Working to get more information and analysis, and will update when we do.
Is health care repeal one of your top concerns? Then we hope to see you at the Capitol on March 6, along with 1000+ other health care activists and advocates!
While ACA repeal or replace or who-knows-what will happen in Congress, much of the implementation will be left to the states, especially with respect to Medicaid. That means we need to get in front of our #txlege members and tell them what Texans need!
If you want to #ProtectOurCare, join Indivisible Austin and the Cover Texas Now coalition on March 6 for the Rally to Protect Health Care + Lobby Day. In addition to the morning rally and press conference, you’ll be able to meet with lawmakers and staff in the afternoon. Austin locals may visit their own lawmakers, or they may join up with groups of concerned citizens from across the state–we’ve got people joining in from Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and El Paso! RSVP is required to prepare materials and lobby groups.
Next Saturday will be a busy day in Austin! We have a session on protest safety and verbal assertiveness from 1-3 p.m. at the Manchaca Road Branch library, 5500 Manchaca (at the intersection with Stassney). Please RSVP here. We’ll cover
- Grounding and emotional self-regulation techniques for public speaking/civic conflict situations
- How to take control of the conversation (being rude for the right reasons)
- Coordinating group action at an event
- Tactical nonviolence planning essentials
Also, the No Ban, No Wall rally will be happening at the Capitol from 2-5 p.m., so you can head up there after the training session and try out your new skills. (Tip: the No. 3 and 103 buses run direct from the library up to Lavaca near the Capitol!)
And if you’re one of Rep. Lamar Smith’s lucky constituents, there is a Town Hall from 5-7:30 p.m. that he could potentially attend if he were into that sort of thing which, unfortunately, he does not seem to be. But the event will be at the historic Scoot Inn at 1308 E 4th Street, a great place to gather after the rally as District 21 residents voice their concerns.
Hope you can make it to one or more of these events!
Y’all, we have no words. Well, almost no words. We were shocked and amazed to wake up and discover that 500 people (!) had answered our call for volunteers!
So we’re trying to sort through the data as quickly as possible right now, and to help people get connected with the right teams and with their district groups.
Thank you for your enthusiasm! We’re excited to meet you and get connected. We need YOUR help to move forward with the work.
This is it, folks, the week when Trump officially seizes power. If ever there was a time to march in the streets, it is now. Here are some opportunities to do just that. If you prefer to act from the relative safety of your cubicle or underground bunker, make some calls to your reps about the ACA, Betsy DeVos, and Texas’s very own “bathroom bill.”
Monday, Jan. 16
MLK Community March
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.
Call your Senators about Betsy DeVos. Here’s a script!
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!
Also call senators about the nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary.
And Scott Pruitt for EPA!
“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!
Friday, January 20
Saturday, January 21