Take Action: Stop Trump’s Unconstitutional Attack on Asylum Seekers

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What’s Next

In case you missed our post-election email: Our next steps remain the same. We will continue to defend our most vulnerable community members against the rising tide of global authoritarianism. We will continue to hold our elected officials accountable. And we will begin to focus on the next round of elections.

Get involved with #TXLEGE >>

Pledge to Fire John Cornyn in 2020 >>

Stop Trump’s Unconstitutional Attack on Asylum Seekers

Following the same playbook as the 2017 Muslim Ban, the Trump administration introduced new measures to deny asylum to people who cross our southern border. The ACLU and other partners have already filed a lawsuit. Of course, with Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, anything could happen.  The best thing you can do now is support these orgs:

The ACLU’s statement  explains that “Federal law specifically guarantees that ‘[a]ny alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States,’ at a designated port of entry or not, is entitled to apply for asylum.”

From RAICES: “For over 60 years the United States has joined other nations in giving asylum seekers the opportunity to seek safe haven. It is a sacrosanct principle of both U.S. and international law, and under no circumstances can it be taken away at the whims of a President who has shown no respect for the rule of law.”

Tell your reps that Matt Whitaker must recuse himself, and the Mueller investigation must be protected

Last week, after the firing (er… “resignation”) of Jeff Sessions, thousands of people took to the streets across the country to send a message that such obvious obstruction of justice will not be tolerated. Now we need to hold our reps accountable for the President’s actions. Call Cornyn, Cruz, and your House rep to demand:

  • Matthew Whitaker must recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation
  • Congress must launch investigations into Trump’s obstruction of justice—and Democrats should be publicly committing to do so when they take control of the House in January. (You can thank Rep. Lloyd Doggett for joining the marchers at City Hall in Austin.)

Read Indivisible’s latest resource on protecting the Mueller investigation >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Democrats flipped the House
  • Women and LGBT candidates were elected in record numbers.
  • Erin Zwiener delivered both a win to the Texas house and a baby

Read more wins from last week >>

Action of the Week: You Voted

These races weren’t supposed to be close. And Texas voter turnout was the highest since 1970.

#BeATexasVoter It Feels Great

Table showing narrowing gap in GOP wins between 2014 and 2018

Your Moment of Zen

 

Take Action: How to persuade people to vote

You voted. Now be a voter multiplier.

Two things are true:

  1. Early voting turnout was impressive.
  2. We could still lose.

We have an uphill battle: gerrymandering of our House districts, voter intimidation and suppression, old and buggy technology—all contribute to the likelihood of losing on Tuesday.

Chances are you have already voted. So now your job is to be a voter multiplier by finding friends, family, neighbors and even strangers and convincing them to vote. And if you haven’t already voted, polls are open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travis and Williamson County voters can vote at any polling location.

Get more 2018 midterm resources to share with friends and family >>

Spend an hour on Election Day calling other Texas voters

We’re contacting 3,000 Texas voters to get out the vote. You can call from home, from work, from wherever you are comfortable. If you’ve phonebanked with us before, follow the first link for instructions on logging into OpenVPB. Otherwise, follow the second link to connect to the national Indivisible team’s phonebanking tool, which includes Texas races.

How to persuade people to vote

You’ve already voted, right? RIGHT? So now you can be a VOTE MULTIPLIER by asking friends and family to vote. Go through your phone’s contacts and pick at least three people to remind about Election Day. Don’t worry about being annoying. All will be forgiven after the elections.

We asked on Facebook what others have found to be persuasive and got some great responses:

“I’ve been texting them (including neighbors) all conversationally, asking if they’d voted, and sending them a list of their polling places. The more you ask, the more social pressure they have to do so. So far it’s working!”

“Personal contacts, conversations, direct Facebook contacts, polite but persistent “bugging”, almost always with the words ‘it’s important.'”

“One friend was hesitant because she didn’t feel well informed enough to vote. We directed her to some resources that the local papers put out with candidates/positions/bond props so she had a source to do some research.”

“If anyone in your family is around my age, you may soon be taking care of them. Without Medicare, you’re it.”

“I don’t know if it’s helping, but I have other mom friends and have been offering to babysit while they go to the polls. No one has taken me up on it yet, but I hope at least it’s a gentle reminder to vote!”

Join the conversation >>

Action of the Week

Our canvassing team with Indivisible’s co-executive director Ezra Levin (back, left, sporty jacket). Turnout levels across all demographics have been extraordinarily high. But don’t get complacent.

