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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TX21Indivisible Action Alert for 2/21/17

We all know from living the Indivisible Guide how effective it is for citizens to lobby their Members of Congress. We are excited that, just seven weeks into our existence, we have three Action groups up and running in all three cities in our district where our Rep. Lamar Smith has offices: Austin, San Antonio, and Kerrville.

It’s an incredible boon to our group to have the leadership, critical mass, and momentum to organize action in the Hill Country. In case you hadn’t heard, a grassroots rally with 37 participants at Rep. Smith’s office last Thursday in Kerrville landed on the front page of the Kerrville Daily Times. The Hill Country is an area where Rep. Smith feels comfortable and safe from criticism. He needs to know that there are Hill Country constituents who are not satisfied with his leadership or policy decisions in Washington. Now that we’ve made a big splash in Kerrville, it’s time to turn that energy into repeatable waves of action, with regular visits to Rep. Smith’s Kerrville office. Read on for your Action.

Action for TX21Indivisible members living in the Texas Hill Country:

Please join your Hill Country-based Action organizers, Laura Pipkin-Kramer and Terry Casparis, in your inaugural Tuesday Action on Tuesday, February 21, at 9am. Read full details and RSVP for Kerrville action here.

Action for TX21Indivisible members in the San Antonio area:

Your Tuesday Action will also be on Tuesday, February 21, at 9am, led by Trish Florence. Read full details and RSVP for San Antonio action here.

Action for TX21Indivisible members in the Austin area:

Your Tuesday action will be led by Tom Lindsay on Tuesday, February 21, at 10:20am. Meet in the office building lobby, ground floor on the north side.

Save the date:

Please make plans to attend the town hall that TX21Indivisible is hosting for Lamar Smith:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
5:00-7:30pm
Historic Scoot Inn
1308 E. 4th Street
Austin TX 78702

More details to come.

Save another date:

IndivisibleATX Citywide Gathering
Sunday, March 5, 2017
2-5pm
Details TBA but what we know is here.

Action Items for Week of 2/13/17

Actions for the Week

First, here’s how your voices made a difference last week:

  • The 9th Federal Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to maintain the freeze on Donald’s immigration ban immediately for national security reasons, and they forcefully asserted their ability to serve as a check on the president’s power.
  • Rep Stephanie Murphy’s bill that would forbid Steve Bannon and other political partisans like him from serving on the National Security Council has passed review by the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services Committees. It has more than 90 House reps sponsoring it

Monday, Feb. 13

Check our Facebook group page for events happening this week!

All day. Call SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVES and demand a congressional investigation in Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia.

Michael Flynn, national security advisor to the Trump administration, contacted Russian officials prior to President Trump’s inauguration. Not only did Flynn act illegally, his relations with Russia continue to reveal a troubling relationship between the Trump camp and Russia. These actions must not only be condemned, but also congressionally investigated.

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.

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. (And remember: votes are not valentines; they are chess moves.)

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.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 15

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.

 

Thursday, Feb. 16

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.

Calls to Action for the Week of 2/6/17

MONDAY UPDATE

Thanks everyone for all your dedicated resistance – you are part of a nationwide movement, and we are having an impact!

News
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Thanks to all who listened in on yesterday’s conference call. If you weren’t able to make it you can listen to it here: http://bit.ly/2lgbU8V . And if you have questions that didn’t get answered feel free to put them in a comment on this post and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Actions
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If you live in Austin and haven’t signed up for a Lamar Smith office visit then go to the attached spreadsheet and take a slot (you will need to scroll right to find the current dates). Right now we especially need some more people to go tomorrow!

If you have some time to make some calls today and haven’t already called the Senators about the Betsy DeVos nomination then call them today! The vote is this afternoon, and they need to hear from you!

I don’t know if you heard, but our representative, Lamar Smith, will be holding hearings starting tomorrow on “Making the EPA great again.” So let’s light up his switchboard and let him know that you think the EPA is ALREADY great, and are opposed to any cuts to the agency!

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

Smith – DC: 202-225-4236
San Antonio: 210-821-5024
Austin: 512-912-7508
Kerrville: 830-896-0154
Fax: 202-225-8628

TUESDAY-FRIDAY ACTIONS COMING SOON

Action Items for Week of 1/30/17

Monday January 30:  Calls against the Immigration Ban- 

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days. Further, it suspends entry of all refugees for the next 120 days and stops the admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely. “Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims” reports the New York Times.

