Rep. Michael McCaul wrote grifter Mina Chang’s letter of recommendation; Sign up for the Austin impeachment rally | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Sign up for the Austin impeachment rally & ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion about impeachment

Impeach and Remove

NOTE: The impeachment rally at Austin City Hall is planned to take place the day before the House floor vote to pass articles of impeachment for Donald Trump. That vote is not yet scheduled—but you can still sign up!


Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion: “Do you think it’s OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections?”

We know – there’s lots of breaking news every day and it’s confusing! Here’s all you need to know:

  • Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections.
  • He used US military aid to pressure them to dig up dirt on his political opponent.
  • Then, he tried to cover it up.
  • If the average person did this, they’d go to jail.

No matter what else we learn, or what desperate tactics Trump tries to use to distract, the facts here are what matters. It’s critical that Congress move forward with impeachment because nobody is above the law.

Make Calls to Ensure a Fair and Open Impeachment Trial in the Senate

Send a letter to Cornyn, Cruz, and your Congressman asking this #OneSimpleQuestion


Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Michael McCaul

Michael McCaul

Mina Chang landed a plum State Department gig thanks to an embellished resume and a fake Time magazine cover—and a letter of recommendation from Rep. Michael McCaul.

The letter begins:

“I would like to give my strongest recommendation of Ms. Mina Chang…to assume a leadership position within either the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations or the Bureau of Counterterrorism of the U.S. Department of State.”

Read the whole letter. 

Ready to boot McCaul? Support the candidates running against him. 

Events

The impeachment rally at Austin City Hall is planned to take place the evening before the House floor vote to pass articles of impeachment for Donald Trump. That vote is not yet scheduled.

Wednesday, December 4

ADAPT of Texas Disability Film Night

4:30 to 7 p.m. at ADAPT of Texas, 1100 S IH 35 Frontage Road.

DEFIANT LIVES is a triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement.

It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.

Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all.

Please RSVP at (512) 442-0252

Tuesday, December 10

Indivisible Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Issue Forum (Houston)

7 p.m. at Lillygrove Baptist Church, 7034 Tierwester Street, Houston, Texas.

Join Statewide Indivisibles and Indivisible Houston right here in our hometown for a Senate Candidate Forum featuring Democratic primary candidates for Senate, moderated by Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune.

RSVP on Facebook

Your Moment of Zen

Sign up for the Austin impeachment rally & ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion about impeachment | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Sign up for the Austin impeachment rally & ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion about impeachment

NOTE: The impeachment rally at Austin City Hall is planned to take place the evening before the House floor vote to pass articles of impeachment for Donald Trump. That vote is not yet scheduled—but you can still sign up!


Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion: “Do you think it’s OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections?”

We know – there’s lots of breaking news every day and it’s confusing! Here’s all you need to know:

  • Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections.
  • He used US military aid to pressure them to dig up dirt on his political opponent.
  • Then, he tried to cover it up.
  • If the average person did this, they’d go to jail.

No matter what else we learn, or what desperate tactics Trump tries to use to distract, the facts here are what matters. It’s critical that Congress move forward with impeachment because nobody is above the law.

Make Calls to Ensure a Fair and Open Impeachment Trial in the Senate

Send a letter to Cornyn, Cruz, and your Congressman asking this #OneSimpleQuestion


Action of the Week: Protesters tell Trump to GTFO out of Austin

On Wednesday, November 20, protestors from Progress Texas, Texas Sierra Club, Why Are You Marching Texas?, TX21 Indivisible, TX10Indivisible, Indivisible Rosedale Huddle, Megaphone Texas, and Indivisible Austin showed up to tell Trump he is NOT welcome in our town.

Trump was here with Apple CEO Tim Cook, touring a manufacturing facility near the Apple HQ. Joining Trump’s entourage was retiring coward Rep. Bill Flores.

Gallery: Protesters tell Trump to GTFO of Austin


#FireJohnCornyn

Fire John Cornyn!

The Texas Observer published an important new feature on everyone’s favorite co-conspirator Senator John Cornyn. They capture his “reasonable-seemingness” perfectly. He’s been saying one thing and doing another since entering the Senate.

Read: John Cornyn’s Weaselly Immigration Record (Texas Observer)

Take the pledge to #FireJohnCornyn

Support 2020 candidates

Attend the Indivisible Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Issue Forum in Houston on December 10!

Let’s talk about the climate crisis

Climate Change Protesters Disrupt Yale-Harvard Football Game (New York Times)


Events

The impeachment rally at Austin City Hall is planned to take place the evening before the House floor vote to pass articles of impeachment for Donald Trump. That vote is not yet scheduled.

