#BeATexasVoter | Take Action Newsletter

Take nothing for granted

On this date in in 2016 Hillary Clinton had a solid lead in the polls. Need we say any more?

Early voting continues through Friday, October 30.

Build your ballot at vote411.org

Polling locations

Endorsements

Call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org to ask questions or to report voter intimidation.

Be A Texas Voter

These candidates need our help to flip the Texas House

Not only is Texas now a swing state for the first time in over 40 years; for the first time in over 30 years we could flip the Texas House! This is extraordinarily important because not only can the Texas Legislature eviscerate any local progressive reforms (such as to curb police brutality), but also 2021 is the redistricting year. This may (literally) be our last chance to stop Republicans from gerrymandering us so badly that Texas is never in play again.

There have been tons of investment in Texas candidates and there are dozens of phonebanks happening right now. We’ve researched which candidates most need our help right now so that we can flip the Texas House. Note: This includes supporting incumbents! (Somewhat surprisingly, several Austin Area candidates really need help.)

Top Tier/Most In Need of Help:

2nd Tier/Also Need Help

You can also sign up for phonebanks by Powered By People, Beto O’Rourke’s organization, to make calls for some of these candidates as well as candidates in other flippable Texas Districts.

Sign the petition to #ReimagineATX

Austin moved $21 million from a massive $440 million police budget, with no officer layoffs. That first $21 million helped the city add 3 new ambulances and 67 new EMS responders, including 14 Community Health Paramedics. Police have been asked to handle all kinds of social problems that should not be met with punishment. #AustinIsSaferWhen we start funding the alternatives.

Sign the petition at austinissaferwhen.org to push back against efforts to undo these victories


Congress Critter of the Week: Roger Williams

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)

Rep. Roger Williams just can’t stop exhibiting questionable ethics. The Houston Chronicle reports that our TX25 congress critter “used his powerful post in Congress to try to help a top donor in his dealings with a publicly traded bank.”

Let’s not waste too much breath on Rep. Roger Williams. Julie Oliver is well within the “margin of hustle” to fire his useless arse.


Events

Beto O’Rourke’s Powered By People Phonebanks (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)

Monday, October 19

Mobility Equity in Action: Project Connect’s Equity Goals

Project Connect is a comprehensive plan to expand Austin’s regional transit system. This panel discussion will focus on the equity dimensions of Project Connect and the anti-displacement policy framework embedded in it.

Zoom registration

FB Event

Wednesday, October 21

Swing Left Texas House Party

6:30 p.m. Join Swing Left Austin and Rouser for a Texas House Party (virtual) featuring The Rabble’s In The House podcast series finale along with some of your favorite politicians, musicians, and comedians helping raise money and turnout the vote for Democrats in Texas and nationwide!

RSVP for the House party

Saturday, October 24

Sierra Club Phonebank for Erin Zwiener for HD 45 (Hays County)

12-2 p.m. Join the Lone Star Sierra Club and progressives for a phonebank with a super efficient autodialer (you only speak to people and voicemails) to help keep Erin in office!

Zoom registration

Saturday, October 31

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

3 p.m. Hear from five dynamic speakers, including:

  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
  • Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent of AISD
  • Jan Goss-Gibson, CEO, Civility Consulting
  • Robin Henderson, Assistant Chief of Police (APD)
  • Chas Moore, Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition

Tickets $24 – $100. All proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank, the Town Lake Chapter’s $20,000 annual Scholarship Fund, and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.

Buy tickets


Your moment of Zen

 

It’s time to VOTE EARLY | Take Action Newsletter

Vote Early!!!

Gov. Greg Abbott’s own party sued him to revoke this extra week of early voting, which starts on Tuesday, October 13. Let’s take advantage of their loss by voting early now.

Build your ballot at vote411.org

Polling locations

Endorsements

Call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org to ask questions or to report voter intimidation.


Events

Early Voting: October 13-30

Monday, October 12

Calling Texas: The Million Voter Phone Bank

Powered by People is calling one million Texans at an all-day phone bank to get out the vote. We’ll be joined by special guests and Beto and our volunteers will make calls from 10:30AM to 9:00PM. Help reach one million voters by signing up for as much of this Texas-sized phone bank as you can!

RSVP for the Event(s)

Indivisible phone bank for Julie Oliver

1 to 6 p.m. Sign up to make calls for Indivisible-endorsed TX25 candidate Julie Oliver. You can volunteer from anywhere, and we’ll follow up and make sure you have everything you need to contact voters once you sign up.