Refugees who have already completed the long vetting process and prepared for travel have been told they can’t come. Student, scientists, engineers and family members who are legal permanent residents of the US but were abroad on Friday are now finding they cannot return home. This ban hurts the most vulnerable in the world and damages our vibrant multicultural communities across the country.

Call our Senators:
John Cornyn R-TX  Washington, D.C.:  202-224-2934  Austin: 512-469-6034  San Antonio: 210-224-7485
Ted Cruz R-TX  Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-5922  Austin: (512) 916-5834  San Antonio:  (210) 340-2885

Your script:

Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent from [City, TX, Zip].

I’m calling to tell [Senator] that our community does not support Trump’s Muslim ban, and we expect him to take an immediate stand against this unjust executive order.

[Optional: add anything else you’d like here]

Thank you for your time.

 

Tuesday January 31:  Affordable Care Act

Oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Senate Republicans are wasting no time and already taking steps to repeal The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. By repealing the ACA with no replacement legislation, millions of Americans will lose their health care coverage, community health clinics will lose funding and be shuttered, and the lack new legislations could create instability and chaos in the healthcare insurance industry. Tell your Senator that repeal without replacement is irresponsible and wrong.  #ShowUsTheBill

Call our Senators:
John Cornyn R-TX  Washington, D.C.:  202-224-2934  Austin: 512-469-6034  San Antonio: 210-224-7485
Ted Cruz R-TX  Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-5922  Austin: (512) 916-5834  San Antonio:  (210) 340-2885

Your script:

Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent from [City, TX, Zip].

I’m calling to tell [Senator’s Name] that I strongly oppose repealing The Affordable Care Act without suitable replacement legislation. The ACA has helped millions of Americans gain access to health coverage, including my friends and family.

[Optional: add anything else you wish to say here, especially if you have a story about how the ACA has helped you, your family or friends]

Please tell [Senator’s Name] not to support repeal without replacement.

Thank you for your time.

 

San Antonio Lamar Smith office visit:  We will be meeting at 9am at Jim’s Restaurant (Loop 410 and Broadway) to discuss and plan our visit to his office at 11am.  At 10:45am we will meet outside of Lamar Smith’s office at 1100 NE Loop 410 for pictures before heading inside to suite 640 at 11am.  This will be week 3 of our demands to support the ACA, and to come back to his district and meet with his constituents.

 

Wednesday February 1:  Trump’s cabinet pick Jeff Session, and Stand Up to Trump’s False Claims o Voter Fraud

Voter Fraud:  Trump is calling for a “massive investigation” into the nonexistent “illegals” who cast votes in November. He and his surrogates have gone on to say that this illusory voter fraud happens mainly in “inner cities” and that’s where they will focus their attention. This is yet more not-so-subtle racist rhetoric from a man and an administration that automatically assumes any areas, like large cities, with high minority populations must be full of criminals.

Not only will this investigation find nothing – as every other voter fraud investigation has – it will waste money and resources that should be focused on uncovering the truth behind Russia’s hacking of the DNC and interference in the 2016 presidential election.

At the state level, this investigation will be used as fuel by Republican legislators to enact even more and harsher voter ID laws restricting Americans’ constitutionally mandated right to vote. These laws are targeted at the young, poor, and minorities – all groups who tend to vote Democratic – in an attempt to suppress turnout. More than one Republican lawmaker has said that voter ID laws will directly help them and their candidates win by keeping legally-eligible voters from the polls.

Call Lamar Smith R-TX-  Washington, D.C. 202-225-4236  Austin: 512-912-7508  San Antonio:  210-821-5024  Kerrville:  830-896-0154

Your script:

Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent from [City, TX, Zip].

I’m calling today because I’m worried about Trump’s call for an investigation into supposed voter fraud in the presidential election. There is zero evidence for his claims, but his rhetoric is undermining Americans’ trust in their electoral system, laying the groundwork for unnecessary and restrictive voter ID laws.

Can you please tell Representative Smith that I expect him to publicly stand up for all Americans and call for an end to Trump’s baseless attack on our right to vote.

Thank you for your time.

Prevent the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Senator Jeff Sessions was denied a Federal Judgeship by the Senate 30 years ago due to allegations of racism. He career has been defined by his lack support for immigration reform, rejection of marriage equality and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, and believing the Constitution does not require a separation of Church and State. Sessions will not serve in the interests of all Americans and should not be confirmed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on the conformation of Sessions on January 24th, but it was pushed back to Tuesday January 31st. Now is the time to call your members of congress and demand they reject Sessions for Attorney General.

