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Week of May 15, 2017

ALL WEEK: Email Sen. John Cornyn Your ACA Story

ALL WEEK: Get ready to stake out Sen. John Cornyn’s offices until he can provide answers on Russia

Sunday, May 14

12 to 3 p.m. Texas’ Moms Fight Back / Madres de Texas en la Lucha

All Day, and open to all–nationwide! Call people in TX-23, inviting them to Rep. Will Hurd’s San Antonio offices to demand a special prosecutor in the Russia investigation

Monday, May 15

All Day, and open to all–nationwide! Call people in TX-23 to tell them to go to Rep. Will Hurd’s San Antonio offices to demand a special prosecutor in the Russia investigation

Tuesday, May 16

12:15 p.m. Press Conference: Show Your Support for Litigation against SB4

1:30 to 3 p.m. Die-In at Sen. Cruz’s Office: R.I.P. = Republican Insurance Plan

Wednesday, May 17

All Day. Contact the FCC and Congress and tell them not to change Net Neutrality rules

Thursday, May 18

6 to 9 p.m. Wilco Indivisible VDR Training and General Meeting

8 to 9 p.m. Webcast from the Backbone Campaign: “Love Wins – Grand Strategy in a Battle of Paradigms”

Friday, May 19

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Indivisible Austin’s leadership team, please get in touch. Application deadline is June 1st.

Saturday, May 20

10 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

Week of May 8, 2017

ALL WEEK: It’s time for AHCA Payback

ALL WEEK: Get ready to stake out John Cornyn’s offices until he can provide answers on Russia

Monday, May 8

3:30 – 5 pm. AHCA PAYBACK at Michael McCaul’s office

4 – 5 pm Die-in at Bill Flores’ AUSTIN Office

Tuesday, May 9

8:30 to 10 a.m.We Are #HereToStay And We Will Remember

11 a.m. AHCA Payback at Sen. John Cornyn’s office

8 pm Indivisible Austin conference call with NARAL Pro Choice Texas

Wednesday, May 10

5 p.m. Emergency Action at Ted Cruz’s office to Sound the Alarm on Russia

7 p.m. SB4 Vigil at the Governor’s Mansion

All Day. Email John Cornyn your ACA story!

All Day. Call ALL MoCs and demand a special prosecutor for investigation into Russian election interference

Thursday, May 11

2:30 – 4 p.m. ACA Die-In at Rep McCaul’s Office

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Conversations at the Capitol: Public Policy, Process, Innovation

5 to 7 p.m. Refugee Services Benefit Night

Friday, May 12

All day. Email Sen. John Cornyn your ACA story

Saturday, May 13

11:45 am – 2:15 pm. TX-25 Congressional District Town Hall

Sunday, May 14

12 to 3 p.m. Texas’ Moms Fight Back / Madres de Texas en la Lucha

Week of May 1, 2017

ALL WEEK: Defend the ACA…again

Paul Ryan worked all weekend to whip up votes needed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a Freedom Caucus-approved monstrosity of a bill. We have not yet won this battle. In fact, we’re closer than ever to losing it.

Call your HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES and tell them NO on the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare

Read more about the bill here.

ALL WEEK: Get ready to stake out John Cornyn’s offices until he can provide answers on Russia

This is a statewide action, so please spread the word outside of Austin. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit cornynstakeout.com
  2. Connect with your local Indivisible group to sponsor a shift at one of Sen. Cornyn’s six offices, May 30 – June 2
  3. If you need help finding a group, or want to sponsor a stakeout, email stakeout@indivisibleaustin.com

Monday, May 1

All Day. Early Voting

Early voting for the May 6 local elections in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties runs through May 2, with Election Day on May 6. Municipalities and school boards throughout the region have positions up for election, and there are a number of bonds and tax elections, as well. Find out more about the elections and propositions on your ballot with the League of Women Voters – Austin Voters Guide, and more information about specific races, including the option to build your own ballot is available at Vote411.org.

All Day. Rise Up! Austin

Host Organizations: Workers Defense Project, Grassroots Leadership, Fight for $15, Education Austin, One Resistance, Black Sovereign Nation, ICE out of Austin, ISO/Austin Socialist Club, Inmigrantes Unidos

Austin organizations are calling on immigrant workers to stay home on May 1, keep their children home from school and to refrain from purchasing things in order to demonstrate the economic power of immigrant workers. Throughout the day there will be a series of action across the city of Austin, culminating at the Texas Capitol at 4pm.

Schedule:

9:30am Texas State Capitol (1100 N. Congress Ave) Action opposing SB 4. (Grassroots Leadership)

3:00 pm Rally and Gathering at Austin City Hall (301 W. 2nd Street). March depart to Capitol up Congress Ave

4:00 pm March arrives at Texas Capitol on South Steps, hold short rally.

4:15 pm Coalition organizations will hold teach-ins at Capitol Rotunda.

View Facebook Event

More information at reformimmigrationforamerica.org

Tuesday, May 2

Note: There will not be an Indivisible Austin conference call tonight. Our next call is May 9 with NARAL Pro Choice Texas. 

All Day. Early Voting

Early voting for the May 6 local elections in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties runs through May 2, with Election Day on May 6. Municipalities and school boards throughout the region have positions up for election, and there are a number of bonds and tax elections, as well. Find out more about the elections and propositions on your ballot with the League of Women Voters – Austin Voters Guide, and more information about specific races, including the option to build your own ballot is available at Vote411.org.

All Day. Call HOUSE REPS and tell them to oppose the Oppose the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R.10)

The Financial CHOICE Act is scheduled for a markup. The bill would replace the protections put in place Dodd-Frank, which Obama signed into law in 2010. This includes gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What else do we know about HR 10? Well, for one thing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin likes it. And Democrats on the Financial Services Committee are calling it the #WrongChoiceAct.

Wednesday, May 3

7:30  – 9 a.m. Community Event: Can Austin Unto Racism?

Palmer Event Center
Tickets: $25

Speakers:

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Task Force, President, Huston-Tillotson University

Dr. Paul Cruz, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Task Force, Superintendent, Austin Independent School District

From the organizer: Thanks to a group of citizens who participated in the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and System Inequities and issued a recent report, our city continues to move forward toward action. Join us on May 3 to hear from the Co-Chairs of the task force about the recommendations being made to tackle issues of racial and economic segregation. More info and ticket purchase from Leadership Austin.

6:45 to 8: 45 p.m. Protest Safety & Verbal Self Defense Workshop

Manchaca Library, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78745

TX21 Indivisible is excited to host a session on protest safety and verbal assertiveness led by Susan Schorn.
We’ll cover:
  • Grounding and emotional self-regulation techniques for public speaking/civic conflict situations
  • De-escalation and other group safety skills
  • Tactical nonviolence planning essentials
  • How to take control of a conversation (being rude for the right reasons)

Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move around (all activities can also be done seated)!

RSVP for this workshop

Thursday, May 4

All day. Call your Texas House Representative for a NO vote on HB 1911, which allows handguns to be carried without a license.

 The bill has been toned down a bit since it was debated three weeks ago (thanks to those who testified!), but still has troubling components including allowing guns to be carried in places of worship and people over 21 to carry a gun without a license (unless they’re in a “street gang”)

For more: Austin American Statesman: HB 1911 House Committee OKs Gun Carry without License

Read (includes summary of all gun-related bills in the TX lege): Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas Lawmakers Ready to Let Gun Owners Carry without Licenses?

Say: “Hi, I’m a constituent of Representative _____. As a [parent/teacher/citizen] in the great state of Texas, I’m concerned about HB 1911 which would allow Texans to carry handguns without a license. Texas is an example of responsible gun ownership, which includes proper training on how to use and store guns to protect our children. If passed, this bill would undermine that, and allow unsafe and untrained people to own and carry guns. It will also make it harder for our police to do their job safely and effectively. Support the children and police of Texas and vote NO for HB 1911. My zip code is ____.”

Find your Texas rep.

Friday, May 5

All day. Call Texas House reps and ask them to vote NO on Bathroom-Bill companion HB 2899

SB6 (the bathroom bill) passed the Texas State Senate in March. We hoped that the State House of Representatives would let it die in committee, but it looks like its House companion HB 2899 is gaining support in the House, as reported by Patrick Svitek on Friday: Texas Tribune: Patrick Expresses Support for House Companion Bathroom Bill.
Call your state representative and ask them to vote No on the discriminatory HB 2899 if it comes up for a vote.
Here’s a list of Representatives on the Texas House of Representatives State Affairs Committee

Saturday, May 6

All day. Election Day!

Vote in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. Municipalities and school boards throughout the region have positions up for election, and there are a number of bonds and tax elections, as well. Find out more about the elections and propositions on your ballot with the League of Women Voters – Austin Voters Guide, and more information about specific races, including the option to build your own ballot is available at Vote411.org.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Media Training for Activists

Yarborough Library• 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX 78756

The work you’re doing is at the forefront in the fight to resist authoritarianism and defend democracy! Talking to the media is an important part of our work as activists–but it can be nerve-racking and intimidating. Let’s fix that!

In this training you’ll learn how to:

  • Draft a media advisory and press release about your organization or event
  • Find the right journalists to contact with your story
  • Develop interview skills–practice your message and stick to it!
  • Look and sound your best for TV and radio

Our training will be led by organizers and activist PR pros from several Austin-area indivisible groups.

You’ll come away with a new set of skills and several helpful templates for media communications.

All are welcome at this training!

RSVP for this event

Week of April 24, 2017

ALL WEEK: Defend the ACA…again

Friday is the deadline for Congress to pass a budget, and your health is being used as a bargaining chip to get that bill passed. The main difference in this latest bill is the MacArthur Amendment, which would give waiver options to states. This amendment is there to appease the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus. In other words, this bill is even worse than the last one.

Here’s an example from Celeste Pewter of what the MacArthur Amendment would allow insurers to do:

It would give states the option of opting out of requiring insurance companies to charge the same price to everyone who is the same age, a provision called “community rating.”

In other words: “the draft amendment would allow states to seek a waiver, freeing insurers to go back to using an individual rating system to set premiums.” This ultimately impacts people with pre-existing conditions.

E.g. Per MIC: If passed, this could allow insurance companies to charge cancer patients more for their insurance plan, that may not cover their drugs.