Your moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

This is it. You’ve gotten to the end of this email,  and we are at the end of this election cycle. You can see how much we’re working. We’re putting in the effort, putting in the hours, putting in the miles walking neighborhoods.

We will NEVER give up, and we can always do more, but doing more—before the election and after—means more food for volunteers, more printing, and more events.

To do more, we need more support, your support. Be an Indivisible Austin supporter today.

Take Action: It’s the Final Countdown

Lives Depend on Your Vote

Last week, a Trump zealot in Florida mailed pipe bombs to prominent Trump critics, including Jewish investor George Soros, and on Saturday a gunman walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 worshipers on Shabbat. The gunman believed the fake, yet very mainstream, rumor that refugees fleeing violence in Central America is a Jewish conspiracy.

White supremacy and anti-Semitism are deeply intertwined. When right-wing marchers openly chanted “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville, and our own elected politicians send fearmongering fundraising emails about “globalist George Soros,” it becomes inevitable that someone would commit hate-fueled violence. This hatred against Jews is the same hatred that fuels attacks on Muslims, immigrants, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable groups.

These are deeply dangerous and troubling times, made vastly worse by a President who lacks any empathy or ability to act outside his own self-interest. This week, and on Tuesday, November 6, we can bend the arc of history closer to justice.

Why are Texas voting machines switching votes and what can you do about it?

Hart eSlate voting machinesIf you’ve voted in Travis County, you are familiar with the voting machines that bear more resemblance to rotary telephones than to any technology currently in use. Those machines have been buggy in the past few elections, and this one is no different—except that there is massive national attention on the race at the top of the ticket between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz.

Zenén Jaimes Pérez of the Texas Civil Right Project explained to GQ that “for nearly two decades, Texas has relied on Hart eSlate voting machines, which look sort of like giant PalmPilots and are manipulated using a selection wheel and an ENTER button. Manipulating both of these things at the same time, it seems, is what can lead to unintended and very unwanted results.”

Thanks in part to the Texas Civil Rights Project’s petition campaign, the Texas Secretary of State issued further guidance for how to ensure your vote is counted properly.

Read more detail from TCRP and the Texas Secretary of State >>

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.

Indivisible Co-Executive Director Ezra Levin will be here to canvass with us!

RSVP to Canvass with Ezra and other GOTV activities >>

Take Action

Open Enrollment

You may be excused if you’ve forgotten that open enrollment for HealthCare.gov insurance plans starts on Thursday, Nov. 1 given all the election excitement. As a movement we spent nearly a year fighting to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and we succeeded. Despite ongoing attempts to sabotage the ACA, insurance plans and financial help to pay for them are still available for 2019 just as they have been for the last 5 years.

  • Open enrollment is November 1 – December 15
  • No change to pre-existing condition coverage
  • No change to to financial help with premiums and deductibles
  • Friendly, local help is available to get enrolled

Free enrollment assistance is available from Foundation Communities 7 days a week >>

Yes to Pale Ale, No to Baby Jail

Children’s Defense Fund-Texas is hosting a “comment party” where you can swill beer (or a soft drink) and submit comments about the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to end the Flores settlement and allow indefinite detention of children.

WHEN: Monday, October 29, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Wright Bros. Brew and Brew, 500 San Marcos Street #105

RSVP on Facebook (or just show up)

How your voices are making a difference

  • After pressure from Texas State students, Hays County agreed to extend campus voting hours
  • More than 200 journalists signed a letter openly accusing Donald of deliberately inciting violence against the press
  • After the #MeToo movement brought down 201 men credibly accused of sexual abuse and harassment, nearly half their positions have been filled by women.

Read more ways your voices are making a difference >>

Congress Critters of the Week: The #MAGABomber Both-Siders

We’re rounding up quotes from our elected leaders in response to the multiple assassination attempts on prominent Trump critics. They usually follow the same formula: Issue bromide about how all violence is bad, and then pivot to complaining about unruly mobs on the left.

Sen. Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

“Let’s be clear. The anger and rage that we’ve been seeing on the far left is deliberately provoked and stoked by Democratic politicians. When Maxine Waters and Corey Booker tell the mob to go harass, scream, yell, confront people — that is not productive. When Hillary Clinton, sadly, says that we can be civil after the Democrats have won the election, that’s not productive either.” —Dallas Morning News

See quotes from Cornyn, McCaul, and Williams on our website >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

This is it. You’ve gotten to the end of this incredibly long email,  and we are at the end of this election cycle. You can see how much were working. We’re going to be putting in the effort, putting in the hours, putting in the miles walking neighborhoods.

