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Letters to Chip, 10/9/19: Impeachment

October 9, 2019

Rep. Roy,

As per the attached letter from Ellen L. Weintraub, Chair of the Federal Election Commission, your President has violated the law and the U.S. Constitution, and as such, impeachment and conviction are both demanded.

If you fail to support impeachment, it will be proof that you are not a defender of the Constitution, the proponent of the rule of law or the patriot that you constantly make yourself out to be.

Rest assured, your patriotic progressive constituents will work tirelessly to see you defeated on November 3, 2020 for not standing up for what is right, good, and decent about America.

Impeachment Rally at Sen. John Cornyn’s Austin Office, 10/14/19

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

Where: Sen. Cornyn’s Austin Office
221 W 6th St (Chase Tower)
Austin, TX 78701
When: Monday, October 14, 12:00 PM

RSVP at https://act.indivisible.org/event/attend-impeachment-august/148522

9/25/19: Austin meet-and-greet with Dem Candidate Jennie Lou Leeder

As we move toward the filing deadline for the 2020 Cogressional race, we’re working to connect voters in TX-21 with all the candidates who oppose the Trump agenda. Next Wednesday, September 25, we’re pleased to host Democratic primary candidate Jennie Lou Leeder. Please join us 10:30 a.m. at Curra’s Grill, 614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704. Jennie Lou will be listening to our concerns, answering our questions, and sharing her vision for leading TX-21 into the post-Trump future.

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Before we head to Curra’s, we’ll convene at Rep. Roy’s Austin office, as we do most Wednesdays, to present letters to his staff and voice our concern over his most recent instances of poor leadership. All TX-21 residents are welcome to join us:

Chip Roy Office Visit
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 25
5900 Southwest Parkway, Bldg 2 Suite 201a
AustinTX 78735
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Letters from August-September 2019: Impeachment, Faith, Gun Control, Partisanship, and Racism

On Impeachment:

The image is of a postcard, with a reply address of TX 21 Indivisible. The handwritten text reads "Representative Roy, As the Democrats announce an Impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, I would like to hear a statement from you and your position. Regards, Bryan." The postcard is addressed to Chip Roy, 5900 S.W. Parkway, Suite 201a, Austin TX 78735

On Faith and Action:

Representative Roy, enough is enough! You claim to be a Christian. Act like one! The Bible says that faith without action is worthless. Likewise, thoughts and prayers without action are equally meaningless. Believe me, if Jesus were here today he’d be siding with Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence, not a terrorist enabling organization like the NRA.

And while the NRA started out as a legitimate gun magazine for gun safety, for hunters and for those who wanted firearms for protection and for recreational use – long ago it devolved into an unrecognizable, grotesque and dangerous version of its former self. In fact, just to show how far out of touch the NRA has become, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre once said that the deaths of children through gun violence or gun accidents represented the price we have to pay for the right to keep and bear arms. I reject that notion, and so should you!

Representative Roy, the place for military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is on the battlefield not in the civilian world, and universal background checks must be made mandatory! But rather than leading that effort, all you do is offer condolences before moving on. That’s not satisfactory!

In a second posting you said that the problem of mass killings is due to “cultural rot.” You’re so right Representative Roy, and examples of it are a President who routinely spews hatred, rightwing Christianity that either condones that racism or turns a blind eye to it and a twisted gun culture that refuses to reform itself. Look in the mirror Representative Roy; you are part of that rot!

Representative Roy, I too am a Christian, but my faith is more than just a “Come to Jesus Moment.” It demands action to root out evil and injustice – whether that be achieving affordable healthcare, having compassion for immigrants and the less fortunate, treating others as we would treat ourselves, preservation of our God given earth and reining in an out of control gun culture!

On Partisan Blame Games:

The image is a screenshot of an email. The text reads, "Honorable Representative Chip Roy, I listened to your Sunday Fox interview that was replayed Monday morning on KLBJ 590 AM radio. You stated that the Democrats have done nothing in Congress. Here's a list of bills the House has passed since January. [2.5-page list follows; link is https://www.vox.com/2019/5/24/18637163/trump-pelosi-democrats-bills-congress]"

On Gun Reform Laws:

Honorable Representative Chip Roy,

Today, the 18th anniversary of the infamous attack on the World Trade Center in New York City where thousands of people perished and where more thousands of those who survived now suffer the health aftereffects of injuries incurred on that occasion, I, and thousands, perhaps millions of citizens ask if our state and federal lawmakers have lost their respect for life. What precipitates this question is the inability and/or political will to pass sensible gun reform laws. There is no question that the public cries out for this action and has for years now. One is left numb and speechless in the reality that it is no longer safe for our children and young adults to go to school and to higher learning institutions without the fear of possibly dying and not returning home. Longtime church and synagogue goers have their memories seared with the knowledge they, too, may not return home alive. Normal activities such as going shopping at the mall, going to see a movie at the movie theater, going to a nightclub to dance are no longer safe.

