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Actions for the Week of July 24 from Indivisible Austin

The special session in the Texas legislature continues this week. The hearings are being announced with very little notice, so keep checking back for more information. If you’re interested in ongoing Lege updates, please sign up here.

Monday, July 24

All Day #TXLEGE Action: Flood Texas Republican Senators’ Phone Lines

From Indivisible TX Lege:

We’re targeting the four Republican Senators below, and the Lt. Gov’s office. But after you’ve called these four Senators & the Lt. Gov, feel free to contact any one of the Republican Senators’ offices.

Senator Don Huffines
Capitol: (512) 463-0116
District: (214) 239-6131

Senator Joan Huffman
Capitol: (512) 463-0117
District: (281) 980-3500

Senator Donna Campbell
Capitol: (512) 463-0125
District: (210) 979-0013

Senator Konni Burton
Capitol: (512) 463-0110
District: (817) 882-8157

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
Capitol: (512) 463-0001
Capitol: (512) 463-5342

Script Suggestions:
"The agenda being jammed through with little oversight or public input this special session are a huge waste of my taxpayer money. Texas has real problems. There are other things that really matter for Texans, that we should be focusing on, but it’s clear that the Senator/Lt Gov doesn’t care. The Sunset bill should have been all we needed."

"Republicans are attempting to revive legislation that would divert public funds to private school vouchers and restrict bathroom use for transgender students, which would subject kids to dangerous bullying and, would further vilify a misunderstood minority group."

"This is a war on local control. We elect city council members and our neighborhoods know what’s best for our citizens. I heard the Senator try to use the term “liberty,” but individual liberties do not trump the common good of our society. This is just another proxy war for the “them vs us” strain of paranoia politics that’s taken over Texas.

Read more on Facebook.

7 p.m. Bill Flores (TX-17) Tele-Town Hall (Northern Counties)

Telephone and Video Town Hall Northern Counties (Falls, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, McLennan, Milam and Robertson)

Call-in number: 1-(877) 229-8493 Access code: 111954

Tele-Town Halls are a sham. But you can still make the most of them. Watch this short video for tips on how to do that.

Tuesday, July 25

Morning. Senate to vote on “motion to proceed” on ACA repeal / BCRA vote — they need 51 Senators, so keep calling!7 p.m. Bill Flores (TX-17) Tele-Town Hall (Southern Counties)

Telephone and Video Town Hall Southern Counties (Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Lee and Travis) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:05 PM – 8:05 PM Call-in number: 1-(877) 229-8493Access code: 111954

Tele-Town Halls are a sham. But you can still make the most of them. Watch this short video for tips on how to do that.

Wednesday, July 26

All day. Volunteer to help out with Indivisible TX Lege

In the coming weeks, and importantly to prep for the 2018 elections, Indivisible TX Lege needs your help! Let them know how you can help create a Texas that better reflects the rich diversity and empathy of its residents.

Indivisible TX Lege – I want to help!

Thursday, July 27

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Indivisible Austin Women’s Lunchtime Coffee Meetup

New World Deli, 4101 Guadalupe

Back by popular demand! The Indivisible Women’s Lunchtime Coffee Meetup is now coming to you monthly. This is intended as a safe space to get to know each other, network, discuss our activism activities, check in about how we’re holding up, and see if we can offer help, resources, and connections for our various resistance activities. This will be a facilitated discussion and every attempt will be made to make sure everyone attending has a chance to be heard and offer their thoughts, struggles, questions, etc.

Friday, July 28

Check back for TX Lege and Trumpcare updates.

Saturday, July 29

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. March for Healthcare Austin: Our Lives on the Line

Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St

With the fate of healthcare coverage for millions of Americans still hanging on the line, we invite you to help us form a LIFE LINE for all those that depend on the ACA and Medicaid to survive and thrive! Join us on Saturday, July 29 at City Hall from 10am noon.  We will gather at 10 a.m.with the program starting at 10:20. At roughly 11:05 we will begin to form LIFE LINES down the two sides of Congress Avenue and we will MAKE SOME NOISE!  COME HELP US FORM THE LONGEST LIFE LINE POSSIBLE for the 22-32 million (depending on which bill you look at) Americans whose healthcare is at risk.

