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Meet the Candidates luncheon on Tues, 9/19 from 11:30 – 1:30. Lindy of Indivisible-Sherman & GCDP host luncheon catered by Kathleen’s Kitchen (rsvp Lindy indivisiblesherman@gmail.com by Thurs, Sept 14 for a lunch) present Commie Linson for Sherman City Council-District 2 and Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner at Venue Off the Square (2230 South Travis)
GCDP Social on Sat, 9/23 from 5 – 7 at 903 Brewery…no business, just fun
GCDP Action Committee meeting Sat 9/23 before the Social from 4 – 5
GCDP Action Committee sign making at Grandy’s at 6 on Tues 9/26…
Monthly meeting for GCDP on Thurs, Sept 28 at Grandy’s (eat 5:30–meet at 6)
Solidarity March for Racial Justice with Indivisible-Sherman on Fri, 9/29 from 11:30 – 1 at Grayson County Courthouse
Frontier Days in Pottsboro Sat 9/30 9 – 4…need volunteers as for other festivals & contact Marie & Mickey Allen
Need phone bank volunteers every Mon evening to call
For information, email info@graysondemocrats.org

Indivisible Sherman Events

Sept 6
Please contact your Congressional representatives to express your support for our DACAmented young people. Our representatives are on  Judiciary Committees, so you have a special part to play here because that’s where both of these bills will be considered first.
Call Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: support SB 1615, the Dream Act of 2017
Call House Rep John Ratcliffe: support H.R. 496, the BRIDGE Act
Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Use Resisbot. Text “Resist” to 50409 and they’ll set you up to send faxes.

Sept 2
Organizations directly aiding Houston and the surrounding areas that are accepting monetary donations online:

South Texas Blood and Tissue Centerhttps://bloodntissuefoundation.org/give

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategieshttp://www.portlight.org/hurricane-harvey-announcement.html

Central Texas Food Bankhttps://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-involved/donate

San Antonio Food Bankhttps://safoodbank.org/

Texas Diaper Bankhttps://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/…/33717-change-a…

SPCA of Texashttps://spca.org/give

Texoma Regional Blood Center is open on weekdays from 8-5 and Saturday from 9-1 if you would like to donate: http://texomablood.org/

Post date Aug 15
Learn about the history of white supremacy in the United States and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight back. Students at the University of Virginia’s Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation have created a syllabus that lists articles and books that give historical context to the white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, and people across the country are sharing even more resources using the hashtags #CharlottesvilleSyllabus and #CharlottesvilleCurriculum. You may also want to check out The Nation‘s Collier Meyerson and Mychal Denzel Smith on why fighting white supremacy means confronting our own history.

Suggestion from an Aug 15, 2017 Facebook post from Lander Bethel: 
We could look at a monument to William Durham, a black civil rights attorney who was admitted to the bar in 1926, whose office was burned in 1930 during the riots that followed the killing of George Hughes and the courthouse burning. He practiced in Sherman for many years, was active in the NAACP in Texas, and brought a case before the Supreme Court, which integrated the University of Texas Law School in 1950 – before Brown vs Board of Education.

Aug 9.  We just got word that the disastrous Committee Substitute to House Bill 7 will reach the Senate Floor tomorrow, Aug 10, for a vote.
House Bill 7 has been amended to fulfill the Governor’s demands to eradicate local control and allow for the clear cutting of Texas’ Trees. We were able to essentially defeat this legislation in the House because folks spoke up about the importance of local environmental regulations.
Call Senator Craig Estes (up for re-election in 2018) and tell him to reject any efforts to take away local environmental:  512-463-0130.

During the special session going on right now, the Texas Legislature is considering several bills to stop cities from protecting its trees. Over 90 municipalities in Texas have passed ordinances to preserve trees because trees help cool our cities, improve air and water quality, reduce erosion and flooding, enhance property values, and improve our quality of life. Still, developer friendly politicians in the Legislature want to make it easier for developers to cut them down.
Take 2 minutes to email your state representative expressing your opposition to HB 70 and SB 14. Let them know that you want them to defend our environment and local control!