It’s an extremist example, but apt.

Call your HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES and tell them NO on the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare

ALL WEEK: Early Voting for May 6 Elections

Early voting for the May 6 local elections in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties takes place from April 24 – May 2. Municipalities and school boards throughout the region have positions up for election, and there are a number of bonds and tax elections, as well. Find out more about the elections and propositions on your ballot with the League of Women Voters – Austin Voters Guide, and more information about specific races, including the option to build your own ballot is available at Vote411.org.

ALL WEEK: Climate Justice Week

Climate Justice Week—a week of workshops, presentations, and panel discussions, culminating with the Austin People’s Climate March on April 29th—aims to foster understanding and build power at the intersections of protecting the planet with fighting the injustices facing people living in the margins of society.

Sunday, April 23

4 to 5:30 p.m. Climate Justice Week: Forests, Food, Faith and Climate Change

Austin Public Library Yarborough Branch
2200 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

Monday, April 24

All Day. Call Texas State House Reps to Tell Them NO on SB4: The Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill

On Wednesday, SB4, the “Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill” goes for the full House for a vote. There are several actions planned to draw attention to this cruel legislation.

Script for calling Texas House Reps:

“Hi, my name is ________ and I am calling to demand that the Representative OPPOSE Senate Bill 4 in any form. [My family / Texas students / Texas children] deserve/s to live without fear, and to live lives of dignity and prosperity. Please tell the Representative that Texans OPPOSE SB 4 and they must too.”

For up to the moment information, text “StopSB4” to 877877 to stay up-to-date on how you can help, and to be a part of this action to block Trump’s mass deportation agenda in Texas.

Download the Immigrant Ally Toolkit from Indivisible Guide

Read more from Indivisible TX LEGE

All Day. Call TEXAS HOUSE REPS to OPPOSE GERRYMANDERING / HB 2221

Last week, the Senate passed SB 949 that would cap legal fees owed to successful challengers of redistricting and school finance claims to $250,000. This comes on the heels of yet another federal court ruling that found that Texas intentionally diluted minority votes when drawing the State House Districts in 2011. To date, the ongoing litigation surrounding this court case has topped $5 million. According to Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin, “[This] bill will make it harder for citizens of this state who are aggrieved by actions that violate the Constitution, to bring these cases.”

HB 2221 is the House companion bill to SB 949, and it’s in the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. The bill is set for a hearing on Tuesday. We need to slow this bill down. NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS and tell them you OPPOSE gerrymandering and therefore also OPPOSE HB 2221:

Chair: Rep. John T. Smithee (512) 463-0702
Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar (512) 463-0620

Members:
Rep. Roland Gutierrez (512) 463-0452 ***
Rep. Ana Hernandez (512) 463-0614
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (512) 463-0186
Rep. Andrew S. Murr (512) 463-0536
Rep. Victoria Neave (512) 463-0244 ***
Rep. Matt Rinaldi (512) 463-0468
Rep. Mike Schofield (512) 463-0528 (the AUTHOR of HB 2221)

*** Representatives that we know already will oppose HB 2221. But still okay to call to say thanks.

Next, CALL YOUR HOUSE REP and tell them to OPPOSE HB 2221.

Read more from Indivisible TX LEGE

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Climate Justice Week: Change Changemakers: Law and Policy

Austin Public Library Cepeda Branch
651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Tuesday, April 25

All Day. Call Texas State House Reps to Tell Them NO on SB4: The Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill

On Wednesday, SB4, the “Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill” goes for the full House for a vote. There are several actions planned to draw attention to this cruel legislation.

Script for calling Texas House Reps:

“Hi, my name is ________ and I am calling to demand that the Representative OPPOSE Senate Bill 4 in any form. [My family / Texas students / Texas children] deserve/s to live without fear, and to live lives of dignity and prosperity. Please tell the Representative that Texans OPPOSE SB 4 and they must too.”

For up to the moment information, text “StopSB4” to 877877 to stay up-to-date on how you can help, and to be a part of this action to block Trump’s mass deportation agenda in Texas.

Download the Immigrant Ally Toolkit from Indivisible Guide

Read more from Indivisible TX LEGE

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alliance for Clean Texas (ACT) Lobby Day

Texas State Capitol. RSVP by April 24 by emailing rita.beving@gmail.com

From the organizers: The Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) represents a coalition of environmental, public interest, consumer rights and religious organizations dedicated to improving public health, quality of life and the environment
in Texas by working for change at the regulatory and legislative levels.

More information from ACT

6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Climate Justice Week: Climate Change, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification

Green Room
4804 B Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756

8 to 9 p.m. Emergency SB4 Conference Call with Indivisible Austin, Workers Defense Project, and United We Dream

Guest Speakers:

Jose Garza, Executive Director, Workers Defense Project
Chris Valdez and Karla Perez Ramirez, United We Dream

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, April 26

All Day. Call Texas State House Reps to Tell Them NO on SB4: The Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill

On Wednesday, SB4, the “Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill” goes for the full House for a vote. There are several actions planned to draw attention to this cruel legislation.

Script for calling Texas House Reps:

“Hi, my name is ________ and I am calling to demand that the Representative OPPOSE Senate Bill 4 in any form. [My family / Texas students / Texas children] deserve/s to live without fear, and to live lives of dignity and prosperity. Please tell the Representative that Texans OPPOSE SB 4 and they must too.”

For up to the moment information, text “StopSB4” to 877877 to stay up-to-date on how you can help, and to be a part of this action to block Trump’s mass deportation agenda in Texas.

Download the Immigrant Ally Toolkit from Indivisible Guide

Read more from Indivisible TX LEGE

9 a.m. United We Dream Press Conference to Stop SB4

South Capitol Steps

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Cafe Java, 11900 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

A casual weekly meet-up for Indivisible Austin members and interested parties. Drop by to say hello, meet some of the members, grab a bumper sticker and wallet card, and maybe sit and chat for a while. We’re also now selling IATX t-shirts — $20 cash!

6 to 8 p.m. Capitol Vigil for Our Families to Stop SB4

Organized by United We Dream: Immigrant families, friends, & allies from across the state will join in solidarity and hold vigil at the State Capitol to uplift our families as the Texas House votes on Immigrant HATE Bill SB 4

6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Climate Justice Week: Climate Change and Education

University of Texas CPE 2.218
200 E Dean Keaton

Thursday, April 27

12 to 1 p.m. Training: Indivisible 101

North Austin, Location TBD

Instructor: Noah Masterson, Indivisible Austin co-founder and Board Vice President

New to the Indivisible movement? Ready to #Resist Trump but aren’t sure how to get started?

Join this basic training on what Indivisible is all about. You’ll learn:

  • How to adopt Tea Party tactics for progressive change
  • How we use Austin’s six gerrymandered congressional districts to our advantage
  • How we have been successful in blocking the worst of Trump’s policies

Feel free to pack a lunch!

RSVP FOR THIS EVENT

6 to 8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Central Market, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

A casual weekly meet-up for Indivisible Austin members and interested parties. Drop by to say hello, meet some of the members, grab a bumper sticker and wallet card, and maybe sit and chat for a while. We’re also now selling IATX t-shirts — $20 cash!

6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Climate Justice Week: Climate Change and Public Health

Austin Public Library Pleasant Hill Branch
211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745

Friday, April 28

Time TBD. Climate Justice Week Social/Hangout

Green Room
4804 B Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756

Saturday, April 29

1 p.m. Austin People’s Climate March

Texas State Capitol

Sunday, April 30

2:30 to 4 p.m. Training: “How to Plan & Attend In-Person Indivisible Actions”

Manchaca Road Library
5500 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78745

Have you been to an action or 6 at your member of Congress’ office and wondered, wow, how did those organizers get so organized?

Have you thought, gosh, I’d like to plan a meeting, program, or demonstration but I don’t even know where to start?

Or have you just been reluctant to go to your member of Congress’ office because you don’t know how things would work when you got there?

Then come to our first-ever training on how to plan and attend in-person actions!

You’ll come away with creative ideas and practical tips for organizing and attending a successful event or meeting for your group.

All are welcome at this training!

RSVP FOR THIS EVENT

Week of April 17, 2017

ALL WEEK: Congressional Recess – Check for Town Halls or Hold One of your Own

Congress is in recess, meaning they are traveling within their districts, allegedly to meet with constituents. Town Halls and other pubic appearances will be scheduled on short notice, so watch this space for regular updates. If there aren’t any official events scheduled, call them and ask why. They work for you, and you have a voice.

There are other “Constituent Town Halls” (events where your MoC probably won’t appear) popping up, and you can also create your own. It’s fun!

ALL WEEK: Make plans for the Kids’ Climate Action on Thursday

If you have children or grandchildren (or just small humans in your care), start making your after-school plans to join the Kids’ Climate Action on Thursday, April 20. See our Kids’ Climate Action toolkit for details.

Monday, April 17

All day. Call your MoC and ask three things:

  1. Is it okay for the President to use the office for personal, financial gain?
  2. Is it okay to change the tax code in ways that could personally benefit the President and his family members?
  3. Is it okay to hide the truth of whatever is in the President’s tax returns, obscuring his conflicts of interest?

Here’s our Board President, Lisa Benjamin Goodgame, at the Tax March rallying the crowd to do these three things. Pick up the phone!

Tuesday, April 18

All Day. Tell your Members of Congress to Vote Against Deportation Funding

Congress needs to pass a funding bill by April 28 of this year, or the government will shut down. And Donald Trump is using the budget process to ram through one of his most vicious policies.

Trump is requesting additional money (a “supplemental request”) in order to begin work on his border wall, expand his internal deportation force, and add more detention facilities to hold immigrants. This money will be used to rip apart American families, harm communities, and make us all less safe.

And how does he plan to pay for this? By cutting funding from essential programs that actually keep us safe and healthy—programs like education, housing, disease prevention, disaster response, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tell your MoCs that you don’t want Congress to spend one penny more to fund Trump’s deportation force, detention facilities or border wall. Tell them that you don’t want funding for essential programs cut.

This is especially relevant in Texas, where Trump’s first private prison for immigrants is already in the works.

8 to 9 p.m. Indivisible Austin Conference Call

Topic and guest speakers TBD.

