It’s time to end gun violence in America; Call your local reps’ offices to demand impeachment | Take Action Newsletter

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This is not normal. It’s time to end gun violence in America.

Our hearts are broken for the victims and survivors of mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and everywhere. Our hearts are broken for the 36,000 Americans killed by guns every year. Our hearts are broken for the 22,000 of them who die by gun suicide. And our hearts are broken for the 3,000 children, also killed each year by firearms in America. Our hearts are just broken.

The shooting in El Paso is the natural byproduct of lax gun laws and white supremacy. (The shooter drove nine hours to kill immigrants.) It’s exactly the kind of stochastic terrorism our president encourages at his rallies, yet later claims plausible deniability in the ensuing acts of violence. It’s what happens when the people in power don’t care about the people they represent. We can stop it. But it’s going to take all of us.

What you can do:

  1. Call or write your reps. There is common sense gun legislation that has already passed the House and on which Mitch McConnell refuses to hold a vote in the Senate. Remember, too, that your reps are in town this month for the August recess. Call their local offices. Tell your story. Speak your truth.
  2. Get organized for 2020. We Texans are represented by some of the most venal politicians in America. John Cornyn’s senate seat is in play, and of course every House seat is flippable. Make sure you are registered to vote; become a VDR so you can register others to vote; donate to and blockwalk for candidates who support legislation to end gun violence. The Texas primaries are approaching fast.
  3. Support organizations doing the work to end gun violence. Here are a few:
    1. Texas Gun Sense
    2. Moms Demand Action
    3. March for Our Lives

We don’t have to die this way. Write your Senators. 

It’s August recess: Call you local reps’ offices to demand impeachment

Rep. Doggett supports an impeachment inquiry

Your House reps are in town for the August recess, which is an opportunity to pressure staff at their local offices to demand an impeachment inquiry for Donald Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors.

During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. Need we go on?

Call your House reps at these numbers. (If Lloyd Doggett, is your rep, call to thank him, as he supports an impeachment inquiry.)

Who represents me?

  • Rep. McCaul: (512) 473-2357
  • Rep. Flores: (512) 373-3378
  • Rep. Roy: (512) 871-5959
  • Rep. Williams: (512) 473-8910
  • Rep. Carter: (512) 246-1600
  • Rep. Doggett: (512) 916-5921

If you are unable to call, send your House rep a letter in just a couple of clicks


How your voices are making a difference

  • John Ratcliffe is out as Donald’s head of intelligence
  • A Baltimore church booted Ben Carson off its property
  • Rick Perry admitted that global warming is manmade

Learn to bear with fortitude


Events

Tuesday, August 6

Pride is Still a Protest ATX

5:30 p.m. at Impact Hub Austin, 411 W Monroe St.

Sponsored by ACLU of Texas: “Join us and our partners at the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to celebrate Pride and take action for trans justice in our state.”

RSVP with ACLU of Texas

Austin Vigil for Voting Rights

6:00 p.m. at David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2211 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Sponsored by Public Citizen, Texas Civil Rights Project, Indivisible Austin and Common Cause Texas: to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and urge Congress to restore the Voting Rights Advancement Act

Facebook event

Wednesday, August 7

Screening of “When They See Us” with Austin Justice Coalition

7 to 9 p.m. at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.

Join Austin Justice Coalition and our community partners for screenings and small community town halls throughout the month of August 2019.

***This is a FREE community event***

Each Wednesday, beginning August 7, we will screen Ava DuVernay’s four-part mini-series, “When They See US”. Following each screening, we will have short community drive discussions revolving around issues that arise in the series.

Get tickets

Wednesdays, August 7 to September 11

Empower U Austin Leadership Training

6-week community workshop provides participants with the skills and connections to achieve the changes they want for their families and community. We help individuals turn their passion for community change into reality. Our curriculum is presented by experts in their fields and covers topics such as:

  • Activism and Community Change
  • Understanding the Local Power Structure
  • Building Communities for Action and
  • Collaboration/Coalition Building
  • Growing Your Movement Through Messaging

Dinner provided. Free!

Facebook event

Website calendar

Sunday, August 11

FINAL SHOW: Live Readings from Volume II of the Mueller Report

TX25 candidate Julie Oliver reads from the Mueller Report on August 4, 2019

Doors open at 5 p.m. at North Door Austin, 501 Brushy St.

Join voice actor Shannon McCormick and other special guests for the grand finale of our series of live readings from the Mueller Report.

RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

Wednesday, August 14

Unwelcome Reception: Rally Against ALEC

4:30 p.m. at Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Avenue

Read: ALEC is coming to Texas. Here’s why that’s bad. (Progress Texas)

**Meet outside Fareground at 4:30PM**

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is convening in Austin from Aug. 14-16 at the J.W. Marriott for their 46th annual meeting.

We must show them THEY ARE NOT WELCOME! We must TAKE BACK OUR STATE!

ALEC is just another way for corporate interests to control our government.

  • They take power away from everyday Texans and put it into the hands of the wealthy few.
  • They’re behind bad legislation like “Stand Your Ground” gun legislation and Voter ID.
  • They use corporate contributions to sell prepackaged conservative bills that hurt our communities.

Let’s take back our power! Let’s take back our state! Join us for our Unwelcome Reception and Rally!

Monday, August 26

Town Hall with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Riveter Austin, 1145 West 5th Street

Join us for a town hall with US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who represents communities from Austin to San Antonio. Hear from Congressman Doggett about the state of our federal government and how you can be even more civically engaged. Additional elected officials will be announced soon.

Congressman Doggett serves as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the House Ways & Means Committee and on the House Budget Committee.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Health care
  • Climate change
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Economy

RSVP for this Town Hall


Your Moment of Zen

 

 

Donate to Annunciation House; Demand impeachment; Keep writing to Cornyn about Trump’s racism | Take Action Newsletter

RSVP for the next LIVE reading of the Mueller Report—featuring Julie Oliver

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Make a donation to Annunciation House

Annunciation House

It seems like there has been only bad news on immigration recently, and it’s hard to know how to help. Children are still being detained, and dying in captivity. The Supreme Court ruled that Trump can allocate emergency funds to building a border wall. The administration issued an “expedited removal” that allows, without due process, the swift deportation of immigrants.

At the Congressional level, we continue to support the Defund Hate campaign. Another way to help is to make a donation to organizations doing the work to mitigate the humanitarian crisis at the border. Annunciation House, located in El Paso 10 blocks from the US/Mexico border, supports “the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.”

Make a donation to Annunciation House

Write your rep to demand impeachment

The Houston Chronicle, the House Judiciary Committee, and five US representatives from Texas are all in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.

Houston Chronicle

From the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board:

“We come to this conclusion reluctantly. While we believe for myriad reasons that Trump poses a danger to our country and to the free nations that look to America for global leadership, we had hoped that it would be the American voters who held him accountable in the 2020 election.

“But these are extraordinary circumstances. America cannot wait until next year to uncover the full truth of Trump’s conduct, to determine whether he committed high crimes and misdemeanors, and if so, what consequences he should face.”

—“Time to begin proceedings into impeachment of Trump,” Houston Chronicle, July 25, 2019

At last count, 100 U.S. House Representatives are publicly in favor of impeachment. All but one (now-Independent Rep. Justin Amash) are Democrats. We’ll need 218 votes to confirm impeachment.

Where do Texas Democrats stand on impeachment?

For impeachment: No/Not Yet:
  • Rep. Doggett
  • Rep. Escobar
  • Rep. Green
  • Rep. Jackson Lee
  • Rep. Vela
  • Rep. Allred
  • Rep. Bernice Johnson
  • Rep. Cuellar
  • Rep. Fletcher
  • Rep. Garcia
  • Rep. Gonzalez
  • Rep. Veasey

You know what to do. Whether your MOC is a Republican or Democrat, write your rep at indivisibleaustin.com/impeach 


How your voices are making a difference

  • So far this year Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal for the first time ever.
  • A House congressional committee voted to authorize subpoenas for all White House work communications sent via personal email and cellphone
  • Nashville residents spontaneously banded together to prevent ICE officers from deporting a longtime member of their community

“We stuck together like neighbors are supposed to do”


Events

Sunday, August 4

The Mueller Report Read LIVE—featuring Julie Oliver

5:30 p.m. at North Door Austin, 501 Brushy St.

Julie Oliver

We’re ramping up our readings of Volume II of the Mueller Report with special guests, bingo cards, and dazzling visuals. This week we’re pleased to include TX25 candidate Julie Oliver and TX21 organizer George Schorn among our lineup of readers.

Doors open at 5, show starts around 5:30. Feel free to drop in and out. There’s food! And drinks!

RSVP for Mueller LIVE

ATX Black Food Week: Various locations through August 4

Hosted by Austin Justice Coalition + Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals + Black Foodies of Austin + #ATXinColor.

Austin Justice Coalition

“For our second Black Food Week we are extending get together for two weeks! Also, we are highlighting Austin’s longstanding Black-owned restaurants that are or have become pillars in our community!  Join us for two weeks filled with satisfaction and soul!”

Make a reservation today!


