep. Roger Williams told reporters when asked about temporarily funding the government while the debate continues over Trump’s stupid wall.

If Williams ever—ever!—spoke to constituents in his district, he would know that this is not true. Not even a little bit. We asked Julie Oliver, who ran against Williams and has actually spoken to thousands of Texans in TX25—from across the political spectrum—whether “the wall” was ever mentioned even once as an issue regular folks care about. Her response:

The wall is a metaphor for GOP racism and xenophobia. Williams knows that and exploits it nonetheless. That is despicable. If you are in his district, give him a call and let him know what you think about “the wall.”

Your Moment of Zen

 

Bye, Felicia | How your voices are making a difference

Happy holidays, warriors! In case you need some holiday cheer, there is a LOT this week. Let me explain. No, there is too much—let me sum up.

Mueller Time

Two of Michael Flynn’s former business associates have been accused of illegally lobbying for Turkey, throwing a wrench in FOX and the Trump base’s attempt to paint Flynn as an innocent hero framed by Mueller.

Rather than showing contrition for former security adviser (and again…current felon) Michael Flynn’s actions in betraying his country and lying about it to the FBI, on the eve of Flynn’s sentencing his lawyers issued a sentencing memo furthering the right-wing conspiracy theory that a three-star, 33-year military veteran was somehow “tricked” into admitting to lying to the FBI without a lawyer present. The stunt will likely cost Flynn unexpected jail time, as the judge was far from amused, stating his “disdain” and “disgust” that Flynn “sold out [his] country,” and asking whether his actions rose to the level of treason. Right before that, the commander of cheese tweeted to wish the confessed felon good luck.

A DoJ ethics official advised the Matthew Whitaker, Donny’s acting attorney general, that he should recuse himself from the Russia investigation due to conflicts based on his past writings against Mueller. Which potential nomineeWilliam Barr also has. Neither has made any indication of removing himself from overseeing the investigation.

To the shock of no one, Donald toady Roger Stone, currently under investigation by Mueller as to whether he lied about connections to Wikileaks, admits he lied in pushing false stories on Infowars, one of the several right-leaning media sites that simply doesn’t care whether its stories are true or false.

If you’re feeling confused over all the Trump-Russia investigations (and why wouldn’t you? There are 17 separate ones), here’s a handy guide.

Democracy Actually Working

This was such a promising category this week, as Congress actually started working together to pass meaningful legislation and defying Donald. And then. FOX News impugned Don John’s virility and he shut the government down to prove what a man he is. And sadly the GOP has now officially sold its soul to Individual 1 by letting the RNC be subsumed by the very stable genius’s reelection campaign. RIP, GOP.

But in that brief little shining interim, we got this:

Congress passed a bipartisan bill revamping the criminal justice system by an overwhelming 87-12. The legislation provides for shortened sentences, and offers training and other programs to help rehabilitate the incarcerated and diminish recidivism.

The Justice Department banned bump stocks on guns like the one used to slaughter 58 people in Las Vegas and wound hundreds more.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime, after almost 100 years of attempts in previous legislatures that inexplicably failed.

Donald off the Rails

I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this category as Mueller’s noose tightens and rat Don and his cronies have nowhere to go at the end of the maze. But for now…

After Donald announced—out of dead nowhere—that he would pull all U.S. troops out of Syria (after a conversation with Turkey’s brutal despot Erdogan, and to Putin’s praise that his lackey “Donald” was correct to do so), Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis resigned in a stinging letter of rebuke for the mentally deranged dotard. Immediately on its heels, a major U.S. envoy to an anti-ISIS coalition also submitted his resignation letter.

Republican Corruption

After the NY attorney general opened an investigation, Donald has agreed to dissolve his fraudulent charity amid investigation into its “shocking pattern of illegality.”

In both his 2016 and 2020 election bids, Don John used a shell company to buy ads in illegal coordination with the NRA.