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, April 19

ALL DAY. Tell MoCs to Investigate Russian Interference in the Election

Each day the American people watch as new bombshells drop related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and connections between Russia and the Trump administration emerge. Trump officials have lied, been forced to resign, and now are shopping for immunity. Alarmingly, key Republicans leading investigations into Russia have closed ranks to protect Donald Trump, suppressing testimony and public hearings.

Enough is enough. The American people deserve better. Congress should appoint a special commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Members of Congress have introduced bills in both the House and Senate that propose setting up an independent commission, composed of experts outside of Congress, to examine Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act (bill number H.R. 356). This bill would create an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in our elections.

Ask your Senator to co-sponsor Senator Cardin’s bill S. 27, which would similarly establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference.

10 a.m. to noon. TX-21 Indivisible Rally to Keep the Hill Country Beautiful

700 Main St, Kerrville, TX 78028

The rally to Keep Our Hill Country Beautiful is happening April 19 from 10:00 AM until noon (or later if we are having too much fun)! Dr. Bob Elde, co-founder of the Hill Country Science Mill, is our special guest speaker! Bob is our Hill Country neighbor and a scientist, author, educator, and environmental expert. You should not miss this. Bring a hand-written letter on environmental issues addressed to “Lamar” to participate in a special event! Rally participants from all over the district are invited!

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Epoch Coffee at the Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln #409

A casual weekly meet-up for Indivisible Austin members and interested parties. Drop by to say hello, meet some of the members, grab a bumper sticker and wallet card, and maybe sit and chat for a while. We’re also now selling IATX t-shirts — $20 cash!

Afternoon: Hearing on House “alternative” to SB 6 “bathroom bill”

From our friends at Equality Texas:
The Texas House Committee on State Affairs will hear witness testimony on HB2899, a proposed House alternative to the SB6 “bathroom bill,” on Wednesday, April 19th, starting in the afternoon in the John H. Reagan Office Building Room JHR 140 in the Capitol complex.

Read the proposed Committee Substitute to HB2899 here.

To be clear, this bill being promoted as an alternative to SB 6 by Texas lawmakers is unacceptable. CSHB 2899 is discriminatory and will leave thousands of transgender Texans without protections and vulnerable to harassment and violence.  

There are many ways to voice your opposition to HB2899. Two important ways are through social media and through testimony at the public hearing. For social media, we ask throughout the day that you use #StopHB2899 and #YallMeansAll when posting to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media app in order to create more advocacy noise. Read more to find out how to give public testimony on Wednesday.

Thursday, April 20

 3:30 p.m. Kids’ Climate Action

Gather kids between 3:30 and 4:00 on April 20th at the member of Congress’s office. Kids should bring prepared crafts, signs, and letters that they can read aloud and then leave with the member of congress or staffer.

Please see our Kids’ Climate Action toolkit for details. 

6 to 8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Cafe Express, 3418 N Lamar Blvd

A casual weekly meet-up for Indivisible Austin members and interested parties. Drop by to say hello, meet some of the members, grab a bumper sticker and wallet card, and maybe sit and chat for a while. We’re also now selling IATX t-shirts — $20 cash!

Friday, April 21

Make plans to join tomorrow’s March for Science and the People’s Climate March on April 29.

Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day!

9 a.m. to noon. March for Science

From the organizer:

Hey, Austin! We’ll stand in solidarity with friends and allies around the world to support and defend all things SCIENCE!

Science is more than just important. We couldn’t live without it.

Here is the schedule of events:

9-11 a.m. – Teach-in on the Texas Capitol grounds
11 a.m.-Noon – Rally at the Texas Capitol
Noon – March from the Capitol to the Earth Day celebration at Huston-Tillotson University

Facebook event

Week of April 10, 2017

Read: How Your Voices Made a Difference Last Week

ALL WEEK: Congressional Recess – Check for Town Halls or Hold One of your Own

Congress is in recess, meaning they are traveling within their districts, allegedly to meet with constituents. Town Halls and other pubic appearances will be scheduled on short notice, so watch this space for regular updates. If there aren’t any official events scheduled, call them and ask why. They work for you, and you have a voice.

There are other “Constituent Town Halls” (events where your MoC probably won’t appear) popping up, and you can also create your own. It’s fun!

ALL WEEK: Tell Your Member of Congress to Cut Recess Short and Hold a Vote on Syria

Whenever military action is taken, by any President, it is critical that Congress hold the President fully accountable. And that’s even more true when the President is a thin-skinned egomaniac. Trump cannot be allowed to fire off missiles the way that he fires off tweets. He cannot be allowed to bar Syrian child refugees from our shores and then claim he’s taking military action to protect them. And he absolutely cannot be allowed to drag us into another Middle East war. It’s Congress’ job to stop this from happening. Call your Member of Congress and demand that they return to session to exercise oversight over Trump’s warmongering.

We also encourage you to think about ways to help the people of Syria. Organizations like the White Helmets​, Doctors Without Borders​, and the International Rescue Committee​ are just a few of the many organizations helping on the ground and assisting refugees. Stand with them as an ally. And make your voice heard: there’s never been a more important time to call on your MoCs to support Syrian refugees. During this April recess, ask them what they’re doing to make sure America truly supports Syrian refugees by allowing them to come to the United States.

Monday, April 10

All day. Call TEXAS HOUSE REPS to Support Sandra Bland Bill

Tomorrow in the Texas Legislature, the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on HB2702, the Sandra Bland bill. This bill would limit police searches during stops, add reporting requirements for racial profiling, and create an independent ombudsman to monitor inmates’ rights and services. If you can’t be at the Capitol tomorrow to register your support, call your TEXAS HOUSE reps to express your support.

Tuesday, April 11

8 a.m. Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee hearings on Sandra Bland bill and others.

(See Monday’s action.) You don’t have to stay for the hearings; but if you can drop in at the Capitol, you can register your support for the Sandra Bland (HB2702) bill at one of the kiosks. Indivisible TX Lege has detailed instructions here.

12 to 1 p.m. TX-10 Mock Town Hall at Rep. Michael McCaul’s Office

Rep. McCaul begins his two-week recess this week, and despite thousands of phone calls, emails and office visits, he has STILL not scheduled a town hall to hear the voices of his constituents. (And, NO, a “tele-town hall” with canned statements and pre-screened questions does not count.) So, we are going to his office TUESDAY, APRIL 11th @ NOON to ask our questions anyway. Hopefully a staffer will come out to take notes, but if not, we’ll still record the event (for those who wish to be recorded), collect the questions and make sure that McCaul’s office sees it all and feels obliged to respond. Let’s make sure his recess starts with a big “WE’RE STILL HERE!”

WHAT TO BRING: Since this is a mock town hall, write a letter that you’d read at a McCaul’s town hall if he were to have one. Make your letter personal and end it with your question for Rep. McCaul. You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, supporting others willing to speak is just as important. Also, bring a sign relevant to your topic or one just asking for a town hall. And as always, Children and babies are welcome!

WHERE:
Rep. Michael McCaul’s Austin Office
9009 Mountain Ridge Drive
Austin Building, Suite 230
Austin, TX 78759

We’ll meet in the office park parking lot at NOON promptly. Just an FYI: It’s a corporate office park off 360, so it’s a bit hidden. There is plenty of parking in the building lot and on the street.

Facebook Event

6 – 7:30 p.m. Community Event: Black Lives Matter Austin General Body Meeting

Anderson Health and Wellness Center
1705 E 11th St

From the organizer: Join Black Lives Matter Austin for our April General Body Meeting. There will be several working committees: Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economics, Housing, Transportation, and Civics. “All are welcome at the table.”

Facebook event

8 to 9 p.m. Indivisible Austin Conference Call: Reclaim Recess!

We’ll discuss the area Town Halls and other actions happening during the congressional recess period.

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, April 12

ALL DAY – Call your TEXAS STATE HOUSE REP and ask them to vote No on HJR 39, the “Convention of States” bill

Courtesy of Indivisible TX Lege

On Thursday, April 13, there’s a House Federal Power & Responsibility Committee hearing on one of the far-right’s highest priorities: HJR39, to call a “Convention of States.” Call your State House Representative to oppose the call for a “Convention of States”.

SB21 and HJR2, resolutions that call for a Convention of States, have already passed the State Senate.

If its companion, HJR 39, passes the State House, Texas would become one of the 34 states needed to have a US Constitutional Convention. 28 States have approved such measures so far. Given the current political climate, there’s no telling what changes would be made to our Constitution, and how it would impact the separation of powers. If this doesn’t alarm you, it should.

  • Say: “Hi, I’m a constituent of Representative ______ and I’m calling to request (s)he vote NO on HJR 39. This resolution is a distraction from the pressing needs and priorities of Texans and as a tax payer, I’m appalled that our state legislators are wasting limited resources on this initiative.”

You can read about Empower Texans, a huge, single-donor lobby that is the money behind this push for a Convention of the States here, and while you’re at it read about how the Koch brothers own Greg Abbott here and here.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Radio, 4204 Manchaca Road

Indivisible Austin’s weekly lunchtime coffee gathering. Drop by to say hi, ask a question, voice a concern, meet other members, grab some free swag, or buy a t-shirt ($20 cash). Location changes weekly. Can’t make daytimes? Check out our Thursday night meetup.

Thursday, April 13

12 to 1 p.m. Ted Cruz Office Visit: Protect the Environment & Our Natural Resources

Organized by Indivisible Rosedale Huddle

Trump’s budget proposal includes a 30% CUT to the EPA – eliminating funding for the Clean Power Plan, regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and research for climate change. The proposal also includes a 12% CUT to the Dept of Interior which protects our national parks, fish and wildlife and natural resources.

Senator Cruz has been quoted as commending Trump for his efforts to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. We can’t let this happen.

WE MUST protect the environment and stop Trump.

Join us for a rally at Cruz’ office Thursday, April 13 @ 12pm

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Write a short letter to Cruz addressing concerns about the proposed budget cuts
  • Bring a relevant protest sign
  • You will need a photo ID (in case we get inside the offices)
  • Be prepared to read your letter to Cruz’ staff (optional)
  • Children are always welcome

WHERE TO MEET:
Senator Cruz – Austin office
JJ Pickle Federal Building
300 E. 8th St 78701
(meet in the plaza, back of the building, off San Jacinto and 9th St)

PARKING:
St. David’s (corner Trinity & 8th St) has public parking.  Street parking is also available

Facebook Event

6 to 8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Central Market, 4477 S Lamar Blvd

A casual weekly meet-up for Indivisible Austin members and interested parties. Drop by to say hello, meet some of the members, grab a bumper sticker and wallet card, and maybe sit and chat for a while. We’re also now selling IATX t-shirts — $20 cash!