2020 is coming

We’re 30 weeks from the Texas primary!

UPDATE: Activists have sent over 600 letters to John Cornyn, decrying Trump’s racism. (Make sure to add yours here.) And Trump is still at it—with disgusting, racist smears of Rep. Cummings and the city of Baltimore. Write John Cornyn now. Help us get to 1,000 letters. Cornyn can no longer claim that he’s not hearing from constituents! 

Cornyn has over $9 million in cash on hand. Now is the time to start supporting his opponents.

In TX21, we’re consciously giving less oxygen to Chip Roy’s constant bloviating. For example, do you really need to see the video of Rep. Roy storming out of a committee hearing because he was upset about—of all things—an investigation into Ivanka’s use of a private email server? Ok, maybe you do.

The important takeaway is that there are Actual Adults who want to represent citizens in TX21, including Wendy Davis. Chip won by a tiny margin in 2018. It’s time to send him packing so he can secure the Fox News gig he so desperately craves.

View our 2020 election resource page


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The #1 thing you can do to fight the climate crisis is to talk about it. 

Read this monument to a lost glacier in Iceland

Memorial for a lost glacier in Iceland


Your Moment of Zen

 

John Cornyn doesn’t care that Trump is a racist | Take Action Newsletter

We’re lining up an all star cast for LIVE readings of the Mueller Report. RSVP now!

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Let’s send 1,000 letters to John Cornyn condemning Trump’s racism

Last weekend, Trump tweeted that four members of congress—all women of color—should “go back” to their countries of origin. (Never mind that three of them were born in the US and all, of course, are citizens.) The rhetoric has only gotten worse since then, with more tweets and chants of “send her back” erupting at a Trump rally in North Carolina.

When asked for comment, John Cornyn told Politico​:

“I know we are consumed by this here, but it doesn’t consume my constituents when I go back home,” Sen. John Cornyn said. —Politico, July 16, 2019

John Cornyn thinks we don’t care. So we’re sending John Cornyn 1,000 letters to show that Texans do care that the president is a racist.

Start writing now​, and stay tuned for more Cornyn updates as we get closer to the Texas primary.

Need inspiration? Read some of the letters written so far. 

Demand Impeachment

The House voted last week on Rep. Al Green’s latest impeachment resolution. The resolution was related only to Trump’s racists comments and garnered 95 Yes votes—among them Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s. While that wasn’t nearly enough to pass, it was the strongest showing for impeachment yet, and many Dems likely objected on the grounds that this was just one resolution with no backing from leadership.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett explains his position in this video.

Send your rep a letter demanding impeachment. (If Doggett is your rep, you can use the form to thank him.)

How your voices are making a difference

  • Donald’s racist tweets are now admissible in court as evidence for judges to block his discriminatory policies.
  • The House voted to hold Attorney General Raymond Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt.
  • The House voted to block Trump’s use of “emergency” authority to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, bypassing Congress.

Read “Our Racist President”


Events

Sunday, July 28

Canvass for the Green New Deal with Austin DSA

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2132 Rogge Ln. Email austindsatech@gmail.com for details.

From Austin DSA:

We’re canvassing Austin neighborhoods about the climate emergency and what we can do about it right now. We’re moving the City to engage in a massive Green New Deal mobilization to end burning of fossil fuels for Austin’s energy utility. Green New Deal = Zero Carbon. We’re talking with our neighbors about how Austin’s gas and coal plants pollute neighborhoods, raise asthma rates, emit deadly greenhouse gases and encourage the dirty, dangerous fracking industry and the abuse of Texas land and people.  And we’re giving them ideas for how to change it all! Join us!

The Mueller Report Read LIVE

5:30 p.m. at North Door Austin, 501 Brushy St.

 

We’re kicking off Volume II of the Mueller Report LIVE with an all star cast that includes:

Doors open at 5, show starts around 5:30. Feel free to drop in and out. There’s food! And drinks!

RSVP for Mueller LIVE


2020 is coming

Speaking of John Cornyn, two candidates have moved from “rumored” to “running” in the race for his Senate seat.

Amanda Edwards serves as the Houston City Council Member in At-Large Position 4. She came out strong with this video:

Royce West represents Dallas-area state senate district 23.

And Wendy Davis IS RUNNING in TX21 against grandstanding Fox New auditioner Chip Roy.

There are 31 weeks until the Texas primary! View our 2020 Election Resources page!


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The #1 thing you can do to fight the climate crisis is to talk about it. 

First, the good news: Planting trees may buy us more time to fight the effects of climate change than originally thought. The positive effects may be overstated, as this article points out, but there is no question that reforestation is a crucial part of the climate puzzle. In the United States, American Forests has been doing this work since 1875—get involved!

