Fighting For You
Progressives in the 2017 Legislature
TEXAS STRONG: Resistance at the 2017 Legislative Session
Progressives from around the state and our champions in the legisla-ture fought hard this session. From immigrant and voting rights to LGBTQ equality and reproductive freedom - we will continue to resist attacks on our fundamental rights.
What Progessives Did this Legislative Session
Progress Texas stood with progressive lawmakers in fighting back against intolerance under the dome during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. And with the help of grassroots activists diligently coming out in droves to rallies and protests at the Capitol and around the state, we echoed the resistance far and wide.
The Worst of the Worst in Pictures, Annotated
Taking their cue from Trump in the White House, this session Texas Republicans prioritized otherizing and oppressing marginalized communities and restricting the rights of a growing majority of Texans whose interests and values they couldn’t possibly represent.
Texas Rep. Donna Howard stood up for women's reproductive freedom and delivered a sincerely moving speech against a cruel bill that would force 'fetal burial' and effectively ban abortion after 13 weeks. "We can sit here self-righteously and decide that we always know best for every person. But we do not."
Watch Rep. Senfronia Thompson call out the Texas GOP's discriminatory bill for what it is: a separate but equal bathroom bill targeting vulnerable transgender kids.
"Bathrooms divided us and they divide us now...separate but equal is not equal at all."
This session, Republicans in the Texas Legislature filed A TON of anti-abortion bills — 39 to be exact. That’s more restrictions they want to pile on top of the mountain of barriers already on the books.
As part of a larger effort to insert religious refusal provisions into uncontroversial, state agency review bills, Republicans in the Texas House passed an amendment that would allow for discrimination against LGBTQ Texans seeking legal assistance.