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Progressives Scored Wins for Criminal Justice Reform This Legislative Session

June 16, 2017
In a session full of pretty awful setbacks, progressives in the legislature took steps forward in advancing criminal justice reform in Texas.
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These Women Legislators Advanced ‘Rape Kit’ Reform Through the Texas Legislature

June 2, 2017
Reps. Donna Howard and Victoria Neave accomplished real reform for sexual assault survivors in a tough legislative session.
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TEXAS STRONG: Resistance at the 2017 Legislative Session

June 2, 2017
Progressives from around the state and our champions in the legislature 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.

The Worst of the Worst Texas Legislative Session in Pictures, Annotated

June 1, 2017
This session was pretty awful and by most accounts, the worst in recent history

Houston Democrat Lays Out History of Voter Suppression

May 26, 2017
State Rep. Jarvis Johnson laid out the history of racially discriminatory, voter suppression laws in opposing Republican's newest voter ID bill, Senate Bill 5. "'The poll tax was not about race,' so they said. 'The literacy test was not about race,' so they said. 'The grandfather clause was not about race,' so they said."
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Call Gov. Abbott Today to Stop Attacks on Texans' Fundamental Rights

May 26, 2017
With regular session wrapping up on Monday, the slew of bad bills passed by Republicans are heading to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
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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.

Marijuana Policy Reform in Texas Reached New Heights This Session

May 16, 2017
Significant steps forward this session give reason for high hope for the future of marijuana policy reform in Texas.
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Extremist Tea Partiers Traffic an Anti-Woman Agenda

May 11, 2017
All Republicans, their names are: Jonathan Stickland (Bedford), Matt Rinaldi (Irving), Matt Shaheen (Plano), Matt Schaeffer (Tyler), Kyle Biedermann (Frederickburg), and Tony Tinderholt (Arlington)
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Texas Democratic Senator Rails Against GOP's For-Profit 'Baby Jails' Bill

May 10, 2017
Texas Senate Republicans passed a bill that would license for-profit, immigrant family detention centers as child care facilities. Democrats railed against Senate Bill 1018, which would allow lower standards in order to license these "baby jails." The bill was written by GEO Group, the nation's second largest for-profit prison company.

The movement to end campus sexual assault in Texas

May 9, 2017
Texas legislators and survivors of sexual assault are working to bring an end to sexual assault on college campuses throughout the state.X

Texas GOP Ruled Racist by Federal Courts for Third Time Since March

April 20, 2017
Republican-drawn maps were an indefensible exercise to deny people of color fair representation.

Why Texas' Mandatory Campus Sexual Assault Reporting Bill Could Do More Harm Than Good

April 14, 2017
College sexual assault groups and survivors are encouraging Texas lawmakers to oppose Senate Bill 576
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Sandra Bland's mother testifies for "The Sandra Bland Act"

April 12, 2017
HB 2702 or "The Sandra Bland Act", a bill introduced by Rep. Garnet Coleman, would transform the criminal justice system in Texas.
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Sandra Bland Act Sets Stage for Major Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

April 10, 2017
“Sandra Bland's traffic violation led to her death. This is not good for America no matter who you are.” - Rep. Garnet Coleman (D - Houston)
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Distance Between House, Senate Leaves Key Bills in Doubt

March 20, 2017
The Session at the Halfway Point: GOP Lawmakers Can't See the Forest Fires for the Trees
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Texas Progressive Rep. Anchia Takes Incredible Stand on House Floor

March 1, 2017
On the first day of debate on the Texas House floor, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D- Dallas) took to the mic to deliver an incredibly powerful speech blasting Texas Republicans’ anti-immigrant agenda.  Watch his response to an amendment that would have barred Child Protective Services payments to any caregivers who are undocumented immigrants.
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“Jim Crow, June Crow, Jose Crow Laws”

February 24, 2017
The anti-gay marriage movement is just one way today’s Republican leadership is trying to divide America by law.
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Sanctuary from GOP Lies About “Sanctuary Cities”

February 17, 2017
GOP leaders are misleading voters about so-called sanctuary cities and terrorizing Hispanic families and communities with unconstitutional actions.