We will NEVER give up, and we can always do more, but to do more, before the election and after, means more food for volunteers, more printing, and more events.

To do more, we need more support,  your support. Be an Indivisible Austin supporter today.

 

Take Action: Vote Early, October 22 to November 2

Vote Early

Early voting starts Monday, October 22 and runs through Friday, November 2.

Be A Texas VoterWhy wait until November 6? Let’s break all the records for Texas early voter turnout.

If you’re the marching type, we’re hosting a March to the Polls featuring a 10-piece marching band. The fun begins at 5:30 Monday on the south steps of the Capitol.

Wherever you are, be sure to vote, and preferably during the Early Voting period.

  1. Print your voting plan checklist
  2. Read our endorsements (including new TXLEGE endorsements!)
  3. Read the Austin Chronicle’s endorsements for mayor, Council, school and college districts, bonds, and propositions
  4. Create your personalized ballot on vote411.org
  5. Map your poll locations
  6. We have loads more 2018 Midterm resources here

March for Our Lives Candidate Town Hall

Tuesday, October 23, 5:30-8:30 pm
ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

RSVP >>

Facebook event >>

One more chance to hear from candidates for Congress, Mayor, AISD Board, and the Texas Legislature discuss their views on gun violence prevention and school safety before you vote!

Vote Yay on Prop A

We support Prop A, the $250 million bond, which would “provide funding for the creation, rehabilitation, and retention of affordable rental and ownership housing.”

From Keep Austin Affordable, a coalition of nonprofits supporting the bond:

There’s a lot at stake in this year’s election. If we don’t invest in affordable housing programs now, only the most wealthy people will be able to afford to live here.

In Austin, we don’t give up on our neighbors — like Veterans who are at risk of being displaced or living in unsafe conditions; AISD teachers who can’t afford to live in or near the communities they educate; the over 2,000 homeless AISD school students.

Proposition A, the Affordable Housing Bond, will preserve the Austin we love by keeping people of all incomes in their homes. Vote for an Austin everyone can afford.

Read the Prop A brochure from City of Austin >>

Read the Austin Chronicle endorsement >>

Take Action: Jamal Khashoggi

(And thank you, Rep. Lloyd Doggett)

Rep. Lloyd DoggettTrump’s failure to criticize the Saudi regime over its murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is another brutal reminder that the Trump family will choose his own business interests over the American people every single time. We must continue to hold our (current) electeds accountable—and give credit where it’s due.

Led by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, more than 40 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Trump urging him to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The letter supports Senate colleagues requesting a formal investigation under the Magnitsky Act.

What you can do:

  1. Call and thank Rep. Lloyd Doggett (even if he’s not your rep) for confronting Trump’s coddling of dictators and overt corruption.
  2. If you are outside of Doggett’s district, call your House rep and tell them to support the Senate’s efforts to trigger the Global Magnitsky Act
  3. Call Cruz and Cornyn and tell them to join Senators Corker, Graham, Menendez and Leahy in calling for the triggering of the Magnitsky Act.

Read more detailed scripts from Celeste Pewter >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Democratic candidates for Congress have raised a record $1 billion
  • An organization of writers are filing federal suit against Don John for his attacks on the press
  • Yet another Trump property is removing Donald’s name

Read more ways your voices are making a difference >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

This week we offer a sincere thank you to everyone who stepped up and contributed to our postage fundraiser. Because of you, we met our goal and are on track to send the last batch of 90,000 postcards to Texas women who did not vote in the past two elections. Thank you also to the other progressive organizations, like March on Texas, who spearheaded this effort. Y’all humble us.

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Take Action: One Week to Early Voting

One week to early voting

Early voting starts next week, on October 22. It runs through November 2. This is the culmination of everything you have been fighting over the past two years. In the end, it all comes down to voting.

We have new resources to help you and your less-voting-inclined friends get to the polls:

We have three more weekends of canvassing before Election Day and three more Tuesday night pizza parties. If you haven’t been to any of these, now is the time to sign up!

We’re also getting ready to march to the polls! Sign up to be a march captain.

Take Action

Post a public comment decrying the inhumane “public charge” rule

Speak out against Trump's cruel regulation
Immigrants have endured nearly two years of direct attacks from this administration. The latest effort targets immigrants and their family members who wish to apply for a green card and potentially become U.S. citizens.