To make calls for Julie, sign up for a shift on Monday between 1 and 6 p.m.

City Council Candidate Forum: Institutional Racism in Austin

City Council Candidate Forum

5 p.m. Institutional and systemic racism have been in the national spotlight lately, but what is your local government doing here in Austin? How do your local candidates feel about issues that are important to you, and how will local politicians represent your interests if you elect them?

To find out more, join us for a virtual City Council Candidate Forum co-sponsored by Communities of Color United (CCU), Grassroots Leadership, & Undoing White Supremacy Austin.

RSVP for the candidate forum

Tuesday, October 13

Webinar: “Fighting for the Next 10 Years of Political Power in Texas”

6 p.m. Given Texas’ record of drawing maps that unfairly discriminate against Black, brown, lower-income, and rural communities, it’s more important than ever that we stay vigilant around this process.

Join Miguel Rivera from the Texas Civil Rights Project, Alex Birnel from MOVE Texas, and Jessica Cisneros, former Texas Congressional candidate LIVE on Thursday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00PM CDT.

Sign up to fight for the next 10 years

Thursday, October 15

Indivisible phone bank for Mike Siegel

1 to 6 p.m. Sign up to make calls for Indivisible-endorsed TX10 candidate Mike Siegel. You can volunteer from anywhere, and we’ll follow up and make sure you have everything you need to contact voters once you sign up.

To make calls for Mike, sign up for a shift on Thursday between 1 and 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Payback Project Event: Cardboard Call-A-Thon – everyone’s invited!

John Cornyn - Payback Project

The Indivisible Payback Project has identified the twelve worst Republicans in the Senate that have a chance of being defeated in the election. Many groups in these “payback states” have acquired cardboard cutouts of their state’s terrible Senator and we’re about to bring them all together for a nation-wide GOTV Call-a-Thon!

  • When: October 17th, 2:00pm to 5:00pm CT *Calling into Texas specifically from 3-3:30pm CT*
    • Where: Indivisible Zoom and Cardboard-on-the-Street locations outside Payback Senate offices; also live streamed

Saturday, October 31

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

Race and Social Justice: The Search for Solidarity in Austin

3 p.m. Hear from five dynamic speakers, including:

  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
  • Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent of AISD
  • Jan Goss-Gibson, CEO, Civility Consulting
  • Robin Henderson, Assistant Chief of Police (APD)
  • Chas Moore, Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition

Tickets $24 – $100. All proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank, the Town Lake Chapter’s $20,000 annual Scholarship Fund, and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.

Buy tickets


Your moment of Zen

This is more like a thousand moments, but MJ Hegar dominated John Cornyn so completely in last week’s debate that the entire experience felt Zen-like.

Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters | Take Action Newsletter

What we do with our time now

Cornyn and Cruz seated next to Mike Lee

We’ve been doom-scrolling the news just like everyone else, seeking updates on Trump’s health and on which public figure is the latest to contract Covid-19. Our own senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, were seated next to Sen. Mike Lee at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting last Thursday, and on Friday Sen. Lee announced that he too was sick. We’re writing this on Sunday morning, and by the time you read it, more jaw-dropping news will have broken.

The next few weeks require focus like never before. Everything we have been fighting for since November 2016 is on the line. What we do with our time now will determine the outcome of the election. What we do with our time now is the difference between an imperfect Democracy or a hateful, corrupt, Trump family regime that will crush dissent. It’s the difference between hope and fear.

This pep talk is as much for ourselves as it is for you. Let’s use our time well.

Volunteer to flip the Texas House and take back Democracy


Take Action

Monday: Last day to register to vote!

Monday, October 5 is the LAST DAY to register to vote in Texas. We know from experience that voters in Texas can be unknowingly purged from the rolls. Take a minute to confirm your registration. Poder Austin and other orgs will be conducting drive-through voter registration.

Am I registered to vote?

Tweet important voting dates – help spread the word!

Start making your early voting plan at VoteTravis.com

Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters

President Trump is hospitalized with COVID-19. At least three Senators have also contracted the virus—including Mike Lee, who was seated between John Cornyn and Ted Cruz at last Thursday’s Judiciary Committee meeting.

Yet here in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott continues to do his damndest to suppress votes and risk Texans’ lives.

On October 1, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots. This reduced the number of drop-off locations in Harris County (pop. 2.4 million) from 12 to one, and the number in Travis County (pop. 1.2 million) from four to one.

Harris and Travis county are—naturally—Democratic strongholds.