Wednesday, December 4

ADAPT of Texas Disability Film Night

4:30 to 7 p.m. at ADAPT of Texas, 1100 S IH 35 Frontage Road.

DEFIANT LIVES is a triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement.

It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.

Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all.

Please RSVP at (512) 442-0252 

Tuesday, December 10

Indivisible Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Issue Forum (Houston)

7 p.m. at Lillygrove Baptist Church, 7034 Tierwester Street, Houston, Texas.

Join Statewide Indivisibles and Indivisible Houston right here in our hometown for a Senate Candidate Forum featuring Democratic primary candidates for Senate, moderated by Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune.

RSVP on Facebook

Your Moment of Zen

 

Say NO to Trump in Austin | Take Action Newsletter

UPDATE ON TRUMP PROTEST:

SAFETY

You are responsible for your own safety. We are expecting a large crowd, including counter-protesters.
 
To all participants: We ask that you NOT talk to or engage with Trump supporters or counter-protesters, including any representatives of Infowars or related right-wing “media” outlets that may show up. Instead, please block them with your signs, or umbrellas. Or simply walk away.
 
Infowars seeks to provoke conflict and create emotionally charged situations that make it more difficult to maintain a non-violent and safe atmosphere. They also use filmed interactions to target and harass those who engage with them. If approached by them, we encourage you to simply say, “I will not talk to you. Leave me alone.” Repeat this phrase over and over if necessary (this is called a “broken record” response.) Please encourage those around you to do likewise.
 
If at any time you feel your safety is at risk, please leave the event. If you have any concerns about attending, please err on the side of caution and stay home.

LAWYER’S GUILD HOTLINE

In case of arrests or other legal matters, keep this number handy: (512) 817-4254.

TIME & PLACE

WHEN: Trump’s is expected to arrive at the airport at 1:20 p.m., and at Flextronics at 2:05. But given road closures and general unpredictability of presidential schedules, arriving around noon is the safest bet to ensure parking. Just arrive when you can and stay as long as you can. Your support is appreciated even if you don’t overlap with the plant visit.
WHERE: Riata Trace shopping plaza (12221 Riata Trace Pkwy). It’s the first (and only) turn off Riata Trace Pkwy, near the 183 access road.

SIGNS

Our main focus is impeachment. Ambassador Sondland testified just this morning that there was quid pro quo. Trump is trying to distract us with a shiny APPLE when he should be imPEACHed. 😉
 
But bring whatever signs you feel called to bring, on whichever of Trump’s many offenses.

THANK YOU

This protest arose organically, and would happen in some form with or without Indivisible Austin. We are grateful to you for your activism, and to the other organizations that are cohosting with us, including Progress Texas, Texas Sierra Club, Why Are You Marching Texas?, Julie Oliver, TX21 Indivisible, TX10Indivisible, Indivisible Rosedale Huddle, Megaphone Texas, the national Indivisible Project, and all of the other grassroots groups and individuals who are with us in spirit.

Take Action

Wednesday: Tell Trump that he is NOT welcome in Austin

*WATCH FOR UPDATES AS TIMES AND PLACES MAY CHANGE*

Donald Trump is coming to Austin on Wednesday to tour one of Apple’s local manufacturing plants. Tell Trump that he is NOT welcome in our town.

Meet on the public sidewalk at the shopping center at 12221 Riata Trace Pkwy. This is a half block from the Flextronics building Trump is likely to tour.

Organizers will be there to guide you from NOON TO 5 P.M., or until we know Trump has left.

RSVP for this event and get notified of updates

Facebook event

Watch this space and check your inbox for more updates. You can also follow Indivisible Austin on Twitter or Facebook for the latest.

*WATCH FOR UPDATES AS TIMES AND PLACES MAY CHANGE*

Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion about impeachment

IMPEACH

“Do you think it’s OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections?”

We know – there’s lots of breaking news every day and it’s confusing! Here’s all you need to know:

  • Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections.
  • He used US military aid to pressure them to dig up dirt on his political opponent.
  • Then, he tried to cover it up.
  • If the average person did this, they’d go to jail.

No matter what else we learn, or what desperate tactics Trump tries to use to distract, the facts here are what matters. It’s critical that Congress move forward with impeachment because nobody is above the law.

New! Make Calls to Ensure a Fair and Open Impeachment Trial in the Senate

Send a letter to Cornyn, Cruz, and your Congressman asking this #OneSimpleQuestion

Sign up for or register an impeachment event


Action of the Week: Shut down Hutto

On Saturday, protesters from Grassroots Leadership, Workers Defense Project, United We Dream, Never Again Action, and other orgs showed up at the T. Don Hutton women’s detention center to demand that the center be shut down and that there be #NoNewICEContracts.