Texas agriculture commissioner Sid Miller has once again been investigated for ethics violations in misusing taxpayer money for his personal use. Last time it was for the “Jesus shot” (you got me); this time it’s for using taxpayer funds for personal travel to travel to and compete in a rodeo. Sigh. Miller will be fined—just $500, but the violations are piling up.

Republicans Reconsidering

Two more GOP lawmakers—these congresswomen in Kansas—have publicly abandoned the Republican party.

Republicans Against the Law

The Supreme Court ruled that Donald may not begin immediately denying asylum to those who cross the U.S.-Mexico border (and Despite having malignant nodes removed in her lungs, Notorious RBG voted FROM HER HOSPITAL BED against the administration’s attempt to do so).

Social and Civil Rights Advances

An internal CBS investigation of former head Les Moonves found that allegations against him of sexual misconduct were credible, and that he was fired for cause and will not receive his $120 million severance package.

Pope Francis warns clergy accused of sexual abuse that the Church will not shield them and they should “hand yourself over to human justice” (and to “prepare for divine justice, which is basically the freaking pope letting sex offenders know they’re going to hell, which ought to chill some sexual-predator blood).

Fox’s Tucker Carlson, who immediately lost one advertiser last week after his comments that immigrants make America “dirtier” and “poorer,” has gone on to lose his network 13 more for the same reason. Carlson refuses to apologize, instead doubling down on his position and calling the boycott “a tactic—a well-worn one.” (The public wouldn’t have to wear it out so much, Tucker, if FOX would stop stating false, racist, sexist, and offensive things.)

Your Feel-good Stories of the Week

In a hilarious response to the ridiculous Go Fund Me account a veteran started to raise money for Donald’s border wall (even though Donald promised his base that Mexico would pay for it), another Go Fund Me account was started to raise money for ladders to scale it. 😀 Thus far it’s raised XX—that’s a lot of ladders.

An ugly, slimy blind worm that lives underground has been named after Individual 1—Dermophis donaldtrumpi—after a sustainable building materials company paid $25K for the right in order to spotlight the GOP administration’s head-in-the-sand denial of climate change.

Barack Obama donned a Santa hat and handed out gifts in surprise visit to D.C. children’s hospital

Paul Ryan’s gone.

Bye Felicia

Good election news keeps trickling in | How your voices are making a difference

In a week in which Donald once again dismissed the findings of American intelligence, supported and defended a brutal regime the CIA judged as having murdered a citizen, neglected to exhort followers to “lock her up” after his daughter was found to have used private email for government business, suggested on a visit to a wildfire-ripped city whose name he could not remember that the answer to forest fires lay not in addressing climate change but raking, and named himself when asked what he was thankful for, amid other unhinged comments from Mar-A-Lago on Thanksgiving, believe it or not there was still plenty to feel optimistic about.

Two weeks after the midterms, good election news keeps trickling in: another Democrat edged out a Republican, adding to the Dems’ sweep of the House as final election results trickle in—this one in Utah, with a GOP candidate Donald decried as a “loser” for not sufficiently embracing him. And Texas State students who demanded more access to polling places may have played a decisive role in swinging Hays County blue.

Republicans Against the Law

Don John threatened to revoke Jim Acosta’s press pass to the White House the moment the court order restoring it expired at the end of the month—until CNN threated a lawsuit. The White House subsequently announced the full restoration of Acosta’s pass.

federal judge blocked Donald’s ban on migrants seeking asylum at our border after a challenge in court by immigrant rights groups.

In Mississippi, a federal judge blocked a state law that banned most abortions after 15 weeks.

federal judge ruled that a lawsuit against Donald for misuse of funds in his personal charity can proceed.

Supreme Court judge John Roberts—the Republican-appointed leader of the court—criticized Donald for politicizing the judiciary.

The FBI now classifies the white nationalist far-right group the Proud Boys as an extremist group for its history of misogyny and glorifying violence.

Environmental Advances

The Coast Guard has ordered a company that has spilled more than a million barrels of oil into the gulf since 2004 to clean up its ecological disaster.

