Woman wears banner disguised as sari into Texas Capitol

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In the days leading up to the first day of the Texas Legislature’s Special Session, a San Antonio member of TX21 Indivisible thought of a way to sneak a banner into the Capitol building. Siri used a sari from her native India and hand stitched “TX21 Indivisible” to create a banner, which she wore into the Capitol and unfurled on the second level of the rotunda!

Despite what this article from the Austin American-Statesman says, the goal of TX21 Indivisible is NOT to set the agenda for the Democratic party. We are nonpartisan, which means we are not affiliated with any political party. We are a grassroots organization of citizens who are constituents of Texas Congressional District 21. We are made up entirely of volunteers from the ten counties that comprise the district. Through local activism and advocacy, we seek to resist the agenda of Trump and the Republicans and to hold our representatives accountable to their constituents.

Thank you Siri!

Support of ACA Repeal Bill Erodes

Kelly and TrishTed Cruz was in San Antonio on July 7, 2017, as Trumpcare was reaching the Senate. TX21 Indivisible activists Kelly and Trish were featured in a photo in the New York Times as they rallied in front of a radio station where he was being interviewed.

Cruz has made it his holy grail to repeal “Obamacare,” or the Affordable Care Act, and wholeheartedly supports the bill in the Senate. This excerpt from the Times article, tells why it will hurt Texans:

In Texas, hospitals are putting pressure on Senator Ted Cruz, the state’s junior Republican senator, who is up for re-election next year. If the Senate bill is adopted, said Ted Shaw, the president of the Texas Hospital Association, more people will be uninsured and ‘more Texans will be forced to rely on hospital emergency departments for care.’ In rural areas where people tend to be older and sicker and have lower incomes, many hospitals say they are already struggling to survive and would be hit hard by the cuts to Medicaid in the repeal bills.”

Read the full article here.

Thanks Kelly and Trish!

Congressman Lamar Smith has a Problem with Science – and with Voters

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Sharon Lerner of investigative journalism powerhouse The Intercept visited TX21 Indivisible activists in San Antonio and the Hill Country for this article. Lerner writes:

“For most of his four years as chair of the Science Committee, Republican Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas has served up more spectacle than policy. As arguably the showiest climate denier and opponent of environmental regulations in Congress, Smith has orchestrated climate change hearings that are the scientific equivalent of pro-wrestling matches. Stacked with skeptics who mocked mainstream climate science, they offered virtually no chance for significant dialogue. Similarly, Smith’s challenge to the well-documented relationship between air pollution and lung disease was seen as little more than a craven nod to the energy companies that were responsible for that pollution. And his repeated use of his subpoena power has served mostly to attract attention and make life difficult for the scientists and government workers he has targeted.”

Read the article here.

Lamar Smith’s office receives pro-science Valentine’s greeting

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Members of Moms Clean Air Force and TX21 Indivisible visited the office of Rep. Lamar Smith in San Antonio on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2017. Cards and signs expressed concern about Smith’s lack of support of scientific research when creating policies for the EPA. As chair of the US House Science, Space and Technology committee, Smith wields great power over environmental regulations that impact clean air.

In an article from NowCast SA, Moms Clean Air Force states, “Science is the cornerstone of the Clean Air Act. In order to carry out its statutory responsibilities, the EPA uses high-quality peer reviewed research from trusted, independent, scientific sources. EPA regulations must be science and health-based.”

The activists also met with Mike Asmus, Lamar Smith’s District Director. According to the article, Asmus said all he could do was pass along word to Smith of the protesters’ visit. Weak!

Read the full article here.