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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


Your Moment of Zen


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.

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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

Make a gift to Indivisible Austin


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.

Become a Texas Volunteer Deputy Registrar

June 26: Get trained on a new tool to register your neighbors to vote


Events


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Protect trans health; Last chance to #PurgeWhitley; Chip Roy’s bad-faith grandstanding | Take Action Newsletter

The Austin Sanctuary Network Needs Your Help

Memorial Day

Today we honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. As the Trump administration yet again rattles its sabers in the Middle East, it’s worth reading the responses from military veterans to this tweet from the official U.S. Army account.


Take Action

Submit a public comment to protect trans health

From the Transgender Law Center:

The Trump-Pence Administration is trying to undermine the Health Care Rights Law, a lifesaving law that helps transgender people access the health care they need without discrimination from health care providers or insurers. Now, the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing regulation that falsely says discrimination against transgender people is legal.

While they can’t change the law, this new regulation would confuse patients, providers, and insurers, and make it much harder for many transgender people to access life-saving care.

Make your voice heard. Submit a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services to tell them why you oppose the new rule and share your story.


Last call to block the confirmation of David Whitley as Texas Secretary of State

 

You defeated SB 9. Now, the Texas Legislature adjourns on May 27, and senate Republicans are seeking any opportunity to vote for the confirmation of Abbott’s SOS nominee David Whitley. (The same Whitley who oversaw the disastrous attempt to purge voters.) They need a two-thirds majority, and has long as Democrats hold strong (and don’t leave the building), Whitley will not be confirmed.

Stiffen their spines: Send a letter to your Texas state senator


How your voices are making a difference

  • Texas SB 9 is DEAD
  • Maryland became the first state to cover Planned Parenthood proposed cuts.
  • New York passed a bill giving Congress a way to Get Trump’s state tax returns.

Also, Ben Carson is a flat-out idiot


Congress Critter of the Week: Chip Roy (again)

Rep. Chip Roy made national headlines last week when he single-handedly delayed $19.1 billion in disaster relief aid for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and other storms. The funding will be released when Congress returns from recess on June 3, so Chip’s move was nothing more than grandstanding at the expense of desperate Texans waiting for relief. Chip’s purported objection was that the bill did not contain funding for border security.

Chip — who claims to want to drain the swamp that spawned him — won his heavily gerrymandered seat in Congress by fewer than 10,000 votes. Now is the time to organize. As our friends in TX21 Indivisible put it, “Y’all want disaster relief? In 2020 we need to relieve ourselves of the disaster that is Chip Roy.”

Get involved:

Read: If Republicans hate government so much, they should leave (Washington Post)


Let’s talk about climate change

One of the best ways you can fight climate change is to talk about it. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Here are some conversation starters.

  • MoveOn’s “Youth Climate Strike” campaign is demanding that presidential candidates debate climate policy. Here’s Elizabeth Warren agreeing to the debate.


Funding the Fight

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We did it. You did it. After repeated calls, letters, tweets and posts, SB 9—as well as related amendments—is DEAD. This vile voter-suppression attempt would be the law of the land were it not for dedicated organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and activists like you. For our part, Indivisible Austin sent 100 of your letters opposing SB 9 to state lawmakers.

Activism works. But it’s not free. Make a gift today?


Your Moment of Zen

The Rights of Women and Girls; Zombie SB 9; End the “Dead Suspects” loophole | Take Action Newsletter

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The Rights of Women and Girls

While the Texas legislature is no friend to comprehensive health care, this past week the state of Alabama’s new, near total ban on abortion dominated headlines. The law is so extreme that it would force a 12-year-old rape survivor to carry a pregnancy to term—and this in a state with abysmal education, child care, and public support policies for children writ large. While some may oppose abortion care for genuine reasons, Alabama’s law makes clear the political hypocrisy motivating too many who call themselves “pro-life.”