The Trump administration is continuing its destructive efforts to divide the country and vilify immigrants. Now we have to take action against this latest attack.

In a sharp departure from from long-held policies on determining who is eligible to come to the U.S. and to receive a green card, the Trump administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States. Under the new rule, immigrants who legally access health care, safe housing, and healthy food programs could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, having children, or dealing with a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent future in the United States.

It’s not final yet—but the clock is ticking. We need to move swiftly. Take a few minutes now to post a public comment decrying this inhumane attack on the health and wellbeing of countless families, communities, and children. Just click here.

Direct Link to public comment on regulations.gov >>

Fear may drive as many as 4.9 million families to disenroll children from Medicaid or CHIP >>

More info from protectingimmigrantfamilies.org >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Voters are expressing significantly more interest in voting this year than in the last midterms in 2014
  • Voter registration soared after Taylor Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates on Instagram
  • After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a teacher and her students developed a lesson and classroom policy to teach them what consent means.

Read more >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

We need stamps.

March on Texas postcardSeriously, we really do need stamps. Over the past several months, Indivisible Austin, along with several other progressive organizations, has been sending out 90,000 postcards to Texas women who didn’t vote in the last  two elections.

As early voting approaches, we’re looking to send out the last 2000 or so cards in the next week. Postcard stamps are 35 cents each.

2000 Postcards = $700.

These are the final days. Make a gift now. Help us encourage these women to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Take Action: Be sure you’re registered, and elect better people

Take Action

TODAY: Be sure you’re registered to vote!

Tuesday, October 9th is the deadline to register to vote in the midterms. Are you registered? Are you certain? Are all of your Facebook friends registered? Spread the word!

TRAVIS COUNTY

Mail to:

Tax Assessor-Collector
Bruce Elfant
P.O. Box 1748 Austin 78767

You can also hand-deliver your application to these locations:

Tax Assessors’ offices

  • Central: 5501 Airport Boulevard (open until midnight for last-minute registrations!)
  • Southeast: 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway
  • Pflugerville: 15822 Foothill Farms Loop

On Tuesday only, you can hand-deliver here:

  • All Travis County drivers license offices
  • All Travis County Thundercloud Subs locations
  • All Travis County Alamo Drafthouse locations

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Mail to:

Williamson County Elections Department
P.O. Box 209, Georgetown, Texas, 78627

Or hand-deliver to:

Elections Administrator
301 S.E. Inner Loop, Suite 104, Georgetown 78626

HAYS COUNTY

Mail or drop off to:

Hays County elections administrator
712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1012, San Marcos, Texas, 78666

BASTROP COUNTY

Mail or drop off to:

Bastrop County election administrator
804 Pecan St., Bastrop, Texas, 78602

View more Texas counties >>

Voter registration explainer from KUT >>

Elect better people

Be a Texas VoterThis has been a hard week. The confirmation to the Supreme Court of belligerent drinker and very credibly alleged sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh has reinforced the importance of elections. Control of the Senate, and therefore the Senate Judiciary Committee, is in our grasp. And so are myriad statewide, House and other down-ballot races.

Last week we listed all of our endorsed candidates, with links to their fundraising and volunteer pages. Are you doing everything you can to support these candidates? If you want to celebrate victory—and not just nurse a hangover—on November 7th, it’s time to put in the work.

Blue Wave Events

Tidal Wave

Tuesday, October 9: Block walk with Dolores Huerta!

  • Join legendary activist Dolores Huerta, Workers Defense, and People for the American Way for a community block walk Tuesday Oct. 9th at 3pm at the Pan-American Neighborhood Park in East Austin. (View on Facebook)

Indivisible Austin BlockwalkersOngoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote. Got both covered? Help anyone you know do the same.

Important Dates

  • October 9: Last Day to register to vote
  • October 22 – November 2: Early voting
  • November 6: Election Day

How your voices are making a difference

  • Travis County is on track to achieve 93 percent voter registration—a modern record
  • Texas Senate candidate Steve Kling‘s mother is personally calling and thanking donors to his campaign
  • Taylor Swift joined the Resistance

Read more success stories, and watch Trump go up the steps of Air Force One with toilet paper on his shoe >>

Congress Critter of the Week: John Cornyn (Again)

John Cornyn and Brett Kavanaugh

“We will not be bullied by the screams of paid protesters” said John Cornyn on the floor of the United States Senate. This followed a tweet in which he implied that protesters in the Hart Senate Building—mostly women, many of them survivors of sexual assault— were paid.