Now, the bad news: This article from an anonymous worker at an environmental organization confirms our worst fears: Namely, that the effects of climate change were consistently understated to avoid scaring off donors. From the article:

“When did reality become so unpalatable that we shouldn’t tell people about it? Since when did so many of us need to be treated like children? Why do those of us who know about these things have to disassemble, distract or blatantly lie about the state of our world?”

How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born? (New York Times Interactive)


 

Funding the Fight

This was a bad week in a long line of bad weeks. Trump’s racism is on full display. Kids are still locked in cages. Venal and spineless politicians continue to try to strip access to healthcare while taking money from deadly industries like gun manufacturers and fossil fuel.

Indivisible Austin is all volunteer-run, and we are still in this fight. During this no good, very bad week, we organized a letter campaign that has flooded John Cornyn’s office, while simultaneously rehearsing for our series of live readings of the Mueller Report. Want to help? Make a gift today.


Your Moment of Zen

 

Demand an impeachment inquiry; Trump’s overt racism; Lights for Liberty; MapTheVote training | Take Action Newsletter

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Demand an impeachment inquiry now.

Trump’s election in 2016 was the Molotov cocktail that ignited the Indivisible movement, including Indivisible Austin. Broadly speaking, our primary means of resisting Trump is congressional advocacy. For a lot of us, this strategy provides a coping mechanism: We can actually do something—that is proven to work. We call our representatives! We track bills! We win elections! No doubt this is important work and we will keep doing it.

We’ve had notable victories—especially the 2018 midterm elections—but let’s reflect on the man who sparked the movement: President Donald J. Trump. During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. He is an overt racist. Need we go on?

Congress can do more than pass bills. Congress can—and should—initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

Write Your Reps: Demand an Impeachment Inquiry Now. 


Demand that your reps speak out against Trump’s overt racism

Trump’s racism is now completely out in the open. On Sunday, he tweeted that four members of congress, all women of color, should “go back” to where they came from. Even CNN is on it:

“President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens.”

As of this writing, of our Central Texas reps, only Rep. Lloyd Doggett has issued a statement. (Update: Chip Roy issued a non-apology apology.)

Where is John Cornyn? Where is Mike McCaul? Give them a call and ask. 


How your voices are making a difference

  • Congressional Democrats issued 37 subpoenas to the Trump Organization and other Trump businesses
  • A House panel voted to subpoena Kushner and Sessions
  • Swiss researchers have a beautiful plan to counteract climate change: plant a trillion trees

Read how your voices are making a difference


Action of the Week

“Lights for Liberty” at the State Capitol and Hutto Detention Center

On Saturday, activists from all over the country held vigils to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Hundreds turned out in Austin, Georgetown, and at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor. (Photo at Hutto by Amy Nelson / Wilco Indivisible.)

“We stood singing where they could hear us as the sun set. We lit our lights as the children’s names were read.” (Amy Nelson, Wilco Indivisible)

A minute of silence at the Texas State Capitol in Austin to acknowledge the inhumane conditions at the border. (Photo: Indivisible Austin)=

Support RAICES Texas, ACLU of Texas, and other organizations who sponsored “Lights for Liberty”


2020 is coming

MapTheVote Training

The Texas primary is in 32 weeks. Last week we shared a powerful new tool to find registered voters in your area, which included these maps:

It’s going to take all of us to take back our country from Trump and his enablers in Congress like John Cornyn, Roger Williams, Michael McCaul, Bill Flores, Chip Roy, and John Carter. Now is the time to register voters, talk to your neighbors, and ensure everyone has a plan to vote in March 2020 and again in November.

Sign up for a free training session on MapTheVote


Events

Volume Two of the Mueller Report Read LIVE in Austin

We’re hosting LIVE readings of the Mueller Report at North Door Austin. We just wrapped up Volume One. We’re taking a short break before continuing with Volume Two (aka “the really juicy stuff”), featuring celebrity readers and a wild, multimedia experience. Come one come all!

RSVP for Mueller Report LIVE on July 28, August 4, or August 11

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Let’s Talk about the Climate Crisis

The first, most important way to combat the mounting climate crisis is to talk about it. Studies show that when we normalize the discussion of climate, the science becomes more accepted as fact. A side benefit is that talking about the problem can ease the “climate anxiety” a lot of us are feeling.

From ThinkProgress:

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists  —  97 percent   — understand that humans are the primary cause of climate change.

Yet, as a new peer-reviewed study in journal Nature Climate Change points out, “only 11 percent of the US public correctly estimate the scientific consensus on climate change as higher than 90 percent.”