This law is designed to go to the Supreme Court and overturn—or at the very least gut—Roe v. Wade. Supporters want people to forget the women and girls taken to the ER after being preyed upon in back alleys or taking desperate measures on their own. We won’t forget.

And we also won’t forget that federal lawmakers are not powerless to act. Passing a federal law could codify a woman’s right to choose has always been a possibility, but always blocked by conservatives.

Urge our members of Congress to pledge to do anything it takes to make a stand for women’s rights—cosponsoring legislation, blocking judicial nominees in the Senate, and speaking out clearly against this affront of a law.

Show up at the Capitol on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to #StoptheBans


Zombie SB 9?

SB 9 appears to have died in the House Calendars Committee, and therefore cannot be passed before the May 21st deadline. More than 120 witnesses showed up to testify, the vast majority opposed to the bill. Your calls and letters rattled them!

We must remain vigilant, as provisions of the bill could be amended to other bills. We’ll need to fight any renewed efforts to suppress voters with the same tenacity we fought SB 9.

But the last week has shown: Activism works!

Read the latest letter to the House Elections committee from Texas Civil Rights Project and other grassroots orgs


Close the “Dead Suspects Loophole” to the Public Information Act

This is a quick action for constituents of state Sen. Kirk Watson (basically all of Austin):

Texas law makes records non-public in criminal cases when the suspect dies. This means the government can withhold information in police shootings, jail suicides, and other situations where a defendant died before being convicted. These are the cases where we need accountability most!

  • Support closure for families and loved ones of people killed by police
  • Promote public accountability in the most serious death-in-custody cases.
  • Restore public status of records that were open in Texas for 25 years w/o a problem.

Send Kirk Watson a letter


How your voices are making a difference

  • Michigan Rep. Justin Amash has become the first Republican to call for Donny’s impeachment
  • The House passed a bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • In Nevada, a majority-female legislative body is prioritizing women’s health and safety issues, prison reform, and gun safety

Don’t panic! Read how your voices are making a difference


Texas 2020

Imagine a world where Donald Trump is defeated but the Senate keeps its majority, and John Cornyn remains in office. Our job is to ensure that doesn’t happen. The Texas Tribune reports that three more people are considering a run against Cornyn:

  • Amanda Edwards, an at-large Houston City Council member
  • Dallas-area State Sen. Royce West
  • Chris Bell, the former Houston congressman and 2006 gubernatorial nominee

In the House, Julie Oliver (TX25) and Christine Eady Mann (TX31) officially kicked off their campaigns.

For updates on these and other districts, bookmark our Central Texas 2020 Elections Resource page


Congress Critter of the Week: A Tale of Two Congressmen

Last week, Rep. Chip Roy had a public meltdown defending the rights of pharmaceutical companies to gouge patients and earn monopolistic profits. Elle Magazine put it best:

“Now you may say, what’s wrong with having a huge emotional response to the fact that a small number of drug executives are making more than most of the cast of Avengers: End Game made? Oh, because Roy was arguing in defense of that most maligned of social groups: Profits.”

Compare Rep. Roy’s statement to a House speech from Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who, like Roy, is passionate about drug prices, but unlike Roy, he wants them to go DOWN.

Let’s make room for more reps like Lloyd Doggett in the House. We can begin by firing Chip Roy.


Let’s talk about climate change

One of the best ways you can fight climate change is to talk about it. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Here are some conversation starters.

  • The Guardian newspaper recently updated their style guide to replace neutral phrases like “climate change” with words that more clearly express what is actually going on: “Crisis,” “Emergency,” etc.
  • Research shows that people respond better to photos of people fighting climate change than to, say, polar bears stranded on ice. Climate Visuals a photo library of people engaged in climate solutions.
  • Use this shortcut to read and share the text of the the Green New Deal: indivisibleaustin.com/gnd
  • Finally, here’s Bill Nye the Science Guy swearing like a sailor about climate change:


Funding the Fight

We’re in the thick of it at the Texas Legislature, and with your help, Indivisible Austin is leading the fight. Last week, we helped organize major resistance to the SB9 voter suppression bill at its committee hearing. Thanks to all the volunteers and allied groups, we were able to show a shocking and unexpected level of resistance to this terrible bill.