Give Abbott a piece of your mind

Also: CALL Abbott at (512) 463-2000 and demand that KEN PAXTON RESIGN.

Give, give, give

We’re entering the final weeks before early voting and Election Day. This is what we have been working toward for four years. Grassroots candidates are fighting against incumbents with massive war chests and dark money support. Dig deep so we can flip the Senate, pick up US House seats and flip the Texas House!

Support these candidates


Events

Monday, October 5

Last day to register to vote in the November election.

Are you sure you’re registered?

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.

RSVP on Zoom

Facebook Event 


Your moment of Zen

Abbott’s voter suppression—and a national phonebank day! | Weekend Roundup

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Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters

Abbott and Trump at White House

Especially in light of Donald Trump contracting COVID-19, Gov. Abbott must act in the interests of public health, not far-right extremists.

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the lives of Texas voters. Texans who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot can reduce their risk of exposure to the virus by mailing or hand-delivering their ballots. To make it easier and safer to vote, two of the largest Texas counties set up secure ballot drop-off locations in multiple locations. This is especially important because of ongoing U.S. Postal Service delays.

On October 1, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots. This reduced the number of drop-off locations in Harris County (pop. 2.4 million) from 12 to one, and the number in Travis County (pop. 1.2 million) from four to one.

Harris and Travis county are both Democratic strongholds.

In July, Gov. Abbott extended the Early Voting period by six days—which will alleviate long lines and exposure to the coronavirus. However, Republicans in the state legislature are placing intense pressure on Abbott—including a lawsuit—to reverse his decision. Rumors (unfounded at this point) are circulating that Abbott may change his mind. Abbott must be pressured to do the right thing: keep the extended Early Voting period and allow multiple ballot drop-off locations.

Write Greg Abbott a letter here  (and CALL him at 512-463-2000)

Sunday: Make Calls to Voters for the 2020 Election

We’re less than six weeks to Election Day and things are ramping up. We are fighting tooth and nail to win the White House, flip the Senate, and keep the House. This has gotten even more urgent now that Trump and the GOP are intent on filling RBG’s seat on the Supreme Court. That’s why Indivisible is hosting its first National Phonebank Day on Sunday, 10/4.

Phonebanking is the gold standard of election work. On National Phonebank Day will be hitting the phones together in solidarity for a special community event for both new and veteran phonebankers. The event will start off with a training and will include a dedicated  social media space for questions, guidance, story and picture sharing and bingo!

We have aggressive goals (we want to reach out to 100,000 voters during this event), because we can’t leave ANY voter untouched. This goal is for all of us, and we’ll only meet it (and hopefully crush it) if everyone puts in the work.

This event promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll be starting with a livestream on Facebook  at 2p ET, which will include a training for first-time callers or those who just want to brush up on some skills. You can tune in by going to this link. Also, we’ll be chatting, sharing stories & photos, and getting phonebanking questions answered in our own Facebook group community space, which you can join right now by going to this link. Lastly, just to add a bit more fun into the mix we’ll be playing bingo – and there will be prizes!

Make Calls to Voters for the 2020 Election

Make sure you are registered to vote

Monday is the LAST DAY to register to vote. We know from experience that voters in Texas can be unknowingly purged from the rolls. Take a minute to confirm your registration. Poder Austin and other orgs will be conducting drive-through voter registration.

Am I registered to vote?

 

 

Four ways to #saveSCOTUS | Take Action Newsletter

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#saveSCOTUS

RIP RGB

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for civil rights and gender equality, passed away on September 18. We cannot let Donald Trump destroy her legacy by replacing her with Amy Coney Barrett—who opposes Roe v. Wade and the ACA, and whose confirmation could hand Trump the upcoming election if it comes down to a judicial ruling

Call, tweet, and email your senators – and then start phone banking, writing letters, or plan a local event to take the Senate this November. We owe Justice Ginsburg nothing less.

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

Make sure you are registered to vote

Next Monday, October 5, is the LAST DAY to register to vote. We know from experience that voters in Texas can be unknowingly purged from the rolls. Take a minute to confirm your registration.

Am I registered to vote?

Give, give, give

We’re entering the final weeks before early voting and Election Day. This is what we have been working toward for four years. Grassroots candidates are fighting against incumbents with massive war chests and dark money support. Dig deep so we can flip the Senate, pick up US House seats and flip the Texas House!