7 to 10 p.m. TX-21 Constituent Town Hall with Jim Hightower

Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St

Thirty year incumbent Congressman Lamar Smith represents much of of central Texas and parts of Austin and San Antonio. He has said “Better to get your news directly from the president. In fact, it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth.” He also is a climate change denier who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Frightening, right?

Meanwhile, we are committed to change in the exceptionally gerrymandered District 21.

Also joining us are potential or declared candidates for TX21 in next year’s election including Ryan Allen, Derrick Crowe, Joseph Kopser, and Rixi Melton, and possibly more.

Jim Hightower, a New York Times bestselling author and America’s #1 progressive, is the host of Hightower Radio, heard on over 100 stations. His nationally syndicated column is carried in 75 publications and his newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, has more than 125,000 subscribers. Hightower is also the former Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

If you can see this Facebook page, please RSVP here.

8 to 9 p.m. Facebook Live Q&A with the Indivisible Project: “Reclaim Recess!”

April’s district work period is under way through April 23. Join the Indivisible Project again for a live webinar this Thursday to hear more about this recess’ policy priorities and our latest tips on how to hold your Member of Congress accountable.
There will be a livestream for those not on Facebook.

Friday, April 14

Make plans to join tomorrow’s Tax March; the Kids’ Climate Action on April 20; the March for Science on April 22; and the People’s Climate March on April 29.

Saturday, April 15

12 to 3 p.m. Tax March Austin – Texas Capitol

Within days of his inauguration, over one million citizens called on President Trump to release his tax returns, signing a White House Petition that garnered more signatures than any other in history. The Trump Administration’s response? “People don’t care.”

On April 15, we are marching on the Texas Capitol to show that we do care. Americans across the country will, once again, come together to send a clear message to Donald Trump: the President is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us.

Tax March Austin website

 

Week of April 3, 2017

ALL WEEK: Tell CRUZ and CORNYN to vote NO on cloture for Gorsuch + Oppose the “nuclear option”

Last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Neil Gorsuch were more of the same for the Trump administration: an extreme nominee attempting to defend his record of standing with corporate power instead of the American people. To ensure Gorsuch doesn’t roll back civil rights, women’s rights, labor rights, and many other rights for years to come, we need the Senate to show some serious spine.

The important vote for Gorsuch is the “cloture” vote. Voting for “cloture” means voting to cut off debate and end a filibuster. This vote requires 60 votes to succeed, which means Senate Republicans CAN’T win this on their own—they don’t have enough votes. Ask your Senator (regardless of party) to vote “NO on cloture” for Gorsuch.

If Republicans cannot find 60 votes for cloture, tell your Senators that you do NOT support the use of the “nuclear option”, which would change the Senate rules to allow for a simple majority to move the process forward. Tell your Senators that if the GOP can’t get to 60, they should change the nominee, not the rules!

Check out a script on this here

Monday, April 3

All Day. Call members of the Texas House redistricting committee

Want to end gerrymandering? It starts with the Texas Lege’s willingness to vote on redistricting. Please call the House Redistricting Committee to tell them how excited you are that HJR 32 and HB 369 have made it to their committee, you want them to call it for public hearings, and to vote to PASS this on to the Legislature for a full vote.

Scripts and contact information are here

Tuesday, April 4

8 p.m. “Reclaim Recess” Webinar from the Indivisible Team

NOTE: We are doing this instead of our regular Tuesday night call.

Last recess, more than 100,000 people showed up for town halls across the country and helped save health insurance for 24 million Americans. What can we accomplish this time?

The next in-district work period will begin on April 8. Join us for a live webinar this Tuesday to hear about this recess’ policy priorities and our latest tips on how to hold your Member of Congress accountable.

RSVP Here

Also check out our new Constituent Town Hall Toolkit

Wednesday, April 5

All Day. Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS to protest Trump’s response to Syrian war crimes.

Just read this:

Trump statement on Syria chemical attack

It’s hard to overstate how bizarre and dangerous this statement is. Normally, we focus our calls on specific legislation or cabinet nominees. But when your president violates decades, if not centuries, of norms, you can still make your voices heard. Speak from the heart, but if it helps to have a script, this will get you started:

President Trump’s response to war crimes committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people is unacceptable. Blaming the previous administration for a foreign government’s use of chemical weapons is unpatriotic and dangerous. When the United States cannot present a united front on the international stage, our credibility is severely diminished. Please put country over party and speak out against such a clear violation of American values.  

All Day. Call TEXAS HOUSE REPS to stop companies from selling your personal data

The Texas House votes on their budget tomorrow. There are many amendments, both good and bad, to call your rep about. But one in particular warrants attention because Trump just signed a bill that clears the way for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to sell your browsing history and other personal data.

But… you can stop this at the state level by telling your rep in the Texas House to support Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas)’s pro-privacy amendment. This should be a bipartisan issue!

Read about Anchia’s amendment (and many others) at Indivisible TXLege

Find your Texas House Rep

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Upper Crust Bakery

Indivisible Austin’s weekly lunchtime coffee gathering. Drop by to say hi, ask a question, voice a concern, meet other members, grab some free swag, or buy a t-shirt ($20 cash). Location changes weekly. Can’t make daytimes? Check out our Thursday night meetup.

Thursday, April 6

6 to 8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup

Cafe Express

A casual weekly meet-up for Indivisible Austin members and interested parties. Drop by to say hello, meet some of the members, grab a bumper sticker and wallet card, and maybe sit and chat for a while. We’re also now selling IATX t-shirts — $20 cash!

Friday, April 7

All day. Call MoCs and ask what Trump’s Syria strategy is; demand a public statement on refugees

Major hat tip to Celeste Pewter on this one. 

Last night, the U.S. launched dozens of missiles at Syrian military targets. This is a complicated situation. Yes, chemical attacks are unacceptable and need strong response; but does anyone trust Trump to carry out that response? Also, most Central Texas MoCs opposed any military strike on Syria when Obama was president. Now they are changing their tune.

  1. If your MoC opposed a strike in 2013, but approved Trump’s unilateral bombing last night, ask them why. What has changed? Why wasn’t Congress consulted? And what is the plan now?
  2. Also ask them: Now that we are bombing Syria, ostensibly for humanitarian reasons, what is their stance on allowing Syrian refugees into the United States? Demand a public response… and also a Town Hall.

All day. Call MoCs and demand a Town Hall!

Congress heads into recess this weekend, which allegedly means they make themselves available to meet with constituents in their districts. So call them up and ask for a meeting! And if they refuse, considering hold one anyway–without them. Here are some tips on how to hold your own “Constituent Town Hall.” 

Saturday, April 8

9 – 10:30 a.m. TX Lege Town Hall with Eddie Rodriguez, TX House District 51

Linder Elementary School, 2801 Metcalfe Rd

Facebook event

1:30-5:30 p.m. Community Event: Resistencia Fest

In February 2017, almost 20,000 Latinx youth from Austin walked out of school to protest immigration raids and resist Donald Trump’s hate agenda. Resistencia Fest is a free event to celebrate the students who walked out and bring Latinx youth (many of whom will be eligible to vote soon) together to empower them to take their movement to the polls next year.

Resistencia Fest Website

Week of March 27, 2017

ALL WEEK: Call Your MoC’s and Ask Them to Support an Independent and Complete Investigation Into Trump’s Ties with Russia


Despite calls for an independent investigation lead by an independent prosecutor the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), insists on holding hearings in secret, behind closed doors. Call your MoC’s and tell them that this issue is too important to be hidden from the full view of the American people and to take the investigation out of the hands of partisan Members of Congress.

Monday, March 27

All Day: Ask Your HOUSE REP to Support the Release of Trump’s Tax Returns

Ask your MoC to co-sponsor H.Res.186, which directs the Secretary of the Treasury to provide to the House of Representatives the tax returns and other specified financial information of President Donald J. Trump.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Pascrell on March 9, 2017 and is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means. A mark-up of the resolution is scheduled for 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 28th.

Texas Representatives on the House Ways and Means Committee

  • Kevin Brady
  • Sam Johnson (R)
  • Kenny Marchant (R)
  • Lloyd Doggett (D)

Tuesday, March 28

All day. Call HOUSE REPS and tell them to protect our internet privacy by voting NO on S.J. Res. 34

This bill rolls back Obama-era Federal Communications Commission protections and allow broadband internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to sell your sensitive internet activity data (including location and web browsing data) to the highest bidder.

Read more about internet privacy

All day. Call SENATORS to say NO VOTE on Gorsuch until there is an independent and complete investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia

Supreme Court justices are appointed for life. We can afford to wait a few months for the FBI to complete its investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Republicans did not allow Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to even have a hearing. Now we are deep in the confirmation process of a nominee from a president who the FBI may reveal is illegitimate. Tell Senators that the confirmation process must stop until we know what’s going on.

Read more about Neil Gorsuch

8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Conference Call on Texas Gerrymandering

Carthy Shelton, DeGerrymander Texas – Organizer
Stephanie Swanson, DeGerrymander Texas – Organizer
Liz Haltom, Texans Ending Gerrymandering

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, March 29

All day. Call SENATORS and ask them to support the Presidential Tax Transparency Act

Donald Trump must fully release all of his recent tax returns to prove he is working for the American people, instead of getting rich from foreign governments and shady deals. Since 1980, every major party nominee has voluntarily released their tax returns. The recently-leaked two-page summary of his 2005 returns are not enough, and raise more questions than answers.

Read more about the Presidential Tax Transparency Act

Thursday, March 30

All day. Call MoCs and demand that Devin Nunes step down as House Intelligence chair

Devin Nunes cannot be trusted to lead an investigation into Russian meddling with the elections when his allegiances are clearly with the White House and the Trump campaign. This call is especially important if your representative is on the House Intelligence committee.

Texas members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

  • Mike Conaway (R)
  • Will Hurd (R)
  • Joaquin Castro (D)

More resources and scripts on Devin Nunes are here. 