Lawmakers twist and turn with unreasonable rationale about the Second Amendment and what it dictates in the face of such carnage. One is left to wonder if you and they are slow walking into a national death wish…taking us all with them. One also wonders and may conclude that the terrorists have indeed won.

On Inciting Racist Violence:

August 7, 2019

Dear Rep. Roy,

This weekend, in the wake of some of the worst mass violence in our state’s history, you somehow felt it was appropriate to go the border and tag along after Customs and Border Patrol while they did their jobs. You tweeted a photo straight out of a video game, breathlessly reporting that CBP had “just apprehended some folks from India.”

You followed that up with a tweet lamenting the CBP policy of “Catch & Release.”

My first question to you is this: Why did you think it was appropriate, before the victims of racist hatred in El Paso were even buried, to go to the border and talk about the people already risking their lives to cross it and reach America as if they were animals to be hunted?

My second question is whether you agree with your Twitter fan “scalptrader1,” who responded to your border escapade by tweeting “sneaking in not folks who give a damn about U.S. Assimilation. no wonder why, after 100,000s of thess [sic] types, month after month, a kid snaps. sorry but he sees his home country under invasion.”

As of 6:56 this morning, that reply was still up on Twitter, and you had still not responded to disagree with its hateful and dangerous racism. Will you do so?

Or do you also feel “sorry” for the terrorist from Dallas who murdered 22 innocent people while they were shopping?

Two questions. I know you have answers to them, or you wouldn’t have made the choice to do the things you did, and say the things you’ve said. You owe your constituents—especially those whose lives and families are at risk from racist hatred—some answers.

Who’s running against Chip Roy and the Trump Agenda?

Anyone interested in running against Chip Roy for the 21st Congressional seat in Texas has until December 9 of this year (2019) to file as a candidate. The Texas Primary Election, where each political party chooses a single candidate to advance to the General Election, will be held on March 3rd, 2020. The General Election, where we choose who will hold the office, will be held on November 3, 2020.

(In Texas, you can vote ahead of those dates as well! Generally, early voting begins the 17th day before Election Day and ends the 4th day before Election Day.)

So what options will TX-21 voters have as they seek a better alternative to Chip Roy? To date, the following candidates have filed, and begun submitting documentation of their campaign fundraising with the Federal Elections Commission:

Jennie Lou Leeder – Democrat
Michael Felts – Independent UPDATE: On August 24th, Mr. Felts informed Texas-21 Indivisible that he is withdrawing as a candidate in the House race.
Bruce Boville – Democrat
Wendy Davis – Democrat

You can track each candidate’s fundraising, and download searchable FEC reports showing where their donations come from, right here. Reports are filed quarterly. The next report, covering funds raised in July, August, and September, should become available early in October.

Mark your calendars for March 3, 2020!

2018 Mid-term endorsements

We are thrilled to announce our slate of TX21Indivisible-endorsed candidates! These candidates are all running in various parts of the 21st Congressional district, and these endorsements were voted on by our membership. Now we’re asking you to please support them! TX21Indivisible has always been more about the power of people on the ground, in their communities, than about money. In that spirit we strongly encourage you to pick one or two of these campaigns and volunteer with them in these last few weeks before the election. And, if you can, to donate – especially the down-ballot candidates have been working themselves to the bone to try to make a difference in these districts, and a few dollars can go a long way for them.

TX21Indivisible-endorsed 2018 candidates:

Handy Links For The TX21 Primary Runoff Election (Travis County)

We hope you can make it to our TX21Indivisible primary runoff candidate forum in Austin on Monday evening! Find the details and RSVP here, and arrive early to make sure you get a seat.

Early Voting Information For Primary Runoff Elections in Travis County

League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Voters Guide

Donate to TX21Indivisible

Links To Primary Runoff Candidates’ Sites:
Joseph Kopser (D) — https://kopserforcongress.com
Matt McCall (R) — http://votemattmccall.com
Chip Roy (R) — https://chiproy.com
Mary Wilson (D) — https://www.electmarywilson.com