Actions from Indivisible TX Lege

Share: Indivisible TX Lege Action Network Email Sign Up

Join: Indivisible TX Lege Facebook Group

Check out: IndivisibleTXLege.org

Get familiar with Rodney Reed’s case and Governor Abbott’s inaction

Texas native Rodney Reed was sent to Death Row over 20 years ago, but recent evidence has brought doubt to his sentencing. Despite bipartisan calls for a stay and new trial, Governor Abbott did nothing to stop this man from being put to death by the state of Texas. Luckily last week, the Texas Court of Appeals issued an indefinite stay. Governor Abbott’s inaction is unacceptable. Please share this story with your communities so we can all remember that the Governor does not work for justice or to protect innocent human lives.

The Intercept: Texas Court Halts Rodney Reed Execution

Dallas News: Texas Parole Board Recommends Gov Abbott Stop Rodney Reed Execution

Run for Office – the Deadline to File is December 9!

There are still plenty of uncontested state representative races in Texas and the deadline to file for the 2020 election is just weeks away. We can’t flip the state legislature if we don’t get people to run.

Districts that need candidates: demprecincts.org: 2020 Texas House Races

Get the word out: Share this map and information with your groups!


Events

Tuesday, November 19

Film Screening – Suppressed: The Fight To Vote

7 p.m. at Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1105 East Cesar Chavez Street

Hosted by the Our Vote Texas project, Texas Progressive Action Network and Common Cause Texas.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Wednesday, November 20

Trump is in Austin. Details to come.

RSVP for this event and get notified of updates

Facebook event

Follow Indivisible Austin on Twitter or Facebook for the latest.

Thursday, November 21

A Conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Candidate for U.S Senate

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on their livestream for a conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Democratic candidate for U.S Senate, which Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith will moderate.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Learn about other Senate candidates on our 2020 resources page


Your Moment of Zen

 

 

National call-in day to #DefundHate; Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion | Take Action Newsletter

Support our grassroots efforts. Influence our legislators on key issues. Protect our democracy. Give to Indivisible Austin today.

Support Indivisible Austin

Take Action

National call-in day to #DefundHate on Wednesday, Nov. 13

The appropriations process is our best chance to act to stop Trump’s deportation machine. The next deadline for Congress to fund the government is November 21. If you care about ending Trump’s racist immigration policies—like separating, caging, and tear gassing families—make a call today and tell your Member of Congress (MoC) to reject special funding increases for ICE and CBP.

Get connected to your rep

Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion about impeachment

“Do you think it’s OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections?”

We know – there’s lots of breaking news every day and it’s confusing! Here’s all you need to know:

  • Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections.
  • He used US military aid to pressure them to dig up dirt on his political opponent.
  • Then, he tried to cover it up.
  • If the average person did this, they’d go to jail.

No matter what else we learn, or what desperate tactics Trump tries to use to distract, the facts here are what matters. It’s critical that Congress move forward with impeachment because nobody is above the law.

Send a letter to Cornyn, Cruz, and your Congressman asking this #OneSimpleQuestion

Sign up for or register an impeachment event


Action of the Week: #SickOfItTX Block Walks

Five million Texans don’t have health insurance, and each year that number grows. It’s unacceptable, and yet our lawmakers refuse to do anything to ensure more Texans get the coverage they need.

Last Saturday, 25 #SickOfItTX members from the Austin area took to the streets, knocking on doors and asking our neighbors, friends, and community members about their healthcare challenges and needs, checking if they’re registered to vote, and making sure they fill out the 2020 Census. But this is only the beginning—#SickOfItTX will build off this great start to expand this campaign to an even broader coalition of community groups and advocates to end the healthcare gap and high maternal mortality in Texas.

If you’d like to learn more about the grassroots #SickOfItTX campaign, check out www.SickOfItTX.org

 


Events

Wednesday, November 13

Searchlight Series: Justice, Equity, and Action around Rape

6:30 p.m. at Street Jones Building, 1000 E 11th St.

This five part community forum series will explore the intersections of victim/survivor justice, racial equity, and criminal justice transformation in order to discover opportunities to advance healing and community accountability for sexual violence in Austin.

More info on Facebook

Friday, November 15

Juvenile Justice Book Drive

1 to 11:30 p.m. at Austin Justice Coalition, 1603 E 38th 1/2 St.

Austin Justice Coalition is holding a Juvenile Justice Book Drive to provide quality books to the teens in the Gardner-Betts/ Travis County Juvenile Detention Center.

ALL books MUST be PAPERBACK, no hardcovers!

More info on Facebook

Saturday, November 16

Communities Not Cages – #NoNewContracts

1 p.m. at T. Don Hutto Detention Center, 100 S Doak St, Taylor, TX.

