Tell City Council: Stop actively routing money to APD | Midweek Action Roundup

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Call and email your council members and demand they stop actively routing money to APD

From Grassroots Leadership:

Just a few weeks ago, when all eyes were on them, Austin City Council took the first steps toward investing in communities’ health and wellbeing instead of policing. However, when they thought no one was watching, they handed the Austin Police Department more than $1.7 million in state grants last Thursday—and they plan on giving APD more money.

This is why we must actively demand better from our elected officials.

On September 3, Austin City Council will be voting on a total of more than $467,000 grant funding for APD for aerial surveillance and body armor. These grants are further expressions of APD’s warrior mentality and will lead to increased criminalization and escalation against Austin residents. There was also an attempt to further fund the most policed streets in our community, but fortunately, the proposal was dropped due to lack of federal funding.

Call City Council

Call script: “Hi, my name is [NAME], I’m a resident of District [X] and I am urging that you stop actively routing money to APD through outside contracts and reject the aerial surveillance and body armor grant. Any increase to the police budget, regardless of the sources, is a betrayal to the demands from community members who are asking you to stop killing us through racist policing.”​

City Council District Map – find out who your council member is

Read more from Grassroots Leadership on calling City Council members and County Commissioners

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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

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Tweet for Texas

Tweet for Texas

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

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

Thursday, September 3

Indivisible September National Activist Call

7 p.m. Join us for the monthly Indivisible National Activist Call! All group leaders, group members and other Indivisible activists are welcome.

RSVP on Zoom

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

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

 

42 days until early voting begins in Texas | Take Action Newsletter

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Tweetbank for Texas

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!

Steal these tweets

Keep the pressure on Cruz and Cornyn to #SaveThePostOffice

Save USPS

First, read this exclusive interview with William Moody, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Local Branch 181—written by our very own Annie Hartnett.

“It was reported to me by the Mail Handlers Union that one flat sorting machine has been removed from the facility and four letter sorting machines have been roped off and are not being used. Each letter sorting machine can sort 30,000 letters/hour. Also, letter carriers are being instructed to leave the office for their route by 8:30 AM each morning whether their mail is complete or not. Also, no second trips if parcels are late and no over time.”

Demand that Cruz and Cornyn #SaveThePostOffice

Read the letter to Greg Abbott from Texas Civil Rights Project, Indivisible Austin, and other groups regarding USPS


42 days until Early Voting

Be A Texas Voter

View our 2020 Election Resource Page

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

Train to become a Travis County poll worker

Travis County offers contactless voter registration

Are you registered to vote? Use this simple tool to confirm, update, and register to vote.

Spread the word that Travis County voters can text ‘Register’ to 48683 to be registered to vote. Forms will be *mailed*, with a paid return envelope—sent via USPS, so get started now. October 5 is the deadline to register to vote.

How to vote by mail in Texas

Texas Legislature

Who represents me?


Events

Thursday, September 3

Indivisible September National Activist Call

7 p.m. Join us for the monthly Indivisible National Activist Call! All group leaders, group members and other Indivisible activists are welcome.

RSVP on Zoom

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


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Support #BlackLivesMatter | Midweek Action Roundup

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Support Organizations Helping #BlackLivesMatter

If you click only one link in this email, make it this one. It’s a page where you can split your donation between organizations who are recognized as leading in their local communities and nationwide. There are also links to additional organizations, such as the  Milwaukee Freedom Fund, which is providing resources to protesters in the area.

Make a gift to organizations helping #BlackLivesMatter

Join the Unite the 25th Summit and Elect Julie Oliver ❤️

On Sunday, organizations in Williams’s 25th Congressional District will come together for a meeting of the minds. Aftyn Behn and Julie Oliver, Democratic candidate for Congress in TX25, will talk about the state of healthcare in Texas and take questions about what improvements can be made.

Unite the 25th Summit – Organizing for Healthcare in Texas

Dials to Save Democracy

If you want to make an impact on voter turnout, and get started right away, phonebanking is the tool for you! Sign up for a phonebanking shift to support work in key races across the country and share information with voters on how they can safely cast their ballot.

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank


Action of the Week

Indivisible groups from around Texas presented this hour-long webinar on August 22, 2020, making the case for voting John Cornyn out of office, and sending MJ Hegar to the U.S. Senate instead.