This event is part of the national OUR LIVES ON THE LINE movement that is working to raise the voices of people across the nation to send a message to Congress to Protect Our Care!

On the LIFE LINE that we will physically hold for all to see, we will hang our STORIES. Please bring or be prepared to write your personal story or – if not directly impacted – your reason for supporting healthcare for ALL.


  • Yourself, your family and friends
  • An item to contribute to a massive community display to honor and lift up the lives of those threatened by cuts any cuts to our healthcare (photographs, written stories, letters, drawings) or an item that celebrates the lives and health of those helped by the ACA!
  • 2 copies of a personal letter we’ll hand deliver to Senators Cornyn and Cruz detailing your concerns about undermining the ACA and cutting Medicaid
  • Sunscreen, water, bug spray

Our coalition includes Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, ADAPT OF TEXAS, Our Revolution Central TX, Indivisible Austin, Austin DSA, TARA Austin, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Young Invincibles, Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas, Left Up To US, and others.

Join our diverse coalition on Saturday July 29 at 10 a.m. We welcome Texans from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and from all identities to speak with one voice for our health, our children, and our nation!

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Report from the Texas Democratic Party’s Fair Shot Summit:

Over 250 individuals participated in the training the first weekend of April and learned how to organize in a non-election year. Check out the Texas Democratic Party’s Training Bookshelf, an online resource for political organizing. Training modules, webinar links, templates and forms are included for many topics such as Digital Oraganizing, Canvass for Community, outreach to various groups, Texas VAN guidance, voter registration etc.

Check out the website of our May speaker from Common Cause Texas, Jc Dufresne, here.

A Suggested Resistance Plan:

1)     Download the “Indivisible” document. Skim the philosophy. Carry out the actions which are listed above weekly.

2)     Every day, email your legislators. Check your voter registration card for who represents you. Bookmark their websites (Look at the heading above labelled Elected Officials. You can send an email from there). Calls are fine, but phones are busy; mailboxes are full.  My 7 daily emails go to: Governor, Lt. Governor, TX senator,  TX representative, US senators, US representative. Don’t bother with anyone who isn’t your legislator.

3)     Click the boxes asking to be on their mailing lists.

4)     Pick one topic each day for the US: cabinet picks, ACA, education, voter ID laws, etc. Write the same 3 or 4 sentences to each one. Do the same for the state reps.

5)     Don’t ramble, name call, curse. State your opinion. Say thanks.

6)     Visit your legislators’ local offices. Talk to their staffers. Be nice. State your message clearly.

7)     Go to your legislators’ town halls. State your opinions.

8)     Join local groups with like minds. They give you confidence, reassurance, energy to keep this up for the long haul. They will go with you to offices and town halls.

9)     Do these things. You’ll be rewarded with a good night’s sleep. 

Daily Action Alerts

Text the word “DAILY” to number 228466. Once you enter your zip code, Daily Action will send you a text each business day for an easy action step you can take.  You will be connected to your Senator’s voice mail. If the voicemail box is full, please send an email by clicking on the Elected Officials link above. You can select your Senator and easily send an email from the Senator’s contact page (See Elected Officials above).

Other 2017 action plans and helpful organizations and websites

Check out  the website Texas Legislature Online to follow bills in the 85th Legislative Session. Through this website, you can sign up to follow bills online, get information on committee members in both the Texas House and Senate, follow the calendars of each house.

Check out the state-focused nonprofit, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), developed by progressives  in 2014 to counteract ALEC, the conservative nonprofit that produces pro-industry measures drafted by state legislatures and corporate lobbyists. You can sign up to receive emails describing what SiX is up to in the states.

Check out INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. An even more comprehensive guide than the one described  below in 1. It was developed by congressional staffers who describe the tactics the Tea Party used to affect Congress since 2010.

Check out the Center for Public Policy Priorities website and sign-up to receive a weekly email newsletter with action items. Ann Beeson, the Executive Director spoke at the January 9, 2017 meeting and described the organization’s focus on helping Texans become healthy, well-educated and financially secure.

