Take Action: Get the new Indivisible #TXLEGE Guide

New Resource: Get the Indivisible TXLEGE Guide

Last weekend, it was standing-room only at our first TXLEGE Training at the state capitol. Thanks to all who came out in the cold and rain. We’ll do another one very soon! We also released a brand-new Indivisible guide, specifically for advocacy in the Texas Legislature. It’s free!

Get the guide >>

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Vote on Tuesday

Be A Texas VoterFor those who didn’t vote early, Election Day is Tuesday, December 11. At last check, only 3% of Travis County had voted.

  • Residents of City Council Districts 1, 3, and 8 can vote in those races.
  • All Austinites can vote for the seats in AISD District 9 and ACC Place 8.

Also worth noting that we vote in the Texas primaries in just 15 months!

View Austin Chronicle Endorsements >>

Check here for polling locations >>

Take Action

It’s time to hold John Cornyn accountable for Trump’s tweets

We’re trying something new over at senatorjohncornyn.com. With good reason, we mostly ignore Trump’s tweets—after all, Indivisible was founded on holding Congress accountable, not on the president’s weaponizing of social media.

But… John Cornyn and most of the GOP also ignore Trump’s tweets, which creates an unspoken agreement to pretend that the president isn’t lying, bullying, and confessing to crimes on Twitter. We’re self-gaslighting.

While we remain mostly focused on passing good legislation, stopping bad legislation, and electing better people, we’re carving out space to troll John Cornyn. If you’d like to get involved, head over to the first installment of “Unhinged S*** that John Cornyn enabled this week.” (We’re being more profane on that site. You have been warned.)

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn >>

Tell Gov. Abbott to appoint a Secretary of State who will upgrade our ancient voting machines

Texas Secretary of State Rolando PablosTexas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos announced last week that he was stepping down. This position is appointed by the Governor—not elected, as in other states. Rep. Celia Israel issued a letter calling on Gov. Abbott to appoint someone who focus on improving Texas’s election infrastructure. “The vote is the bedrock of our Democracy,” she writes, “if we don’t provide funding for new machines and improved technologies, these machines will fail. Call Abbott’s office at (512) 463-2000 to show your support for Rep. Israel. You can also call your Texas representatives and ask them to join Rep. Israel in calling for the modernization of Texas elections.

Find your state reps >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Democrats won their 40th pickup in the House
  • Robert Mueller filed a flurry of new disclosures
  • A magical thing happened when Rudy Giuliani didn’t know how to use the interwebs

Read more >>

Events

Tuesday, December 11

Election Day

  • Residents of City Council Districts 1, 3, and 8 can vote in those races.
  • All Austinites can vote for the seats in AISD District 9 and ACC Place 8.

View Austin Chronicle Endorsements >>

Check here for polling locations >>

Texas Coalition to Reduce Gun Violence

Texas Coalition to Reduce Gun Violence meeting is Tuesday, December 11 in the Legislative Conference Center at the Capitol room E2.002. The Coalition meeting will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will be snacks! You will not want to miss this pre-session meeting to discuss legislative priorities for Coalition partners and other important topics. The Coalition will also be live-streamed on facebook.com/txgunsense.  Please RSVP info@txgunsense.org if you can join us.

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

Willy Wonka - not showing signs they are slowing

The midterms are past. We made tremendous gains in protecting democracy and bringing accountability to both Washington and Austin.

We’re not slowing down.

Now is the time for us to use our power and press the advantages we’ve gained in DC and in our own statehouse.

We’re not slowing down. We’re speeding up and doing more: the new Indivisible TXLEGE Guide, our training for more than 200 activists, pressing our representatives to truly represent us, and more organizing. The 2020 primaries are only 15 months away, and we need engage and activate another 250,000 Texans to close the gap.

We’re just getting started and we need your support to do it all.

Take Action: Tell Cruz and Cornyn to end US support for the Saudi War in Yemen

Vote Early!

Early voting runs until Friday, Dec. 7. Election Day is Tuesday, December 11.

  • Residents of City Council Districts 1, 3, and 8 can vote in those races.
  • All Austinites can vote for the seats in AISD District 9 and ACC Place 8.

View Austin Chronicle Endorsements >>
Check here for polling locations >>

Take Action

Tell Cruz and Cornyn to end US support for the Saudi War in Yemen

Last week, in a surprise rebuke to the President, the Senate voted 63-37 to advance a resolution to stop the US support for the Saudi war in Yemen. Less surprising is that Senators Cornyn and Cruz were among the 37 who are on the wrong side of this issue.

The Senate is likely to take up the resolution again this week. There is still time to change minds. Call Cruz and Cornyn and ask why they continue to support a war in which 85,000 children under age 5 have died from starvation since 2015. Also ask them to support their colleagues Corker and Menendez’s demand for a determination on the role of the Saudi Crown Prince in their role of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The President continues to side with autocrats over the American people. We need our Congress to do their job and provide a check on Trump’s corruption.