Tell Texas Republicans we will not tolerate their attacks that disproportionately impact women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrants, parents, young Texans, folks working hard to make ends meet, and rural communities. Bills like HB 14 and HB 214, peddled by anti-choice leaders in Austin, will directly cut off access to preventive care, family planning, cancer screening, STI testing and prevention, and abortion care

8/8/2017, 6:30PM-9:00 PM
Dallas Area W.O.W. Democrats: Exclusive Showing of
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Join W.O.W. (Women Organizing Women) Democrats for an exclusive screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Starring Al Gore.
Join us for reception at 6:30 pm
Movie starts at 7:00 pm (1 hr 40 mins)
After the screening, we are proud to present a discussion with our esteemed panel of experts:
*Rita Beving, Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action
*Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner
*Robert Haley MD, who will speak on the health effects of air pollution.
$20 Advance Ticket Price, $25 Day of Ticket Price
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/truthmovie
 Angelika Plano: Shops of Legacy – 7205 Bishop Road , Plano, Texas
 Texas Democratic Party
 http://https://secure.actblue.com/donate/truthmovie

8/11/2017, 6PM-8PM
Equality Texas Dallas Summer Mixer
Join us for a mid-Special Session evening in Dallas! Mix and mingle with Equality Texas Board Members, Dallas Steering Committee Members, and Special Guests: Julian Castro, former US Secretary of HUD and San Antonio Mayor; Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry; Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, marriage equality plaintiffs; Amber Briggle, advocate; and Momma Bear David Collins, author of Accidental Activists.
The event, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, is free. Anyone donating $100 or more at this event will receive an autographed copy of Accidental Activists!  Please RSVP through the link for tickets by Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
 Meetup
 IQ Haus – 1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas
 Equality Texas
 http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equality-texas-summer-mixer-tickets-35526119580

July 2017
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a Texan who won’t stand for the Texas Senate’s all-out, wasteful attack on public education, LGBTQ rights, women’s reproductive rights, and our communities’ local control. I demand REAL solutions for our kids, families, and communities. -From Manny Garcia, yellowdog@txdemocrats.org
Texas Senate Dist. 30, Senator Craig Estes: 512-463-0130

Our legislators should be focused on fully funding our schools and making sure all Texans have a fair shot to get ahead. Instead, they’re wasting time on a bill that hurts working families and doesn’t save taxpayers any money. While Gov. Greg Abbott would have you believe otherwise, payroll dues deduction carries no cost to taxpayers – a fact acknowledged on the Senate floor even by supporters of the bill.
Senate Bill 7 assaults the freedom of public employees who keep our state educated, safe, and prosperous. It’s their paycheck, and how they spend their money ought to be their choice. -John Patrick, texasaflcio.org

Join Indivisible Sherman for schedule and information on the Texas legislature’s special session currently in progress.
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Mondays. Every Monday we’ll be call banking to generate a list of Democratic voters in Grayson County. The call banks will start at 6pm and end at 8:30. Locations will change due to availability issues, so watch your emails. Not on our email list? Sign up here.
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Thursday, July 27
Get to know your wonderful Democratic neighbors at our monthly meeting:
Grayson County Democratic Party
Thursday, July 27, (every fourth Thursday) at Grandy’s  MAP
5:30 meet, greet & eat, 6:00 monthly meeting and planning discussions.
New friends always welcome!
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Everything you need to continue pressuring your senators to reject TrumpCare is
available here.

When you call your Republican Senator’s office regarding healthcare, ask to speak to the staffer who deals with healthcare!
Senator Ted Cruz, (202) 224-5922, Joel Heimbach, joel_heimbach@cruz.senate.gov
Phone numbers for the local offices of Sen. Ted Cruz: (512)916-5834, (214)599-8749,(713)718-3057, (210)340-2885, (903)593-5130, (956)686-7339
Senator John Cornyn, (202) 224-2934, Beth Nelson, beth_nelson@cornyn.senate.gov
Phone numbers for the local offices of Sen. John Cornyn: (512)469-6034, (903)593-0902, (972)239-1310,(956)423-0162, (713)572-3337, (210)224-7485, (806)472-7533.

Click here for more information about this horrible bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Text HEALTH to 668366 to get the latest alerts and info about health care actions near you. (You’ll receive mobile alerts from MoveOn. Periodic messages. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 668366 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 668366 for more information.)