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

View our 2020 Election Resource Page

10,000 | Take Action Newsletter

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10,000 deaths on Abbott’s watch

Abbott and Trump at White House

A week ago 10,000 Texans had died of COVID-19. As we type this, the number has surpassed 11,000. By the time you read this hundreds more will have died.

We’ve come to normalize social distancing, mask wearing, and for those of us with the privilege to do so, working from home. But let’s not forget how utterly preventable all of this was—and that Gov. Greg Abbott, who follows Trump’s lead at every opportunity, is responsible. Whether it was reopening the state too soon, undoing local ordinances, or packing his response team with wealthy donors, every step of the way we saw Texans and their families suffer because of Abbott’s actions.

Abbott isn’t up for reelection until 2022, although there is already momentum to replace him. To save the lives of Texans now, our best bet is to apply pressure. After all, above all else, he’s a politician—and, considering his constant back-pedaling and half-measures—he’s clearly scared of the electorate.

Call: Office of the Governor: (512) 463-2000

Write: Tell Greg Abbott: Stop conducting public health theater and follow the advice of experts to beat the coronavirus

Further reading

Greg Abbott’s Penchant for the Path of Least Resistance Has Led Texas to the Brink of Disaster (Texas Monthly)

Governor COVID: 10 ways Greg Abbott flubbed the Texas recovery effort (Progress Texas)

Texas Just Hit 10,000 COVID Deaths, and It’s ‘Flying Blind’ (Daily Beast)

Join the Postal Workers Union’s Day of Action on Tuesday, August 25

On Tuesday, August 25, thousands of people will take action across America with one clear message – #SaveThePostOffice.

The movement for our public Postal Service has three immediate demands of our elected officials and of Postmaster General DeJoy:

  • Provide at least $25 billion in immediate support for the Postal Service
  • Stop the mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General DeJoy
  • Ensure public confidence in voting-by-mail by providing all necessary resources for the most timely delivery of election mail possible.

Austin Rally: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Austin Menchaca branch: 7310 Menchaca Rd.

RSVP for this event, or find or host rallies at other locations

Update: The House passed the bipartisan Delivering for America Act. Now it’s time for Cruz and Cornyn to get to work. Write them a letter here. 


Action of the Week: #SaveThePostOffice rally at John Cornyn’s office.

More than 50 people showed up at John Cornyn’s Austin office to demand that he support emergency funding of the United States Post Office. On the same day, the House passed the bipartisan Delivering for America Act. Now it’s time for Cornyn to get back to work to protect our mail service.

Activists outside John Cornyn's office demanding funding for USPS


Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Roger Williams

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)

In a recent radio interview, Rep. Roger Williams was overtly racist and disparaged a significant part of his constituency. Here are some of the quotes, which you can listen to here:

“When you begin to lose a city, it’s hard to get it back. And the problem is, is Austin is becoming an inner city, and you know what I mean by that is where people stay outside the city, they don’t come in, just like they don’t go into Chicago, they don’t go into New York, they don’t go into Portland. They stay out. And I think it’s a shame that Austin is heading toward being an inner city-type environment…”

He goes on to say we need to stand up against these “thugs” and the “mob” who take these cities over. That it’s an “invasion of our liberty.” And that “we got to elect people that think like the people do.”

Question for Roger Williams: Who are the “people” he is referring to? He might as well just come out and say white people. And to label Austin an “inner city”—it’s not even a dog whistle anymore; it’s flat-out racist and Williams needs to go.

Support Julie Oliver


Events

For candidate events visit our 2020 election resources page

August 24 to September 19 is the Austin Justice Coalition’s fourth annual ATX Black Food Week

Tuesday, August 25

Day of action to save the Postal Service!

The American Postal Workers Union is leading a day of action, with rallies at local post offices nationwide.

Austin: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Austin Menchaca branch: 7310 Menchaca Rd

RSVP for this event, or find or host rallies at other locations

Virtual Fundraiser supporting MJ Hegar and Wendy Davis with Special Guest Connie Britton

A virtual reception supporting MJ Hegar, candidate for US Senate and Wendy Davis, candidate for TX-21 with Special Guest Connie Britton. For questions or to RSVP as a guest to come for free, please email: Taylor Klos at taylor@mjfortexas.com or Lark Herron at lark@wendydavisforcongress.com.

