Indivisible Rosedale Huddle
April 19, 2021
Deborah extended a warm welcome to Huddle members and our guests. To get our meeting celebrating Earth Day started, Melissa presented the following inspirational quote:
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." ….indigenous saying
Earth Day Program:
Julia arranged a very interesting and informative Earth Day program and she introduced our two guests:
-- Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas, who is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Environment Texas has been instrumental in fighting for positive environmental change…..thank you! More information about this group can be found at:
Luke brought several pieces of environmental Texas legislation to our attention. For more information about these pending legislative bills, the good and the bad, read all about it at:
Donate in honor of Earth Day at:
--Rachele Merliss is a member of Sunrise ATX, which is a youth-led movement that advocates for political action on climate change and the Green New Deal. Rachele inspired everyone at the meeting with information about the positive energy that this group is putting forth to make “our earth” a better place.
For more information about the organization visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RU0phZQDCvlh3UJn33lYztDJ8Yn0GFchYNwlkr5G5U0/edit?usp=sharing
Donate to their efforts at:
Thank you to our guests for such inspiring and enlightening presentations! Thank you, Julia for arranging such a motivating and impressive program. “Earth Day” let’s celebrate!
Mina reported that the Huddle has the following balances:
$964.43 Bank Account
$240.12 Act Blue Receipts
You can donate to the Rosedale Huddle efforts through ActBlue at our website https://rosedalehuddle.com or by mailing a check to:
5501-A Balcones Dr #157
Austin TX 78731
Thank you for your support!
--Robert invited everyone to the TXLege Budget Night Preview on Tuesday (4/20) and / or Wednesday (4/21) at 7:00 pm
Join the preview at:
Budget Night Watch Party is on Thursday (4/22) at 6:00 pm
--Idona is at the Capitol every morning at 8:30 am Monday thru Thursday to help with the kiosks.
--Kirk reported that information about the bills to set up a new non-partisan Texas Redistricting Commission can be found at:
Disregard the March 20 date on the link, the correct date is April 20.
Calls to Action:
A warm welcome was extended to Kathy Williams who presented a program of useful concise information about how to write a Call to Action (CTA). Here are Kathy’s ten easy steps:
Background for writing a CTA:
-- read the bill and analysis of it
--find allies that you can coordinate with (through fact sheet or analysis)
--talk to the bill’s author and see what the author wants
--develop a timeline for the CTA
--look for websites in the field (give them credit)
--find in depth articles of high quality and link them at the end
--include an outline of the main points and include critical information
--be specific about actions you want people to take
--include script or talking points for written testimony
--list quick links and test every link or phone number
Visit: https://indivisibletxlege.org/calls-to-action/ and respond with action to one of the TXLege calls!
· Georgia and her Rapid Response team are staying busy with distributing and responding to a variety of CTAs
· The Kiosk Kommando mission to register support / opposition to legislative bills is underway. The Kiosk Kommando team visits the Capitol every day (Monday thru Thursday) from about 8:00 to 10:00 am to register their opinions on legislation at the kiosks located in the Capitol. Contact Karen: email@example.com if you need a ride, want to join the caravan, or will just meet the team at the Capitol. Help and information about the kiosks and the bills is provided. Contact Karen 24 hours in advance of when you want to participate so she can make arrangements. This is an important task!
· The Prop B Flyer group wrote, designed, and delivered about 1000 flyers giving factual info about the homeless crisis and Prop B. Thank you to Annie, Bill, Megan, Nina, and Carol for taking on this task to clear up some misinformation about Prop B.
· Bill reported that the Letters to the Editor (LTE) group is busy writing and many participants have had letters published. The LTE group has a Zoom meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 28. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
· Lorri announced that she and Cyral will begin working out plans to register and GOTV at the apartment complexes in a group of election precincts. More info about this “second touch” project at the May Huddle meeting.
· Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. was on April 16th. In commemoration of that day and the effort to make Washington D.C. the 51st state, Deborah displayed an American flag with 51 stars. She briefed us about Washington D.C. becoming the 51st state. Let’s help get this done.
Ways You Can Help
Lori provided information about two ways we can all get involved to help the asylum seekers at the border.
1. This one sounds interesting:
Quilting Across Borders auction:
Register now to see all the quilts in the amazing catalog and join the auction that benefits the Angry Tias and Abuelas. Below are just a few.....www.l-note.com/qab
The nation-wide online Quilting Across Borders Auction will run on April 25, 2021, on this site, from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST.
2. Really helpful:
Here are the links for April for 101 Sponsorship Sessions with Asylum Sponsorship Project: https://www.asylumsponsorshipproject.org
April 23 @5pm PST/8pm EST - http://bit.ly/Apr23-ASSP
April 25 @1pm PST/4pm EST - http://bit.ly/Apr25-ASSP
Busy meeting with lots of opportunities for different ways to be involved in our community, state, and country. Find a couple that suit you and let’s get busy! Don’t forget to celebrate our Earth….it’s the only one we have!
Indivisible Rosedale Huddle