Dear Rep. Roy: TX-21 taxpayers can’t afford cancer drugs, but they helped pay for yours

October 23, 2019

Dear Rep. Roy,

I urge you to support H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. House Democratic leadership released H.R. 3 on September 19, but it still needs amendments to increase the number of drugs eligible for negotiation and the number of drugs negotiated each year. The bill should also protect all patients from high launch prices and price spikes.

Will you commit to improving H.R. 3? Or are you still committed to the stance you took last May, when you said in a meeting of the House Oversight Committee, “To sit here and attack the capitalistic system that produces and distributes medicine that is saving lives around the world? I mean it is just offensive.” Do you find H.R. 3 “offensive” because it would prioritize the lives of AIDS patients over the $30 million bonuses of drug company CEOs? Do you think that laws preventing price-gouging on life-saving drugs are “an attack on the capitalistic system”? Do you know that two-thirds of Americans who file for bankruptcy do so because of medical debt? Do you care?

Can you explain how one of your “Healthcare Freedom Accounts“—the only actual policy you seem to feel is needed to solve our healthcare crisis—would help a diabetic whose insulin has increased in price 1200% over the last decade? Over 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Some of them live in your district. Are you unwilling to put their lives and solvency ahead of the interests of wealthy drug company CEOs?

The drug you’ve said you took when you had lymphoma, Brentuximab Vedotin, costs $4,500 per vial, over $100,000 for a course of treatment. When you were diagnosed with lymphoma, did you have $100,000 put away in a savings account for your healthcare? I assume you did not, which is why you were careful to keep your taxpayer-funded health coverage with the Texas Attorney General’s Office when you went to work for Ted Cruz. Most residents of your district don’t have state jobs, and can’t afford cancer drugs. But they helped pay for yours. If you want to square that account, you need to support H.R. 3. If you don’t, you’ll be telling the voters of TX-21 loud and clear that your health and wealth are more important than theirs.

Letters to Chip, 10/9/19: Defend the Constitution

October 9, 2019

Dear Rep. Roy,

The President of the United States, and the leader of your party, has now twice, on live television, asked foreign countries to interfere in the U.S. electoral process and aid his campaign for re-election. He has unilaterally betrayed our allies the Kurds in Syria, to the dismay of our own armed forces. His tweets and other public statements are increasingly deranged and detached from reality. He is manifestly unfit for public office, and if you cannot see this, you are too.

If you do recognize his dysfunction, and still support him, you are unfit to live in a civilized society.

You took an oath to protect the Constitution. That is far and away the most important part of the job you are being paid to do. If you fail to speak out publicly in this moment, and support the removal of this dangerous, corrupt president, you will take your place among those forever condemned in the history of our nation as enemies of democracy.

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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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

Reaching out to Hispanic community in Kerrville

IMG_1276On April 11, the Hill Country TX21 Indivisible’s LatinX Outreach group presented its first Hispanic Role Model Learning Fair as part of the annual Dia de los Ninos event hosted by Schreiner University in Kerrville. The role model fair celebrated eight accomplished Hispanic men and women, ranging from a brain surgeon to an astronaut. Inspired by a desire to reach Hispanic voters, the project evolved to also provide a positive cultural experience for their children. A voter registration table was present to avail attendees with this service.

Dia de los Ninos was attended by more than 200 local residents with 48 children participating in the role model fair. Children visited each interactive learning station and participated in games, experiments and projects developed by a group of TX21 Indivisible teachers.

TX21 Indivisible members who headed up the project were Dana Armitstead, marketing; Alicia Boyett, theme and consulting; and Jeannette Ruark, project coordination. Teachers who participated were Heather Farmer, Jo Harrison, Doris Williams, Deb Edwards, John and Susan Cappozolli, Darla Flynt and Pat Kobe. Frank and Manuela Flores pitched in by enthusiastically staffing one of the learning stations. Barbara Veldhuizen created amazing life-size portraits of the role models and numerous other TX21 Indivisible members pitched in by providing muscle power and moral support.

After resting up, the organizers will regroup and move forward with plans for the next event to be held in conjunction with Notre Dame Catholic Church’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Kerrville on May 4.