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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.

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Reproductive Justice Group Challenges Legislature to Address Maternal Mortality of Black Women

May 26, 2017
Amidst inaction in prioritizing Texas’ maternal mortality crisis this legislative session, The Afiya Center released a groundbreaking report on the state of Black women in Texas with a briefing at the Capitol.

Updated: Texas voter ID law allows gun licenses, not Student ID's

May 25, 2017
Republican Voter ID laws: better on a bumper sticker than they are in real life.

Texas Senate GOP Sneak Vouchers Into Bipartisan School Finance Bill

May 23, 2017
Republicans in Texas Senate hijacked a bipartisan school finance reform bill to add a special education voucher program… and cut $1 billion from House’s plan.
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Powerful Republican Donor & Notorious Bigot Threatens “Wicked State Legislators” Over Bathroom Bill

May 23, 2017
In a "prayer" that reads like a terroristic threat, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick backer Steven Hotze took aim at his political opponents.
Meet the Man Behind the Campaign to Repeal #HERO

Rep. Howard Speaks Against Cruel Anti-Abortion Bill on Texas House Floor

May 23, 2017

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."

Donna Howard

Texas GOP Passed A Scarily Cruel Bill to Force ‘Fetal Burial’ & Ban Abortion After 13 Weeks

May 23, 2017
Republicans used the bill as a vehicle to pile on abortion restrictions so extreme they stalled during session, while Democrats fought to stop them from further restricting access and shaming women.
Texas Republicans Cruel Fetal Burial Abortion Ban Texas Senate Bill 8

Texas Democrat calls out GOP separate-but-equal bathroom bill

May 22, 2017

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."

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There is a Carnival on the Edge of Town

May 19, 2017
As the 2017 regular legislative session nears its end, we ponder the unfortunate consequences of today’s political circus
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Reproductive Freedom *Still* Under Attack in Texas

May 17, 2017

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.

Attacks on women's health care

Hate & Intolerance Exposed on the House Floor

May 16, 2017

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.

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