The first climate report authored by several different agencies within Donald’s own GOP administration  say they are more certain than ever that climate change poses a severe threat to Americans’ health and pocketbooks, as well as to the country’s infrastructure and natural resources.

Your Feel-good Stories for the Week

Just in time for the holidays, read this lovely piece on how we might talk about difficult issues with the ones we love from a place of shared humanity and connection. Silence in the face of racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and fear is acquiescence—but shaming and rage don’t change hearts.

Seventy percent of Americans think Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigations; 52 percent want legislation passed to protect it.

It’s the Final Countdown: Last Weekend

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now is the time to suit up. We need you. Texas needs you. And if you’ve been canvassing, phonebanking, texting, dragging friends across broken glass to the polls—thank you. Let’s redouble our efforts through November 6.

Early Voting ends on Friday. If you haven’t already voted, don’t wait until Election Day when lines might be insurmountable. We have maps to the polls and tons of other resources.

Canvass with us and Indivisible co-executive director Ezra Levin!

RSVP for one of the four Final Countdown Canvasses at your website of choice…

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Sunday 10 a.m. to noon (remember Daylight Savings!)

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Join our Election Day phonebank.

Take Action: Pizzas, Postcards and Phone Banks

Endorsements

Indivisible Austin proudly endorses Justin Nelson for Attorney General

Indivisible Austin is proud to endorse Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General. Nelson’s campaign has brought serious focus to issues that matter to Texans—and to the serious ethical malpractice committed by the incumbent. In this race, running against indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton, ethics is a serious issue, but not the only one.

Read our full endorsement >>

63 Days

Activists from Indivisible Austin rocking Beto and #BeATexasVoter tees

Want one of our NEW awesome #BeATexasVoter t-shirts? Join us for Pizza, Postcards and Phone banks on Tuesdays and/or weekend blockwalking!

Pizzas, Postcards and Phone Banks

ADAPT of Texas, 1100 S. IH-35 frontage road, Sep. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Every Tuesday from now until early voting we’re gathering for pizzas, writing postcards to 4,000 Texas voters, and calling Austin-area voters to make sure they get out to vote. Bring your laptop or tablet, phone, and earbuds. We’ll provide everything else you need.

More info and RSVP here >>

Want to write postcards from home instead? Fill out this form to have some delivered! >>

GOTV Blockwalking on Sunday

Pan American Park Rec Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street, Sep. 9, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

The clock is counting down to Nov. 6 and It’s time to talk to voters! Charge up your Fitbit and join our team for weekly get-out-the-vote blockwalking. We’re not only working to turn out voters for Beto and other candidates endorsed by national and local Indivisible groups—we’re also building long-term progressive infrastructure and community in Texas.

RSVP on Action Network >>

Take Action

Paxton is going to court to strip protections for pre-existing conditions from millions of Americans

On Wednesday, September 5, Texas and 19 other states are going to federal court in an effort to end health care protections for millions of people, including the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, genetic conditions, depression, and even pregnancy). Indicted attorney general Ken Paxton is the ringleader.

The court case may or may not succeed. We don’t know. But this will not be the last effort to deprive Americans of health care. We fought for eight months to save the ACA. Let’s not relax for one second, as the GOP already has plans to continue their war on Obamacare in the next legislative session.

Keep calling your reps, writing letters to the editor, and make a plan to vote this November. Lives are on the line.

Letter from Indivisible Austin activists published in the Statesman about pre-existing condition protections

Demand investigation into why U.S. citizens are being denied passport renewals

“Birtherism is now federal policy,” tweeted columnist Max Boot, as news spread that a growing number of Latino citizens in Texas were having their citizenship questioned and being denied passports.

Call your reps—senators and House representatives—and demand answers. This questioning of citizenship, of who the “real” Americans are, invokes some of the darkest periods of history.

Hat tip to Celeste Pewter for these talking points:

  • I am calling to ask you to investigate the Washington Post report of U.S. citizens—including military personnel and border agents—being denied passport renewals and having their citizenship questioned.
  • We need immediate clarification on why this is happening and how the government plans to resolve the citizenship question for those caught up in this Catch-22. We also need clarification on why the State Department asserts that nothing has changed.
  • Will you condemn this latest move and do everything in your power to resolve the situation, and quickly?