We need you to keep engaged with us at the legislature and we truly need your financial support to keep all our wheels turning. Support us in our efforts to be your voice of the legislature. Make a gift today.


Your Moment of Zen

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Last chance to stop SB 9; Demand that Barr be held in contempt of Congress | Take Action Newsletter

2020 Central Texas Election Resources

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day! ❤️

Every day thousands of mothers languish in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. Make a donation today to the National Bail Out Collective, the force behind the #FreeBlackMamas Mother’s Day bail-outs. Throughout the year, the collective also provides fellowship and employment opportunities for those they bail out. And they work with groups like the Texas Organizing Project to support ongoing bail reform efforts.


Take Action

Last chance to stop SB 9

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SB 9, the voter-suppression bill in the Texas Legislature that would charge voters with felonies for making honest mistakes, has a hearing in the House Elections Committee on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 a.m.

SB 9 seeks to make voting much more difficult, confusing, and scary for voters, all while creating more red-tape and bureaucracy for county election administrators. In 2018, a record number of Texans showed up to the polls to participate in our midterm elections. Instead of encouraging more democratic participation, SB 9 seeks to keep more and more Texans from voting in the future.

Read more about SB9

Call or email your rep—especially if they are on the Elections Committee:

Chair: Rep. Stephanie Klick (512) 463-0599

stephanie.klick@house.texas.gov

Vice Chair: Rep. Philip Cortez (512) 463-0269

philip.cortez@house.texas.gov

Rep. John H. Bucy III (512) 463-0696

john.bucy@house.texas.gov

Rep. Dustin Burrows (512) 463-0542

dustin.burrows@house.texas.gov

Rep. Briscoe Cain (512) 463-0733

briscoe.cain@house.texas.gov

Rep. Art Fierro (512) 463-0596

art.fierro@house.texas.gov

Rep. Celia Israel (512) 463-0821

celia.israel@house.texas.gov

Rep. Mayes Middleton (512) 463-0502

mayes.middleton@house.texas.gov

Rep. Valoree Swanson (512) 463-0572

valoree.swanson@house.texas.gov

Contact your state reps about SB 9


Demand that Barr be held in contempt of Congress

(Credit to Celeste Pewter for this action)

A quick recap of the constitutional crisis: House Judiciary voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. As retaliation for Judiciary’s vote the DOJ urged Trump to assert executive privilege over the Mueller report/related documents—which he did.

Call your rep and insist that they vote Yes when the contempt resolutions comes to a floor vote. You can say:

  1. Barr should be held in contempt if he fails to meet the deadline set by Chairman Schiff and House Intelligence for  turning over an unredacted version of the Mueller Report and related documents to Congress.
  2. For all WH staff and cabinet members to be held in contempt and subject to measures like inherent contempt if they ignore subpoenas, and
  3. I also want [elected] to know, I want [electeds] to continue to discuss Barr resigning and/or being impeached. He’s proven repeatedly that his interests are serving Trump, and not the DOJ or the American people. Enough is enough.

While you’re at it: Demand your member of Congress support Rep. Tlaib’s Impeachment Resolution


How your voices are making a difference

  • The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
  • The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold the U.S. attorney general in contempt
  • The Austin City Council formally backed AOC’s Green New Deal

“Evil only wins when good is silent.” Read how your voices are making a difference


Events

Wednesday, May 15

SB 9 hearing with Elections Committee at Capitol, room E2.016

See SB9 action above. Show up in person to oppose voter suppression.

Optional RSVP on Facebook


Funding the Fight

Indivisible Austin’s fight for democracy includes fighting against the horrendous voter suppression bill, SB 9, sending more than 70 letters. Among many anti-democratic  provisions, SB 9 prevents pregnant women from voting absentee, even if they expect to be giving birth on the day of the election.