Read Indivisible’s resource on the conflict in Yemen >>
Read House and Senate scripts from Celeste Pewter >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Contributions to the NRA went down $55 million
  • George Papadopoulous reported to prison
  • A section of the street in front of the Saudi embassy in DC will be renamed Jamal Khashoggi Way

Read more >>

Events

TX LEGE 2019 Training

TXLEGE 2019 Training

Are you stumped by how the Lege works? Want to engage on specific issues next session? Join us December 8th for an Indivisible #txlege training.

  • Session 1: This is Your Capitol
  • Session 2: Engaging with Advocacy Organizations
  • Session 3: Lunch with Lawmakers

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.

Auditorium and Legislative Conference Center (both are located on the lower level in the Capitol Extension)

Lunch provided (training is free, $10 suggested lunch donations for lunch and materials gratefully accepted)

RSVP here >>

Want to keep up with #txlege alerts? Sign up for our special #txlege email list >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

The further we get from the election, the more we see how significant our gains were. The more we see how significant our gains were, the more we realize just how much farther we have to go just to get back to even, with all that Trump has done to our country—and “back to even” isn’t good enough for our marginalized communities.

But now, with the tremendous gains that we saw in the election, we can also see a path forward to celebrate, protect, and expand democracy and human rights to drive justice, equity, and inclusion.

We’ve got a long way to go. Go with us. Help us get there by making a gift to Indivisible Austin today.

Take Action: Teargas at the Border

Vote Early in the City Council Runoff Elections

Austin City Council District Map

There are runoff elections in districts 1, 3, and 8. Find your City Council district.

Early voting for runoff elections runs from Thursday, Nov. 29 to Friday, Dec. 7. Election Day is Tuesday, December 11.

  • Residents of City Council Districts 1, 3, and 8 can vote in those races.
  • League of Women Voters will host City Council runoff forums between the candidates on Monday, Nov. 26 inside council chambers at Austin City Hall. District 1’s forum will kick off at 6 p.m., District 3 at 7 p.m. and District 8 at 8 p.m. The forum will also be livestreamed ATXN.tv.
  • All Austinites can vote for the seats in AISD District 9 and ACC Place 8.

View Austin Chronicle Endorsements >>

Check here for polling locations >>

Take Action

Tell your reps to condemn the use of teargas and deadly force at the border

Yesterday, US Customs and Border Protection fired teargas on asylum seekers at the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana. Eyewitnesses reported that the wind carried the gas to babies and children in the crowd. Seeking asylum is not illegal, and historically asylum seekers have been permitted to stay in the US while their claims are reviewed. It’s important that we continue to pressure Members of Congress to make clear that the escalating attacks on asylum seekers are unacceptable.

Before yesterday’s teargas incident, the Trump administration issued a “cabinet order” loosening the engagement restrictions of US troops at the US/Mexico border. Specifically, it grants them permission to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal force. This is a shocking breach of institutional norms and a possible violation of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

To recap: The administration ordered the military to consider lethal tactics at the border, and days later Customs and Border Protection dispersed crowds with tear gas. Before it escalates further, the situation requires swift congressional response. CALL CRUZ, CORNYN, AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and tell them to issue a statement condemning the administration’s executive overreach and its reprehensible treatment of asylum seekers.

Additional script and talking points on San Ysidro  >>

(Hat tip to TX10 Indivisible for contributing to this call-to-action)

Tell your reps to condemn Trump’s bizarre statement on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Last week, the President released a rambling, seemingly dictated and unedited statement, filled with falsehoods, about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

As the Post put it: “One cannot dismiss the possibility that Trump’s personal profiting off the Saudis is shaping U.S. policy.” Rep. Lloyd Doggett is urging the President to enforce sanctions. We need other lawmakers to speak out.

Call your HOUSE member and ask them to obtain and declassify the CIA report that places the blame for Khashoggi’s murder squarely on the Saudi regime. (And thank Rep. Doggett for his advocacy on this issue.)

Tell CRUZ and CORNYN to condemn Trump’s weak, factually inaccurate statement that absolves Saudi Arabia of all responsibility while potentially benefiting Trump’s business interests.

Read a script and talking points from Celeste Pewter >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Good election news keeps trickling in
  • A federal judge blocked Donald’s ban on migrants seeking asylum
  • Seventy percent of Americans think Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigations

Read some good news for a change >>

Events

Monday, Nov. 26

City Council Candidate Forum, Austin City Hall. Meet the D1 candidates at 6 p.m., D3 at 7 p.m., and D8 at 8 p.m. You can also watch online at ATXN.tv

Thursday, Nov. 29

Previewing the 86th Legislature: A Texas Tribune Symposium, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.

Indivisible Austin Women’s Coffee Meetup, 11 a.m. at NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe St. This is intended as a safe space for women (and those who identify as women) to get to know each other, network, discuss our activism activities, check in about how we’re holding up, and see if we can offer help, resources, and connections for our various resistance activities.

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

The further we get from the election, the more we see how significant our gains were. The more we see how significant our gains were, the more we realize just how much farther we have to go just to get back to even, with all that Trump has done to our country—and “back to even” isn’t good enough for our marginalized communities.

