UPDATED: Upcoming Town Halls – Really!

One of the core tactics in the Indivisible Guide is to attend Town Halls where you can speak directly to your Members of Congress (MoCs). But what do we do when our MoCs refuse to hold a Town Hall–even during next week’s recess when they are supposed to be in their districts?

Answer: You hold one anyway!

Below are the “mock” Town Halls scheduled so far. In each case, the MoC has been invited to attend and may even show up. But that won’t stop constituents from gathering and raising their concerns. We hear cardboard cutouts, puppets, and other MoC stand-ins will in attendance.

TX17 Indivisible Bill Flores Town Hall (Bryan-College Station)

Sunday, February 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Texas A&M Hillel

800 George Bush Dr, College Station, Texas 77840

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1862559110683658/

TX25 Town Hall/Town Howl Roger Williams

Sunday, February 19, 4:30-6 pm

Flores Mexican Restaurant, 2440 E Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418162568218197/

Cruz/Cornyn Ghost Town Hall

Monday, February 20, 6-8 p.m.

Spider House Ballroom

2906 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705

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

TX17 Indivisible Bill Flores Town Hall (Pflugerville)

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Blackhawk Amenity Center

3111 Speidel Dr., Plugerville, TX 78660

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

TX31 Wilco Indivisible John Carter Town Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613

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

TX10 Indivisible Michael McCaul Town Hall

Thursday, February 23, 6:30-8 p.m. NOTE, this IS the correct date. An email went out with a typo 🙁

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

RSVP HERE

TX21 Indivisible Lamar Smith Town Hall

Saturday, February 25, 5 p.m

The Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702

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

We’ll update this page as new info comes in. 

CALLS TO ACTION for Friday, Jan. 27!

CALLS TO ACTION!!! – JAN. 27th, 2017 – TEMPLE PROTEST and PHONE CALLS TO CORNYN AND YOUR HOUSE MEMBER!

REMINDER! Many Indivisible folks will be heading to Temple this afternoon to join the Bell County Democrats in a protest outside the Convention Center where Sen. Cornyn is the key speaker.

There aren’t many opportunities for action against our senators directly, so come if you can make it! With Trump’s latest talk about walls and tariffs getting pushback from Texas Republicans, this is a perfect time to encourage them to defy the White House! Check out the the event page (where you can probably find a carpool if you need it!):

https://www.facebook.com/events/1141159165982939/

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO TEMPLE, you can still CALL Cornyn’s office and your rep’s office!

Trump has really put Texas Republicans in a tough spot. Economists expect any tariff on Mexico to negatively impact the Texas economy. Many of them are already considering opposing him on this. This is just the kind of issue that can drive a wedge between Trump and Congressional Republicans, so we’ve got to let our reps know that we want them to defy him!

CALL SEN. CORNYN and YOUR REP and ask them to oppose any Trump plan for financing the wall that negatively impacts the Texas economy!

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent of [Sen. Cornyn or YOUR REP]. I’m calling to ask him to OPPOSE the 20% tariff on Mexican imports and any other plan that asks Texans to unfairly bear the burden of paying for Trump’s wall. Texas officials and businesses AGREE that this plan would threaten Texas jobs, weaken the Texas economy and drive up the cost of living for Texas families. I’m counting on my representatives to put the interests of their constituents first. Thank you.”

CONTACT INFO:

Sen. John Cornyn
Central Texas office: (512) 469-6034
Washington, DC office: (202) 224-2934

Congressional District 10
Congressman Michael McCaul
Austin office: 512-473-2357

Congressional District 17
Congressman Bill Flores
Austin office: (512) 373-3378

Congressional District 21
Congressman Lamar Smith
Austin office: (512) 912-7508

Congressional District 25
Congressman Roger Williams
Austin office: (512) 473-8910

Congressional District 31
Congressman John Carter
Austin office: (512) 246-1600

Congressional District 35
Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Austin office: (512) 916-5921

for more info:

http://www.chron.com/…/Trump-proposal-for-20-percent-tax-on…

http://www.khou.com/…/trumps-import-tax-on-mexico…/393802314

http://www.dallasnews.com/…/trumps-20-percent-tax-mexican-i…

Roger Williams, R-TX District 25, refuses to meet

TX-25 constituents are at Rep. Roger Williams’ office today. Mr. Williams does not care to meet the people he represents. They have been told that his office is “on private property” and the group cannot go in — only one or two people at a time.

Spread the Word about IATX!

Hey! Happy Saturday!

We have a new little resource you can print at home and use to spread the word about Indivisible ATX and our district groups.

Print the IndivisibleATX Zine, (or the Spanish Version) fold it up, and drop it around town. Just fold lengthwise down middle so text is on the outside, then an accordion fold so INDIVISIBLE is on the front.

Print off a few and drop them around town wherever you go–a coffeehouse, the Y, your neighborhood rec center, your office kitchen and mailroom, the park, the grocery store, every public space you can think of!

Make sure you’ve connected with your district group! Visit the Congressional Districts page to get connected.