Friday, March 31

All day. (Repeat from Tuesday — it’s that important!) Call SENATORS to say NO VOTE on Gorsuch until there is an independent and complete investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia

Supreme Court justices are appointed for life. We can afford to wait a few months for the FBI to complete its investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Republicans did not allow Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to even have a hearing. Now we are deep in the confirmation process of a nominee from a president who the FBI may reveal is illegitimate. Tell Senators that the confirmation process must stop until we know what’s going on.

Read more about Neil Gorsuch

And one more to end your week…

Today we’re borrowing from Indivisible TX Lege and asking you to call your TEXAS HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE in support of House Bill 4260, which would fine men $100 for masturbating and require that they read a booklet about “men’s health” procedures like vasectomies and colonoscopies.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Read more on the Indivisible TX Lege website. 

Week of March 20, 2017

First, let’s look at how your voices made a difference last week.

ALL WEEK

Monday, March 20

All day – Call SENATORS to Combat Donald Trump’s Arch-Conservative SCOTUS Pick

Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court—and not just because Republicans stole this seat by refusing to hold a hearing (let alone a vote!) for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s supremely well qualified and moderate nominee. Judge Gorsuch is a staunch conservative out of step with the American people.

More info >

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Community Event: Equality Texas – All in for Advocacy Day, Texas Capitol

Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Human Rights Campaign, Texas Freedom Network, and Transgender Education Network of Texas invite you to our All In For Equality Advocacy Day. This is an opportunity for YOU to ask state leaders to pass inclusive policies that protect all Texans, including our children; and end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Registration Required

Tuesday, March 21

All Day – Call your MoC to Save the Arts!

Today is National Arts Advocacy Day.

Call your reps TODAY and tell them that the arts are not optional — they are important to you and to the nation’s economy. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the creative industries generate $704 billion (4.2%) of the U.S. economy — greater than the contributions of the construction ($586.7 billion), transportation and, warehousing ($464.1 billion) industries — and provide jobs to 4.7 million Americans. The arts also bolster local economies by attracting the tourist dollar. They enrich our lives immeasurably, improve quality of life, and study after study shows that children who partake of arts education do better in math and reading, hone discipline and concentration skills, have greater cultural awareness, and learn foreign languages better.

Last week, President Trump released a non-binding budget resolution that proposed the elimination of 19 federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts. Congress must still put forward and pass their own budget legislation, which means there’s time to build and strengthen relationships with lawmakers and urge them to save the NEA and fund the agency at $155 million for fiscal year 2018.

A related issue is tax reform — there have been proposals from both sides of the aisle that would limit giving to charitable communities. The nonprofit sector is urging Congress to preserve the full scope and value of the tax deduction for all charitable gifts.

8pm – 9pm  Indivisible Austin Conference Call – Fight back on ACA repeal!

Join us for our weekly conference call with our guest speaker Melissa McChesney, Healthcare Outreach Coordinator with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. She’ll discuss the specific impacts of the repeal bill to Texas. This call will help you be a better advocated when you call your House rep and ask them to vote NO.

Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, March 22

11 am Coffee Meetup with Indivisible Austin. Get a free bumper sticker!

Epoch Coffee at the Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln #409, Austin, TX 78757

ACA Vigils: Don’t Take Away Our Healthcare

Let’s gather together in solidarity with dozens of other Indivisible groups across the state on Wednesday at dusk for a candlelight vigil. Bring a candle; we will have some extras…we will provide the light!

Show our representatives and our community that we do not condone stripping healthcare from millions of Americans.

Austin Citywide Vigil: 7:30-9 pm, University Medical Center Brackenridge, 601 E 15th St, Austin, Texas 78701

Western ATX Vigil: 7:30-9 pm, Baylor Scott & White – Lakeway, 100 Medical Parkway, Lakeway, Texas

Wilco/Round Rock Vigil: 7:30-9 pm, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, 2400 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, TX 78681

TX17 Vigil: 7:30-9 pm, Rep. Bill Flores’ Austin Office, 14205 N. Burnet Rd Suite 230, Austin, TX 78728

Kerrville Vigil: 7:00 pm: Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St., Kerrville, TX

San Antonio Vigil: 8-9 pm, 500 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX

Waco Vigil: 7:30 pm, Rep. Bill Flores’s Waco Office: 400 Austin Ave # 302, Waco, TX (and again on Thursday, March 23, same time and place)

Thursday, March 23

All day – Trumpcare vote expected in the House – call your HOUSE representative!

6-8 p.m. – IATX Evening Meet-up & Bumper Sticker Giveaway

Cafe Express, 3418 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705, USA (map)

Friday, March 24

Plan a visit to your MoC’s office to provide feedback on their vote on Trumpcare.

Saturday, March 25

11am – 1pm District 25 Social at Black Star Coop

Black Star Co-op (map)

This is a bi-monthly social gathering for members of Indivisible TX-25 to meet in person, share information, and have a good time. Indivisible members from other districts are welcome to attend.

Week of March 13, 2017

ALL WEEK

  • Call your Congressperson to stop ACA Repeal attempts by Trump/Ryan!
    Call your MoC and say:
    Will [Senator X, Rep Y] commit, publicly, to opposing any congressional action on ANY ACA repeal bill without a transparent process, including public hearings on options besides a full repeal, a public nonpartisan CBO score, concrete objectively determined estimates of how many Americans will lose coverage, and a full congressional debate?
  • Call your Congressperson to demand a full investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia!
    Call your MoC and say:
    Will [Senator X or Rep Y] commit to publicly demanding Jeff Sessions’s resignation or removal, as well as a bipartisan select committee to investigate possible Republican ties to and collusion with Russia? I’d like to know whether he/she will uphold her elected duty to safeguard our nation and our democracy.

Monday, March 13

9am to 2pm – Immigrant Youth, LGBTQIA Community, and Faith Leaders Rally

Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA (map)

On Monday, immigrant youth from across the State, along with faith leaders and LGBTQIA leaders from Houston, will join in solidarity to show their collective power against State legislation currently threatening their community, among those Senate Bill 4, which is due for a House hearing on March 15th. They will join in prayer and reflection at the State capitol, visit legislators and hold a media event as State legislators are set to make critical decisions that affect their lives.

More details

9 am – Ask Your Member of Congress to Oppose H.J.Res.83

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is an important safeguard for American workers. Its regulations don’t just apply to those whose jobs require physical labor—nearly all Americans who hold jobs are protected by OSHA regulations. This joint resolution would limit OSHA’s ability to cite employers who violate workplace injury and illness requirements. Currently, when an employer violates record-keeping requirements, OSHA has up to 66 months from the time of violation to cite or impose a penalty.

However, if H.J.Res 83 passes the Senate, OSHA’s jurisdiction would be limited to six months after the records violation occurred. This joint resolution effectively decreases OSHA’s ability to hold employers in violation of records-keeping requirements from five years from the date of violation to just six months. This puts workplace safety at risk, because employers will have little incentive to keep records: it’s unlikely that an already over-extended OSHA will be able to catch infractions in this extremely short timeframe.

The House has passed H.J. Res 83, but the bill still needs to clear the Senate. Tell your Senators that you support American workers and oppose H.J.Res 83.

Tuesday, March 14

9am – Ask Your Member of Congress to Support the Release of Trump’s Tax Returns

Ask your MoC to co-sponsor H.Res.186, which directs the Secretary of the Treasury to provide to the House of Representatives the tax returns and other specified financial information of President Donald J. Trump.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Pascrell on March 9, 2017 and is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means.

6pm – 7:30 pm – Black Lives Matter March General Body Meeting

1705 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA (map)

Join Black Lives Matter Austin for our March General Body Meeting. There will be several working committees: Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economics, Housing, Transportation, and Civics.
All are welcome at the table.

8pm – 9pm  Indivisible Austin Conference Call

Join us at our weekly conference call! This week’s topic: Increase your digital security and safety!
Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542
Here are some resources:

Wednesday, March 15

9am – Ask your Member of Congress to Oppose ACA Repeal

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release the score for the GOP’s Plan early this week. Please call your MoC and ask them to oppose the GOP’s harmful healthcare bill.

All day! Stop SB4 w/ Workers Defense Project

Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA (map)

SB 4 is on the move in the Texas legislature. Since it was voted out of the Senate last month, it was sent to the House to be referred to a committee. This week SB 4 has been sent to House State Affairs along with the companion House bills. Is your rep on the committee?
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is the only Austin-area rep on the State Affairs committee. If you’re in his district, give him a call at (512) 463-0674 and let him know you want him to vote against this bill!
Our friends at Workers Defense Project have kindly provided this script:
Hi, My name is __________.  As a concerned constituent of the state of Texas. I urge Representative _______ to oppose SB 4 and all companion bills – HB 611, HB 754, HB 889, and HB 1308.  I care about keeping Texans safe and together, this includes my immigrant neighbors. Texas is great because of the contributions, diversity, and hard work immigrants from all over the world bring to their community. Implementing Senate Bill 4 means putting the people I deeply care for, including my (example: mom, priest, pastor, friend, son, etc) __________ in danger of being racially profiled and this will have a negative economic effect on our state. Immigrant neighbors will be afraid of being separated from their loved ones because of Senate Bill 4 and will be afraid to report a crime to local law enforcement. Senate Bill 4 goes against our values as Texans and many Texans oppose this bill, including faith, business, law enforcement leaders.
More information on WDP’s Facebook Event

11 am Coffee Meetup with Indivisible Austin. Get a free bumper sticker!

Texas French Bread, 2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA (map)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm –  JOLT Volunteer Orientation and Potluck

4704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA (map)

Join us for a volunteer orientation from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm followed by a potluck for all Jolt members. We’ll talk about how to build the power of the Latino community and next steps to organize Latino voters. We’ll share the orientation address via Facebook message with those who sign up.

Saturday March 18

11am – 1pm District 25 Social at Black Star Coop

Black Star Co-op (map)

This is a bi-monthly social gathering for members of Indivisible TX-25 to meet in person, share information, and have a good time. Indivisible members from other districts are welcome to attend.

Week of February 27, 2017

Monday, Feb. 27

All day. Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS and ask them to request Donald Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury Department. Donald Trump is the only president in our modern history not to release his tax returns. The American people deserve to know whether the president is following the law like the rest of us. Congress empowered itself in 1924 to obtain tax returns from executive branch employees, including the President. It has been used before, including to obtain Richard Nixon’s tax returns. Additional scripts are here.