In other words, a person’s understanding about what scientists know about climate change goes up after they are told just how many scientists agree it’s human caused.

Read: Here’s what happens when you tell people the scientific consensus on climate change (ThinkProgress)


Your Moment of Zen

 

5 things you can do to support an accurate census; Register voters in your district | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Tell your reps that Trump is not above the law: He must accept the Supreme Court’s ruling on the census question

When the Supreme Court ruled that the 2020 census must not include a question about citizenship status, most thought the battle was won. It should not surprise anyone that the President feels otherwise; after all, when has he ever admitted defeat or respected the rule of law? Our own U.S. Rep Chip Roy is enabling Trump’s unconstitutional gambit by spelling out ways for Trump to issue an executive order that would reinstate the question of citizenship status. (For an explainer on the whole debacle, go here.)

There are a couple of actions to take. (Hat tip, once again, to Celeste Pewter.)

  1. Call your reps (even—especially!— if you are in Chip Roy’s district). They should speak up on this issue; no one, not even Trump, is above the law. Any executive order he issues can and should be overturned.
  2. Spread the word about the census! The whole point of the citizenship question is to discourage participation among immigrants. A lot of that damage has already been done. If you have a flexible schedule, consider becoming a census worker!

Read: 5 things you can do now to support an accurate census 


How your voices are making a difference

  • The DNC is reportedly considering a vote to conduct a presidential-candidate debate focused on climate change (This was one of last week’s actions!)
  • A federal judge blocked indefinite detention for asylum seekers
  • The House sued for access to President Trump’s tax returns

Read more on Donald’s masturbatory celebration of self


2020 is Coming

Register voters near you!

Register2Vote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating voter registration and mobilization. Using this map from Register2Vote.org, you can identify unregistered voters, chip in a little money, and have voter registration forms mailed to them. Once the applications come back, you’ll be able to track progress. Amazing!

Download a two-pager that explains how it works

We have also updated our 2020 Elections Page. There are lots of new candidates—including new Senate candidates and 11 (ELEVEN) people running in TX31. 


Events

Friday, July 12

Public hearing on asylum seeking migrant families at the Texas-Mexico border.

The committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will meet jointly with the committee on International Relations and Economic Development to hear invited testimony on issues related to the increase in asylum-seeking migrant families at the Texas-Mexico border.

2 p.m. at the Texas Capitol, Room E1.030

View schedule on TXLEGE website

Sunday, July 14

Mueller Report Read LIVE

The third installment in our series of readings from the Mueller Report, at North Door Austin. Doors open at 5 p.m.

RSVP here

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Activist of the Week: Madi Distefano


Your Moment of Zen

 

Liberty & Justice for Migrant Families; Honor E. Jean Carroll; In Memoriam: Marguerite Ponder | Take Action Newsletter

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Honor E. Jean Carroll and other survivors of sexual violence

Writer E. Jean Carroll is the latest to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault. This allegation would end any other presidency. And it should end this one, but likely won’t. The injustice of a serial sex criminal continuing to occupy in the Oval Office makes us feel depressed and powerless. It’s hard to process such ongoing, flagrant cruelty. But one thing you can do right now is donate to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to help other victims of sexual violence. On the donation form, there is a field where you can honor someone: We suggest E. Jean Carroll or one of the other 21 victims of Trump’s sexual crimes.

Donate to RAINN in honor of E. Jean Carroll and other victims of sexual violence


How your voices are making a difference

“You eat fruit from trees you did not plant…and you must plant trees you will not eat from.”

Stay in the fight warriors. Even if we don’t see immediate victory, we must plant for those who will inherit this world after us.

Continue reading a special edition of this week’s VOICES


Events

Tuesday, July 2

Close the Camps NOW!

12 p.m. Visit your nearest congressional office at noon to tell your reps to close the camps now.

What Happened at the Texas Capitol & What’s Next?

6:30 p.m. at Patagonia, 316 Congress. Get an insider view of what happened during this year’s session of the state legislature from:

  • State Representative Erin Zwiener
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment Austin Program Director & Legislative Director Andrew Dobbs
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment  Executive Director Robin Schneider

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Wednesday, July 3

Liberty & Justice for Migrant Families at Carrizo Springs

Protest at the Carrizo Springs detention facility Wednesday, July 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. organized by Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, Texas Organizing Project and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas.

909 Munson Rd, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834

This is a family-friendly event. Please bring a memento to add to a communal project we’ll create on site, such as a letter, drawing, paper hearts or hands, etc.