Committees and Caucuses for Austin Congressmen

Here’s some helpful info for targeting your Congressman by special interest.

A Congressional Committee is a sub-group within Congress that handles a specific duty. Congressional Committees can contain Members of Congress from multiple political parties.

A caucus is a group of people with shared concerns that usually align along party or racial/ethnic concerns but can also be “special interest”-based. (i.e. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus).

District 10 – Michael McCaul (R)

  • Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Committee on Science and Technology
  • Co-Chair of the Congressional High Tech Chair
  • Co-Chair of the Childhood Cancer Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Congressional Cyber Security Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan
  • Tuberculosis Elimination Caucus

District 17 – Bill Flores (R)

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Energy and Power Subcommittee
  • Environment and the Economy Subcommittee
  • Oversight and Investigations Committee

District 21 – Lamar Smith (R)

  • Chairman, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • House Committee on Judiciary
  • House Committee on Homeland Security

District 25 – Roger Williams (R)

  • The Committee on Financial Services
  • Vice Chairman of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee on Financial Services

District 31 – John Carter (R)

  • Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee
  • Defence Subcommittee
  • Chairman, Homeland Security Subcommittee
  • Co-Chair, House Army Caucus (bi-partisan)

District 35 – Lloyd Doggett (D)

  • House Ways and Means Committee (tax, trade, Social Security, Medicare)
  • Subcommittee on Human Resources (child care, family services, and unemployment compensation)

RECRUITMENT – THERE’S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

The resistance is growing quickly, and more importantly — we’re organizing quickly. But more of us are needed. ALL of us are needed — liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians Green Party, blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, whites, minorities. Immigrants and natives. The marginalized and the privileged. Women, men, gay, straight, rich, young, old, poor. We all matter and we are all needed — that is the message of those of us who #StandIndivisible. We stand in stark contrast to the message of the other side, which is that soon — as soon as they can make it happen — only the rich, white, and powerful will matter. They’re not even conservatives — they are only using true conservatives to reach their own ends.

It’s critical right now that we reach out to our family, friends, and neighbors and get them involved. Every last one of the 65,844,954 people who did NOT vote Trump must now be reached and asked to resist his cancerous authoritarian regime which is eating up democracy as fast as it can gobble. Make no mistake, your rights are being busily eroded by the Republican Congress as we speak. There is no time to waste.

Here are ten ways you can recruit:

1. BOOST THE SIGNAL. If you feel comfortable doing so, be loud and proud on social media. Repost and retweet items from this website, the Facebook page, and our Twitter accounts.

2. MAKE A SPECIAL FILTER ON YOUR OWN TIMELINE. Ask Facebook friends who like and comment on your political posts if they would like to be part of a special filter where you post action items, both local and national. Tag those people every time you post. Then repost action items and ask them to like your post when they’ve done them.

3. CONTACT PEOPLE PRIVATELY, 1:1. Invite them to meetings and actions. Remind them of these events the day before AND the day of. PM them to ask if they will be there.

4. ANSWER WITH A CALL TO ACTION. Every time one of your friends complains or links an article, respond with “Join #Indivisible” and tell them how.

5. REACH OUT TO PROGRESSIVE CHURCHES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. If you attend or have friends who attend a progressive church, ask if you can announce meetings and share information about the Tuesday conference calls. Talk to leaders and council members. Invite them to join.

6. REACH OUT TO PEOPLE OF COLOR. It’s vital that our movement be diverse —this is one very important way in which we are different from the Tea Party. Reach out to black churches and civic groups, to elders in the community who remember the civil rights movement, to students and friends. Ask them to come to a meeting.

7. HELP PEOPLE BECOME ACTIVE. Many people feel overwhelmed and alone right now. Let them know they’re not. Let them know we are their tribe. If they feel they can’t come to meetings, show them how to find calls to action and scripts (on our website) or send them to them personally. Lots of older folks, for example, don’t feel up to coming to meetings — but they sure can make phone calls and write letters. Offer to drive people to meetings or help them dial into a conference call. Find a way to get the information to them. Give them a little training and then ask them to ask their friends to do it, too!

8. BE SPECIFIC. Ask people to volunteer for specific activities.
• “Would you be willing to commit to calling your representatives’ offices three-four times a week on specific issues? I can provide you contact info, action items, and scripts.”
• “We’re looking for someone to help research bills in District 31. I know you have lots of experience in research — would you be wiling to help out?”
• “I think you would be amazing in a leadership role. With your social media footprint, you could really help boost the signal on the issues we’re trying to highlight. Would you be willing to do that?”

9. EXPLAIN IMPACT & ACTIVITIES. Let people know how their involvement will impact our cause. Show them how they personally can make a difference. Two instances you can cite:
• The Goodlatte Amendment, the recent GOP effort to dismantle the Office of Congressional Ethics. Indivisible activists and others bombarded their representatives’ local offices and successfully demanded that they vote down the amendment.
• District 25 recently put Rep. Roger Williams, himself under investigation for ethics violations, on notice by staging a silent protest at one of his public appearances. And they got his attention.