Below is a list of many action groups in the Austin area. Check out their websites for more info about them.

Texas Progressive Action Network (a Southwest Austin group) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/txprogressiveactionnetwork/

Pantsuit Austin - https://www.facebook.com/Pantsuit-Nation-Austin-1233236256735205/

Austin Justice Coalition - https://www.facebook.com/austinjusticecoalition/

Code Blue - www.facebook.com/groups/1809731652643344/

Left Up to Us - https://www.facebook.com/leftuptous/?fref=ts

Common Grounds - https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=common%20ground%20for%20texans

Activate Austin - https://www.facebook.com/ActivateAustinTX/

Austin Democrats Moving Forward - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AustinDemocratsMovingForward/

Northwest Hills Pantsuit - https://www.facebook.com/Pantsuit-Nation-Austin-1233236256735205/

Activate Austin - https://www.facebook.com/ActivateAustinTX/

Austin Women’s Activism - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1209126665814114/

Better Together ATX - www.facebook.com/BetterTogetherATX/?fref=ts

Move On - https://www.facebook.com/moveon/

Austin Tejano Democrats - https://www.facebook.com/groups/8310263446/

Black Austin Democrats - https://www.facebook.com/blackaustindemocrats/

Women for Good Government - http://wggaustin.wixsite.com/wggaustinhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/621916757871227/

March On! Texas – marchontexas.com

TX21 Indivisible - https://tx21indivisible.us/

Indivisible Austin – www.indivisibleaustin.com

TX 25 Indivisible We Stand - https://www.facebook.com/tx25Indivisible/

Measure Austin - https://www.facebook.com/measureaustin/

Blue Mom Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATXBlueMomGroup/

Travis County Asian American Democrats - https://www.facebook.com/AustinAsianDems/

Black Lives Matter Austin - https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterAustin/

Democratic Socialists of America Austin Chapter - http://dsaaustin.org/

Capital Area Progressive Democrats - http://capdaustintx.org/home/

Stonewall Democrats - http://www.stonewallaustin.org/

Our Revolution Austin - https://www.facebook.com/OurRevolutionAustin/

Fight for 15 Texas - https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15TX/

More Ideas:

1.  Communicate to members of congress at every opportunity. Emily Ellsworth, a former Congressional staffer, recommends the following strategies when communicating with a member of Congress:  

   a. Tweeting and Facebook posts are largely ineffective. Better to write a letter to the district office, not an email or letter to DC. The most effective thing to do is to call at the district office.

   b. Show up at town hall meetings, preferably with a large group.

   c. If you run an advocacy group, invite local staffers to your events.

   d. Remember the staff run the ground game for Congress. Be kind but firm with them.

See Emily’s complete report here.  

2. Contact your representative about current issues important to youe.g. the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s strategist or Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Check out “We’re His Problem Now” Calling Sheet for exactly what you can say. On the site, click the Weekly Call to Action tab for updates.

3. Become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar so that you can register voters for future elections. Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor and Voter Registrar, has offered frequent training sessions. Click here for information and volunteering.

4. Express your support for the ACA.  Paul Ryan is conducting a phone poll on the ACA (Obamacare). Call 202 225-3031 and press 2 to weigh in. After a brief recording about HR-3762, Ryan’s proposal to gut ACA, you can vote 1 to support the ACA.

5. Call the House Oversight Committee (202 225-5074) to support the call for a bipartisan revew of Trump’s financials and apparent conflicts of interest. Also, use the links in the section Elected Officials to write to your senators and representatives.

6. Find out who your precinct chair is and volunteer to help. If your precinct does not have a chair, volunteer to be one. It’s not hard!!

7Help identify potential Democratic candidates for 2018 and 2020. We need to do this now.

8Keep up with the state legislature and attend hearings. The Texas Tribune is a great source on legislative issues. 

9. Donate to the Travis County Democratic Party and volunteer with them.

10Volunteer at a nonprofit or public service organization.

11. Subscribe to the Washington Post or the New York Times to support the media.

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