Support these candidates


Organization Spotlight: Indivisible Rosedale Huddle

Indivisible Rosedale Huddle began in 2017 as a neighborhood group within TX10. Today, they are a tremendous force within the progressive community. They have written tens of thousands of postcards to voters. They have billboards and Facebook ads. They partner with other organizations for rural outreach. They formed a PAC! They are an inspiration. Check out their anti-McCaul video below and also their website: rosedalehuddle.com.


Events

Monday, September 28

Virtual Phone Bank with Keke Williams and Beto O’Rourke

6:30 p.m. Join Keke Williams and Beto O’Rourke for a virtual phone bank! We’ll call voters in State House District 54 and ask them to support Keke’s campaign for Texas State Representative. For every volunteer that signs up, Beto provides an additional volunteer.  The previous event with Beto allowed the Keke team to reach 3000+ voters.

Sign up to phone bank

Wednesday, September 30

Census Day!

Today is the last day to fill out the 2020 census. Be sure yours is filled out so that we can get an accurate count—and equitable representation—in Texas.

Spread the word about the US Census

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

Visit notrailroads.com to learn more about this race

Indivisible Austin Action Meetup

6:30 p.m. Join us to debrief on our introductory trainings on anti-racist organizing and begin practicing the organizing principles we learned through an introduction to “relational organizing” and how we can use this tool to help flip the Texas House.

RSVP for the Action Meetup

Thursday, October 1

Webinar: Pursuing Racial Justice Amid Gentrification in Austin

2 p.m. Featuring Dr. Eric Tang, Assoc. Professor and Assoc. Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies; Dir. of the Center for Asian American Studies @University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Peniel Joseph, Director, Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values, Professor of History @Center for the Study of Race and Democracy; LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin.

Register for the webinar

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

Undoing White Supremacy “Actionar”: What’s Next

6:30 p.m. Please join us for a recap of this past summer’s budget process and to talk through how we’re going to move forward through the election season and the winter months.

Register for the actionar

Fort Hood on Trial

5:30 p.m. at the Texas Capitol. Join Vets for the People (V4TP) and countless allies for a powerful community event in which we, the people, will host a public trial holding Fort Hood leadership accountable for the criminal negligence and more. No longer will we tolerate the impunity of those who attempt to conceal their criminality and failures by scapegoating and continuing to abuse us and treat us as expendable.

Register for the community trial

Facebook event

Monday, October 5

Last day to register to vote in the November election.

Are you sure you’re registered?

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.

RSVP on Zoom

Facebook Event 


Your moment of Zen


Thank you

Save USPS

A hearty thanks to the army of volunteers who answered the call to write postcards to voters. Thanks to you, more than 13,000 postcards will be sent to Democratic voters in competitive US and Texas House districts before November 3. The majority of cards are being sent to:

  • CD10 / HD28: A zip code in Katy, TX where Rep. McCaul’s district overlaps with state Rep. Gary Gates. The Democratic challengers are Mike Siegel and Eliz Markowitz.
  • CD21 / HD121: A zip code in San Antonio where Rep. Chip Roy’s district overlaps with state Rep. Steve Allison’s.The Democratic challengers are Wendy Davis and Celina Montoya.
  • CD25 / HD54: A zip code in Copperas Cove, TX where Rep. Roger Williams’s district intersects with state Rep. Brad Buckley’s. The Democratic challengers are Julie Oliver and Keke Williams.

The cards remind voters of the important upcoming election dates and encourages them to vote. (Simple GOTV messages like these have been found to be more effective than endorsements of specific candidates.)

Weekend Roundup: Anti-racist training and a rally at Cornyn’s to #SAVESCOTUS

Message from Board Member, Shane Johnson

I know everyone who’s heard the news about the murderers of Breonna Taylor being acquitted are angry, disgusted, feeling empty/everything is meaningless, or any number of other feelings right now. Your feelings are absolutely right, and please take the time you need today to heal with friends/family/loved ones, go to a local action, or anything else you personally need to do today and for however long you need. As a mixed-race Black man involved in Indivisible organizing in Central Texas, I am really struggling to process all of this too.

However, for me, being in community and taking fulfilling action—that is humanizing and strategic—is how I best process and cope with this and other symptoms of the white supremacy culture and rise of fascism in the US. As a long-time community organizer, I know that community organizing is the ONLY solution to the social systems and culture of white supremacy in this country that murders black people literally every day. I’m leading the intro to community organizing training below this Saturday (same time as last week) to build off the super-basic intro to anti-racism last week. Please join if you’re at all able to so that we can really build community political power longer-term and be able to channel this momentum into changing the f**ked up realities of this country. Of course, please don’t feel any pressure to join in any events over right now and prioritize your own healing and self-care. Much love!