These are extraordinary times calling for extraordinary action. We’re making a difference together. You can be a part of it. Contact your legislators AND support our efforts to reach others like you by making a gift today!


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Help Children’s Health bill HB342 get a vote in the Texas House!

Texas has the nation’s highest uninsured rate for kids and it is getting worse.

  • When kids get enrolled in Medicaid, they would get six uninterrupted months of coverage at a time.
  • The current process gives children month to month coverage for half the year and asks parents to submit paperwork up to 5 times a year – per child, greatly increasing the chance that eligible children will lose coverage.
  • This bill would keep more kids insured and healthy.
  • It would cut down on costly paperwork burdening the state, parents and doctors.

Email the members of the House Calendars Committee your support for the Children’s Health Coverage Bill – HB 342

Keep the pressure on your state senator to prevent the confirmation of David Whitley to Texas Secretary of StateSay NO to David Whitley, say NO to voter suppression

Activists like you have sent over 100 letters to their state senators to block David Whitley from becoming the next Texas Secretary of State. Can you make it 200? We especially need letters sent from outside the Austin area (i.e. outside Kirk Watson’s district).

Send a letter to your state senator


How your voices are making a difference

  • The Texas House added a provision to SB2486 that would offer discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community
  • Facebook (finally) barred right-wing extremists and white nationalists
  • Stephen Moore, Don John’s nominee for the federal reserve board who has a history of sexist and female-denigrating remarks, has bowed out after public outcry

“Unlawful, defenseless and condemnable”


2020 is coming

Take the grassroots pledge

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As seen on Maddow! Take the Indivisible pledge to:

  • Make the primary constructive.
  • Rally behind the winner.
  • Do the work to beat Trump.

Take the grassroots pledge at pledge.indivisible.org

Who’s not running against Cornyn?

The race for John Cornyn’s senate seat lost a serious contender, as Rep. Joaquin Castro announced somewhat inadvertently that he is staying in the House of Representatives. Props to the Left in Texas podcast for calling this one a couple of weeks ago.

We’re still 10 months from the primary, but this can only be good news for MJ Hegar, whose candidacy has baited Cornyn’s campaign into an ill-advised Twitter war with celebs Patton Oswalt and Rosie O’Donnell.

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn

What’s up in TX21?

Map of TX21

Quick editorial: It’s been a month since former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis floated the prospect of running against freshman congressman Chip Roy in TX21.

Since then… nothing.

If anyone needs a serious challenge, it’s Chip, whose endless bloviating about chicken sandwiches and open borders reveals that he is far more suited for a gig at Fox News than as a representative of the people in his heavily gerrymandered district.

Join our friends at TX21 Indivisible to bring the fight to Chip

More 2020 Central Texas Election Resources!


Funding the Fight

Indivisible Austin is dedicated to fighting to preserve and advance the democratic ideals we hold dear. Together, we’re having a real impact on the future of democracy in Texas. So far this session, members of IATX have sent more than 140 letters against the confirmation of David Whitley as Secretary of State. That’s just letters sent through our online form.

It was Whitley who perpetrated the false report of non-citizens being registered and voting. Public pressure from groups like Indivisible Austin played no small role in the Secretary of State’s office folding in the lawsuit against using that report.

Indivisible Austin’s fight for democracy has reached to fighting against the horrendous voter suppression bill, SB9, again sending more than 60 letters. Among many anti-democratic  provisions, SB9 prevents pregnant women from voting absentee, even if they expect to be giving birth on the day of the election.

These are extraordinary times calling for extraordinary action. We’re making a difference together. You can be a part of it. Contact your legislators AND support our efforts to reach others like you by making a gift today!


Your Moment of Zen

 

Last chance to #PurgeWhitley; Say YES to Civics Education; Cornyn vs. Twitter comedians; Defend Paid Sick Leave | Take Action Newsletter

Early Voting runs through Tuesday in Williamson, Bexar, and parts of Travis County. Election Day is on May 4.

