Action Alerts

Each week, we will post several actions you can take in the upcoming week. These actions are coordinated with the greater Austin area groups, as well as with the national groups. As always, choose one or more as your interest and energy allow.


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WEEKLY CALLS

Indivisible Austin has changed the format of how they are calling people to action, using a weekly list of calls to make for the week instead of day-by-day actions. We will follow the same format starting this week.


CALL #1

Zombiecare 3.0

Trump and the Senate Republicans have been put on a tight deadline if they have any hope of passing TrumpCare. They’re making one last push on TrumpCare—a bill known as “Graham-Cassidy”—and it should be taken seriously to make sure we defeat TrumpCare for good.

Sample Script for Senators:

I want Senator [Cruz/Cornyn] to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid by turning it into a capped system. This hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. It also takes away funding to help people afford health insurance through the marketplace, and it punished states that did the right thing for their residents by expanding Medicaid.

Note from Christine: one fear I am seeing from health policy wonks is that McCain, because of his close relationship with Lindsey Graham, will support this effort despite the fact that he said he wants the Senate to follow regular order. If McCain acquiesces, this bill stands a strong chance of passing. For this reason, we need to take it seriously. Please call Cruz and Cornyn, but also talk to friends from other states with Senators that we need to stay strong, like Caputo, Heller, Collins, and Murkowski. Please let me know if you have questions.

More about "Graham-Cassidy": TrumpCare By Another Name: “Graham-Cassidy”


CALL #2

DACA

There are several bills under consideration (the Washington Post has a good comparison), but the one that we and our friends in United We Dream and other advocacy groups support is the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act has bipartisan support and does the most to protect DREAMers. Continue calling your Senators and House representatives and insist on its passage.

Special Call to Action for constituents of Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10) and Rep. John Carter (TX-31): McCaul and Carter are part of an informal working group in the House, focusing on DREAMers. It’s especially urgent to call these two reps!

Sample Script for Senators and House Representatives:

There are 138,440 DACA recipients in Texas alone, and each year they contribute $313,095,000 in State and local taxes. Donald Trump has betrayed our values and unraveled our promise to these young immigrants who grew up calling the United States home. Now it’s up to you to stand up to Trump’s hateful decision and secure the futures of DACA recipients with a legislative fix: The DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440).

Visit standup.indivisibleguide.com for more information on how to support immigrants in our communities.


CALL #3

CHIP

Children’s Health Insurance Plan funding expires on Sept. 30, and the health insurance of more than 9 million CHIP kids is in jeopardy without immediate Congressional action. The Senate has made a bipartisan agreement to extend funding, and the House needs to get on board. This is a call your representative’s office will be happy to take! CHIP has always had broad bipartisan support.

Sample Script for Senators and House Representatives:

Thank you for voting in 2015 to reauthorize CHIP funding (all area reps voted for CHIP in 2015)

Please take action now to authorize a five-year funding extension for CHIP

CHIP helps keep 400,000 Texas kids healthy, and is very important for Texas now in the aftermath of Harvey

Read more about the Texas CHIP program and the impact of CHIP funding on the state budget


CALL #4

Demand Texas Secretary of State Pablos Enforce High School Voter Registration Requirements

Under the Texas election code, high school principals are required to provide at least two opportunities for eligible students to register to vote every year. However, data from the 2016 election shows that too few high schools are providing their students with the opportunity to participate in the democratic process.

On September 5, 2017, our partners at the Texas Civil Rights Project delivered a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos demanding that he not only comply with the state law, but that he do so in a way that takes substantive steps to actually empower Texas high schools to get their students registered.


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