This post was written in collaboration with Joe Deshotel, Briana Medearis, Yannis Banks, and Chas Moore.
It’s been all over the news, but not everyone understands Black Lives Matter. So for this Thanksgiving, we asked folks who served on last summer’s #BlackLivesMatter panel in Austin to help us with this post.
So whether it's that conservative friend of yours on Facebook, your uncle at the Thanksgiving table, or Ted Cruz, we've got you covered.
America is a nation founded by refugees and built on values of freedom, opportunity, and tolerance. That’s why it’s so fitting that the Statue of Liberty reads, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
Unfortunately, some politicians still can’t help but pander to their political base, refusing life-saving assistance to those most in need.
So whether it's that old classmate on Facebook, a relative at the dinner table, or Ted Cruz...we've got ya covered.
We don’t need to speculate about the consequences of the mass deportation of millions of people as proposed by Donald Trump and tacitly backed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. We can look to history and see the facts.
Twice, in the 1930s and 1940s, and again in the 1950s with the notorious and deadly “Operation Wetback,” deportees suffered inhuman conditions. Many died. Families were torn apart. American citizens were caught in the deportation net and transported to Mexico. Many never found their way home.
No matter what our political affiliation, Americans of all stripes come together to honor the men and women of our armed forces on national holidays. And it’s equally important that we stand with them in the days between as well.
On the same day that President Obama announced his endorsement of The Equality Act — a federal bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to clarify language in its equal rights ordinance to better protect the transgender community.
The 2015 November election season wrapped up yesterday with a number of strong progressive wins worth celebrating.
Though fear and discrimination prevailed to defeat the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the policies we fight for - better schools, campaign finance reform, and progressive leadership - had big wins both here in Texas and across the country.
Here are ten of the best progressive wins from the November 2015 election:
The Anti's claim to be “pro-life” but are really just hell bent on banning abortion in Texas and controlling women’s bodies...health and safety be damned.
It looks like U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Ayn Rand acolyte and failed vice presidential candidate, will become the Speaker of the U.S. House. This is after Republican House members capitulated to a series of Ryan demands, including a demand that he get what amounts to paid family leave on weekends. Say what?
Ted Cruz launched his presidential campaign seven months ago. After all that time, Cruz hasn't made any dent in the polls.
Today, the state health department sent government agents to serve Planned Parenthood with subpoenas for “patient records to employee home addresses.” This latest attack on Texas women’s access to safe, legal abortion care is an egregious abuse of state power that should concern all Texans.
The momentum continues to grow for marijuana policy reform.
After a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform and good polls from earlier this year, a new poll from the Texas Lyceum finds that a record 74% of Texans support reducing criminal penalties for small possession of marijuana.
Update 11/23/15: Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the state of Texas on behalf of the thousands of Medicaid patients the health care provider serves.
In yet another disturbingly political and utterly ruthless attack on reproductive health care in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today trumpeted Texas' move to cut Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program. In doing so Abbott is—yet again—recklessly using the power of the state to jeopardize the health and safety of Texas women and families.
Voting is our right, and one we must exercise with responsibility. That’s why we have put together this simple yet informative voter guide about the seven constitutional amendments on our 2015 statewide ballot.
Just when we thought the opposition to Proposition 1, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), couldn’t get anymore despicable, notorious anti-LGBTQ crusader, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick decided to throw his tin foil hat into the mix.
The Houston Chronicle has endorsed HERO twice, and both times decried the shameful tactics of the campaign to repeal HERO.
From minimum wage and equal pay to education, Texas Latinos are disproportionately impacted by policies that drive income inequality. Texas Democrats have been working to address these issues for years, with one main roadblock: Republicans.
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