All day. TX-21 (Lamar Smith’s Constituents): Tomorrow morning the House Judiciary Committee votes on a resolution (H. Res 111) requiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release documents related to corruption by Trump or his cronies, including ties to foreign governments. Lamar Smith is on this committee, please call and ask him to a) co-sponsor the bill, and b) vote FOR it.

All day. Call SENATORS and ask them to Vote No on the confirmation of Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary (vote is tonight):

Hello, I’m calling to ask my senator to vote NO on the nomination of Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary. I am concerned about Mr. Ross’ record of predatory business tactics which favor the corporation over the worker and his financial and political conflicts of interests. Mr. Ross has a long history of favoring the bottom line over that of the common man in many industries, from coal to banking. Thank you for your time.

More on Wilbur Ross

Tuesday, Feb. 28

All day. Call SENATORS and ask them to vote No on Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. Sample Script:

Hi my name is ____, I am a constituent of Sen. [Cornyn or Cruz] and I am calling to urge you to vote “NO” on the confirmation of Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy. Gov. Perry has no scientific or professional background that qualifies him to serve in this role. His fundamental misunderstanding that the DOE is responsible for securing our nation’s nuclear arsenal makes him wholly unqualified for this role. Furthermore, he is on the record as a climate change skeptic, and I believe he is unlikely to continue the DOE’s cultivation of safe, renewable energy sources. I hope you will demand a higher qualification for this important position than political loyalty to the President-Elect. Thank you.

Courtesy of TX-10 Indivisible

8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Weekly Conference Call

Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, March 1

All day. Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS and ask for an investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia.

Michael Flynn, disgraced former national security advisor to the Trump administration, resigned after it was discovered that he illegally contacted Russian officials prior to President Trump’s inauguration. In these conversations, Flynn discussed sanctions levied by President Obama against the country due to its involvement in the 2016 presidential election and urged Russia not to overreact to the action, making clear the sanctions would come under review after the inauguration.

Through these conversations, a non-elected official, appointed by a President-elect who had yet to take office, violated the Logan Act of 1799, which prohibits unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments that the US is engaged in disputes with. Not only did Flynn act illegally, his relations with Russia continue to reveal a troubling relationship between the Trump camp and Russia.

Most troubling of all, the White House knew about Flynn’s illegal communications with Russian officials for at least two weeks and did nothing about it. Flynn resigned only after the information became public through extensive reporting from major news outlets. It is not enough that Michael Flynn has resigned. This is a matter of national security that must be fully investigated by Congress.

Read more scripts and information abut Trump’s ties to Russia

Thursday, March 2

All day. UPDATE: As further evidence mounts of the Trump campaign’s direct ties to Russia, and AG Jeff Sessions lying under oath about his own conversations, it’s more urgent than ever to hold Trump’s enablers in congress accountable.

Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS and demand a full, independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia—as well as the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for lying under oath. Recusal is not enough; he MUST resign. 

And if your MoC is on the House Oversight Committee, tell them to do their jobs and shine light into the dark corners of the federal government.

This is the House Oversight Committee’s Mission Statement:

Our mission statement is to ensure the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government and all its agencies. We provide a check and balance on the role and power of Washington – and a voice to the people it serves.

House Oversight Committee Members from Texas:

  • TX-27 Blake Farenthold
  • TX-23 William Hurd

Our Members of Congress need to do their jobs!

WHILE YOU HAVE SENATORS ON THE PHONE: The full Senate will vote on the nomination of Ben Carson for HUD Secretary. Here’s our script:

I’m calling to urge you to block the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Carson himself admits that lacks the experience and expertise necessary for this, or any, cabinet position, and his retrograde statements on fair housing rules are a threat to the civil rights of countless American citizens. Please block Dr. Carson’s confirmation. Thank you.

Friday, March 3

ALERT! Two committees in the House appear to be planning to jam through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act next Wednesday, March 8.  Call HOUSE REPS—especially Bill Flores if you are in TX-17—and ask them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

I am calling to ask my representative to vote NO on the repeal of the ACA and the mandates which help Obamacare function. The ACA has made it possible for 20 million more Americans to get health insurance, and reduced the uninsured rate to the lowest in history, and made health insurance within reach of 17.6 million people. We should not return to the time when a family was an illness away from bankruptcy, and taxpayers had to pay $75 to $125 BILLION dollars for uncompensated emergency-room visits. Please vote NO on repealing the ACA/Obamacare without plans for a replacement.

This is especially important if your rep is on the House Ways and Means or Energy and Commerce Committee. These are the committees planning to vote Wednesday.

Texas Representatives on the House Energy and Commerce Committee:

  • Joe Barton  (R) – Vice Chairman
  • Michael Burgess (R)
  • Pete Olson (R)
  • Bill Flores (R)
  • Gene Green (D)

Texas Representatives on the House Ways and Means Committee

  • Kevin Brady
  • Sam Johnson (R)
  • Kenny Marchant (R)
  • Lloyd Doggett (D)

Read our deep-dive on the ACA.

Saturday, March 4

Take a rest today if you’re coming to our event tomorrow. Or check our calendar for community events happening today.

Sunday, March 5

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indivisible Austin Citywide Gathering & Rally

Week of February 20, 2017

Monday, Feb. 20

All Day. Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS and ask them not to repeal the ACA. Despite not having a plan for a replacement, Congressional Republicans plan to go ahead with ACA repeal, and many are pushing for a faster timeline. We have loads of resources on the ACA here.

All Day: RSVP for the Cover Texas Now Rally to Protect Health Care + Lobby Visits

Indivisible Austin is proud to partner with the Cover Texas Now coalition in the fight to #ProtectOurCare.

On March 6, rally with health care activists from across the state of Texas to PROTECT, DEFEND and EXPAND HEALTH CARE for children, women, Texans with disabilities, and all uninsured and underinsured Texans. You’ll also get to meet with state lawmakers in the afternoon during lobby visits. RSVP is required to join the lobby visits.

12-3 p.m. Not My President’s Day Rally

From the organizers:

We’ll be meeting at the south side steps! Bring your signs and your voices!

He was elected by a minority of the American public but governs as if there’s no resistance. But there is – and on February 20th, we will honor previous presidents by exercising our constitutional right to assemble and to protest peacefully against everything that Donald Trump represents.
Please share! Let’s see how many people we can get!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/654986854698916/

6-8 p.m. Cruz/Cornyn Mock Town Hall

Spider House Ballroom
2906 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447442305307711

Tuesday, Feb. 21

All day. Ask SENATORS and HOUSE REPS to oppose the Muslim Ban Executive Order.

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” As promised during his campaign, Trump issued the EO to discriminate against Muslims and refugees. His unconstitutional order, which is being temporarily blocked by the courts, harms immigrant families in the US and our international standing, and threatens our national security.

Ask your Senator to support S.274 and your Representative to support the SOLVE Act to nullify and defund the ban.

8-9 p.m. Indivisible Austin Weekly Conference Call — all are welcome to attend

Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, Feb. 22

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee Meetup / Bumper Sticker Giveaway

Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

5:30-7:30 p.m. TX31 Wilco Indivisible John Carter Town Hall

Champion Park

3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/727964680696280/

7:30-8:30 p.m. TX17 Indivisible Bill Flores Town Hall (Pflugerville)

Blackhawk Amenity Center

3111 Speidel Dr., Plugerville, TX 78660

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/175693349589186/

Thursday, Feb. 23

All day. Call STATE representatives and demand that they oppose SB6, aka the Bathroom Bill. Full writeup from TX Lege Indivisible is here.

6:30-8 p.m. TX10 Indivisible Michael McCaul Town Hall

Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

RSVP HERE

Friday, Feb. 24

Note: There is NOT a TX-10 Town Hall tonight. It was last night. We had it wrong in the email. Sorry for the error.

All day. If you didn’t call yesterday, call STATE representatives and demand that they oppose SB6, aka the Bathroom Bill. Full writeup from TX Lege Indivisible is here.

Saturday, Feb. 25

1 – 3 p.m. Protest Safety & Verbal Self-Defense Training

Austin Public Library – Manchaca Branch
5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

RSVP Here

2-4 p.m. No Ban, No Wall Rally, Texas Capitol

From the organizers:
 The purpose of the No Ban, No Wall Rally is to bring awareness to the struggles of the immigrant and refugee communities in Texas. In light of recent federal and state policies against vulnerable but strong Latinos and Muslims, it is very important that we send a unified message that is heard by the Texas State Capitol and the White House. We will meet at Texas State Capitol (South side) on Saturday, February 25th, at 2 p.m. It is a peaceful event; you are welcome to bring your family.

5-7 p.m. TX21 Indivisible Lamar Smith Town Hall
Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St,

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1360916700598119/

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

Self-care Sunday! If you need a break, do something nice for yourself.

Week of February 13, 2017

Monday, Feb. 13

All day. Call SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVES and demand a congressional investigation in Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia. Use this outstanding resource from the Indivisible Guide on how to call for action on investigating Flynn and his Russian ties. Note, this was compiled before Flynn resigned, but the call for investigations remains the same.

All day. Call SENATORS to oppose the nomination of Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.

Wall Street’s Favorite Nominee. Putting a former Goldman Sachs banker and hedge fund billionaire in control of the Treasury Department would set loose the biggest alligator the D.C. swamp has seen yet. At every opportunity, Mnuchin has taken advantage of vulnerable people in order to enrich himself. He will do the same to the American people if confirmed.

Foreclosure king. Mnuchin made millions off of the misery of American families by aggressively foreclosing on desperate homeowners during the depths of the housing crisis, including suing to foreclose on a 90-year-old woman’s home for a 27 cent payment error.

Racist history. Under his leadership as Chairman, subprime mortgage bank OneWest faced allegations that it consistently violated the Fair Housing Act by systematically refusing to locate bank branches in areas with high populations of racial minorities and refusing to grant mortgages to people of color.

6:30 p.m. Indivisible TX25-East Weekly Planning Meeting
United Memorial Methodist Church – PARLOR ROOM• 6100 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78723
RSVP Here

Tuesday, Feb. 14

All day. Deliver valentines to your local MoC’s district office! Ask them to do a Town Hall, save the ACA, or other sweet nothings.