RSVP for this event ($$)

Wednesday, July 26

IATX Action Meetup

6:30 p.m. Join Indivisible Austin for an exciting new series: introductory trainings on anti-racism and community organizing and how approaches need to guide Indivisible’s fight for justice!

RSVP for the action meetup

Thursday, August 27

Zoom With James and Julián!

A virtual conversation with State Representative James Talarico and Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the state of our country, life in the Lone Star State, and the importance of flipping the Texas House in 2020.

  • VIP Reception from 4:30-5:00 pm
  • General Event from 5:00-6:00 pm

RSVP for this event ($$)

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

View our 2020 Election Resource Page


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Saturday at Cornyn’s: #SaveTheUSPS | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action: Attend TWO Saturday events!

EVENT #1 (in-person): Save the Post Office Rally at John Cornyn’s office

Save the post office from Trump

On Saturday, August 22, at 11 a.m. (local time), activists across the country are showing up to save the post office from Donald Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

In Austin, we will be gathering outside Sen. John Cornyn’s office at 221 W 6th St (the Chase Bank building). All event participants are expected to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow all local safety guidelines.

Download signs and talking points from MoveOn

RSVP with MoveOn

View Facebook event

EVENT #2 (virtual): Payback Rally: It’s Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

John Cornyn - Payback Project

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

Sign up for updates on Facebook

View other ways to #SaveUSPS in the Monday edition of the newsletter


More Events

Thursday, August 20

#OwnOurVote Live Q&A

Join a very special Q&A session with Stephanie Gomez about her work with the Texas Civil Rights Project and what more we can do to ensure that young Texans can easily become engaged and active members of our democracy. Stay tuned to the very end for a BIG announcement!

RSVP for this online event

Thursday, August 27

Zoom With James and Julián!

A virtual conversation with State Representative James Talarico and Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the state of our country, life in the Lone Star State, and the importance of flipping the Texas House in 2020. ($$)

  • VIP Reception from 4:30-5:00 pm
  • General Event from 5:00-6:00 pm

RSVP for this event ($$)

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

View our 2020 Election Resource Page

Join “#SaveThePostOffice Saturday” on August 22 | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Save the USPS

Delivering for America

Trump’s gutting of the United States Postal Services affects more than mail-in ballots. It impacts veterans receiving lifesaving prescription medication; homeowners paying mortgages; grandparents sending birthday cards. USPS is enshrined in the Constitution. And Trump and his congressional enablers are willing to burn it to the ground. Ready to fight back? Here are some things you can do.

Use this tool to connect immediately to your House rep and ask them to cosponsor the Delivering for America Act, which would maintain current service standards as well as the integrity of our elections and bedrock democratic principles. Calling is important—let’s light up the phones like it’s 2017.

After you call, send a letter to your House rep and both Senators. Ask them, basically, WTF? Tell them to fund the post office fully. Tell them how mail delays affect you and your loved ones. Make it personal. Make it heartwrenching.

Spread the word: tell everyone you know to text USPS to 977-79 and Indivisible will send send them the link to the script and offer to connect them to their Rep. Share this on social media too!

Join “#SaveThePostOffice Saturday” on August 22. Details on Austin locations TBD. Saturday, August 22 is “#SaveThePostOffice Saturday!” At 11 a.m. (local time), we will show up at local post offices across the country to save the post office from Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

Special action for TX17 constituents: Rep. Bill Flores responded to our tweet about the USPS, and claims to care that veterans are not receiving lifesaving prescriptions. Call his ass and hold him to it: (512) 373-3378.

Ready to do even more to #SavetheUSPS? Join the campaign at usmailnotforsale.org


2020 is coming

Actions & Resources

Sign up for a Windivisible phone bank

Spread the word that Travis County voters can text Register to 48683 to be registered to vote. Forms will be mailed, with a paid return envelope—sent via USPS, so get started now.

Train to become a Travis County poll worker

Why Democrats Need to Play to Win in Texas (Dan Pfeiffer)

U.S. Senate

MJ Hegar—running against incumbent/ghoul John Cornyn

U.S. Congress

Who represents me?