Texans will converge on the T. Don Hutto detention center to say that our vision for the future does not include another 10 years of this injustice. Join us to stop these three ICE detention centers from getting new 10 year contracts to separate and lock up immigrant families and communities in Texas for the next decade.

RSVP and volunteer

Facebook event

Thursday, November 21

A Conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Candidate for U.S Senate

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on their livestream for a conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Democratic candidate for U.S Senate, which Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith will moderate.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Learn about other Senate candidates on our 2020 resources page

Your Moment of Zen

Vote on Tuesday; Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion on impeachment; Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

VOTE on Tuesday, November 5

Be A Texas Voter

Visit www.NOProp4TX.org from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)

Read the Austin Chronicle voting guide

Read the voting guide from Progress Texas

Read the voting guide from Move Texas (which includes a soundtrack!)

Read the voting guide from Texas Tribune

Find polling locations

Ask your reps #OneSimpleQuestion about impeachment

“Do you think it’s OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections?”

We know – there’s lots of breaking news every day and it’s confusing! Here’s all you need to know:

  • Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections.
  • He used US military aid to pressure them to dig up dirt on his political opponent.
  • Then, he tried to cover it up.
  • If the average person did this, they’d go to jail.

No matter what else we learn, or what desperate tactics Trump tries to use to distract, the facts here are what matters. It’s critical that Congress move forward with impeachment because nobody is above the law.

Send a letter to Cornyn, Cruz, and your Congressman asking this #OneSimpleQuestion

Sign up for or register an impeachment event


From Indivisible TX Lege

1. Call Governor Greg Abbott (512-463-1782), AG Ken Paxton (512-462-2100), and your state Rep and Senator to stop harassment of a 7 year old child.

Just this week, our Governor, Attorney General, and several State Representatives targeted a 7 year old child, going so far as to publicly state her name and spreading lies about her, putting her and her mother’s safety at risk. Hate has no place in Texas, and this behavior cannot be tolerated. Call all of your elected officials and push them to stop the fear-mongering and instead work for a Texas where all Texans’ privacy, safety, and individual rights are protected.

For more: Texas Tribune Thread Regarding this Event

Say: “Hi, I’m a constituent of [Governor/AG/Representative/Senator] _________ and I’m calling because I was horrified to learn that several elected Texas officials recently identified a 7 year old by name who may seek medical treatment in the future to delay puberty, and spread lies about her mother wanting to chemically castrate her. By doing so, they’ve put the lives of these two Texans in danger. It’s unbelievable that there is such little regard for this child’s safety, and that anyone would target a child for political gain. I want [Governor/AG/Representative/Senator] ___________ to issue a statement in support of this family and encourage all electeds to devote state resources to ensure the family’s safety. And if the [Governor/AG/Representative/Senator] wants to focus on protecting Texas children, I strongly encourage them to focus on real threats, like our abysmally low child healthcare insurance rate. My zip code is _____.”

2. Call Governor Abbott at 512-463-1782 Today and sign up to volunteer for the Homes Not Handcuffs Coalition to push back on his fearful rhetoric against the homeless.

Sign up to receive updates from Indivisible TXLege

Visit the new IndivisibleTXLege.org


Events

Sign up for a City of Austin workshop on Undoing Racism and Community Organizing 

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day. (See the Take Action section above.)

Find polling locations

Saturday, November 9

Workshop on Organizing, Climate Justice, and Democracy

Hosted by Austin Sierra Club

1:30 p.m. at Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Office, 6406 N I-35

Facilitated by community organizers Dave Cortez and Shane Johnson (of Austin Sierra Club and Indivisible Austin), this workshop is the first in an ongoing series designed to support a growing network of activists who want to network, learn how to be better organizers, and build collective power so we can win on a variety of issues.

We will focus on two subject issues of fighting Big Oil & Gas and the Permian Highway Pipeline, and moving Austin towards 100% clean energy as examples of active and current campaigns.

View Facebook event

Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>

Thursday, November 21

A Conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Candidate for U.S Senate

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on their livestream for a conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Democratic candidate for U.S Senate, which Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith will moderate.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Learn about other Senate candidates on our 2020 resources page


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The Austin American-Statesman is out with a deep dive into Texas’s rising temperatures and heat-related death toll—and the politicians who refuse to acknowledge the crisis.

Texas Heat Deaths

“Interviews with scientists and climate experts helped us understand that the increasing electricity disconnections, heat deaths and health emergencies were happening amid historic rising temperatures, hotter years than the Lone Star state has seen before. Yet no state agency is holistically examining the public health effects of rising heat or searching for solutions to mitigate the increasing toll of climate change here. And in Texas’ conservative legislature, lawmakers have largely refused to acknowledge the reality of rising heat, failing to even hold hearings on climate-related proposals during the 2019 legislative session.”