All day. You did it! Michael Flynn resigned! But this is not the end of the story. Call our SENATORS  and demand a congressional investigation in Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia. It’s time to demand a full, independent investigation into what Trump knew about communications with Russia–and when.

Call Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and demand a Senate Investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia!

The Trump administration may think that Gen. Flynn’s resignation will satisfy critics of their unseemly ties to Russia, but this is clearly just the tip of the iceberg. From hacking to sanctions to tax returns and intelligence dossiers, the alarm bells have been ringing for MONTHS and they’re only getting louder. It’s time for Congress to do its job and launch a formal investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia. Sen. Cornyn has already signaled an openness into an investigation of Flynn, but it needs to probe deeper. Thank him for his leadership on this issue, and encourage him to get all the way to the bottom (or top). Ask Sen. Cruz to support the investigations as well.

SAMPLE SCRIPT (CORNYN):

“Hello, I am a constituent of Sen. Cornyn and I am calling to thank him for his support of a Senate investigation of Gen. Flynn’s ties to Russia. As an American, I am deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s suspicious ties to the Russian dictatorship, and I encourage him to continue his support of these investigations until a full accounting is made. There is no way the American people will be able to have faith and trust in their leadership as long as these questions remain. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT (CRUZ):

“Hello, I am a constituent of Sen. Cruz, and I am calling to urge him to join his fellow senate Republicans in calling for investigations into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. There are too many warning signs for Congress to continue to ignore, and there is no way the American people will be able to have faith and trust in their leadership as long as these questions remain. Please support these investigations until a full accounting can be made. Thank you.”

All day. Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS about Trump’s conflicts of interest. With Donald’s many conflicts of interest once again front and center given his attack on Nordstrom (and the appalling retweet from @POTUS) and Kellyanne Conway’s illegal infomercial for Ivanka Trump’s products in a news interview, we need to put pressure on the Senate to bring the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 (which would require the president to put his investments in a blind trust and cooperate in annual reports on his financial interests) to a vote. It was introduced Jan 9 and the GOP has sat on it since. We must also demand our individual House representatives vote on HR 371, which is the companion bill in the house and has similarly been stalled by Republican lawmakers.

Here’s a simple sample script for your Senators:

My name is [______]. I’m a constituent calling about the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017. Please ask [Senator____] to support this resolution. The American people deserve a president who’s accountable to us, not his bank account. I expect my Congressmen to uphold the integrity of the presidency and support this resolution.
And for your House reps::
My name is [______]. I’m a constituent calling about H.R. 371, Rep. Katherine Clark’s Presidential Conflict of Interest Act. Please ask [Rep____] to support this resolution. The American people deserve a president who’s accountable to us, not his bank account. I expect my representatives to uphold the integrity of the presidency and support this resolution.

12 – 1:30 p.m. Love & Unity Rally @ Islamic Center of Lake Travis Site.

Join the Lake Travis Progressives at the site of the tragic fire that occurred on January 7th at the Islamic Center of Lake Travis. Let’s show them our love and support by bringing a Valentine to place at the site, a treat to share in fellowship.

RSVP Here

8 p.m. Indivisible Austin Conference Call

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, Feb. 15

All day. You did it! Michael Flynn resigned! But this is not the end of the story. Call our SENATORS  and demand a congressional investigation in Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia. It’s time to demand a full, independent investigation into what Trump knew about communications with Russia–and when.

Call Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and demand a Senate Investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia!

The Trump administration may think that Gen. Flynn’s resignation will satisfy critics of their unseemly ties to Russia, but this is clearly just the tip of the iceberg. From hacking to sanctions to tax returns and intelligence dossiers, the alarm bells have been ringing for MONTHS and they’re only getting louder. It’s time for Congress to do its job and launch a formal investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia. Sen. Cornyn has already signaled an openness into an investigation of Flynn, but it needs to probe deeper. Thank him for his leadership on this issue, and encourage him to get all the way to the bottom (or top). Ask Sen. Cruz to support the investigations as well.

SAMPLE SCRIPT (CORNYN):

“Hello, I am a constituent of Sen. Cornyn and I am calling to thank him for his support of a Senate investigation of Gen. Flynn’s ties to Russia. As an American, I am deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s suspicious ties to the Russian dictatorship, and I encourage him to continue his support of these investigations until a full accounting is made. There is no way the American people will be able to have faith and trust in their leadership as long as these questions remain. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT (CRUZ):

“Hello, I am a constituent of Sen. Cruz, and I am calling to urge him to join his fellow senate Republicans in calling for investigations into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. There are too many warning signs for Congress to continue to ignore, and there is no way the American people will be able to have faith and trust in their leadership as long as these questions remain. Please support these investigations until a full accounting can be made. Thank you.”

All day. Call your HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE and tell them to oppose the Electoral Assistance Commission Termination Act (HR 634). The bill recently passed out of committee and would eliminate the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC), the only institution that oversees the security of voting systems, and states’ compliance with federal voting registration laws.

All day. Call your SENATOR and tell them to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary. Script courtesy of The Nation:

I am calling to urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary. Mr. Puzder has shown again and again that he cannot be trusted to look out for workers’ best interests or to even follow basic labor laws himself. His company, CKE Restaurant, is currently being sued for wage theft and sexual harassment, and we recently discovered that he did not even follow labor laws when hiring a housekeeper in his own home. I urge you to oppose Andrew Puzder’s nomination.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indivisible Austin Coffee House Meet & Greet and Bumper Sticker Giveaway. We’ll be hanging out at Brew & Brew, enjoying some great coffee, chatting with Indivisible members who drop by, and handing out free bumper stickers. Come get yours and say hi! Wright Bros. Brew and Brew, 500 San Marcos St #105

Thursday, Feb. 16

All day. Call your SENATORS to oppose Trump’s stolen Supreme Court pick. Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court – not just because he’s a conservative firebrand, far from the mainstream of American jurisprudence, nor solely because he’s been a hardline opponent of reproductive rights – though both of those things are deeply worrisome. No, Gorsuch doesn’t belong because Donald Trump should not have a vacancy to fill.

Friday, Feb. 17

Ask your Member of Congress to host a town hall about the ACA so you can encourage them to oppose repeal. We have lots of resources on the ACA.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Coming soon!

Sunday, Feb. 19

Self-care Sunday! If you need a break, do something nice for yourself.

Week of February 6, 2017

Monday, Feb. 6

All day. Continue calling SENATORS on Betsy DeVos. More information and scripts are here, here, and here. Sen. Cornyn announced via Twitter during the Super Bowl that he would support DeVos. (Cruz had already endorsed.) So the tone of your calls should now be disappointment, or an appeal to listen to constituents and reconsider.

All day. Contact your TEXAS STATE SENATORS about SB4, the anti-“Sanctuary Cities” bill. Information on how to do that is here. The bill passed committee vote despite overwhelming opposition and now goes to the Senate and House.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

All day. Contact your TEXAS STATE SENATORS about SB4, the anti-“Sanctuary Cities” bill. Information on how to do that is here. The bill passed committee vote despite overwhelming opposition and now goes to the Senate and House.

Script:

Hi, my name is ________ and I am calling to tell Senator ___________ that my family and I OPPOSE SB 4. The Senator has the power to stop this hateful bill from moving forward. In just over a week’s time, thousands of Texans have expressed their opposition to Senate Bill 4 through calls, petitions, and hundreds of testimonies at the State Affairs Hearing last Thursday. Don’t let those voices go unheard. The people of Texas are watching. Use your power to stop this bill from terrorizing Texas immigrants and people of color. Vote against Senate Bill 4.

These senators are rumored to be on the fence. If you are in their district, CALL!

  • Senator Kel Seliger 512-463-0131
  • Larry Taylor 512-463-0111
  • Konni Burton 512-463-0110

8-11 a.m. (Vote is at 11 a.m. CT) Continue calling SENATORS on Betsy DeVos. More information and scripts are here, here, and here. Sen. Cornyn announced via Twitter during the Super Bowl that he would support DeVos. (Cruz had already endorsed.) So the tone of your calls should now be disappointment, or an appeal to listen to constituents and reconsider.

11 a.m. Tackle Cornyn’s ACA Repeal Kickoff
Sen. John Cornyn’s Office
221 W 6th St Ste 1530
Austin, TX 78701
RSVP HERE

8 p.m. Weekly Indivisible Austin Conference Call. All are welcome.

Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, Feb. 8

All day. Contact SENATORS about Jeff Sessions. More information and scripts are here.

Thursday, Feb. 9

All day. If you haven’t tired of calling Senators, give them another earful about these cabinet nominees:

Tom Price: Rep. Tom Price is a zealous opponent of Obamacare, and his financial conflicts of interest continue to raise doubts about his ethics and judgment.

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Scott Pruitt: Putting Scott Pruitt—who places private profits ahead of the public good—in charge of the EPA is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Unfortunately, in this case the hens are America’s health and the environment.

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Scott Pruitt for EPA Director.

Steve Mnuchin: Predatory lender Steve Mnuchin is also under fire for failing to disclose millions of dollars in assets and his role as director of an investment fund incorporated in the Cayman Islands.

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Steve Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury.

Friday, Feb. 10

All day. President Trump’s decision to remove the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff (actual national security experts) from the National Security Council and instead give a permanent seat to Steve Bannon was an unprecedented politicization of what is supposed to be a nonpartisan body.

Call your Senators and ask them to cosponsor S.291 to modify the requirements for membership in the NSC.

Call your Representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R.804 to prevent political appointees from serving on the NSC.

Saturday, Feb. 11

1-4:30pm Writing Postcards and Phone Banking at Nomad Bar

Postcards, pens, stamps, and scripts will be provided, and donations accepted to offset costs. See Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178833028831408/

Nomad Bar
1213 Corona Dr
Austin, TX 78723

Sunday, Feb. 12

Self-care Sunday! If you need a break, do something nice for yourself.

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Week of Jan. 30, 2017

Monday, Jan. 30

All day: Call your SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES and ask if they support Trump’s Executive Order to Limit Refugees Into the U.S. aka the Muslim Ban.

Updates:

Also call SENATORS and demand they cancel vote on Jeff Sessions because of his reported involvement with the Executive Order.