TX10

Mike Siegel—running against incumbent/millionaire Michael McCaul

TX17

Rick Kennedy—running against GOP carpetbagger Pete Sessions

TX21

Wendy Davis—running against Ted Cruz protege Chip Roy

TX25

Julie Oliver—running against corrupt car salesman Roger Williams

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Read: Railroad Commission candidate at center of lawsuit over troubled oil and gas waste disposal site (Houston Chronicle)

Support Chrysta Castañeda

Texas Legislature

Who represents me?


Events

Thursday, August 20

Lone Star Statewide Phonebank!

5 p.m. Hosted by Sister District and Indivisible TXLEGE. Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side. Leaders & volunteers from all across the state will be calling for five endorsed Texas Candidates.

RSVP on Zoom

Saturday, August 22

#SaveThePostOffice Saturday

11 a.m. Details on Austin locations TBD. Show up at local post offices across the country to save the post office from Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

Sign up to receive updates 

MEET MJ HEGAR: It’s Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

Sign up for updates on Facebook

Thursday, August 27

Zoom With James and Julián!

A virtual conversation with State Representative James Talarico and Secretary Julián Castro to discuss the state of our country, life in the Lone Star State, and the importance of flipping the Texas House in 2020. ($$)

  • VIP Reception from 4:30-5:00 pm
  • General Event from 5:00-6:00 pm

RSVP for this event ($$)


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#DefundAPD to #EndRacism in Austin | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action

#DefundAPD to #EndRacism in Austin—Today!

Testify at the budget hearing AND/OR call your Council Member

Starting today, August 12th through the 14th, our city council will be listening to the final round of testimony and then voting on amendments to the city budget. Over 20,000 people have called in to request the city move 100 million dollars from the Austin Police Department (APD).

We are excited to announce that there seems to be unanimous support from all 10 City Council members and the Mayor for addressing safety, justice, quality of life, and civil rights with this budget! However to make this a reality, individual Council Members still need to hear from you at the Public Hearing AND their constituents to get the political cover needed to pass ALL of the budget amendments. In order to do this, the City Council will introduce a new “base motion” comprising Council Members’ budget amendments to defund APD fund community reinvestments instead of the draft budget from the City Manager’s office as the base motion for the new budget. Because of this radical and recent change, we need you to support the “Base Motion for Community Reinvestments” when you call your Council Members or testify at the budget.

If you have signed up to testify 🎤 (Monday was the deadline.) take these steps. If not, skip to the next section!

If you didn’t sign up to testify, no fear! You can (and should) still call and email your Council Member!


Events

Thursday, August 13

Lone Star Statewide Phonebank!

5 p.m. Hosted by Sister District and Indivisible TXLEGE. Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side. Leaders & volunteers from all across the state will be calling for five endorsed Texas Candidates.

RSVP on Zoom

Saturday, August 15

Pushing For Justice Caravan #JusticeForJavierAmbler

1 p.m., beginning at San Gabriel Park, Georgetown. Come help bring us awareness to Williamson county and seek justice for Javier Ambler.  This will be a peaceful, safe, and organized caravan where participants can stay in their vehicle and show support while maintaining social distancing.

View Facebook event

Visit justiceforjavierambler.com for more info

Thursday, August 20

Lone Star Statewide Phonebank!

5 p.m. Hosted by Sister District and Indivisible TXLEGE. Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side. Leaders & volunteers from all across the state will be calling for five endorsed Texas Candidates.

RSVP on Zoom

Saturday, August 22

MEET MJ HEGAR: It’s Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

John Cornyn - Payback Project

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

Sign up for updates on Facebook

Meet MJ Hegar & hold John Cornyn accountable at the Texas Payback Rally! Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

#DefundAPD to #EndRacism in Austin

MONDAY: Sign up to testify at budget hearing AND call your Council Member

From August 12-14, our city council will be voting on amendments to the city budget. Over 20 thousand people have called in to request the city move $100 million from the Austin Police Department (APD).

The only amendment that meets 1) the demands for meaningful accountability and scrutiny of the culture that produces unusually high levels of force in our police department; and 2) fixes excessive allocation of resources into policing is the amendment which Greg Casar, Natasha Harper-Madison, Delia Garza, Ann Kitchen and Leslie Pool have proposed to reallocate $100+ million out of the police budget. Want to know the deets on what’s in it? Just click here.