Sen. John Cornyn and the rest of the modern GOP can’t understand why an impassioned citizenry will risk arrest to fight for what we believe in. This is because Sen. John Cornyn and the rest of the modern GOP has traded many of their long-held principles and instead embraced Trumpism. The party of fiscal responsibility now wants to increase the federal deficit by trillions of dollars. The party of Cold War hardliners now embraces Russian spying and attacks on our election system.

The party, as represented by Congressional Republicans, peddles BS and is running avowed white supremacists and actual Nazis for office in 2018. John Cornyn is one of its chief propagandists. He’s up for reelection in 2020, and we intend to fight him with everything we’ve got.

Commit to firing John Cornyn in 2020 >>

Your Moment of Zen

Our current mood (and we hope yours, too):

Just Fucking Vote

Funding the Fight

Be A Texas VoterYou’re furious right now. So are we.

Now is the time for the fight.

Volunteer to phonebank, postcard, and text on Tuesdays. Canvass neighborhoods with us and talk to potential voters on Saturdays.

Be a contributor now to help us do it all.

And don’t just vote, make sure your friends and family vote too.

Fight for the rights and justice that are truly due to all of us. We owe it to ourselves and others to use today’s anger to change our course and make tomorrow better.

 

Take Action: It’s Time to Step Up

Five Weeks

ixnay cruz

We’ve been out canvassing in East Austin, within Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s district (TX-35) for a few weeks now. In rain and shine both, we’ve spoken with residents young and old, consistent voters and skeptics, those following political news and those keeping closer tabs on maintenance at their local elementary school. (Spoiler alert: we haven’t found many fans of Sen. Ted Cruz.)

We believe turnout in this election depends upon everyone’s hard work. Yes, even yours: come join us in these conversations because the best antidote to anxiety, fear, or anger about our present is tangible action to impact our future. And because we have good leave-behind swag, great #BeATexasVoter t-shirts for every volunteer, and even better company. Pick at least one Saturday between now and Nov. 6th, put it on your calendar, and RSVP today (see our web page, Facebook, or Indivisible.org’s map).

Ongoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote. Got both covered? Help anyone you know do the same.

Important Dates

  • October 9: Last Day to register to vote
  • October 22 – November 2: Early voting
  • November 6: Election Day

It’s time to step up

Midterms are fast approaching. We need to elect better people. And that starts with you.

Beto O’Rourke (U.S. Senate)

In sharp contrast to the incumbent, who seems to spend more time in Iowa than in Texas, O’Rourke has met with thousands of Texans, welcoming questions from people of all political stripes, and rejecting PAC and large donations.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Mike Siegel (U.S. House District 10)

Instead of hiding from constituents out of fear they might ask hard questions and demand actual answers, Siegel is on the street knocking doors, talking to voters face-to-face, holding town halls, and treating his future constituents with common decency and respect.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Rick Kennedy (U.S. House District 17)

Rick Kennedy is an experienced problem-solver, who will bring much-needed pragmatism, empathy, and technical acumen to Congress.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Joseph Kopser (U.S. House District 21)

TX21 residents have a choice in this election: A veteran who served his country and now fights for progressive causes, or another GOP Swamp Creature. Staying home is not an option.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Julie Oliver (U.S. House District 25)

Julie Oliver goes everywhere, listens to and learns from anyone, and fearlessly explains how she is fighting for them, even if they aren’t supporting her yet.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Lloyd Doggett (U.S. House District 35)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett has consistently shown an openness and willingness to engage with and represent all Austinites, regardless of which congressional district they call home.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Mike Collier (Lt. Governor)

Mike Collier supports property tax reform, opposes gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement, and supports policies that would close the income inequality gap.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Justin Nelson (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.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Kim Olson (Agriculture Commissioner)

Olson is a retired Air Force pilot and an organic farmer who is listening to the concerns of Texans in all of our 254 counties.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Joi Chevalier (Comptroller)

Small-business owner Joi Chevalier would bring experience and humanity to the important role of managing the state budget.

Donate | Volunteer | Read our endorsement

Congress Critter(s): Special Edition

Unflattering headshots of John Cornyn and Ted CruzBoth of our Senators—Ted Cruz and John Cornyn—are on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is in charge of evaluating and voting on every federal judicial nominee. Last week, as most know, the committee met for a hearing on the heartbreaking sexual assault allegations facing Judge Kavanaugh. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, both of our Senators acted disgracefully.