Take Action

Say no to David Whitley for Texas Secretary of State

Say NO to David Whitley, say NO to voter suppression

We won! Civil rights groups—and you—successfully pressured state elections officials into rescinding the attempted purge of almost 100,000 voters. Now it’s time to double down on ensuring that David Whitley, who orchestrated the purge, does not become our next secretary of state.

Send a letter to your state senator to say No to Whitley

Texas Civil Rights Project: Settlement Reached to End Texas Voter Purge and Protect Voting Rights

Tell your state rep you want Civics instruction in all Texas classrooms

HB 3009 will be voted on this week in the Texas House (possibly Tuesday!). The bill would mandate that civics instruction be a part of Texas public school curricula.

The organization Civics for Y’all is sponsoring a letter campaign to tell your reps to vote YES on HB 3009.

Tell your rep to support HB 3009

Related: the Texas Civic Ambassadors (TCA) Program is accepting applications


How your voices are making a difference

  • Texas has agreed to rescind its fallacious list of more than 100K “noncitizen” voters
  • The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Don McGahn
  • John Cornyn picked an ill-advised fight with Patton Oswalt

Read “Every crevice of life under investigation”


2020 is Coming!

Tell presidential candidates to take the “We Are Indivisible” pledge

we are indivisible

The national Indivisible team is asking 2020 presidential candidates’ commitment to do three things:

  1. Make the primary constructive.
  2. Rally behind the winner.
  3. Do the work to beat Trump.

So far, seven candidates have signed on. You can also take the “grassroots pledge” yourself.

Visit pledge.indivisible.org

MJ Hegar is running against Cornyn; Cornyn is running against Twitter comedians

Last week, former helicopter pilot and TX31 congressional candidate MJ Hegar announced in a three-minute video that she is running for John Cornyn’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The video included a brief cameo from comedian Patton Oswalt. The brain-science ninjas running Cornyn’s social media decided to attack Oswalt for past “offensive” tweets that included naughty words like “penis” and “vagina,” which Cornyn’s team tastefully obscured.

The press has not been kind:

Meanwhile, Rep. Joaquin Castro is expected to announce this week whether he is running for Senate.

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn

More 2020 Central Texas Election Resources!


Events

Wednesday, May 1

Stand Up! Fight Back! Defend Paid Sick Leave

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Capitol, room E2.014. Hosted by Texas AFL-CIO, Workers Defense Project, Workstrong Austin, and others

ALERT! Let’s get ready for a “Solidarity Showdown” on Wednesday at 8:00AM – Rm. E2.014. There is a package of state interference bills scheduled for a public hearing that will stop local communities from making life better for workers.

No Texan should have to choose between going to work to pay their bills and staying home when they’re sick or to take a sick child or elderly parent to the doctor. And none of us want to be served our next meal by a waiter or a cook who came to work with the flu because they couldn’t afford to take a day off.

What works in big cities may not work in small towns, and that’s why we rely on local elected officials to know their communities and pass rules that work best for them.

View or RSVP on Facebook


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Impeachment must be on the table; Stop SB9; A new candidate in TX31 | Take Action Newsletter

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The Mueller Report confirms what we already knew: Trump is unfit for office.

Mueller Report

On August 7, 1974, Sen. Barry Goldwater, along with Sen. Hugh Scott and Rep. Scott Rhodes—all Republicans—told Nixon the game was over. The House was set to impeach, and Nixon’s support in the Senate had completely collapsed. Nixon resigned the next day.

Today we have a grimmer situation. The Mueller Report confirms widely known facts: That the president and his allies accepted help from a hostile foreign power in an attempt to swing the election. Moreover—independent of Russia’s attack—the president has committed multiple impeachable offenses. Yet the Democratic-controlled House appears to be split over whether to impeach—for the purported reason that the Republican-controlled Senate would never betray Trump.

