In a public hearing, State Sen. Charles Perry put the blame on Black women for Texas' maternal mortality crisis. Black women in Texas face the greatest risk of dying after childbirth — a rate nearly three times higher than that of white women.
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.
It was a hateful spectacle unlike anything this writer has ever seen. U.S. House Republicans were partying their butts off, gleefully celebrating their vote to deny health care to millions of their fellow Americans.
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Progress Texas Insitute is our 501(c)(3) non-profit, which is an IRS tax status that allows donations to be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Work under this status has strict limits on lobbying and political activity. We do our issue education and civic engagement work under this status.
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We split our work between these two organizations depending on the nature of the project.