How your voices are making a difference

  • A federal judge shot down a lawsuit to try to block DACA.
  • Gun control, teacher, and civil rights groups are prepared to sue Betsy DeVos’s Education Department
  • Beto is within a single point of Teddy

Read more ways your voices are making a difference >>

Your Moment of Zen

What is your pet’s top issue this election season?

Funding the Fight

NOVEMBER IS NOW!

Every week, every day, we’re working with our volunteers to make sure that in November we win a victory for American values and decency. Registering voters, phone calls, canvassing, postcards, all of it will combine with the work of thousands of other volunteers across Texas and all across America to achieve the victory we need.

But as the campaign season goes on, our budget is tightening, and every day, we are looking at the numbers making hard choices about what we can and can’t afford to do. Help us make sure that we don’t come up short, that we don’t leave work undone. Support Indivisible Austin’s midterm efforts today.

Take Action: Three reasons to keep calling Cornyn and Cruz about Kavanaugh

Endorsements

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.

Read our full statement >>

Take Action

Three reasons to keep calling Cornyn and Cruz about Kavanaugh

Indivisible San Antonio asked:

Honest question: Is it even worth my time calling Ted Cruz and John Cornyn offices to vote against Brett Kavanaugh?

Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible, gave three reasons to keep calling our most stick-in-the-mud senators, which we’ve expanded here:

  1. In closed-door GOP meetings, they report that even they are getting pushback.
  2. They probably will still vote the wrong way, but you can make them less outspoken.
  3. Lower their approval for future election. (Gotta get earned media for this though.)

Brett Kavanaugh at swearing-in with DubyaThis last point is important. Before the 2016 election, many of us didn’t know who represented us in Congress. (Decades of relentless gerrymandering will do that.) Now that we have our senators and representative on speed dial, they can no longer hide from their bad policies and failure to represent constituents. Because of this newfound awareness, all of our GOP-held House districts are in play, and Ted Cruz is neck and neck with Beto O’Rourke. This was unimaginable two years ago. So keep the pressure on: 2018 is here, and 2020 (when John Cornyn will get his time in the barrel) is right around the corner.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh’s hearing is scheduled to begin on September 4th, and the National Archives has refused Democrats’ request to release records from Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary in the Bush White House.

Visit Indivisible.org for Kavanaugh talking points >>

Tell Cornyn and Cruz: No on David Porter for a lifetime judgeship

No lifetime appointment for David Porter

From Indivisible East Bay:

Remember David Porter, Trump’s judicial nominee who would have been happy to live 100 years ago? Sen. McConnell wants to bring this nomination to a final vote when the Senate returns from recess. He’s looking for enough votes from Senators to do this.

David Porter has criticized Supreme Court cases that supported FDR’s New Deal (yes, in 1933), and he belongs to a conservative think tank that says the minimum wage is unconstitutional. As an attorney, he has worked against the Affordable Care Act, women’s rights, marriage equality, environmental protection, and workers’ rights. Porter should never be a judge.

Learn more and download graphics from Indivisible East Bay >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • In a victory for unions, Missouri voters rejected a “right-to-work” law by a wide margin
  • The army suspended discharges of foreign-born recruits who enlisted through DACA
  • Thousands of antiracist protesters drowned out the Unite the Right rally in DC

Read more >>

Events

  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Cat Mountain Clubhouse 6007 Mt Bonnell Rd—Northwest Hills TX-25 Town Hall. Grab a slice of pizza and get to know your candidates for U.S. Congress Texas District 25. Democratic candidate Julie Oliver has confirmed that she will be available to answer questions and we’ve extended an invitation to Republican candidate Roger Williams. (Facebook event)
  • Thursday, Aug. 16, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 1105 N IH35 – Indivisible Rosedale Huddle brings us banner drops Thursdays this August. This week: Cruz thinks Trump will help him! (Facebook event)
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio St. Texas Tribune Summer Salon: Families Divided. As the government works to reunite hundreds of migrant parents and children who remain separated under the Trump administration’s now-paused “zero tolerance” policy, hear from the lawyers, activists, lawmakers and journalists working on the front lines. (Eventbrite)
  • Save the Date: Monday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Robert B. Rowling Hall, 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd – Texas Disability Issues Forum (TDIF) brings together members of the Texas disability community, major candidates for statewide office, and disability advocates (Event link at REV UP!)