Read “Hostage to Heat”

Your Moment of Zen

Protest Gov. Abbott’s dehumanizing attack on people experiencing homelessness | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

March for “Homes Not Handcuffs”

Homes not Handcuffs

Saturday, Nov. 2 at noon at the Governor’s Mansion, 1010 Colorado St. 

Gov. Abbott is threatening our city and enticing fear and hatred of our most vulnerable neighbors. The Governor is planning to use the Texas Department of Transportation to clear encampments under many of Austin’s highways. Individuals experiencing homelessness are at risk of losing shelter and belongings.

Austin must stand up to hate! Join us as we protest Gov. Abbott’s dehumanizing attack and demand real solutions to homelessness.

We’ll start with a protest at the Governor’s Mansion, march to the Republic Party of Texas headquarters, and end back at the Governor’s Mansion.

Volunteer/Donate

Facebook event

Vote No on Prop 4

From the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP):

  • Unfairly lets the rich continue to take advantage of the rest of us, so they don’t have to pay their fair share.
  • Unnecessarily bans state income taxes, even though the Texas Constitution already gives voters control over creating a state income tax.
  • Unwisely hurts our future ability to raise the necessary resources for quality schools, affordable health care, and better roads.

Learn more at www.NOProp4TX.org.

Get more elections info in the Events section below. 

Stop the BS witness intimidation in the SCIF

Last week a gang of House GOP members staged a sit-in to delay Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper’s witness testimony in Trump’s impeachment proceedings. Their complaint is that the testimony is being held in private committee hearings, rather than in public. This is a meritless complaint: More than 45 House GOP members (including some who participated in the sit-in) sit on the committees where witnesses are testifying. And the House rules—established by Speaker John Boehner in 2015—require this kind of sensitive testimony to be held in committee, not in public.

The real purpose of this stunt was to delay proceedings and intimidate witnesses—and by that measure was successful. It does not appear that any Central Texas members participated directly in the stunt—although of course Louie Gohmert was there—but some were at the very least sympathetic.

Call your reps and demand that they speak out against witness intimidation and political idiocy. Tell them:

  • What happened was an absolute dereliction of duty by the GOP members who joined in, and
  • A violation of national security.
  • You want to be ON THE RECORD as opposing what they did, and frankly, you think GOP members were also trying to intimidate the witness.

(h/t Celeste Pewter)

Get the latest impeachment updates from impeachment.guide


Events

Monday, October 28

In Support of Science: UT Protest Against Climate Change Denial

4 p.m. at Mulva Auditorium, Cockrell School of Engineering, 2501 Speedway

The Cockrell School of Engineering is hosting a seminar by climate change denier Alex Epstein. Show up in support of science, and let our campus know: pseudoscience and manipulation have no place at the University of Texas at Austin.

Facebook event

Saturday, Nov. 2

Homes Not Handcuffs Protest & March

Noon at the Governor’s Mansion, 1010 Colorado St. 

Gov. Abbott is threatening our city and enticing fear and hatred of our most vulnerable neighbors. The Governor is planning to use the Texas Department of Transportation to clear encampments under many of Austin’s highways. Individuals experiencing homelessness are at risk of losing shelter and belongings.

Austin must stand up to hate! Join us as we protest Gov. Abbott’s dehumanizing attack and demand real solutions to homelessness.

We’ll start with a protest at the Governor’s Mansion, march to the Republic Party of Texas headquarters, and end back at the Governor’s Mansion.

Volunteer/Donate

Facebook event

Support Austin Sanctuary Network at the “Dance for Freedom”

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their Fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

Buy tickets for the Dance for Freedom

More info from Austin Sanctuary Network

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day: Constitutional Amendments

Read the Austin Chronicle voting guide

Read the voting guide from Progress Texas

Read the voting guide from Move Texas (which includes a soundtrack!)

Read the voting guide from Texas Tribune

Find early voting locations

Saturday, November 9

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>

Thursday, November 21

A Conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Candidate for U.S Senate

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on their livestream for a conversation with Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Democratic candidate for U.S Senate, which Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith will moderate.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Learn about other Senate candidates on our 2020 resources page


Your Moment of Zen

Tell Cornyn & Cruz to support the bipartisan resolution condemning Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Take Action Newsletter

We fell a little short. Can you chip in $18 to cover the full cost of the bus to last week’s #NeverAgain Sukkot rally?

Take Action

Vote Early

Monday is the first day to vote early on constitutional amendments. Early voting continues through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Be A Texas Voter

Read the voting guide from Progress Texas

Read the voting guide from Move Texas (which includes a soundtrack!)

