CodeNEXT Petition Tune-In, Turn-In Meeting

CodeNEXT Petition Tune-In, Turn-In Meeting

CodeNEXT Petition Tune-In, Turn-In Meeting

This meeting is about the CodeNEXT petition drive. We will announce where we’re at with the CodeNEXT petition drive.

How many signatures do we have and will be make the March 15th deadline to get petitions turned into us at IndyAustin? (Filing deadline for us to the City is March 30).

Please come, bring signed petitions and bring your friends and neighbors.

Attorney Bill Aleshire will speak with us about petition access at poll sites and other public locations, including the Austin Public Libraries.

Read the Cease and Desist email alert we sent about this here.

Plenty of free parking in the back!

Y’all Come Tonight! Petition Tune-In, Turn-In

Y’all Come Tonight! Petition Tune-In, Turn-In

Y’all come TONIGHT at this “Tune-In, Turn-In Petition Update” event.

Image of Ja'corey petitioning

Petitioning for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.

We’re going to tell you exactly where we’re at with the progress on our petition drive for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.

We had a grand effort and result during Early Voting! AND, tomorrow, Election Day, we can finish the petition drive WITH YOUR HELP!

Join us tonight (Monday, March 5th) at 7 pm at Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road. Plenty of free parking in the back. Details here — and please share!

Open government attorney, Bill Aleshire, will be on hand tonight to talk about the right to petition at the polls and the public libraries. In addition, Bill can answer your questions about what we know so far about the City’s mishandling of the Amazon bid.)

Mark your calendars: This coming Saturday’s petitioning at Barton Springs Reopening Splash Day and the Austin Public Libraries from 12- to 5. More on this after tomorrow’s Election Day effort.

Can’t make it tonight? Fill out this volunteer form or give us a call at 512.657.2089.

We’re almost done! And, yes, we still need your donations to cover the costs of this petition drive!

Don’t fail us now, Austin. Come on out and finish this urgently important effort to secure your right to weigh in on your future.

Y’all Come Tonight! Petition Tune-In, Turn-In

Y’all Come Tonight! Petition Tune-In, Turn-In

Y’all come TONIGHT at our “Tune-In, Turn-In Petition Update” event.

Image of Ja'corey petitioning

Petitioning for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.

We’re going to tell you exactly where we’re at with the progress on our petition drive for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.

We had a grand effort and result during Early Voting! AND, tomorrow, Election Day, we can finish the petition drive WITH YOUR HELP!

Join us tonight (Monday, March 5th) at 7 pm at Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road. Plenty of free parking in the back. Details here — and please share!

Open government attorney, Bill Alshire, will also be on hand tonight to talk about the right to petition at the public libraries. (Bill can also answer your questions about what we know so far about the City’s mishandling of the Amazon bid.)

Mark your calendars: This coming Saturday’s petitioning at Austin Public Libraries from 12- to 5. More information will be shared on Wednesday.

We’re almost done! And, we still need your donations to cover the costs of this petition drive!

Don’t fail us now, Austin. Come on out and finish this urgently important effort to secure your right to weigh in on your future.

GARGANTUAN Breaking News About Amazon!

GARGANTUAN Breaking News About Amazon!

We extend our deepest gratitude for this GARGANTUAN Breaking News about Amazon’s dealing with the City of Austin to investigative journalist, Ken Martin at The Austin Bulldog and the ever-present open government watchdog, Bill Aleshire. Thanks to their efforts, our public information requests filed a few weeks ago to open up the Amazon deal hit pay dirt. But don’t just trust us, read this!

“Amazon Bid Made Without Council Okay”

This morning Bill Aleshire said, “Enthusiasts for Amazon coming here refer to it being a ‘whale’ for economic development. But look closer. Amazon is a killer whale of affordability for current residents and taxpayers.”

Think about 50,000 employees moving to Austin with an average salary of $100,000. Austin’s average salary is $64,000.

Ken Martin's The Austin Bulldog

Ken Martin’s The Austin Bulldog

Surely, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out this would put Austin’s affordability crisis in overdrive.

The Bulldog story tells us how fast and furiously the tail (the “Austin growth machine”) wags the dog – Austin City Hall. Moreover, the story tells you just what we can do to finally make that mad dog heel!

Get your clipboard folks!

And, help us finish the CodeNEXT petition drive at any or all of these events.

Saturday, March 3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, is Austin Parks Day. Join Community Not Commodity and IndyAusti as we petition at park’s around the city!!

Monday, March 5, 7 to 9 pm, Austin Energy: Tune-In, Turn-In Petition Update with Bill Aleshire

Tuesday, March 6, 7 am to 7 pm, Volunteers to Petition at Election Day polls!

Saturday, March 10, 12-5 pm, Barton Springs Reopening Splash — come sign the petition on CodeNEXT and spread the word!

Saturday, March 10, 12 to 5 pm, Petitioners will be Austin Public Libraries — more soon about this event. For now, save the date!

And please note: Be sure to read Miss Ora’s (Council member Ora Houston) wonderfully written warning about CodeNEXT.

By the way, did you see that CodeNEXT recently lost one of its most important supporters, the Austin Justice Coalition – thanks for the tip from Community Not Commodity.

And, here’s our friend, Andrew Dobb’s piece just out, “Debunking the Housing Supply Myth.”

Keep it up, Austin. And soon we will share some other plans we have up our sleeves. But for now this petition drive completion comes first.

Button to Donate for IndyAustin's CodeNEXT petition drive

Funds are needed to pay for the costs of petitioning.

Cease and Desist Warning to City of Austin

Cease and Desist Warning to City of Austin

We have just issued a Cease and Desist Warning to the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and City Manager for interfering with the rights of citizens to petition on public property last Saturday – the Austin Public Library. The letter is signed by our attorney, Bill Aleshire, and two additional highly qualified attorneys, Fred Lewis and Bill Bunch.

We strongly feel that the city is now in violation of your constitutional right to voter initiative that is in the city charter itself! This initiative is for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.

Read the Cease and Desist Letter

On Saturday, petitioners collecting signatures for your right to vote on CodeNEXT were forced to leave library property or be cited for trespassing.

The library staffers are not to blame. The directive came from higher ups in the Austin Library System.

This Austin Public Library Memo to stop petitioners even mentions CodeNEXT but why?

What does the content of the petition have to do with this, if petitioning itself is a barred activity?

But don’t get mad, Austin – get even. The only productive way to do that is to help us complete this petition drive.

If everyone receiving this message gets just a few signatures, we will swamp the city with petitions when we file in mid to late March.

Join us at these Early Voting Polls starting tomorrow!

Early Voting Polls: Tues. Feb 20 thru Friday, March 2

But try to reach us first at 512-657-2089 or send a message to contact@IndyAustin.org

(Please Note: You must remain outside the 100 foot markers at the polls, be polite and, in no way, interfere with voters. Therefore, we want you to ask them to sign on the way out of the voting poll.)

Our CodeNEXT petition page is here.

We can do this, Austin. That’s how we did 10-1 in 2014 and we’ll do it again with CodeNEXT in 2018!