Neither had the guts to question Dr. Blasey Ford directly, but both went out of their way to fawn over Judge Kavanaugh.

Ted Cruz proved himself a liar—again—by falsely saying that all parties Dr. Blasey Ford had named had denied the assault took place. They did not.

John Cornyn disrespected survivors across the country when he worked himself up into hysterics by claiming a hearing on sexual assault was roughly the same as the McCarthy investigations.

Their behavior underscored just how important it is to vote Beto O’Rourke into office in November. These two men—full of power and financial might at home—choose to mindlessly back Donald Trump over demonstrating even a hint of leadership. It was pathetic, and so are they.

Texas deserves better.

Beto Backstage

How your voices are making a difference

  • The American Bar Association, a group of Mormon women, the dean of Yale Law School, and finally—finally—the U.S. Senate determined that serious, multiple, credible allegations of sexual abuse of Brett Kavanaugh must be investigated by the FBI before he can be confirmed.

Read more >>

Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

We recognize how difficult it can be for survivors to react and digest the news—and correspondingly hateful words about survivors—that continues to emerge. For anyone struggling, or anyone with a loved one who is struggling, we encourage them to reach out to the following organizations (or one of the many other support networks in our region):

The SAFE Alliance

RAINN National Hotline

  • Military-specific resources can be found here.

In addition:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 1-(888) 792-2873

Events

Join us with our partner, Run for Something, to celebrate young people running for office

October 11, 6-8pm

The Market & Tap Room

319 Colorado St, Austin, Texas 78701

Indivisible Austin will be giving away tickets to the first five who contact us at: run@indivisibleaustin.com

Dancing Away Detention, hosted by Grassroots Leadership with all proceeds toward Hutto Bond Fund

October 4, 6:30-9:30 PM

Taylor Station Bar

108 East Second Street, Taylor, Texas 76574

Buy Tickets

Facebook Event

Your Moment of Zen

Did you know capybaras are really good at being friends with other animals? We didn’t, either–but now we want to be like capybaras. Enjoy this one stoic among lively duck pals:

Funding the Fight

Meg from A Wrinkle in Time

“Stay angry, little Meg,” Mrs Whatsit whispered. “You will need all your anger now.”

You’re furious right now. So are we.

Now is the time for the fight.

Volunteer to phonebank, post card, and text on Tuesdays. Canvass neighborhoods with us and talk to potential voters on Saturdays.

Be a contributor now to help us do it all.

And don’t just vote, make sure your friends and family vote too.

Fight for the rights and justice that are truly due to all of us. We owe it to ourselves and others to use today’s anger to change our course and make tomorrow better.

“I give you my love, Meg. Never forget that. My love always.”


Quotes from A Wrinkle in Time, novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Image of Storm Reid as Meg Murray from film of the same name directed by Ava DuVernay

Take Action: Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

Showing Love and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

At the outset, we want to acknowledge that as the allegations about Brett Kavanaugh unfold, our minds and hearts are not only with the brave women coming forward in this instance, but also the tragically high number of survivors of sexual assault and abuse that live in our community.

We recognize how difficult it can be for survivors to react and digest the news—and correspondingly hateful words about survivors—that continues to emerge. For anyone struggling, or anyone with a loved one who is struggling, we encourage them to reach out to the following organizations (or one of the many other support networks in our region):

The SAFE Alliance

RAINN National Hotline

  • Military-specific resources can be found here.

In addition:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 1-888-792-2873

Endorsements

Rick Kennedy for U.S. House District 17

Indivisible Austin proudly endorses Rick Kennedy for TX-17

Rick Kennedy is an experienced problem-solver, who will bring much-needed pragmatism, empathy, and technical acumen to Congress.

Read our full endorsement of Rick Kennedy >>

43 Days

Surfer on massive blue wave

Thursday: Fundraiser to Elect Mike Siegel

Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Serranos Restaurant (Lakeline), 11100 Pecan Park Blvd, Cedar Park

TX10 Indivisible, Indivisible Cedar Park, Far Northwest Progressives, and Indivisible Austin are hosting this fundraiser to elect Mike Siegel for TX10. (Read our endorsement.)

Guest speaker: Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan

Your donation is your RSVP.

Sponsorship levels: $50 -$75 – $100- $250 – $500

Suggested donation: $25

View on Facebook >>

Ongoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote.