Read the voting guide from Texas Tribune

Find early voting locations

Tell Cornyn & Cruz to support the bipartisan resolution condemning Trump’s Syria withdrawal

Last week, the House passed a resolution condemning Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria—leading to a human rights catastrophe and potential genocide against the Kurds.

It should be noted that Reps. Roger Williams and John Carter voted against the resolution. Rep. Chip Roy voted “present”—which is perhaps even more cowardly. If you live in TX21, TX25, or TX31 it’s worth giving these guys a call and demanding explanation.

It’s important that this bill also pass the Senate—even though it is largely symbolic, we need to do all we can to apply pressure.

Here’s a script from Celeste Pewter


Action of the Week

#NeverAgain: Sukkot Rally at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX

But…we fell short of our fundraising goal. Can you chip in $18 today?


Events

Saturday, October 26

Intersex Awareness Day

Please join ACLU of Texas, HRC Austin and Equality Texas to learn more about the ~2% of your community born intersex, with any of a range of characteristics that may not fit traditional conceptions about male or female bodies.

View the Facebook event

Saturday, November 2

Support Austin Sanctuary Network at the “Dance for Freedom”

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their Fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

Buy tickets for the Dance for Freedom

More info from Austin Sanctuary Network

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day: Constitutional Amendments

Read the voting guide from Progress Texas

Read the voting guide from Move Texas (which includes a soundtrack!)

Read the voting guide from Texas Tribune

Find early voting locations

Saturday, November 9

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>


Your Moment of Zen

Impeachment Rally in Austin; #NeverAgain Sukkot Rally at T. Don Hutto Detention Center | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

MONDAY: Join the impeachment rally outside John Cornyn’s office

IMPEACH

TX21 Indivisible is hosting an impeachment rally—Monday 10/14 from noon to 1 p.m.! Before the Congressional recess ends, let’s make sure John Cornyn knows that Texans won’t stand for Senate stonewalling. We want the House’s impeachment efforts to be taken seriously, and we expect the Senate to act responsibly and remove Trump from office once his crimes are fully documented by impeachment hearings. Bring signs and gather on the sidewalk outside the building entrance. Small group visits to the Senator’s office upstairs may be possible, depending on staff.

Join the the Cornyn impeachment protest (or just show up)

View the Facebook event for this protest

By TUESDAY: Support local activists protesting conditions at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX

Indivisible Austin supports our Jewish and immigrant sisters and brothers in this demand to close the Hutto concentration camp in our own backyard.

We’re raising money to charter a bus from Austin to the “Never Again: Sukkot Action Central Texas” rally at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX on Tuesday, October 15.

Please consider a gift of $36 to support this urgent moral action and show that we mean #NeverAgainIsNow.

Support the Sukkot action

Facebook event


2020 is coming

Texas Observer: Who Is John Cornyn Serving?

Spoiler: It ain’t us.

In an article by Justin Miller, the Texas Observer spells out in excruciating detail Sen. John Cornyn’s history of subservience to corporations and political winds.  Cornyn was engineered in Karl Rove’s lab and the moral fecklessness we’ve seen in him during the Trump era has been evident since the beginning of his career in politics.

Support Cornyn’s 2020 opponents

Take the pledge to fire John Cornyn at senatorjohncornyn.com


Events

Monday, October 14

TX21’s Impeachment Rally at John Cornyn’s office

12 to 1 p.m. at Sen. John Cornyn’s office, 221 W 6th St (Chase Tower).

Bring signs and gather on the sidewalk outside the building entrance. Small group visits to the Senator’s office upstairs may be possible, depending on staff.

Join the the Cornyn impeachment protest (or just show up)

View the Facebook event for this protest

Tuesday, October 15

#NeverAgain Rally at T. Don Hutto Detention Center (see action above)

6 p.m., see event listing for details

Facebook event

Bus fundraiser

Add your ancestor

Austin Dem Debate Watch Party

6:30 p.m., at Infinte Monkey Theorem, 702 Shady Lane, Austin, Texas 78702

The Democratic National Committee is hosting its fourth debate in Ohio on Oct. 15. Join us for the official Jolt Watch Party!

View the Facebook event

Wednesday, October 16

Searchlight Series: Justice, Equity, and Action Around Rape; Part I: Series Introduction and the Provability Gap

6:30 p.m. at the Street-Jones Building, 1000 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702, 4th floor conference room

This five part community forum series will explore the intersections of victim/survivor justice, racial equity, and criminal justice transformation in order to discover opportunities to advance healing and community accountability for sexual violence in Austin. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP here

View the Facebook event

Sunday, October 20

Dancing Away Detention: Benefit for Grassroots Leadership’s Bond Fund

6 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St

From Grassroots Leadership:

Join us for a night of live music, food, and solidarity at Grassroots Leadership’s 9th annual Dancing Away Detention! ALL PROCEEDS will go toward our bond fund.