10. MAKE SURE THEY KNOW WE’RE NOT ASKING FOR THEIR LIVES. Even in an emergency situation like this one, people have lives. They have families, jobs, and their own projects to attend to. Make sure when you speak to people, you make it clear that you are asking them to donate what they can, whether it’s a few minutes a day, a couple of hours a week, or more. Point out to them:
• If they are worried about the Trump regime, doing something is better than doing nothing.
• Becoming part of a determined, hard-working, supportive, accomplished group is a great way to begin to feel stronger and less alone; not to mention the good feeling that comes from making a positive difference, helping others, and learning new things.
• They will get the support they need to accomplish the action items. And we have work for EVERYONE. No one has to do the things they don’t really want to do. We will find something for them and their contribution will be important and appreciated.
• They will be part of a community that cares for and appreciates them.

The old adage “There’s strength in numbers” stands true. Let’s continue to add to our strength so we can ensure that our nation continues to stand #indivisible for truth, justice, and liberty.

Welcome Home, Roger!

Ethics Matter

Rep. Roger Williams from TX House District 25 was back in the Austin area today, looking dignified as he stood in the passenger seat of the Batmobile at the head of the parade honoring the Lake Travis football team for winning the 6A Division Championship. When I heard about the event a few hours prior, I wondered, is this really the time and place for political action? I mean, this is TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, and on a SUNDAY. Can it get more sacrosanct than that? I decided that by being there, Rep. Williams had made this a political event whether he wanted it to be or not (and by the look on his face when he saw us with our signs, he definitely did not).

Map of Hill Country GalleriaAnother party who didn’t want us there were the owners of the property. The parade was held at the Hill Country Galleria, which I guess is all private property, even though it’s also the location of Bee Cave City Hall.

We were approached by a security guard who told us that by holding up our signs, we were soliciting and that unless we had express permission from the property owners, it was illegal and that he would call the police and have us arrested. As I took video of the exchange, he said that unless I stopped taking video, he would call the police and have me arrested. I guess we were really pushing his “calling the police and having you arrested” button. Watch his auto-response below.

PS – I want to make clear that this was a silent protest. We didn’t yell anything or try to draw any attention away from the high school students and their accomplishments. The only action we took was holding up signs for the benefit of Rep. Williams.

Roger Williams Batmobile

Action Item Sun. Jan 8 for D-25!

ACTION ITEM for District 25 folks (and any others who want to show up and help out): Rep. Roger Williams will be attending a parade in Lakeway today to honor the Lake Travis HS football team. He will participate in the parade and present the coach with a trophy. The event is free and open to the public.

Location: Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. More info at https://t.co/panuZumCVF

Question for Rep. Williams at the parade:

Why did you support the Goodlatte Amendment? (Pronounced “GUUD-lot.”)

Background: The Goodlatte Amendment would have dismantled the Office of Congressional Ethics. Rep. Williams himself is under ethics investigation, so there is clear conflict of interest.

IMPORTANT: People are there to support their kids’ football team winning the state championship. Be sure to support the team, saving your political fire for your representative. Most people won’t know what the Goodlatte Amendment is, so this is a relatively safe thing to shout at a parade.

If you wish to protest, please bring homemade signs that have #RESIST and @indivisibleATX on them!

Tickets are no longer available.

Join us! How to Become a Member

Welcome to IndivisibleATX. Both the national and Austin area Indivisible movements are taking off by leaps and bounds. We’re excited that you want to join us!

Here’s what you need to do to become a member:

1. Attend one of our regular Tuesday night conference calls

AND/OR

2. attend a meeting.

3. Get to know us and let us get to know you. Ask about joining your district’s subgroup. Volunteer to help in your areas of interest/expertise. And don’t worry if you think you don’t have an area of expertise. There are all kinds of things that need doing!

4. Get active on social media if you’re comfortable doing so. Follow us on Twitter (@indivisibleatx) & Facebook. Use our hashtags: #standindivisible, #indivisibleatx, #resisttrump. Retweet our tweets and repost our posts, and add your own. Reach out to like-minded folks in your own circles and encourage them to get involved. Do the listed action items.

5. Head on over to our Take Action Now page – there’s stuff you can do right now even before you attend a meeting!

IndivisibleATX is a decentralized movement — in other words, each member acts according to his or her own best judgment within the movement’s guidelines. But you are not alone! We also support each other and band together to work on special projects or areas of interest.

Welcome to the resistance.

Where We Grow From Here

Texas District 25

Austin is unique for its six, insanely gerrymandered congressional districts. Having such arbitrary boundaries makes it difficult to organize. For example, District 25 spans from Austin to Fort Worth, with a middle finger extending eastward through Austin.

To confront this challenge, Indivisible Austin serves as an umbrella for other Indivisible groups organized by district. Some of these groups will splinter from our organization, and others will spring up on their own. Either way is fine!

If you haven’t found an Indivisible group for your district, contact us and we’ll connect you. And if you’ve already started your own thing, great! Let us know and we’ll get the word out.

Here are the other groups we know about. (Will update this as they pop up.)

District 10

Facebook Group