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.
#1 Climate Justice week!
This week is Climate Justice week! There's a full slate of Climate Justice activities in Austin. Pick one or several. Link to FB event for entire week is in the first comment.
**Please share/forward widely!!!**
Climate Justice Week — a week of workshops, presentations, and panel discussions, culminating with the Austin People’s Climate March on April 29th — aims to foster understanding and build power at the intersections of protecting the planet with fighting the injustices facing people living in the margins of society.
Sunday, 4/23: Forests, Food, Faith and Climate Change, Austin Public Library Yarborough Branch (2200 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756), 4-5:30 pm
Monday, 4/24: Climate Change Changemakers: Law and Policy, Austin Public Library Cepeda Branch (651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702), 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/25: Climate Change, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification, Green Room (4804 B Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756), 6:30-8:45pm
Wednesday, 4/26: Climate Change and Education, University of Texas CPE 2.218 200 E Dean Keaton, 6:30-8:45pm
Thursday, 4/27: Climate Change and Public Health, 6:30-8:45pm, Austin Public Library Pleasant Hill Branch (211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745)
Friday, 4/28: Climate Justice Week Social/Hangout, Green Room (4804 B Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756), time TBD
Saturday, 4/29: Austin People's Climate March, 1 pm, Texas Capitol (Facebook event page)
As we work toward an equitable transition to a carbon-free economy that is rooted in racial, economic, and social justice for all people with marginalized identities, we will need extensive discussion, learning, and collaboration among environmentalists and groups working for social justice in the Austin Area. For more information check out our website, www.climatemarchatx.org, or feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
#2 JOIN FORCES TO STOP SB 4 (Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill)!
1. EVERY DAY: Continue to call your Texas Reps. (more information and scripts)
2. TUESDAY: Join the IATX emergency conference call on Tuesday, 8 PM. Guest Speakers: José Garza, Executive Director, Workers Defense Project; Chris Valdez, United We Dream.
Dial-in Number: 1-712-770-8067
Conference Code: 409542
3. WEDNESDAY: United We Dream Press conference at the Capitol, 9-10 AM. Vigil at the Capitol later that day at 6 PM.
4. THURSDAY: This Thursday, join Indivisible and the National Immigration Law Center on Facebook Live to talk about what you can do to support immigrant families. On Thursday, April 27 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, join Indivisible and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) for a Facebook Live event where we will discuss the upcoming May 1 Rise Up marches in support of immigrant families. Immigration experts will be on hand to answer your questions about Trump’s efforts to tear families apart, sanctuary cities, and how you can support immigrants. RSVP to get a reminder and other streaming options now. Submit all of your questions here or by sending an email to email@example.com.
#3 Local Lege priorities
Reminder that Indivisible TexLege is at the Capitol every Monday-Thursday. If you can swing by the Capitol for even a short while, you can weigh in on bills. Matt Oliver will set you up with a slate of the day's issues that need to be supported or opposed: Daily resistance at the Capitol.
MONDAY: Call TEXAS HOUSE REPS to OPPOSE GERRYMANDERING / HB 2221
Last week, the Senate passed SB 949 that would cap legal fees owed to successful challengers of redistricting and school finance claims to $250,000. This comes on the heels of yet another federal court ruling that found that Texas intentionally diluted minority votes when drawing the State House Districts in 2011. To date, the ongoing litigation surrounding this court case has topped $5 million. According to Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin, “[This] bill will make it harder for citizens of this state who are aggrieved by actions that violate the Constitution, to bring these cases.”
HB 2221 is the House companion bill to SB 949, and it’s in the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. The bill is set for a hearing on Tuesday. We need to slow this bill down. NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS and tell them you OPPOSE gerrymandering and therefore also OPPOSE HB 2221:
Chair: Rep. John T. Smithee (512) 463-0702
Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar (512) 463-0620
Rep. Roland Gutierrez (512) 463-0452 ***
Rep. Ana Hernandez (512) 463-0614
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (512) 463-0186
Rep. Andrew S. Murr (512) 463-0536
Rep. Victoria Neave (512) 463-0244 ***
Rep. Matt Rinaldi (512) 463-0468
Rep. Mike Schofield (512) 463-0528 (the AUTHOR of HB 2221)
*** Representatives that we know already will oppose HB 2221. But still okay to call to say thanks.
Next, CALL YOUR HOUSE REP and tell them to OPPOSE HB 2221.
#4 JOIN LOCAL TRAINING SESSIONS
1. Thursday, Noon: Indivisible 101 Training session. Want to learn what the Indivisible movement is all about?
Come to this back-to-basics training about how Indivisible movement started, how we're doing it in Austin, and how you can make your voice heard. Free and open to the public.
Instructor: Noah Masterson, Indivisible Austin co-founder and Board Vice President. RSVP HERE
2. Saturday, April 29, 9-11 AM:
Military 101 Training: Understanding Shared Values Across Communities
The Truman Center for National Policy invites you to join us for our upcoming training on communicating effectively with veterans and military families around shared progressive values. This educational training, entitled "Military 101: Understanding Shared Values Across Communities," will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9:00-11:00am at the Texas AFL-CIO Auditorium, 1106 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX.
Space is limited and all participants must register to participate. You can RSVP here to participate.
Only 7.3% of living Americans have served in the U.S. military at some point of their lives, leaving many policymakers, advocates, and citizens with a dearth of knowledge about the military’s organization and culture. Taught by military veterans, this training covers everything from high-level questions about the values of those who serve in the military all the way down to details about the differences between various branches and ranks. Participants will walk away with a better sense of who serves in our military—and why they do it.
3. Sunday, April 30, 2:30-4:30 PM
IATX: How to plan in-person Actions
Experienced planners will share tips and skills for organizing and executing a successful action at your member of Congress' office.
#5 CALL YOUR MOCs!
Recess is over and our MIA MOCs are headed back to D.C. There will likely be two main priorities this week: health care (again) and passing a budget to keep the government running. It's time to get those phones humming once again: crash their D.C. lines! Here's info from the Indivisible Mothership:
1. Zombie TrumpCare: Trump just won’t let this one die, as it should. Humiliated by the failure of the House to bring his TrumpCare bill for a vote, Donald Trump is still demanding that Congress pass his ACA repeal bill. But as the White House and congressional Republicans continue to make changes to their TrumpCare bill, they’ve only managed to make it worse. What hasn’t changed is the devastation the bill will cause: at least 24 million Americans would lose their coverage, premiums would increase, and people with pre-existing conditions could face astronomical premiums.
That’s why it’s critical that your Representative continue to hear from your group. Tell them that you don’t want them wasting any more time on TrumpCare. For additional resources and talking points, see our “Obamacare is the law of the land” guide.
2. The Budget: When your MoCs come back to Washington next week, they will have to pass a stopgap funding bill, known as a “CR” (Continuing Resolution), to fund the government past April 28. But with his 100-day report card looming on that same day, Trump is desperate for any legislative win he can get—so much so that his cronies in Congress may be willing to risk a government shutdown by including unpopular policy riders in the funding bill, such as:
Defunding of ACA subsidies that millions of Americans rely on
Defunding Planned Parenthood and other family planning initiatives
Additional funding for Trump’s mass deportation force, including his border wall, detention facilities, and more ICE agents
Restricting federal funding for cities that take up sanctuary policies
Defunding the EPA and other climate protection programs
Ask your MoC not to risk a shutdown and to oppose policy riders in any CR.
For more action ideas, check out the
Indivisible Action Calendar