A few of important points about impeachment:

  1. Impeachment is a process, not an outcome. The House can impeach—and then, assuming the Senate fails to convict—we can vote Trump out in 2020. Impeachment and elections are not mutually exclusive.
  2. Public hearings are a major part of the impeachment process. Americans deserve to witness a full public reckoning from members of the Trump administration.
  3. In 2018, Americans overwhelmingly voted for bold, progressive leadership in the House of Representatives. We expect our leaders to push back hard against the Trump administration, using all of the power at their disposal—including impeachment.

At a minimum, we should know where our reps stand on impeachment, and Dems should not take impeachment off the table. (View Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s statement on the Mueller Report.)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib filed H.Res. 257 to begin investigating whether Trump should be impeached. The national Indivisible team supports this resolution, and is encouraging everyone to call their reps.

The House is in recess right now, with Dems holding a call on Monday, April 22 to strategize over the Mueller Report findings. It’s important to let your Dem reps know that impeachment must be on the table. But let’s not ignore our two senators and five Republican reps in Central Texas; after all, it was Republicans of conscience who took down Nixon. So far, it’s not looking great:

“The Nation should be pleased with the conclusions drawn in Mr. Mueller’s report, which confirms that the defamation campaign against the president was unfounded and baseless” —U.S. Rep. Roger Williams.

Tell your state rep: Oppose SB9 to Protect Democracy in Texas

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House Republicans in Texas are considering SB 9, a bill that contains a number of provisions that would make voting significantly harder, including further criminalizing honest mistakes in the voting process, imposing substantial new restrictions on the voter assistance process, and making it easier to conduct future voter purges. SB 9 has already passed the Senate, so now we have to stop it in the House.

Two options:

  1. Call your state rep
  2. Write a letter to your state rep

How your voices are making a difference

  • The House Judiciary Committee has petitioned the Justice Department for a full, unredacted copy of Mueller’s report
  • A federal judge ruled late last week that Donny’s Interior Department acted illegally when it lifted Obama-era restrictions on coal-mining on public lands
  • Arizona repealed an archaic law on the books banning the discussion of LGBTQ issues

Culture of Chaos! Read more!


Events

Tuesday, April 23

TPPF Legislative Update and Q&A with Congressman Chip Roy

5:30 p.m., Texas Public Policy Foundation, 901 Congress Ave, Joe B. Hogsett Theater – 1st Floor

Register here

Saturday, April 27

New Date! Earth Day Austin

12 to 6 p.m. at Huston Tillotson University. More information and weather updates at earthdayaustin.com

View more events on our community calendar

Got an event you want to promote? Submit it here.


2020 is Coming!

A new candidate in TX31?

Dr. Christine Eady MannDr. Christine Eady Mann, who penned last month’s write-up of Rep. John Carter’s Town Hall, says she is “almost certain” to run against Carter in 2020. Dr. Mann ran for this seat in the 2018 Democratic primary and went to a runoff with the eventual nominee, MJ Hegar. Mann says she will likely announce after the May 4 elections in Williamson County. Welcome (back) to the race, Christine!

March 3, 2020 is the “Super Tuesday” primary—which includes Texas. Check out more 2020 candidates

Funding the Fight

Confused… infuriated… surreal… frightened…

With the release of just the redacted Mueller Report and the dizzying paths and consequences that lay ahead of us, these are all reasonable ways to feel right now.

One thing you can be certain of is that we need to be organized to turn our individual voices into a movement for whatever is to come. We need Indivisible Austin, and Indivisible Austin needs you.

Make your voice part of something larger. Support Indivisible Austin today.


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Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar; Oppose SB9; Vote for Texas Children’s Health | Your Indivisible Austin Weekly Newsletter

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Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar

In a clear incitement of racist violence, the president tweeted a video that intercuts four words spoken by Rep. Ilhan Omar with graphic footage from 9/11. Our representatives—and presidential candidates—should all condemn the president’s latest Islamophobic demagoguery.

Democratic representatives need to make clear that the Congresswoman has the party’s support. Presidential candidates should issue statements that support Rep. Omar and clearly denounce the president.

