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

 

Texas Reps Overwhelmed and M.I.A.

The continued pressure on Texas reps by Indivisible members is mounting–and possibly has our elected officials on the run.

As the San Antonio Current published today, Texas Representative Lamar Smith and Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn appear to be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers visiting their offices this week. So great were the crowds, in fact, that the office interns and staffers who met them could do little more than say hello and offer canned responses with no real discussion. Some visitors were turned away outright for “trespassing.” In none of the situations, however, were citizens actually able to meet with their elected officials to be heard.

The pressure has only just begun, and while Texas reps may be able to dodge the masses for now, they won’t be able to forever. They should expect action visits by their constituents on a weekly basis.

For more details, check out the Current piece.

TX21 Indivisible Takes Demands to Legislators

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TX21 INDIVISIBLE TAKES DEMANDS TO LEGISLATORS

JANUARY 24, 2017 –   Between 10 AM and 1:30 PM, 16 activists, and one adorable and well-behaved infant from San Antonio congressional Districts 21, 28, and 35 descended on the offices of Rep. Lamar Smith, and Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to express concerns about the new administration.  These actions coincide with the rapidly growing national Indivisible movement that took similar actions throughout the U.S.

The group represented a cross-section of the population including young professionals and parents, retirees on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, and working people who used their lunch breaks or took the day off to attend.  The group focused on two of the most urgent issues, the Affordable Care Act and the President’s cabinet selections.

TX21 Indivisible – San Antonio member Jeanie Valenzuela served as the group’s introductory spokesperson but Rep. Smith’s District Director Mike Asmus and Senator Cruz’s Deputy Regional Director Javier Salinas were peppered with questions and comments from all the members.  “I’ve got a daughter with disabilities,” stated member Kelly Trout.  “ACA is critical for her care.  Without it, she will lose all support.”  Others chimed in with personal stories about how the ACA is literally a life and death issue.

Cabinet appointees were also passionately discussed, with Betsy DeVos as the primary focus.  “My children are six and ten,” stated one young mother.  “They will be in the educational system for many years and this woman could decimate their future with her inexperience and personal agenda.  The group was unanimous in sharing their genuine fear of the new administration to Senator Cruz’s staffer.

TX21 Indivisible members made further inquiries regarding their ongoing campaign to meet with our Congressman and Senators in a town hall format.  Both Smith’s and Cruz’s offices said that our requests would be relayed to Washington.  Again.

Senator John Cornyn’s office was unavailable.  Oddly, his office address was absent from the building directory.  Members proceeded to the suite indicated on his website, which also stated office hours were Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM.  After ringing the bell numerous times with no response, a gentleman from a nearby office informed the group that there is seldom someone there.  Members left a note on the door.

ABOUT TX21 INDIVISIBLE

Founded in 2017, TX21 Indivisible is a group of constituents of Texas’ 21st Congressional District who are working together to push back against the Trump agenda.  Our representative Lamar Smith, is a principal enabler of Trump, but we aim to do our part to halt their rollback of our nation’s most fundamental progressive principles.  We are formed in agreement with the principles of the Indivisible strategy:

 

  1. Resist Trump’s agenda. We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian and corrupt. It must be stopped.
  2. Focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy. We demand that our own local members of Congress serve as our voice in Washington, D.C.
  3. Embrace progressive values. We model inclusion, respect, and fairness in all of our actions.

CONTACT:  Jason Sugg

TX21 Indivisible

Email Address:  jasonsugg@yahoo.com

Website URL: www.tx21indivisible.us

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Action Items for week of 1/23/17

TX21 Indivisible Actions This Week

1) Keep the Heat on Trump’s Divisive Cabinet Nominees: Hearings for many of Trump’s cabinet nominees may have occurred last week, but the fight is far from over. Ethical scandals, financial conflicts, and outstanding questions plague many nominees. We’ve got to keep the heat on the disastrous nominees coming up this week:

  • Today, Monday, January 23rd: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet this afternoon to consider the nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. As long-time CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson flouted U.S. foreign policy and befriended anti-democratic leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin. Unsurprisingly he expressed skepticism about the dangers of climate change during his confirmation hearing.
    • Urge Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to oppose the confirmation of Rex Tillerson to Secretary of State.

2) Keep the Pressure On: Tell Congress to #ProtectOurCare. One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to sign an Executive Order that could threaten essential components of the Affordable Care Act. But to dismantle the ACA, Trump will need to get repeal legislation through Congress. Keep the pressure on our members of Congress! Tell Lamar Smith, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn that we won’t stand by and let 30+ million people lose their healthcare — and that we expect that they won’t either.