Events

Saturday, September 26

Indivisible Austin’s Intro to (Anti-racist) Community Organizing

11 a.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the second part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on (anti-racist) community organizing! We will go over what community organizing is, some examples of historic community organizing, and how community organizing (done right) is putting anti-racism into practice. Learning to practice anti-racism through true (anti-racist) community organizing is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in the US’s white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation available.

RSVP for this training

Facebook event

Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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

Sunday, September 27

RIP RGB

#SAVESCOTUS – HONOR HER WISH

2 p.m. at John Cornyn’s Austin office (outside the Chase Bank building), 221 W 6th St.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for civil rights and gender equality, passed away on September 18. We cannot let Donald Trump destroy her legacy by replacing her with a justice from his shortlist of conservative extremists. Anyone Trump picks to replace RBG would no doubt undo all of the progressive change she fought for her whole life. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already declared he will bring Trump’s nomination to the floor for the vote. We cannot let this happen. We have to block everything Republicans try to do to get this nomination confirmed and we have to fight like hell to take back the Senate and the White House in November.

**MAY HER MEMORY BE A REVOLUTION**

**This is a socially distanced event and masks are required**

RSVP for this event

Facebook event

Cornyn’s predictable hypocrisy | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

RBG’s death raises the stakes—we must fire John Cornyn

Cornyn Cornyn Cornyn

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg shines a light on the hypocrisy of irredeemable cowards like John Cornyn. In March 2016 he insisted that, because primary votes were already being cast, the Senate must withhold its consent to vote on Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Now, mere weeks from the general election, Cornyn will flip-flop—surprising exactly no one.

If you feel called to give Cornyn a piece of your mind, Indivisible makes it easy

Here are ways to fire Cornyn and elect MJ Hegar

Get involved with MJ and other campaigns on our 2020 election resources page

Also: Attend the Our Courts, Our Voice rally with March for Our Lives Austin

Tell Texas House and Senate Redistricting Committees to resume hearings

From Texas Civil Rights Project: 

Send a message directly to Chairman King and Chairwoman Huffman to take action immediately! Our demand is that they resume the previously canceled public input hearings on redistricting.

The redistricting process must be open, transparent, and accessible to all Texans— and public input is one key way of achieving that. Help us amplify our message!

Write to King and Huffman demanding the resumption of redistricting hearings

While you’re thinking about it, give to Indivisible TX Lege


Events

Tuesday, September 22

Jolt’s National Voter Registration Day Text-bank

Please join us on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) in our effort to register as many voters as possible leading up to the November Elections. During our last text-bank, we were able to help 104 people register to vote in one hour. This event is super painless and can be done at the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is click a button repeatedly to make a difference.

Sign up for a texting shift!

Wednesday, September 23

Our Courts, Our Voice! rally with March for Our Lives Austin

6 p.m. at Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. A rally to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and defend the Supreme Court Vacancy. Our ask, to postpone the vote on the supreme court nominee till after the inauguration.

** A socially distanced event, masks are required **

More details coming soon.

View this event on Facebook

Friday, September 25

Friday Rush Hour Banner Drop with Extinction Rebellion ATX

Join Extinction Rebellion ATX for a Friday afternoon banner drop: People & Planet Over Profits! Social distancing + masks will be in full use. We will be meeting at the 11th street bridge over I-35 to drop as many banners as we can to get our message out about the climate crisis.

**We will practice social distancing and wear masks.**

We’ll be setting up our People and Planet Over Profits and Stop the Pipeline banners, or you’re welcome to bring your own. Our goal is to have as many people as we can so that we can hold banners across both directions of I-35 traffic over rush hour. Last time, we reached about 100 cars per minute!

Join the banner drop

View this event on Facebook

Saturday, September 26

Intro to (Anti-racist) Community Organizing Training

11 a.m. Join Indivisible Austin for the second part in our anti-racist organizing series, an introductory training on (anti-racist) community organizing! We will go over what community organizing is, some examples of historic  community organizing, and how community organizing (done right) is putting anti-racism into practice. Learning that practicing anti-racism is done through true community organizing is essential to winning any of our electoral, legislative, or policy fights in the US’s white supremacist political system to defeat fascism. Spanish interpretation available.

RSVP on Zoom

Facebook event

Windivisible: Southern Strategies for Success

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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

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

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

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.

RSVP on Zoom

Facebook Event 


Your moment of Zen

 

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

Take Action

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!

🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤🚫🛤

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Take Action

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

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Events

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


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

Take Action

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


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