Important Dates

  • October 9: Last Day to register to vote
  • October 22 – November 2: Early voting
  • November 6: Election Day

Take Action

Push Back on Public Charge Rule Change

Saturday night the administration finally dropped a bombshell we’ve been expecting for several months. Since a draft proposed rule was leaked in February, we have been expecting a new, cruel anti-immigrant policy designed to prevent documented immigrants from getting a Green Card and ultimately pursuing US citizenship. The proposed rule change targets immigrants who legally use programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, and even Medicare Part D.

This is the latest salvo in Trump’s war on immigrants. We’re losing count of who Trump has targeted so far: Muslims, undocumented people, children, refugees, asylees, people with Temporary Protected Status, and more. This latest action squarely targets legal immigrants who are doing what every sniveling Twitter conservative demands: they are getting in line, filing the proper paperwork, doing it right, waiting their turn, etc.

We knew that was never going to be enough, right?

Here’s what happens next:

  1. Proposed rule will be published in the federal register
  2. 60-day public comment period begins
  3. Public comments are submitted online
  4. Administration is required to review all comments
  5. A final rule will be published in the federal register
  6. 60-day public review period
  7. New rule becomes effective on a certain date

Watch this space. As soon as we have details on making comments we’ll post them.

In the meantime, follow this hashtag and these expert accounts on Twitter:
#ProtectFamilies, @NILC_org, @CLASP, @covertexasnow, @CPPP_TX

National Walk Out: Support Dr. Blasey Ford

At noon on Monday 9/24, join a national walk-out to show our support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out—of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are—and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.

View Facebook event >>

How your voice are making a difference

  • Some Texas Republicans are now endorsing Democrats.
  • Republican Florida governor Rick Scott was booed out of a restaurant
  • Wilbur Ross will be deposed in a lawsuit that challenges his adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census

Read more wins of the week >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

Pizza and Stamps and Printing, Oh My!

Blue brick road leading to the Emerald City

We’re marching down the Blue Brick Road, building it one brick at a time. (Yes, this is a brick road metaphor, instead of a wave.)

Every week, we’ve got more and more great volunteers making phone calls, writing postcards, and knocking on doors to engage voters. Believe it or not plenty of people aren’t following the elections, but we are winning them over.

BUT all that good work means more pizza to feed people, more stamps to send our postcards out, and printing more voter information packets. And more of all that, of course means more funds.

We’re doing the work, and we could really use your support to throw cold water on the Wicked Witch of Republican Corruption and Immorality.

 

Take Action: Tell Cornyn and Cruz to delay the 9/20 Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh

Endorsements

Mike Siegel for TX10

Mike Siegel is the Austin city attorney who sued Gov. Greg Abbott to stop SB4, the worst anti-immigrant law passed in recent memory. If that were the only thing we knew about him, we’d still probably give him our endorsement.

Read our full endorsement of Mike Siegel >>

Joseph Kopser for TX21

TX21 residents have a choice in this election: A veteran who served his country and now fights for progressive causes, or another GOP Swamp Creature. Joseph Kopser has our full backing as the person best qualified to protect our most vulnerable citizens and to provide an important check on executive power.

Read our full endorsement of Joseph Kopser >>

Julie Oliver for TX25

Julie Oliver goes everywhere, listens to and learns from anyone, and fearlessly explains how she and the Democratic party are fighting for them, even if they aren’t supporting her yet. It’s the only way to win over voters. It’s the right way to govern, and it’s why Indivisible Austin is proud to endorse her candidacy.

Read our full endorsement of Julie Oliver >>

View all of our endorsements >>

50 Days

Surfer on massive blue wave

NEW: Join our Big Ol’ Texas Postcard Party on Sunday at Brewtorium

On Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. join us and March on Texas to send 90,000 (!) postcards to progressive Texas women who need a big reminder to get out and vote in the midterms. We’ll provide postcards and art supplies so you can let your creativity loose.

Ongoing Get-Out-the-Vote Activities

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote.

Take Action

Tell Cornyn and Cruz to delay the 9/20 Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh

Courtesy of Celeste Pewter

Tell Cornyn and Cruz no on Kavanaugh

Add your comments to stop DHS from detaining children indefinitely

Two weeks ago, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule would allow children to be detained indefinitely. The rule would overturn the Flores settlement, which has been the law since 1997 and prevents children from being detained longer than 20 days.

There is a 60-day period for public comment before the rule goes into effect. Here’s where you come in:

  1. Comment online
  2. Email: ICE.Regulations@ice.dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20536. To ensure proper handling, include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in your correspondence. Mail must be postmarked by the comment submission deadline.

