Lamar Smith’s been busy. Between stripping the EPA’s ability to use all available science to investigate climate change or questioning the objectivity of Science magazine, he has shown a steady animus towards the types of environmental protections that have kept our air and water protected since the creation of the EPA in 1970. Fortunately Earth Day is just around the corner, so you’ll have a chance to let him know how you feel about that!
The Rally to Keep Our Hill Country Beautiful
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)! We will publish a program announcing speakers and activities soon. We can tell you up-front that we will be joined by some very special guests including one of our own Hill Country neighbors who is a scientist, author, and environmental expert. You should not miss this.
We are also specifically inviting folks from all parts of TX21 to join us in a show of solidarity with the Hill Country. Austin and San Antonio members, get those car pools going, take a morning off, and join us in beautiful Kerrville!
We know you want to join us and here are two things you can do to get ready:
1. Come make signs for use at the rally. We will meet at Pint and Plow (the coffeehouse in the Victorian building next to the brewery) on April 12th starting about 11:30, 332 Clay St. Kerrville. Pint and Plow Kerrville
2. Write a letter to Lamar Smith and bring it with you to the rally. We suggest the letter be focused on an environmental issue. Address it simply to “Lamar” and handwritten if possible. In any case, bring a letter!
TX21 Indivisible is having an impact on the Hill Country like Lamar Smith has never seen before. Change is happening and we invite everyone to join us in our mission to return government to the people.
Stay tuned for more April environmental actions across the district!
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.
Tuesday, April 4
Protect the Supreme Court: Tell Your Senators NO CLOTURE on Gorsuch
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—check out our newly updated script on this here: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/2017/2/7/combat-donald-trumps-arch-conservative-scotus-pick
Cruz – DC: (202) 224-5922
Austin: (512) 916-5834
San Antonio: 210-340-2885
Cornyn – DC: (202) 224-2934
Austin: (512) 469-6034
San Antonio: 210-224-7485
Houston: (713) 572-3337
Thursday, April 6
If you live in or near San Antonio, then come help progressive city council candidate (and former Lamar Smith opponent!) John Courage. His campaign will be holding a phonebanking session at their headquarters at 1583 Thousand Oaks. This is a great opportunity to get some on the ground experience with the nuts and bolts of political campaigns.
Please bring a laptop and cellphone if you are attending. If you don’t have these things let us know so we can print out paper sheets! Contact Colt Osburn (210 382 3391) for details. This info can all be found at www.Couragefor9.com