Call our Senators:
John Cornyn R-TX  Washington, D.C.:  202-224-2934  Austin: 512-469-6034  San Antonio: 210-224-7485
Ted Cruz R-TX  Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-5922  Austin: (512) 916-5834  San Antonio:  (210) 340-2885

Your script:

Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent from [City, TX, Zip].

I’m calling to express my deep opposition to the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

May I ask how [Senator’s Name] will be voting?

[If NO for Confirmation]: Please tell the Senator thank you for listening to their constituents. Have a good day.

[If YES for Confirmation]: Senator Sessions has a long history of allegations of racism, does not support equal rights for the LGBTQ community, and has not enforced the Voting Rights Act. He will not protect all of the people of the United States. I urge the Senator to reconsider their position and reject the confirmation. I will remember [Senator’s Name] stance in the next election.

[Optional: add anything else you wish to say here]

Thank you for your time.

 

Thursday February 2:  Trump’s cabinet pick Betsy Devos-

Oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, one of Trump’s major donors, is a long-time advocate for school voucher programs. These programs take taxpayer money away from the public school system and place it into the hands of for-profit private and religious schools. She has no experience as an educator and has never worked in a classroom. Teachers unions do not support her, as they see her as an attack on the public educational system.

DeVos’ readiness for the job of Secretary of Education came under question after her committee hearing on January 17th, where she demonstrated a lack of understanding of basic educational policy. Additionally, paperwork filed last week by DeVos to the Office of Governmental Ethics show concern for financial conflicts of interest, which forced the committee vote to be delayed until January 31st.

Call our Senators:
John Cornyn R-TX  Washington, D.C.:  202-224-2934  Austin: 512-469-6034  San Antonio: 210-224-7485
Ted Cruz R-TX  Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-5922  Austin: (512) 916-5834  San Antonio:  (210) 340-2885
Your script:

Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a concerned constituent from [City, TX, Zip].

I’m calling to express my deep opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

May I ask how [Senator’s Name] will be voting?

[If NO for Confirmation]: Please tell the Senator thank you for listening to their constituents. Have a good day.

[If YES for Confirmation]: Betsy DeVos has no experience in the public school system she would be overseeing. I urge the Senator to reconsider their position and reject DeVos’ confirmation. I will remember [Senator’s Name] stance in the next election.

[Optional: add anything else you wish to say here, if you have children mention how this would affect you]

Thank you for your time.

 

Friday February 3:  Building the Texas/Mexico border wall-

Say NO to a Border Wall

Trump is setting the tone for the next 4 years by making good on his most inflammatory promises, to build a wall along the border with Mexico and violate the sovereignty of cities that have declared themselves sanctuaries for millions of immigrants from all backgrounds and circumstances. The Wall is a symbol of racist rhetoric, drawing from failed draconian immigration laws, while also footing taxpayers with a bill that could cost nearly three times what the GOP claims. In addition, complications are expected to ensue based on the president’s past history of failed construction, violated contracts and bankruptcy.

Additionally, Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, canceled a scheduled trip to meet with Trump citing outrage of the proposed construction of a border wall while reconfirming Mexico will not pay it. Mexico is a critical ally for the US, and the creation of this serious rift is not in our best interests.

Call Lamar Smith R-TX-  Washington, D.C. 202-225-4236  Austin: 512-912-7508  San Antonio:  210-821-5024  Kerrville:  830-896-0154

Call our Senators:
John Cornyn R-TX  Washington, D.C.:  202-224-2934  Austin: 512-469-6034  San Antonio: 210-224-7485
Ted Cruz R-TX  Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-5922  Austin: (512) 916-5834  San Antonio:  (210) 340-2885
Your script:

Hi, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent from [City, TX, Zip].

I’m calling today because I’m concerned by Trump’s dangerous executive order to build a wall along our Mexican border. The wall is a logistical nightmare that would waste billions of taxpayer dollars better spent on healthcare, education or other infrastructure projects to keep American families safe.

[Optional: add any other comments, especially if you have a personal story about immigration]

Can you please tell [Senator/Rep’s Name] I expect them to reject the building of a Mexican border wall.

Thank you for your time.

 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WILL BE ADDED AS NEEDED