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Meet Rae Martinez, TFN & Texas Rising’s New Field Manager

You might already recognize my name, I joined Texas Rising in 2016 as the Regional Field Organizer in San Antonio. Those two years were an awesome journey. I was able to meet passionate activists and organizers from so many communities, and we fought side-by-side to ensure that this state that we call home is actually representative of its people.

In 2013, I realized that I needed to contribute to change. I was attending San Antonio College at a time when the city was fighting for a non-discrimination ordinance. As a queer non-binary latinx kid fighting for an ordinance that was inclusive of gender identity/expression and sexual orientation, I understood how important it was for voices from my community to be elevated. I decided to stay active after the ordinance was passed because I wanted to make sure that my latinx family, the LGBTQ community and young people continued to have a voice — and having a voice starts with being registered to vote.

It’s now 2018, and I know we are on a path that could lead to real change in our communities and in our state.  And yes, we have some serious work to do if we want to get to there, but our future… Read More

Roe at 45: Today Matters. Here’s My Story.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The constant and unwavering attacks on our reproductive freedoms make the significance of this decision as important today as it was 45 years ago.

I write today not only to honor this momentous decision and urge you to continue the fight for reproductive justice, but to share my story.

Growing up, I never expected to attend college. But once my career as a hairstylist and makeup artist was thriving I gained the courage and confidence to enroll in community college and pursue my education. Shortly after going back to school I learned that I was pregnant. A rush of emotion overcame me as I thought of how hard I had worked to get here, what my future would look like now, and what my family would think. My sisters and many other loved ones were young mothers. Throughout my life, I witnessed the struggles they faced as the result of unplanned teenage pregnancies — struggles that were exacerbated by our socio-economic and first-generation status. While I was not a teenager I was in no position to be a… Read More

The Week in Quotes (Jan. 14 – 20)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes. Read More

The Trump Administration Just Created a National License to Discriminate

The Trump administration today, in a dangerous move, created a new office to enforce religious refusals. Read More

The Week in Quotes (Jan. 7 – 13)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes. Read More

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