Sign up for bus transportation from Houston and San Antonio thanks to TOP

Sign up to carpool from Austin

More info

Sunday, July 7

Mueller Report Read LIVE

Austin’s best will turn out to read the Mueller Report in successive portions—LIVE at the North Door—for your listening and entertainment pleasure!

RSVP on Eventbrite

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Friday, July 12

Lights for Liberty—T. Don Hutto Detention Center

Hosted by Wilco Indivisible and Lights for Liberty

SCHEDULE:
8-9pm: Music and speakers
9pm: Candle lighting & moment of silence.
*Stay tuned for more details*

LOGISTICS:
We will be at the baseball fields next to the T. Don Hutto, Residential Center at 1001 Welch St, Taylor, Texas. Start time is 8:00 p.m., July 12, 2019. The event will be on the baseballs fields adjacent to the Center. There are no facilities at this site.

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Let’s talk about the climate crisis

Over two nights of Democratic presidential debates, 15 total minutes were spent on the existential threat of climate change. And the moderators’ questions — especially Chuck Todd’s — were asinine. Despite pressure, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), who sets the debate schedule, has so far not scheduled a debate devoted solely to the threat of climate change. This needs to change.

The Sunrise Movement is one organization stepping up to shine a light on this issue. They seek to “make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.” Let’s amplify their efforts and pressure the DNC to schedule a #ClimateDebate.

More information on how to build pressure for a climate debate from the Sunrise Movement


Funding the Fight

You’re here, all the way down at the bottom of our weekly newsletter. Each and every week we do our best to distill some of the most important messages and actions for you.

You rely on it, at least in part, to organize your thoughts about how to keep pushing back, each and every week.

If you value that, first show us little love by supporting us today. 

Second, know that this newsletter is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what IATX does and will do to preserve and advance our democracy.


In Memoriam: Marguerite Ponder

We are saddened to announce the passing of one of our earliest activists, Marguerite Ponder. Marguerite was part of a core group of women who visited legislative offices and appeared in our 2017 short film “I Stand Indivisible.” May she rest in power.

 

Stop playing games with kids’ lives | Take Action Newsletter

Join us for six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Begins Friday, June 28. Details below.

Take Action

Tell your reps: Stop playing games with kids’ lives

(Much credit to Celeste Pewter)

Trump is treating his border crisis like a game: He announced sweeping ICE raids in 10 cities, and then hours later announced a two-week delay, demanding that Congress find a solution. We all know he does not operate in good faith. Celeste Pewter (of 2020Senate) says:

He just wants it to make it seem like he’s being reasonable, so at the end of two weeks, he can say:

– Look, I tried and Congress failed, so let’s carry out the raids, and

– Doesn’t Congress suck at doing their job? Drain the swamp, reelect me, etc.

It’s manipulation via Tweet, and frankly – all media outlets should cover it as much, and electeds should call it out too.

Congress is in fact voting on DHS funding this week. This is money that Trump can use to expand his detention and deportation machine. They need to hear from us that children’s lives are not a game, and that no additional money for enforcement be included in the bill.

Write your reps: No additional funding for immigration enforcement

Call your reps

Updated list of organizations helping immigrant families at the border (Texas Tribune)


Tell your reps to support the study of reparations for slavery

It’s hard to believe it was only last week when, in observation of Juneteenth, Ta-Nehisi Coates testified before Congress on the need for reparations to address the sin of slavery in the United States. Five years ago Coates wrote the seminal piece on reparations. Now there is a bill in Congress—H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act—which has 67 cosponsors, all Democrats, four of them from Texas. Call your reps and ask them to support this bill.

In the video below, Coates directly addresses Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s complaint that “no one alive” owned slaves.

 


Join the Healthcare Activist Leadership Network to build power for 2020

Are you mad that the lege did nothing significant about healthcare this session? Indivisible Austin has endorsed a new campaign to fight for expanded healthcare access in Texas. This statewide coalition of advocates is looking for individual healthcare champions to build a grassroots network of like-minded activists that spans the state. We want lawmakers and 2020 candidates at every level, in every district, to know that when we vote, healthcare is going to be the deciding factor.

Learn more and nominate yourself or someone else to join


How your voices are making a difference

  • New York approved one of the most ambitious climate plans to date.
  • The Supreme Court upheld the ruling that Virginia’s maps were racially gerrymandered.
  • Leander’s Open Cathedral church hosted a family Pride event after the local library caved to religious zealots and canceled the city’s popular monthly Drag Story Hour.

Read “Rainbow-clad Kids at Drag Story Hour”


Events

Tuesday, June 25

Rally to Restore Voting Rights Protections

6 to 8 p.m., Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Voting rights advocates are pushing back with a National Day of Action to demand that Congress restore voting rights protections by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR-4).