The proposed rule is clearly in response to Trump administration’s manufactured crisis on the border, where hundreds of children remain separated from their families thanks to the so-called zero-tolerance policy. Rather than solve the problem, they are attempting to double down on the needless cruelty. Call your reps, too—they need to speak out, and will only do so under pressure from you.

Read more from Families USA >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • The Hispanic Caucus declined an invitation to the White House
  • DC residents petitioned to revoke Trump Hotel’s liquor licenses
  • Willie is Team Beto

Read more success stories >>

Activist Spotlight: Brian Clark

Activist Brian Clark from TX21 Indivisible“I was stunned to realize how Texas is such a terrible state in terms of voting, and there should be a cardboard cutout of our reps, because the non-vote wins all the time.”

Meet TX21 Indivisible activist Brian Clark >>

Your Moment of Zen

If you’re a fan of Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, you know how much his orange kitty cats mean to him. Butters was lost in San Antonio for a bit—but he came back!

Funding the Fight

This is it.

Truly.

November 6th is the most important election of our lives, because the 2016 election has put our democracy at such grave risk.

We can, and we are building the blue wave to protect our country from corruption and authoritarianism. Be a part of the work. Support Indivisible Austin.

 

Take Action: Stop DHS from detaining children indefinitely

Endorsements

Mike Collier for Lt. Governor

Indivisible Austin proudly endorses Mike Collier for Lt. Governon
We endorsed in the Lt. Governor’s race, in part, in recognition of the importance of this election to the Texas Legislature. Dan Patrick, with his fervent desire to discriminate against immigrants and the LGBTQ community and to restrict the economic security of all Texans, must go, and Collier is our pick to defeat him.

Read our full endorsement >>

53 days

Surfer on massive blue wave

“The biggest threat to Democracy is indifference,” said President Barack Obama in a speech last week. That Blue Wave we’re all expecting? It won’t happen unless every single one of us do our share.

And most importantly, make sure you are registered and have a plan to vote.

Take Action

Stop DHS from detaining children indefinitely

Last week, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule would allow children to be detained indefinitely. The rule would overturn the Flores settlement, which has been the law since 1997 and prevents children from being detained longer than 20 days.

There is a 60-day period for public comment before the rule goes into effect on November 6 (also known as the most important Election Day of our lives). Here’s where you come in:

  1. Comment online
  2. Email: ICE.Regulations@ice.dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20536. To ensure proper handling, include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in your correspondence. Mail must be postmarked by the comment submission deadline.

The proposed rule is clearly in response to Trump administration’s manufactured crisis on the border, where nearly 500 children remain separated from their families thanks to the so-called zero-tolerance policy. Rather than solve the problem, they are attempting to double down on the needless cruelty. Call your reps, too—they need to speak out, and will only do so under pressure from you.

Read more from Families USA >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Latinx USA raised money to rent a billboard in Texas featuring Donald Trump’s denigration of Ted Cruz
  • A U.S. District judge struck down Texas’s barbaric, unconstitutional “fetal remains” law
  • Plaid Shirt Guy broke the Internet

Read more success stories >>

Congress Critter of the Month: John Cornyn

John Cornyn and Dan Patrick standing in Patrick's office holding old-fashioned musketsSen. John Cornyn’s aggrieved-grandpa schtick was on full display yet again, this time during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He threatened to have Sen. Cory Booker ejected from the Senate for revealing “committee confidential” material that turned out to have been approved for release. (To which Booker responded, famously: “Bring It.”)

In our opinion, Cornyn does not get enough attention from the Texas Resistance, mainly because the more obvious villain, Ted Cruz, overshadows him. (Go Beto.) So let’s give Cornyn some calls this week, and explain that:

  1. His pained mansplaining about civility and Senate rules would be more convincing were it not for two words: Merrick Garland
  2. Brett Kavanaugh is clearly the Forrest Gump of Bush-era legal malfeasance and should not be elevated to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. (Instead, he should be impeached.)
  3. Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in multiple crimes and should not get to seat judges on the Supreme Court. This whole process (and presidency) is a sham.

And while you have Cranky Cornyn on the horn, remind him that 2020 is coming, and if he wants any chance of re-election, he’d better start listening to constituents.

Events

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Pizza. Postcards. Phone banking. Hosted by Indivisible Austin every Tuesday night through Election Day. (RSVP here.)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Panel: Texas is Ground Zero for Immigration Policy, hosted by the Texas Observer. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St. (Facebook event)

Your Moment of Zen

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.