January 18, 2020 Candidate Forum in Austin!

Please join TX-21 Indivisible for an Austin-area Congressional Candidate Forum! This will be a moderated forum with questions submitted by audience members before the event. There will also be time to mingle and talk with your fellow TX21 voters!

The event will be at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill, located in the Best Western hotel at IH35 and Live Oak. There is plenty of parking in the restaurant lot. Candidates Wendy Davis, Jennie Lou Leeder, and Chip Roy have been invited; Davis and Leeder have confirmed.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we can get a head count — you can submit a question for the candidates with your RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Opal Divine’s Austin Grill

2200 S. IH35, Austin, Texas 78704
The Schedule:
6:30 PM: Get a beer, meet your fellow voters, and write down questions to ask the candidates.
7:00 PM: Candidate Forum Begins

Dear Rep. Roy: Why aren’t you applauding Chick-fil-A’s smart business move?

December 4, 2019

Representative Roy,

With you being one of the leading evangelists for the free market, I was extremely perplexed when you objected to Chick-fil-A’s decision to no longer make charitable contributions to organizations that discriminate against LGBTQ folks.

After all, Chick-fil-A is merely responding to market forces by hoping to attract a significant group of potential customers who it had previously ostracized. Furthermore, Chick-fil-A no doubt wants to expand its market share without the hindrance of one arm being tied behind its back.

Representative Roy, how exactly do you rationalize supporting the free market on one hand while opposing it on the other? With your degree in commerce (business) I’m very surprised that you’re unable to recognize the difference between good marketing/business practices and bad.

Moving on, I’d now like to turn to the moral side of the Chick-fil-A decision, as I strongly suspect that your opposition to their decision had less to do with business but more to do with your “Christian values.” If that happens to be the case, I want you to know that there are plenty of Christians, myself included, who sincerely believe that Jesus makes no exception for LGBTQ people any more than he did for other marginalized people such as the poor, disabled, lepers and slaves.

As with so many others issues, I look forward to your reply.

 

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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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.