Our GOP representatives should not be let off the hook, either. Our expectations for them have sunk low, but racism and attacks by the White House on the legislative branch of government are bipartisan problems.

Roundup of statements from Central Texas reps and candidates

(Hat tip to Celeste Pewter.)

Keep the pressure on your state reps to oppose SB9

I voted stickers

SB9 would sharply escalate the state’s ongoing campaign of voter suppression by making voting substantially harder for thousands of Texans and by spreading fear that people may be thrown in jail for honest mistakes while trying to vote.

Write a letter to your state senator

Tell your state rep to Vote for Texas Children’s Health!​

From the League of Women Voters of Texas

  • HB 342 will provide 12 consecutive months of coverage for children on Medicaid
  • They are now required to verify their income up to 5 times a year.
  • This greatly increases the chance that children will fall off the rolls and lose coverage
  • HB 342 would keep more kids insured and healthy
  • HB 342 has had a hearing, but the committee needs to vote to recommend it to the full House

Note: State Sen. Dawn Buckingham is on the HHS committee. If you are in her district (Lakeway-area) be sure to call!​


How your voices are making a difference

  • A federal judge blocked Don John’s efforts to force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico
  • House lawmakers voted to reinstate net-neutrality internet laws
  • Illinois joins the other 17 states that are voting to forbid any presidential candidate from being on the ballot unless they release their tax returns

More: Trump is rewriting the laws he’s broken


Events

Monday, April 15

7 pm. Indivisible TX25 East Weekly Meeting, Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Dr.

For more info, join our members-only Facebook group and/or follow our public events page.

General meeting held every Monday from 7-8:00p except for major holidays.

Subcommittee meetings held from 6:30-7p:

  • GOTV: 1st Mondays
  • 25 East TX Lege: 2nd Mondays
  • Roger Williams (office visits, etc.): 3rd Mondays
  • Outreach (to Austin and rural 25 community groups): 4th Mondays

Meeting is hosted by TX 25 East, but all are welcome!

View more events on our community calendar

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2020 is Coming!

March 3, 2020 is the “Super Tuesday” primary—which includes Texas. Many Central Texas candidates have announced that they are running. It’s never too early to start backing your favorites.

View our new 2020 election resource page

Do you have a tip on someone who’s planning to run for congress in Central Texas? Let us know!


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That’s why Indivisible Austin is here, to keep us moving forward together, with our eyes open. Be a part of that work. Make a gift today.


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Stop SB15 and related bills in the TXLEGE

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SB15—which would not only revoke local control in Texas cities but do so in a way that allows business to discriminate—has now been broken into several bills. From League of Women Voters of Texas:

Senate Bill 15, a proposal banning local communities from protecting workers has now been broken into four separate bills.  The new bills would prohibit local governments from requiring the following of their local businesses:

  • SB 2485 – prohibits requiring benefits such as health, disability, retirement, profit-sharing, death, and group death or dismemberment benefits.
  • SB 2486 – would ban fair scheduling ordinances.
  • SB 2487 – bans adoption of requirements for leave, paid sick days, paid holidays, vacation, and personal necessity.
  • SB 2488 – would ban “fair chance” hiring ordinances relating to hiring those with a criminal history.

None of these bills has an exemption for non-discrimination ordinances.

We must stop these unfair bills! We need to allow local governments to decide what is best for their workers.

Three ways to stop these bad bills

  1. Call your state Senator’s office, and ask them to oppose SB 15 and SB 2485, SB 2486, 2487, 2488): 1-833-417-4260
  2. Email your Senator using this easy action page from the League of Women Voters of Texas
  3. Sign this petition from Working Texans for Paid Sick Time.

Cheers and Boos on #VAWA Reauthorization

The House voted last week to approve the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. We had a rare split decision among our Republican reps in Central Texas, with Reps. McCaul, Williams, and Carter voting for the bill, and Reps. Flores and Roy voting No.