ACLU statement on Muslim Ban:

“‘Extreme vetting’ is just a euphemism for discrimination against Muslims. Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions. Any effort to discriminate against Muslims and favor other religions runs afoul of the First Amendment.”

6-7 p.m.: Refugees Welcome: Interfaith Community Vigil
First English Lutheran Church
3001 Whitis Ave, Austin, Texas 78705

8 p.m.: Emergency Call to Stand Against Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Bans

Indivisible (the national team) is co-hosting a big planning call with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and National Immigration Law Center (NILC-IJF)

RSVP HERE

Tuesday, Jan. 31

9 a.m. Texas Muslim Capitol Day
Read more about this call to action. 

All Day: Call SENATORS to vote NO on Betsy DeVos.

8 p.m. Weekly Indivisible ATX conference call

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Tuesday is insane. See our calendar for more. 

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Call SENATORS to vote NO on Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Read this for updated information. 

We also have extended Jeff Sessions scripts.

If you are reading this from out-of-state, call your DEMOCRATIC SENATOR and bolster their courage to vote NO on Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Republicans held up Merrick Garland’s confirmation for a year.

2 p.m. TX-10 visit to Rep. McCaul’s office

Thursday, Feb. 2

8:15  – 9:30 a.m. Hearing on SB4 scheduled in Texas Senate Chamber. If you can’t be there, call Lt. Dan Patrick and voice your opposition to SB4, the anti-sanctuary city bill. More details are on the Commonsense Immigration Website.

While you’re at, call Gov. Greg Abott and tell him you support Sally Hernandez, the Travis County Sheriff who refuses to be bullied by his executive overreach on sanctuary cities.

Friday, Feb. 3

All day: Call SENATORS to vote NO on Betsy DeVos. Keep the pressure on Cornyn, especially.

All Day: Call Gov. Abbott at (512) 463-1782 and tell him that his ban on “Sanctuary Cities” and his withholding of funds to Travis County violates his own belief in local control of government. Much more information is here…

12 p.m. Visit to Roger Williams.

Saturday, Feb. 4

11 a.m. TX-25 is holding a meetup at Black Star Coop
7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752

Week of Jan. 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22

TONIGHT: Emergency call with Indivisible, MoveOn, and Working Families

7 Central Time

Monday, January 23

Call your Senators!

Senate will vote on the confirmation of Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (NYTimes)

Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Secretary of State nominee, Rex W. Tillerson (NYTimes)

View scripts here.

Tuesday, January 24

Rallies at Senators’ district offices to stop the cabinet of corruption

When: Tuesday, January 24 at noon (local time)

Where: Senators John Cornyn’s and Ted Cruz’s Austin District Offices
Chase Tower, 221 W. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78701

This event is hosted and organized by MoveOn. Per MoveOn, all protestors are required to abide by local laws and be peaceful.

Call your Senators!

Committee votes on Carson, Chou, Hailey, Ross.

Hearings on McMahon, Mulvaney, Price.

This is a good primer. 

Here are some scripts.

Call your representative in the HOUSE and tell them to vote No on HR 7 aka the Hyde Amendment.

You would think, in the wake of Saturday’s monumental Women’s March that Congress might show some respect for women’s rights. You’d be wrong. Instead, on Tuesday, January 24th, the House has scheduled a vote on HR 7. This unnecessary and intrusive legislation meddles with the private insurance marketplace and attacks women’s reproductive rights. It’s not the first time Republicans have tried to pass this anti-woman bill.

Planned Parenthood page on the Hyde Amendment

Weekly IndivisibleATX Conference call

8 p.m. Central Time

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, January 25

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Thursday, January 26

Call all of your Members of Congress (MoCs) on Trump’s executive orders. 

 

Friday, January 27

Keep the Pressure On: Tell Congress to #ProtectOurCare.

One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to sign an Executive Order that could threaten essential components of the Affordable Care Act. But to dismantle the ACA, Trump will need to get repeal legislation through Congress. Keep the pressure on your members of Congress! Tell your Representative and two Senators that you won’t stand by and let 30+ million people lose their healthcare — and that you expect that they won’t either.

Week of Jan. 16, 2017

Monday, Jan. 16

MLK Community March

The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. 

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Lamar Smith Office Visit

Residents in District 21 should plan on dropping in on Lamar Smith for an early lunch (11 a..m – 12 p.m.)

2211 South IH-35, Suite 106 Austin, TX 78741

Contact the TX-21 Indivisible group for details.

Join the District 21 Facebook Group

Follow District 21 on Twitter

Call your Senators about Betsy DeVos.  Here’s a script!

Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

 

Weekly Conference call – 8 p.m. CT

Dial-in Number: 1-(712) 770-8067
Conference Code: 409542

Wednesday, January 18

This is a great day to call all of your reps about the ACA. Share personal stories. Ask why they want to strip basic healthcare from millions of Texans. We have scripts!

Office Visits to Cruz and Cornyn! See our calendar for details. 

The Affordable Care Act

 

Also call senators about the nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary.

Tom Price Appointment as Health & Human Services Secretary

 

And Scott Pruitt for EPA!

Statement from Sierra Club:

“Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires. He is a climate science denier who, as Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, regularly conspired with the fossil fuel industry to attack EPA protections.

“Nothing less than our children’s health is at stake. Scott Pruitt, whose own bio describes him as ‘a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda’ cannot be trusted to head the EPA, an agency charged with protecting all Americans from threats to their water, air, and health. We strongly urge Senators, who are elected to represent and protect the American people, to stand up for families across the nation and oppose this nomination.”

Thursday, January 19

Call your state representatives about SB6, the so-called “bathroom bill.” More info and, yes, more scripts!

Oy, here we go with the “bathroom bill!”

 

Friday, January 20

One Resistance Rally and Protest

When: Fri, January 20, 5pm – 6pm
Where: We’ll meet by the box office at the Long Center, and then walk over and join the main crowd.

Saturday, January 21

Women’s March on Austin

When: Sat, January 21, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Meet at Capitol Visitors Center

More on this weekend’s marches

Week of Jan. 9, 2017

MONDAY:

Cabinet Nominees / Fast-Tracking / OGE Letter

I’m calling to ask what the Senator is doing about cabinet appointees such as Rex Tillerson and Betsy DeVos who have not completed financial disclosure forms or undergone background checks. In the Office of Government Ethics’ 40-year history, the Senate has never held a confirmation hearing before the nominee’s ethics review was complete.  The Senator cannot fulfill his Constitutional duty if he doesn’t fully understand potential conflicts of interest. Can you tell me what the Senator is going to do about this?

Hat tip to Indivisible D/FW TX – contact them for long-form scripts

TUESDAY:

Jeff Sessions

I am calling to voice my concerns about the selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, and urge you to block his appointment to the Justice Department. Sessions has a long record of racial insensitivity, bias against immigrants, disregard for the rule of law and hostility to the protection of civil rights that makes him unfit to serve as the attorney general of the United States.

Affordable Care Act

Call your senators to protest the repeal of the ACA. Be sure to share your personal stories. More here:

The Affordable Care Act

 

 

Millions March Action

Millions March Action and Rally at the State Capitol

 

WEDNESDAY

Rex Tillerson

Hello. I’m calling to ask my senator to vote NO on the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. I am concerned about Mr. Tillerson’s numerous potential conflicts of interest, especially his close ties with Russia’s Vladmir Putin. These ties are worrisome in light of the US intelligence community’s assertion that there was Russian interference in the November 2016 election. Furthermore, Tillerson’s stance on climate change is unclear and should be considered during his confirmation because as Secretary of State he could have some influence on environmental policy. Thank you for your time.

Courtesy of Kendall Shearman

Elaine Chao

Hello, I’m calling to ask my senator/representative to vote NO on the nomination of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation. I am concerned about Ms. Chao’s financial and political conflicts of interest. Furthermore, Ms. Chao’s tenure as Secretary of Labor was earmarked by brutal cost slashing and union busting efforts. If this same style of reduction is applied to our nation’s infrastructure, it could potentially have a deadly result. Thank you for your time.

Courtesy of Kendall Shearman

John F. Kelly

Hello, I’m calling to ask my senator/representative to vote NO on the nomination of John F Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security. I am concerned about Mr. Kelly’s flippant attitude about civil rights issues, particularly in regards to prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. Mr. Kelly described actions by civil rights groups as “foolishness.” The President Elect’s attempt to fill positions with warhawks is disconcerting. Thank you for your time.

Courtesy of Kendall Shearman

(Betsy DeVos delayed until next week!)

THURSDAY

Ben Carson

I’m calling to urge you to block the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Carson himself admits that lacks the experience and expertise necessary for this, or any, cabinet position, and his retrograde statements on fair housing rules are a threat to the civil rights of countless American citizens. Please block Dr. Carson’s confirmation. Thank you.

James Mattis

Hello, I’m calling to ask my senator/representative to vote NO on the nomination of James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. I am concerned that Mr. Mattis has not yet completed the mandatory waiting period required between armed service and appointed office. Furthermore, Mr. Mattis has a checkered history, having once been quoted as saying it was a “a hell of a lot of fun to shoot” people. The President Elect’s attempt to fill positions with warhawks is disconcerting. Thank you for your time.

Courtesy of Kendall Shearman

Mike Pompeo

Hello. I am calling to ask you to vote No on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo for CIA director. Pompeo has no meaningful experience in espionage. He has advocated for the bulk collection of domestic calling records that violates US citizens’ privacy. He also advocates returning to the use of waterboarding and other ineffective torture techniques, and is against closing CIA black sites. Please vote no and do not confirm Mike Pompeo.

Rex Tillerson

(Call today if you didn’t get to it yesterday.)

Hello. I’m calling to ask my senator to vote NO on the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. I am concerned about Mr. Tillerson’s numerous potential conflicts of interest, especially his close ties with Russia’s Vladmir Putin. These ties are worrisome in light of the US intelligence community’s assertion that there was Russian interference in the November 2016 election. Furthermore, Tillerson’s stance on climate change is unclear and should be considered during his confirmation because as Secretary of State he could have some influence on environmental policy. Thank you for your time.

Courtesy of Kendall Shearman

*URGENT* #SaveACA Conference Call TONIGHT 7 pm CST

 

SUNDAY

Austin Writers Resist: A Counter-Inauguration

6-9 p.m. at BookPeople