Tuesday January 24th:  Meet with TX21 Indivisible members at Lamar’s Smiths offices in the entire district at 10am (Or at your own time if you cannot make it at 10am).

  • San Antonio office address is- 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640
  • Austin office address is- 2211 S. IH 35, Suite 106
  • Kerrville office address is- 301 Junction Hwy, Suite 346C

 

  • We will meet outside of his offices for pictures beforehand, and then go inside to meet with staffers.  Goal is to remind staff that we are watching, listening, and organizing.  We will be pushing back on appointee hearings, as well as voicing our support for the ACA
  • Please take notes, pictures, and/or video of your visits and email them to theresistancetx@gmail.com so they can be compiled into a district wide press release.

 

Tuesday January 24th: Meet with other TX21 Indivisible members at Ted Cruz’s offices at 11:30am

  • 9901 IH-10W,  Suite 950 San Antonio, TX 78230
  • 300 E 8th,  Suite 961  Austin, TX 78701
  • We will meet outside of his offices for pictures beforehand, and then go inside to meet with staffers.   Goal is to remind staff that we are watching, listening, and organizing.  We will be pushing back on appointee hearings, as well as voicing our support for the ACA
    • Please take notes, pictures, and/or video of your visits and email them to theresistancetx@gmail.com so they can be compiled into a district wide press release.

 

Tuesday January 24th: Meet with other TX21 Indivisible members at John Cornyn’s  offices at 1:00 pm

  • Chase Tower  221 West Sixth Street,  Suite 1530  Austin, TX 78701
  • 600 Navarro,  Suite 210  San Antonio, TX 78205
  • We will meet outside of his offices for pictures beforehand, and then go inside to meet with staffers.  Goal is to remind staff that we are watching, listening, and organizing.  We will be pushing back on appointee hearings, as well as voicing our support for the ACA
  • Please take notes, pictures, and/or video of your visits and email them to theresistancetx@gmail.com so they can be compiled into a district wide press release.

 

  • Tuesday January 24th: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Jeff Sessions, nominee for Attorney General. If confirmed, Sessions will be in charge of enforcing civil rights law and protections, despite having been rejected from a federal judgeship in 1986 after former colleagues testified about his history of racist remarks. Sessions has regularly opposed civil rights legislation and he has extreme anti-immigration views.
    • Urge Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to oppose the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
  • Tuesday, January 24th: Confirmation hearings continue for Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rep. Price is a radical conservative who wants to destroy the Affordable Care Act, eviscerate anti-poverty efforts, and undermine women’s health, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights. There are also unanswered ethical questions about profits Price has made trading health care stocks during his time in Congress where he worked on health care legislation.
    • Urge Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to oppose the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary.

3)  Wednesday, January 25th

  1.     DELAYED!  Trump’s controversial and unqualified nominee to be Secretary of Education, millionaire Betsy Devos, was supposed to get a vote on Tuesday the 24th.  But, in the wake of her poor performance in Congress last week, and release of a report on her ethical conflicts, Committee Chairman Grassley has delayed that vote until January 31st.
    • Let’s delay this permanently!  Urge our Senators to oppose the confirmation of Betsy Devos for Education Secretary.
  2. Thank you notes:  Don’t forget to drop a postcard, or letter in the mail today to thank those staffers that we met with during our office visits yesterday.  Remind those staffers that we support the ACA, we are against Trump’s cabinet picks, and that we demand that our members of Congress come home and face their constituency regarding these issues BEFORE they place their final votes.

4)  Thursday, January 26th

  1. Keep the pressure on:  Tell Lamar Smith, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn to #ProtectOurCare .  One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to sign an Executive order that could threaten essential components of the Affordable Care Act.  But to dismantle the ACA, Trump will need to get repeal legislation through Congress.  Keep the pressure on our members of Congress.  Tell Lamar Smith, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn that we won’t stand by and let 30+ million people lose their healthcare — and that we expect that they won’t either.

5)  Friday, January 27th

  1. LAMAR SMITH FRIDAY VISIT:  Meet up begins at 12:3opm.  This is a ‘come as you are’ visit.  Some have Friday’s off and we are hoping that folks that can’t make Tuesday’s can either a) take a lunch or b) have an early day on Friday. Let’s  Keep the pressure up!
    • Address is 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640
    • Arrive a few minutes early to take pictures of your group, and to plan out the details of our visit.
    • Take pictures, and notes.

 

 

 

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