Look up your Austin City Council Member

Find your Council Member’s office phone (scroll down; their email is just firstname.lastname@ austintexas .gov)

Register to speak at the August 12 Budget meeting (by 5 p.m. on Monday)

Due to the pandemic, as well as the requirements of state law, public comment will be allowed remotely by telephone or *now in-person* (at Palmer Events Center).

Want to do more? Join us for an Austin DSA phonebank at 5 pm Monday to call voters to also get them to register for the public hearing + call their Council Members!

Meet MJ Hegar! Hold John Cornyn accountable!

TEXAS PAYBACK RALLY!

MJ Hegar
MJ Hegar

Join us on Saturday, August 22 for a rally to defeat John Cornyn this November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected.

RSVP for the Texas Payback Rally featuring MJ Hegar

Facebook event

CENSUS BILLBOARD call for Texas artists

Deadline is August 19

Come to your census

With less than 2 months left to try to ensure our communities get their fair share of federal funding and political representation for the next 10 years, Art+Action is bringing the COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign to Texas. They are seeking five artists whose work will serve to inspire their communities—particularly the hard-to-count—to participate in the 2020 Census, which ends on 9.30.2020.

Spread the word about the “Come to Your Census” call for artists

Additional and still-relevant actions


November is coming: support these candidates

U.S. Senate

MJ Hegar—running against incumbent/ghoul John Cornyn

U.S. Congress

Who represents me?

TX10

Mike Siegel—running against incumbent/millionaire Michael McCaul

TX17

Rick Kennedy—running against GOP carpetbagger Pete Sessions

TX21

Wendy Davis—running against Ted Cruz protege Chip Roy

TX25

Julie Oliver—running against corrupt car salesman Roger Williams

Texas Legislature

Who represents me?


Events

Candidate Events

City Council meetings

Meetings begin at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug 12: Budget Hearing Day – testify with Communities of Color United (you need to pre-register by 5 p.m. on Monday), or join the Austin Justice Coalition at the Palmer Events Center.

Thursday, Aug 13: Austin City Council’s final work session, where the last budget changes will be finalized.

Friday, Aug 14: City Council & the Mayor will vote on the budget.

Watch Live

Thursday, August 13

Sister District Project

Lone Star Statewide Phonebank!

5 p.m. Hosted by Sister District and Indivisible TXLEGE. Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side. Leaders & volunteers from all across the state will be calling for five endorsed Texas Candidates.

RSVP on Zoom

Saturday, August 15

Pushing For Justice Caravan #JusticeForJavierAmbler

1 p.m., beginning at San Gabriel Park, Georgetown. Come help bring us awareness to Williamson county and seek justice for Javier Ambler.  This will be a peaceful, safe, and organized caravan where participants can stay in their vehicle and show support while maintaining social distancing.

View Facebook event

Visit justiceforjavierambler.com for more info

Thursday, August 20

Lone Star Statewide Phonebank!

5 p.m. Hosted by Sister District and Indivisible TXLEGE. Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side. Leaders & volunteers from all across the state will be calling for five endorsed Texas Candidates.

RSVP on Zoom

Saturday, August 22

MEET MJ HEGAR: It’s Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

Sign up for updates on Facebook


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Payback Rally to defeat John Cornyn | Midweek Action Roundup

Take Action

Sign up for the Payback Rally to defeat John Cornyn

John Cornyn - Payback Project

It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the August 22 Payback Rally

Sign up for updates on Facebook

Ask AISD: Where is the Plan?

School starts soon. Students, employees, and community members need to know how Austin ISD will operate safely or remotely. Anything less is unacceptable and unsafe.

Email AISD decision-makers and ask them: Where’s the Plan?

Sign the petition from Education Austin

Read Education Austin’s demands


Events

Saturday, August 8

Unlearning Circle – White Supremacy Culture

10 a.m. Undoing White Supremacy Austin presents an “unlearning circle” focused on perfectionism. We begin this series with a reflection of white folks’ internalized sense of urgency because, over the past month, many white people are “waking up to racism.” With so many white people urgently wanting to become “anti-racist”, how can we, as white folks, harness our energies to support the racial justice work led by communities of color who have been fighting white supremacy for generations?