Hardly any Republican members of congress held town hall meetings for this recess. It’s pretty clear why—they’re scared, and they don’t want to answer questions. Since Rep. Ratcliffe is hiding from constituents after this life-and-death vote to repeal and replace the ACA, now’s a good time to refer back to our Missing Members Action Plan for ramping up the pressure on him to hold a town hall and show up for it. An in-person district office visit is also an excellent opportunity to put some of the “die-in” tactics to use. Use our Act Locally map to find an upcoming Indivisible action near you, or add actions that your group is already planning so that other local activists can join you.

Rep John Ratcliffe, (202) 225-6673, voted YES to help pass Trumpcare, the Republican healthcare plan – the American Health Care Act. The House bill would kick 24 million people off of their healthcare, take billions of dollars from Medicare and gut Medicaid. And it give states the option of letting health insurance companies charge sky-high rates to people with pre-existing conditions. This is especially dangerous to the tens of millions of Americans in their 50s and early 60s who are not yet eligible for Medicare. It is now up to the Senate to defeat this heartless legislation. House members who voted to strip 24 million Americans of health care coverage and then celebrated with beers and a White House pep rally must be held accountable. Senators who are considering doing the same must be put on notice.

If Ratcliffe isn’t your representative, use this link to find out how your representative voted: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll256.xml.
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In 2013, Senator Ted Cruz led a government shutdown that failed in its goal of de-funding the Affordable Care Act, but not before Cruz read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” as part of a 21-hour floor speech. Cruz today is reportedly pushing to allow states to waive Obamacare’s requirement that insurers cover everyone, regardless of health status, and that they not charge people with pre-existing conditions any more than healthy people. Time Magazine.

Senator John Cornyn’s donations from health care industry: $57,450.
His third largest donor, “was Mednax Inc., a medical solutions group and one of the nation’s leading providers of health services, with donations of $57,450,” according to Time.

Call Rep Ratcliffe to ask him to support HR 676, John Conyers’ Medicare for All Act. Also ask him when he’s going to have an in-person town hall!
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to urge Rep Ratcliffe to support HR 676, which would expand Medicare to all Americans. The bill would save billions of dollars while giving every American the chance to get the care they need and live healthy, productive lives. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Check with Indivisible Sherman for updates on local actions.
Demand an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

We demand a select committee to investigate the administration’s ties to Russia.

Reclaim Recess Toolkit Our recess activities made a difference in the Republican agenda on health care last month. Let’s do it again this recess! Missing member of congress town hall guide
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Every bill before the Texas legislature and status
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Call Rep. Ratcliffe now so he knows you want the truth about Trump + Russia:
877-959-8439
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Tweet to Trump directly. Thin-skinned Trump lives on Twitter. If enough of us call him out he will respond, creating massive media coverage and shining a bright light on what they are doing. Sample tweets are here, here, and here — or send your own.
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Tell Trump’s White House what you think about Obamacare: 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/obamacare-share-your-story
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https://www.5calls.org/ Pick your issue and make a call with number and script provided.
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The following bills have been introduced in DC by House Republicans:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Call Rep John Ratcliff to express your opposition. Pick one per phone call, postcard, email, note on his website, note on his facebook page, fax. Ratcliffe contact info
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Call Sen. Cornyn regarding Russian interference in the election:
202-224-2934 DC, 972-239-1310 Dallas, 512-469-6034 Austin, 903-593-0902 Tyler
or use his online contact form, https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

Call Sen. Cruz:
202-224-5922 DC, 214-599-8749 Dallas, (512) 916-5834 Austin, (903) 593-5130 Tyler
or use his contact form, https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=form&id=16

Call Rep. John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673, (972) 771-0100, (903) 813-5270, (903) 823-3173
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#KillTheBill: National Day of Action

Tues, July 18 from noon to 1:00
Indivisible groups plan visits to as many of our senators’ in-state offices as we can. We’ll be holding rallies outside while groups visit staffers inside offices. We’ll be leaving behind photos and stories of people impacted by TrumpCare for them to remember when they vote. We’ve got a brand new toolkit out to help you plan your local Day of Action event. Rally at Sen Ted Cruz’s Dallas office.
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From Indivisible Sherman:
Wed, July 19, 2017, 5-7 pm,
postcard writing party at Panera in Sherman for the start of the special session of the TX lege. Postcards, stamps, addresses, and information about issues provided. –Lindy Olsen
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