Countdown: 84 Days to November

BLUE WAVELast week, we suggested talking to the people in your life about their voter registration. That’s still a good idea! We also recommend you double-check your own current registration is correct and active. (The rate of voting roll purges has increased dramatically in Texas since the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.)

Squared away? Great! Mark your calendars for our weekly phone banks, coming to you Tuesdays between now and November 6th!

For maximum effort: reach out to gotv@indivisibleaustin.com to get involved with the GOTV working group, or volunteer to host a phone bank or postcard party at your home or a local spot!

Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Michael McCaul, TX-10

It’s August in Central Texas, and that means it’s hot and dry. It means a lot of brown grass and occasional wildfires. It also means water restrictions. We all cut back on our usage and are more mindful of what we’re doing with our water, because it’s part of the city’s regulations, but more than that, we do it because we know it’s the right and wise thing to do for our community. Well, most of us at least.

Mike Siegel

Rep. Mike McCaul TX-10 can’t be bothered to even consider water usage. His estate in Westlake Hills is regularly among the top water users in Austin, and in 2017 they used more water than ANYONE else in the city. We don’t know exactly how much water they used, because they chose to hide that from the public, but just the second highest water consumer used more than 1,400,900 gallons. That’s more than 200X the average household water use.

It makes you wonder what other important community needs he doesn’t bother to concern himself with.

Mike Siegel is running against Mike McCaul for the TX-10 seat in November.

Your Moment of Zen

How are you this week? We’re making sure to take some time to breathe, to connect—with our communities, including the natural one around us. Take a moment today to enjoy this human-goose flight team:

Funding the Fight

Taco plate from Taco DeliThey say an army marches on its belly. That’s true for an army of block walking canvassers, phone bankers, and letter writers too.

Be a part of the movement by making a contribution today! Your gift of $25 or $50 could provide the coffee and breakfast tacos that get us and America over the line.

How Your Voice Are Making a Difference: 17 states are suing the Trump administration

Fallout continues after Sinclair Broadcasting’s “must-read” propaganda distributed to its news anchors became public. (If you haven’t seen this disturbing mashup of dozens of anchors reading the exact same text like animatronic puppets, it’s must-watch.) Sinclair failed to offer a convincing defense for its brainwashing attempts, and now former employees are speaking outSinclair is seeking regulatory approval for a $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media, whose portfolio includes 42 stations. Regulatory limit is 39 percent; this would jump their market reach to 72 percent. UHF versus VHF loophole shows how Sinclair can own so many stations despite federal law. It’s urgent that we contact our lawmakers and demand that they close this loophole—and block Sinclair’s buy of Tribune media—and protect the regulations that prevent this kind of propaganda media from being disseminated over such a huge market share.

Democrat won election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the first time since 1995, shrinking that state’s conservative majority to one. And a Democrat leads in TN to replace Bob Corker’s congressional seat. A record number of women are running for House seats—more than 300, most of them Democrats.

In Texas, Senate candidate and Ted Cruz challenger Beto O’Rourke has outraised Cruz in three of the last reporting periods—most jaw-droppingly in this last period, when O’Rourke’s grassroots campaign raised a staggering $6.7 million from more than 141K donors, with the average donation a little over $40 (unlike Cruz’s heavy special-interest funding). O’Rourke is traveling through Texas holding dozens of city halls for constituents…again, totally unlike Cruz, who has been hiding from his and refusing to make appearances for any but his GOP donors.