RSVP for the Unlearning Circle

Monday, August 10

Virtual Phone Bank for Julie Oliver

Join Team Julie while we call folks across our district to offer resources for those negatively affected by the virus and to spread the word about Julie. We will be spicing up the event with different fun games and trivia.

Sign up for a Monday night phone bank

Saturday, August 15

Pushing For Justice Caravan #JusticeForJavierAmbler

Pushing for Justice Caravan - Javier Ambler

1 p.m., beginning at San Gabriel Park, Georgetown. Come help bring us awareness to Williamson county and seek justice for Javier Ambler.  This will be a peaceful, safe, and organized caravan where participants can stay in their vehicle and show support while maintaining social distancing.

View Facebook event

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Save the Date: Saturday, August 22

Texas Payback Rally: Time for Senator Cornyn to Go!

1 p.m. It’s time to hold Senator Cornyn accountable for his actions! Please join us and help spread the word about our Texas Payback Project Rally where Texans will gather on Zoom to discuss how Cornyn has failed us and what we can do to flip his seat in November. We’ll cover racism, the environment, and health care specifically during this event through videos and live speakers. We’ll also hear from his opponent, MJ Hegar, on how she plans to do things differently if elected. Hope to see you there!

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Save the Post Office

The USPS provides jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans, including a disproportionate number of veterans and minority groups. New reporting confirms what we feared: Trump is gutting the U.S. Postal Service to slow delivery of mail-in ballots. In addition, slowed delivery of lifesaving prescription drugs could have catastrophic effect.

Write your reps and demand they save the USPS

Demand that Cornyn & Cruz support the HEROES Act—which includes $25 billion in funding for the USPS

Tell John Cornyn: Delaying elections is not a “joke”

On July 30, Trump tweeted, “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???

Some in the GOP, including John Cornyn, claimed this was a joke. Trump is not joking. He may not have the authority to change the date of an election, but his words seek to undermine trust in the entire process.

Tell your GOP reps: Trump’s efforts to undermine elections are no laughing matter


Coronavirus

Cornyn’s Ebola Hypocrisy

In 2014, when Ebola threatened to spread throughout the world, John Cornyn demanded swift and comprehensive action—including a call to screen all airline passengers flying into Texas airports. Ultimately, two American nurses contracted Ebola and both recovered. No U.S. citizens died.

Today, the coronavirus has killed more than 150,000 Americans. Cornyn’s calls for swift federal actions are nowhere to be seen; instead he downplays and distracts by pointing fingers at China.

Tell John Cornyn: China didn’t make the US the epicenter of the coronavirus. Trump did.

Support MJ Hegar

Additional Coronavirus News & Actions

Tell Cornyn & Cruz to Support the HEROES Act

Tell Greg Abbott: Your half-measures won’t kill COVID-19

Opinion: My mother died of COVID. Gov. Abbott is invited to the funeral. (Statesman)

Across Texas and the nation, the novel coronavirus is deadlier for people of color (Texas Tribune)

Abbott: local health authorities can’t shutter schools to prevent coronavirus spread (Statesman)


Events

Monday, August 3

Virtual Phone Bank for Julie Oliver

Julie Oliver
Julie Oliver

Join Team Julie while we call folks across our district to offer resources for those negatively affected by the virus and to spread the word about Julie. We will be spicing up the event with different fun games and trivia.

Sign up for a Monday night phone bank

Tuesday, August 4

Jolt Town Hall: Reopening Schools During A Global Pandemic

6 p.m. The first day of school is right around the corner but COVID cases are still on the rise in Texas. As parents and teachers, you don’t have to face the decision to send your children back to school alone. In partnership with the Texas’ American Federation of Teachers, Jolt is hosting a town hall to discuss the options available to parents and teachers for safely beginning the new school year.

RSVP for the Jolt Town Hall

Wednesday, August 5

Mayor’s State of the City address

6 p.m. Mayor Adler invites you to the 2020 State of the City Address. This is a virtual event.

Watch live

Monday, August 10

Virtual Phone Bank for Julie Oliver

Join Team Julie while we call folks across our district to offer resources for those negatively affected by the virus and to spread the word about Julie. We will be spicing up the event with different fun games and trivia.

Sign up for a Monday night phone bank


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