But now, with the tremendous gains that we saw in the election, we can also see a path forward to celebrate, protect, and expand democracy and human rights to drive justice, equity, and inclusion.

We’ve got a long way to go. Go with us. Help us get there by making a gift to Indivisible Austin today.

 

Take Action: Free Griselda

Donate to California Wildfire Disaster Relief

Take Action

New guides from the National team:

Tell ICE to release Griselda

The night of November 15, ICE officials retaliated against asylum-seeking mother Melvin Griselda Cruz Lopez by transferring her from the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor to Laredo after she spoke out about her unjust detention.

Griselda was separated from her 5-year-old U.S.-citizen daughter Samantha when her abusive ex called immigration over a year ago.

Sign the Grassroots Leadership petition >>

Submit a public comment to stop Trump’s attack on immigrant families

On October 10, the Trump administration formally announced a proposed regulation that would dramatically broaden the “public charge” test that has been a part of federal immigration law for decades. The new rule could force immigrant families to choose between permanent legal status and their ability to access basic needs like healthy food, safe housing, and health care. Take action by submitting your public comment on or before December 10.

Submit a comment >>

How your voices are making a difference

  • Texas Democrats flipped four key judicial courts
  • Two former McCain aides spoke out against their own party’s attempts to undermine the election in Arizona
  • Betsy DeVos is being sued—again

Read more ways the blue wave keeps climbing higher >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

The further we get from the election, the more we see how significant our gains were. The more we see how significant our gains were, the more we realize just how much farther we have to go just to get back to even, with all that Trump has done to our country—and “back to even” isn’t good enough for our marginalized communities.

But now, with the tremendous gains that we saw in the election, we can also see a path forward to celebrate, protect, and expand democracy and human rights to drive justice, equity, and inclusion.

We’ve got a long way to go. Go with us. Help us get there by making a gift to Indivisible Austin today.

 

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

Take Action

What’s Next

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

Get involved with #TXLEGE >>

Pledge to Fire John Cornyn in 2020 >>

Stop Trump’s Unconstitutional Attack on Asylum Seekers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How your voices are making a difference

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

Read more wins from last week >>

Action of the Week: You Voted

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

#BeATexasVoter It Feels Great

Table showing narrowing gap in GOP wins between 2014 and 2018

Your Moment of Zen

 

Take Action: How to persuade people to vote

You voted. Now be a voter multiplier.

Two things are true:

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

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

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

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

Spend an hour on Election Day calling other Texas voters

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

How to persuade people to vote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the conversation >>

Action of the Week

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

Your moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

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

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

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

Take Action: It’s the Final Countdown

Lives Depend on Your Vote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s the Final Countdown: Last Weekend

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

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

RSVP to Canvass with Ezra and other GOTV activities >>

Take Action

Open Enrollment

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

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

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

Yes to Pale Ale, No to Baby Jail

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

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

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

RSVP on Facebook (or just show up)

How your voices are making a difference

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

Read more ways your voices are making a difference >>

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

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

Sen. Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

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

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

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

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

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

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

 

Take Action: Vote Early, October 22 to November 2

Vote Early

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

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

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

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

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

March for Our Lives Candidate Town Hall

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

RSVP >>

Facebook event >>

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

Vote Yay on Prop A

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

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

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

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

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

Read the Prop A brochure from City of Austin >>

Read the Austin Chronicle endorsement >>

Take Action: Jamal Khashoggi

(And thank you, Rep. Lloyd Doggett)

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

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

What you can do:

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

Read more detailed scripts from Celeste Pewter >>

How your voices are making a difference

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

Read more ways your voices are making a difference >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

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

thank you - Pusheen - animated

Take Action: One Week to Early Voting

One week to early voting

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

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

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

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

Take Action

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

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

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

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

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

Direct Link to public comment on regulations.gov >>

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

More info from protectingimmigrantfamilies.org >>

How your voices are making a difference

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

Read more >>

Your Moment of Zen

Funding the Fight

We need stamps.

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

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

2000 Postcards = $700.

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

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

Take Action

TODAY: Be sure you’re registered to vote!

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

TRAVIS COUNTY

Mail to:

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

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

Tax Assessors’ offices

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

On Tuesday only, you can hand-deliver here:

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

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Mail to:

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

Or hand-deliver to:

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

HAYS COUNTY

Mail or drop off to:

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

BASTROP COUNTY

Mail or drop off to:

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

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Voter registration explainer from KUT >>

Elect better people

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

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

Blue Wave Events

Tidal Wave

Tuesday, October 9: Block walk with Dolores Huerta!

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

Indivisible Austin BlockwalkersOngoing #BeATexasVoter Activities

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

Important Dates

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

How your voices are making a difference

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

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

Congress Critter of the Week: John Cornyn (Again)

John Cornyn and Brett Kavanaugh

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

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

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

Commit to firing John Cornyn in 2020 >>

Your Moment of Zen

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

Just Fucking Vote

Funding the Fight

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

Now is the time for the fight.

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

Be a contributor now to help us do it all.

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

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