Whether it’s bonding out a mother so she can be reunited with her child, supporting a hunger strike leader facing solitary confinement, or setting a sexual assault survivor free from her abusive guard’s reach, we’re raising money to respond in these moments of crisis. Join us!

Our musical guests for the night are DJ Vanessa la Bestia, Bidi Bidi Banda, and Kiko Villamizar!

Invite your friends and stay up to date by following this event on Facebook for details on venue, food, silent auction, and musical acts.

Most days, we fight—but this night, we dance.

RSVP to dance away detention

Upcoming:

Saturday, October 26

Intersex Awareness Day

Please join ACLU of Texas, HRC Austin and Equality Texas to learn more about the ~2% of your community born intersex, with any of a range of characteristics that may not fit traditional conceptions about male or female bodies.

View the Facebook event

Saturday, November 2

Support Austin Sanctuary Network at the “Dance for Freedom”

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their Fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

Buy tickets for the Dance for Freedom

More info from Austin Sanctuary Network

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day

See what proposed constitutional amendments are on ballot

Saturday, November 9

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>

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Support local activists protesting conditions at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center | Take Action Newsletter

Act Locally

There’s not much we can add to the discourse on the steadily unraveling Trump administration except to keep telling your reps that you support impeachment. But there is more you can do at the state and local level—which we are eager to share below.

Take Action

Support local activists protesting conditions at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX

Indivisible Austin supports our Jewish and immigrant sisters and brothers in this demand to close the Hutto concentration camp in our own backyard.

We’re raising money to charter a bus from Austin to the “Never Again: Sukkot Action Central Texas” rally at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, TX.

Please consider a gift of $36 to support this urgent moral action and show that we mean #NeverAgainIsNow.

Support the Sukkot action

Support Austin Sanctuary Network’s fall fundraiser

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

Buy tickets to “Dance for Freedom”

More information about Austin Sanctuary Network’s fall fundraiser

Help raise funds for a Voting Rights license plate in Texas

From Rep. Gina Hinajosa: “During the 86th Legislative Session, we passed legislation (HB 1130) to create a specialty “Register to Vote” license plate. Now, we can officially remind others to register to vote while driving around or being stuck in Austin traffic.

Please donate what you can so we can get this license plate out there on the streets and encourage voter participation!

Learn about the Constitutional Amendments on the November 5, 2019 ballot

We have an Election Day this November 5! League of Women Voters of Texas has a nonpartisan guide to the Constitutional Amendments.


Congress Critter of the Week: Rep. Bill Flores

Rep. Bill Flores

Retiring Rep. Bill Flores (TX17) has nothing to lose. He is in an allegedly “safe” Republican district. He could go quietly to spend more time with his family. He could even, you know, say something mildly critical about the rampant corruption in the Trump White House. Instead he has doubled down on his venality, retweeting conspiracy theorists and generally continuing to be an all-around Trump bootlicker. Why? What’s in it for him? Has Fox News so poisoned his brain that he doesn’t see the ship going down? Meanwhile, he was unusually taciturn about the prospect of fellow Republican Rep. Pete Sessions running for his seat. While we watch this play out within the GOP, Democrat Rick Kennedy must be feeling pretty good.


Events

Wednesday, October 9

Chip Roy Town Hall in Banderas, TX

Rep. Chip Roy has decided to hold a town hall… on a weeknight, two hours away, in a town with fewer than 900 people. It’s about as far from Austin as you can get without jetpacking out of TX21 altogether, which is clearly what Chip wants to do when he lands his eventual Fox News gig. (It’s also the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur, so good job excluding folks!)

Go see Chip in Banderas

Tuesday, October 15

#NeverAgain Rally at T. Don Hutto Detention Center (see action above)

6 p.m., see event listing for details

Facebook event

Bus fundraiser

Add your ancestor

Thursday, October 17

Drag Out the Vote fundraiser

7:30 p.m. at Coco Coquette, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez

All proceeds from the party will benefit Drag Out The Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit national campaign that works with drag queens to register voters and get them out to the polls.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Upcoming:

November 2, 2019

Dance for Freedom

Austin Sanctuary Network is in the middle of their Fall fundraiser, and has a big event coming up! Dance for Freedom with Brave Combo will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Nov. 2 from 7 PM-10 PM. Buy your tickets at https://www.crowdrise.com/dance-for-freedom. Early Bird Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22, VIP Early Bird Tickets are $50 and include an ASN T-Shirt and special seating.

More info here:

https://austinsanctuarynetwork.org/2019/08/28/support-asn-and-come-party-with-brave-combo/

https://bravecombo.com/

November 5, 2019

Election Day

See the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot

November 9, 2019

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>


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What our feckless representatives say about Ukraine and impeachment | Take Action Newsletter

Take Action

Impeach—and organize.