The National Rifle Association opposed the bill because it contains amendments that makes it harder for domestic abusers to buy a gun. This is the most likely reason that Flores and Roy caved.

If you are represented by Rep. Lloyd Doggett or any of the Republican reps who voted for the bill, call and give them your thanks.

If you are represented by Chip Roy or Bill Flores, call and ask them to explain their vote. Do they really value access to firearms over the safety of women?

Now the bill moves to the Senate. Call Cruz and Cornyn and tell them to vote yes on the reauthorization of VAWA—including the protections for domestic-abuse survivors.

Read more about Chip Roy’s priorities in this week’s Congress Critter


How your voices are making a difference

  • The House Judiciary Committee voted to subpoena the Mueller report
  • The House Ways and Means Committee asked the IRS for six years of the commander of cheese’s tax returns
  • New Mexico became the 14th state to pledge its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote

Read “Exposing Corruption in Donny’s Swamp”


2020 Congressional Candidates!

With less than 11 months until the March 3 “Super Tuesday” Texas primary, several Central Texas candidates have announced that they are running. It’s never too early to start backing your favorites. These are not endorsements. We linked to candidate websites where available, and news articles and FEC filings when not.

TX10

TX17

TX21

TX25

TX31

Do you have a tip on someone who’s planning to run for congress in Central Texas? Let us know!


Congress Critter of the Week: Chip Roy

Originally posted on Facebook by Cari Marshall. Reposted with permission.

Chip Roy

This past Thursday, the U.S. House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The updated law would enable law enforcement to take away the guns of dating partners or stalkers convicted of abuse – closing the “boyfriend loophole.” (Under current federal law, only those convicted of abusing a spouse, a co-parent, or live-in partner can have his guns taken away.)

The National Rifle Association sought to block the act’s renewal because of this provision.

Nearly half of murdered women in this country were killed by a current or former domestic partner (usually by gun).

My ultimate point here, the one that makes me REALLY ANGRY, is that not only did my Rep Chip Roy vote NAY, he didn’t even bother to make a public statement about it (someone please correct me if I’m wrong!). But he’s quite proud of his NRA endorsement.

Continue reading Chip Roy’s 48 tweets about everything except his vote on VAWA19

Events

Monday, April 8

The People’s Committee Hearing on The Healthy Texas Act

Hosted by Rep. Gina Hinojosa

Facebook event

Please join Rep. Hinojosa, Our Revolution, and the AFL-CIO for a hearing about HB 4127 (aka Medicare for All!) oat 6pm. This hearing will take place at the AFL-CIO, located on 1106 Lavaca St. #200, Austin, TX 78701.

RSVP here: http://www.ginaforaustin.com/healthytxrsvp

Thursday, April 11

Planned Parenthood Texas Lobby Day

Hosted by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes & others

Facebook event

Join 1,000 fellow Planned Parenthood advocates at the State Capitol to rally for reproductive rights and talk to our legislators about the top issues impacting women’s health care. Together, we will make our voices heard and take a stand for access to confidential, expert, and comprehensive reproductive care for all Texans. No matter what.

Friday, April 12

Civics Celebration at the Capitol

Hosted by Civics 4 Y’all

Facebook event

Join us for a rally supporting high-quality civics education in Texas! Students, teachers, and community organizers will share their experiences with civics education and discuss the importance of high-quality civics education for all Texas students!

Event Schedule:

  • 10 to 11 a.m., North Steps of Capitol (or REJ Conference Center North Room in the case of rain)
  • 11 a.m. to noon Lobby Day. Check in at REJ Conference Center North Room

To sign up for individual meetings about civics education, please fill out this form

Funding the Fight

Look at everything happening this week! From opportunities to fight wretched bills to the BIG PUSH in 2020 to wrestle control of our government away from those who think the Constitution and human rights are mere annoyances.

Every week, every DAY is a chance to fight back. Indivisible Austin is taking up the fight. Be there with us. Be a part of the fight. Make a gift today.

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