Despite the mentally deranged dotard’s war on immigrants and opposition to DACA (the “Dreamers” program allowing children brought into the country with their parents to work toward citizenship), his administration has approved 55K new applications for the program this year alone.

Now 17 states are suing the Trump administration over the citizenship question they are proposing adding to the 2020 census.

In Russia-investigation news, Robert Mueller is investigating whether former Donald campaign adviser Roger Stone met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange during the campaign, suggesting a connection between Donald’s campaign and the Wikileaks hacks into Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails supported by Russian intelligence. And CNN broke the story of yet another Donald adviser who pushed government agencies during the campaign to review materials from the dark web that he thought were Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

Mueller has evidence that Betsy DeVos’s brother may have lied to Congress about ties between the Trump campaign and a Putin associate.

The first sentencing was handed down in Robert Mueller’s investigation—a Dutch lawyer (and suspected Russian spy) who lied to the FBI about his affiliations with Russian military intelligence and contacts with Donald’s campaign has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $20K fine. I like to think of this as the amuse bouche of the many-course meal to come. In related news, and a direct refute of Paul Manafort’s lawsuit claiming Mueller exceeded his authority in prosecuting Manafort for his work with the Ukraine government and possible Russia ties, records reveal that Donny’s own DoJ’s office did indeed specifically offer Mueller that authority.

Inside the White House, embattled EPA head Scott Pruitt is in hot water yet again—this time for using an obscure emergency hiring provision in his EPA department to bring on board a slew of former lobbyists, aides, and friends. He also made extravagant requests of his department—like a $100K-per-month private jet service and a bulletproof desk…no, really—and when senior staff criticized how he was planning to spend taxpayer money, he had them reassigned. Then he bypassed the White House’s refusal to give two of his personal aides (ages 30 and 26) raises and did it anyway, in the amounts of $56K and $28K, respectively. Your tax dollars at work! But wait…there’s more! While renting a room in the luxury town house of a lobbyist for an energy company for a paltry $50/night (a rate that also included a room for his grown daughter, a fact the EPA’s lead ethics investigator now says wasn’t disclosed when he looked into whether the rental violated federal gift rules), Pruitt approved a pipeline-expansion plan for that same company. Wait, hang in there…there’s still a bit more corruption: This same lobbyist was also a campaign donor for Pruitt’s run for attorney general in Oklahoma. If you’re having trouble keeping track of all this (and why wouldn’t you?), here’s a handy cheat sheet on all the reasons Scott Pruitt is coming under fireSixty-four House Democrats have asked Donald to fire Pruitt, and in the mass exodus of staff from the White House, rumor has it that John Kelly is gunning for Pruitt next. Perhaps Pruitt modeled his spendthrift ways on now-departed secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who spent $12 million on consultants to “redesign” the state department. (I do not think “drain the swamp” means what the GOP thinks it means…)

Speaking of departing staffers (and if you’re having trouble keeping track of that too, here’s an excellent compendium of who all has been flushed down the toilet of this administration), national security head H. R. McMaster blew back a parting shot at this administration on his way out the door, denouncing Russia’s actions and the very stable genius’s lack of meaningful sanctions imposed on that country for its meddling in our 2016 election—“we have failed to impose sufficient costs.” McMaster’s words carried extra sting coming immediately on the heels of Donny announcing at a news conference, “No one has been tougher on Russia than I have.”

One of Donald’s DoD appointees resigned after CNN dug up his “birther” posts on Facebook, where he also called President Obama “the Antichrist.” It’s a shame similar criteria don’t force all of those who furthered the conspiracy to resign, specifically the birther-in-chief.

Two of the settlement agreements with women who accused Bill O’Reilly of harassment have been made public and detail O’Reilly’s herculean attempts to silence the women and keep his actions under the carpet.

Donald laid down further sanctions on Russian companies, politicians, and business leaders.

Conspiracy theory site Infowars and shlock jock Alex Jones are being sued (again)—this time for recklessly misidentifying a man as the Parkland school shooter and labeling him a “commie” who supported ISIS.