Trump’s latest impeachable offense—pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for military support—has captured the nation’s attention in a new way. The national Indivisible team, along with MoveOn and other partners, has a new website to help organize and make sense of impeachment:

www.impeachnow.org

In Central Texas, it comes as no surprise that—with the exception of Rep. Lloyd Doggett—not one representative has shown class or spine. Their fealty to a corrupt president is absolute.

“Impeachment is what Vladimir Putin wants,” says Rep. Michael McCaul in a WSJ Op-ed.

Retiring Rep. Bill Flores appears to be gunning for a cabinet position, retweeting conspiracy theories from rightwing nutjobs and telling the press that it’s Pelosi, not Trump, who is violating the rule of law. It’s clear he’s not leaving office because he grew a conscience.

Speaking of rule of law, Sen. John Cornyn says the quiet part out loud: The Senate will never convict, no matter where the evidence leads. What a check! What a balance!

So what can we do?

You can and should continue writing your reps demanding a Yes vote on impeachment. But just as importantly, it’s time to organize against venal politicians like Reps. McCaul, Flores, Roy, Williams and Carter—and especially against Sen. John Cornyn. These guys are hopeless. They are dangerous. They are dragging down our country. Let’s donate, knock doors, and vote them the hell out of office.

Find and support candidates running against venal Trump bootlickers

Use this excellent script by Celeste Pewter when you call your GOP reps

Read: The Texas Politicians Who Have Rallied to Trump’s Defense, From the Gutsy to the Gutless (Texas Monthly)


Let’s talk about the climate crisis

The Trump-Ukraine scandal and the march toward impeachment feels like the biggest story in the world. It’s not. Nixon fell in two weeks, and Trump might too, but the crisis of our overheated planet will outlast every news cycle. And, finally, the world is paying attention. Climate activists organized a global strike. Rallies were held worldwide. Major news outlets dedicated hours of substantive climate coverage. We may finally be at the tipping point needed to save our species. The key is to stay angry, and to channel that anger into action.

Emily Atkin writes in the excellent heated.world newsletter:

All I can say is that, when I understand all these things, I do not primarily feel despair. I feel anger. Because we have the science. We have the solutions. It’s all here, right in front of us, wrapped up in a red satin bow. It’s all been sitting here for literally decades. And no one is fucking doing anything about it.

I strongly believe that anger—at least when it’s directed on behalf of others, particularly those less powerful than you—is essential to effective journalism and effective action. Unlike despair, which is paralyzing, I find it to be a catalyzing emotion.

When I am angry, I am driven to act. When I act, I feel better.

This was in response to two reports issued on the same day: The extremely concerning UN/IPCC report on the health of the world’s oceans, and a report in the journal Science on how oceans could actually be the solution to the climate crisis.

Let’s not despair. Let’s stay angry. And turn that anger into action:


Action of the Week

Indivisible Rosedale Huddle birddogs Rep. McCaul at TribFest

At the end of the session, Rosedale Huddle members rose up and called out McCaul for his fecklessness and avoidance.

Rep. Michael McCaul was at TribFest over the weekend, speaking on a panel with former Obama-era DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The topic was “The Threat Assessment” and included questions on the Ukraine whistleblower scandal, Russian election interference, domestic terrorism, and gun violence. For many of the tireless TX10 constituents in the Indivisible Rosedale Huddle, this was the closest to their rep they’d after gotten—after two years of trying.

Here’s Rep. McCaul citing Indivisible members as a driving force for impeachment in the House:

Watch the full video

Watch all six McCaul TribFest videos

 


Events

Thursday, October 3

Naomi Klein, author of “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal”

7 p.m. at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar

Event is free. Tickets are required for book signings. 

Upcoming:

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day

See what proposed constitutional amendments are on ballot

Saturday, November 9

Join the Austin #SickOfItTX Block Walk

Health care was the top issue for Texas voters in 2018… but state leaders once again failed to expand health coverage in 2019. Indivisible Austin is sick of it. That’s why we’re co-hosting the #SickOfItTX Block Walk for Health Care in Austin on Nov. 9 as part of a statewide weekend of action for health care.

We’ll be asking neighbors three key questions:

  1. Do you have health insurance?
  2. Do your children have health insurance?
  3. What do you do when you get sick?

These conversation starters will help us better understand the needs of our fellow Texans and recruit others to get involved. Then we’ll give our fellow Texans a megaphone so lawmakers will hear them loud and clear.

Go to www.sickofittx.com/events and sign up for the Austin Block Walk.

Also on Facebook >>


Your Moment of Zen