Facebook event

Wednesday, June 26 & Thursday, June 27

Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 p.m. at Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe St.

Join Indivisible Austin and Jolt Action for the First Presidential Debate watch party of the 2020 Election. We will be streaming the full Presidential debate LIVE. Come watch, witness, and prepare to vote.

Facebook event (optional RSVP)

Friday, June 28 and then Sundays through August 11

Mueller Report Read LIVE!

8 p.m. to midnight, North Door, 502 Brushy St.

Indivisible Austin and North Door present a live reading of the Mueller Report, starring local actors, musicians and other ne’er-do-wells.

RSVP on Eventbrite and/or Facebook


2020 Is Coming

How are Central Texas congressional candidates responding to Trump’s deportation force? Below are a few examples. If you’re on Twitter, subscribe to this list of candidates.


Funding the Fight

We’ve hit another one of those moments where the “normal” deluge has turned into an absolute maelstrom. Holding children prisoner in abysmal conditions, toying with war with Iran for political gain, disgustingly rampant corruption, and even more horrendous personal allegations of assault.

Our only way out is to go through, together. It sounds trite, but it’s the only real cure for that feeling in your stomach. We can and will change things by:

  • Demanding justice
  • Speaking the truth &
  • Organizing our power for the future

Support Indivisible Austin. Together, we will make it through and change the world along the way.


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Tell your Rep to Defund ICE and CPB; Fire John Cornyn; Mueller Report Read LIVE in Austin! | Take Action Newsletter

Join us for six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Details below.

Take Action

Tell your Rep to Defund ICE and CPB

The truth about ICE and CPB

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The bill has some strengths—like taking back the money Trump stole for his wall when he declared a fake emergency—and weaknesses, like creating a $387 million slush fund for ICE. Now the bill moves to the full House, which must act by Sept. 30.

United We Dream has an amazing resource on ICE and CPB, and on the human impact of their deportation force. This summer, while Congress decides on funding for these agencies, take time to read “The Truth About ICE and CPB,” and watch some of the video testimonials on the United We Dream website. Let’s arm ourselves with knowledge, and prepare for the next fight in Congress.

United We Dream: “The Truth About ICE and CPB”

Indivisible: Tell Your Representative to Defund Hate

Fire John Cornyn!

Sen. John Cornyn doesn’t think we need a bill requiring campaigns to report foreign contacts. He thinks campaigns should call the FBI if, say, a Russian cutout offers dirt on a political opponent; he just doesn’t think we need a bill to enforce it. Pre-Trump, Cornyn’s trust in norms, rather than laws, to uphold our Democracy made sense. (Of course you put country over party, right?)

But now? Not so much.

You’re welcome to call John Cornyn’s office and complain. But at this point, our best hope is to fire him in 2020.

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn

Related: Democrats’ 2020 Achilles’s heel: The Senate (The Hill)


How your voices are making a difference

  • The House voted to enforce subpoenas of AG William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
  • Adam B. Schiff demanded that two federal intelligence agency heads provide documents showing how White House officials edited and suppressed written testimony stating that global warming poses a grave man-made national security threat.

“Baby Wannabe Despot in Chief”


Events

Upcoming: June 26 & 27

Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 p.m. at Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe St.

Join Indivisible Austin and Jolt Action for the First Presidential Debate watch party of the 2020 Election. We will be streaming the full Presidential debate LIVE. Come watch, witness, and prepare to vote.

Facebook event (optional RSVP)

Upcoming: June 28 through August 11

Mueller Report Read LIVE!

5 to 9 p.m. North Door, 502 Brushy St.

Indivisible Austin and North Door present a live reading of the Mueller Report, starring local actors, musicians and other ne’er-do-wells.

RSVP on Eventbrite and/or Facebook


Let’s talk about climate change

One of the most important things you can do to combat the existential threat of global warming is to talk about it. This week we thank Rep. Lloyd Doggett for his willingness to confront the challenge.


Funding the Fight

Starting later this month, we’re hosting six nights of live readings of the Mueller Report. Most Americans haven’t read the 448-page saga about Russia’s attack on our Democracy and Trump’s fealty to the attackers. Like Shakespeare’s plays, perhaps the Mueller Report is better on stage than on paper. So we’re bringing it to the public, in a fun, live-action setting.

Saving Democracy isn’t free: we have equipment to rent, ad space to buy, and a certain 448-page document to print.

Can you chip in?


Your Moment of Zen

 

Fight for expanded healthcare access in Texas | Take Action newsletter

Take Action

Join the Healthcare Activist Leadership Network to build power for 2020

Join Texas’ Healthcare Activist Leadership Network!

Are you mad that the lege did nothing significant about healthcare this session? Indivisible Austin has endorsed a new campaign to fight for expanded healthcare access in Texas. This statewide coalition of advocates is looking for individual healthcare champions to build a grassroots network of like-minded activists that spans the state. We want lawmakers and 2020 candidates at every level, in every district, to know that when we vote, healthcare is going to be the deciding factor.

Learn more and nominate yourself or someone else to join


How your voices are making a difference

  • The House passed an immigration bill to protect Dreamers
  • A bipartisan group of senators introduced more than a dozen bills intended to block the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia
  • U.S. Embassies are flying rainbow pride flags against State Department’s orders

Reminders of the goodness of people…


Thanks, Lloyd

Rep. Lloyd Doggett was an important ally on two fronts last week. The big news is that he announced his support to begin an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. He did not arrive at this position quickly or lightly, as he tells Lawrence O’Donnell.

Rep. Doggett also held a joint press conference with Rep. Joaquin Castro calling on congress to issue subpoenas to turn over more documents related to Gov. Greg Abbott and David Whitley’s attempted purge of 90,000 Texas voters. Give Rep. Doggett a call to voice your thanks and support.


2020 is coming

Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is running for Congress in TX21… OR IS SHE??? The Texas Observer’s Forrest Wilder tweeted last week that she had announced her candidacy at their fundraiser. Now the Austin Chronicle says they jumped the gun. While Davis wrings her hands, it’s worth noting that Jennie Lou Leeder jumped into the race weeks ago. We’re just excited that there is so much interest in this gerrymandered district that Rep. Chip Roy barely won in 2018.

Check out more 2020 Central Texas resources


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Funding the Fight

Things are heating up. You can feel it, and you can see it in this week’s stories. NOW is when the action really starts to end this amoral, corrupt administration. Whether it be the unlikely but righteous route of impeachment or through the righteous slog of the 2020 election, our work is beginning in earnest. So, NOW is the time to support our efforts to get out and organize for the endgame.

Tell Cruz and Cornyn: Pass the background check bill; It’s time to impeach; TXLEGE Sine Die | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Tell the do-nothing Senate: Pass the background check bill

The House of Representatives has sent over 100 bills to the Senate only to see them languish because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not allowing votes. One such bill is H.R. 8, which passed the House with bipartisan support, and would close the gun-show loophole that allows sales of firearms without a background check.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time in Virginia Beach, passage of this bill would be an incremental step toward common sense gun legislation in this country. But the Senate won’t vote on it. Tell Cruz and Cornyn that this is not acceptable. And while you’re at it, take the pledge to fire John Cornyn—the most useless of all of the do-nothing senators on the Hill.

Write a letter to to Cornyn and Cruz

No one is above the law: It’s time for the House to start impeachment proceedings

With control of the House, Democrats should use their investigatory power to begin investigations into whether Donald Trump has committed crimes that would justify his impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution is a good step forward.

Send a letter to your rep

Find (or organize!) a local event for MoveOn’s June 15 Day of Action


How your voices are making a difference

  • The Texas Secretary of State who tried to fan up outrage and purge the voter rolls of “noncitizens” voting is out of a job.
  • Nineteen discriminatory anti-LGBTQ proposed bills were shot down in this session of the Texas lege
  • A growing number of House Democrats—and even one Republican—are ready to begin impeachment proceedings

Bye, Felicia


TXLEGE SINE DIE

Thank you - Pusheen the cat

We did it, y’all. You did it.

SB 9: Blocked. David Whitley’s confirmation: Also blocked.

As Progress Texas says:

“Because progressives showed up to vote in 2018, we changed the Texas legislature for the better and we’re just getting started”

If we bring that same energy to the next election cycle, a progressive Texas is ours. Thank you for continuing to show up.

Read: Top Best (& Worst) Moments of the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

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2020 is coming

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With the TXLEGE session over, it’s time to reflect and recharge…and then refocus on 2020.

  • We still have five U.S. House seats to flip in Central Texas. The incumbents are already spending vast sums of money to defend those seats. It’s never too soon to donate to the candidates you support.
  • Sen. John Cornyn is already coming out swinging. He must be stopped. We must flip the Senate, or Mitch McConnell will continue to obstruct Democracy.
  • In 2018 we flipped nine Texas House and two Senate seats. We’re on our way to a progressive Texas, but only if we put in the work.

We have 38 weeks until the first votes are cast in the 2020 primary. Let’s make sure we’re doing everything we can to make those weeks count.

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