Meanwhile a Chicago suburb has unanimously voted to ban assault weapons within its borders. To no one’s shock, the NRA is threatening to sue. But in Massachusetts, a federal judge upheld that state’s ban on assault weapons. The tide of public opinion is turning despite Congress, the White House, and the NRA’s attempts to hold it back.

Don John’s support among women is tanking—from 41 to 35 percent—even while his support from men rose 3 percent in what the Harvard poll codirector called “the Stormy effect.”

Madeleine Allbright sounds the alarm about fascism creeping closer. Want to see an example of how democracy can creep toward fascism? Look to Hungary. Tens of millions of Americans have participated in protests and rallies in the last two years—1 in 5 people in the U.S. Much of that is thanks to you, warriors—stay in the game!

Enter to Win Pod Save America Tickets

Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan. You know their names. You know their voices. They are the hosts of the wildly popular Pod Save America podcast, and they have been critical in amplifying the voice and energy of the resistance, all while bringing some much-needed fun to the fight.

Now, they’re coming to Austin for a live Pod Save America on March 9, 2018 at the Moody Theater.

The event is sold out, but you and a friend can still go to the show.

Enter your name and email to be included on our email action list and you will be included in the drawing to win two floor tickets to the show.

If you are already on our email list, you’re already entered, but you can get more chances to win by getting your friends to sign up too. Just make sure they list your name and email in the “Who Sent You?” section. When your friends sign up for our email list, you’ll both be entered for a chance to win the tickets.

Board members of Indivisible Austin and their families are excluded from the drawing.

Ask Michael Dell to Resign from the Manufacturing Council

***UPDATE August 18, 2017***

Michael Dell sent a statement to employees. While it decries “hatred, violence, racism, and terrorism racism,” it does not mention the manufacturing council or the president’s comments.

***UPDATE August 16, 2017***

Trump shut down the Manufacturing Council after several CEOs quit.

Michael Dell was not among those quitting. (A meeting of the council was scheduled for later in the day, and it was widely expected that the council would disband on its own.)

Michael Dell’s silence is confounding. It doesn’t matter that he is a major Republican donor; many Republicans have issued strong statements condemning hate groups and Trump’s tacit endorsement of those groups.

If Michael Dell wants to continue attracting talent from Austin’s diverse workforce, he needs to condemn the president’s statements, and explain his decision to stick with the council when other CEOs were fleeing. Because no one wants to work for a leader who lacks moral clarity.

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In January, Donald Trump announced the creation of a Manufacturing Council to work with the administration’s efforts on job creation. The council consists of business leaders from a broad range of industries. It’s a largely symbolic council; they seldom meet, and it’s unclear, what, if any jobs have been created as a result. But symbols matter — especially now, when hate groups draw inspiration from Nazism and other dark forces of history.

In the aftermath of the white supremacist domestic terrorism in #Charlottesville and the Trump administration’s inadequate response, a diverse coalition of activists are pressuring the members of the council to resign. Austin-area Indivisible groups will join those pressuring these CEOs.

We have decided to start local with Michael Dell. As CEOs resign, we will move on to others.

This is a campaign that needs social media to be successful! Companies have staff specifically tasked with monitoring social media, watching out for negative tweets and comments about their brand in real time. Join us in creating a tidal wave of demands that Michael Dell denounce this administration’s tolerance for bigotry and hatred, and its cozy relationship with white supremacists and anti-Semites, and resign from the Manufacturing Council.

What you can do:

  1. Tweet @Dell and @MichaelDell, asking Michael Dell to resign from this council. Retweet others who are doing the same. (Suggested hashtags: #QuitTheCouncil #DitchDell.)
  2. Visit the Dell Facebook page and write a post with your concerns, and send them a direct message, too.
  3. Call Dell at 1-800-624-9897 and demand that Michael Dell leave the Manufacturing Council.

Ben Wikler of MoveOn has an insightful Twitter thread about why social media pressure works on brands and companies: