What is Texas Rising?

Texas Rising is a movement of young, diverse, politically engaged Texans working to leverage our power through community organizing, electoral politics, and public policy advocacy.

As 25% of the electorate, we're organizing to hold our public officials accountable to all Texans, not special interests and the voices of intolerance and division.

Texas Rising is advocating for sound public policies that address reproductive rights, voter suppression, and LGBTQ equality.

Together we can build a better Texas. Join us.

Meet the team & see where we organize

 

The Latest from Texas Rising

This is the latest in a series of blog posts on Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund's campaign to uplift the voices of the rising electorate, 18-29 year olds, across the state. By James Carneiro (writer bio) TFN Student Activist They came from every corner of the state. Some only had to make a quick jaunt over from San Marcos, others had to endure the eight-hour drive from El Paso. Some had been working with the Texas Freedom Network for years, a few of them had only just heard of the organization. They were a cross-section of an increasingly diverse state, representing every race, religion, and sexuality. No matter their differences, these people all had one thing in common: They are young, they are pissed off, and they are most certainly voting. The 2014 Texas Rising Summer Institute ran from July 31 to Aug. 3, and in that brief time a whole lot got done. Reproductive justice was an essential component of the institute. Activists gave presentations on combating the cultural stigmas surrounding abortion. Many people who have abortions are degraded as “selfish” and “irresponsible,” making it easier for anti-choice advocates to say abortion is immoral. The activists turned this argument on its head, letting people who had abortions tell their stories. This helps to humanize them and give them a voice they never had in the national conversation. Allowing people to tell their abortion stories is what the 1 in 3 campaign is all about, the activists said, and their stories clearly show why access to safe and legal abortion is a human right. Holly Doyle, the leader of TFN's Texas State chapter, gave an incredibly insightful presentation on why reproductive justice matters. Doyle said the legal right to an abortion is meaningless without actual access to one. In order to bring about reproductive justice, we must address structural inequalities rooted in racism and classism, she said. Read More

by Jake Patoski

At the leadership level, Texas Rising is led by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s Outreach & Field team:

Outreach & Field Director – Val Benavidez Outreach & Field Manager – Nick Savelli Houston Outreach & Field Coordinator – Ali Gorczynski Rio Grande Valley Field Organizer – Ruben Garza Dallas Field Organizer – Rachel Perry San Antonio Field Organizer – Rae Martinez

Click here to contact the team.

At the local level, Texas Rising is represented at twelve universities in Texas — contact the individuals below to get involved:

Collin College: Suzanna Perry University of Houston: Ali Gorczynski University of Houston Downtown: Aracely Garcia University of North Texas: Aaron Majek and Vana Reyne University of Texas Arlington: Tamara Lynch University of Texas Austin: Nick Savelli University of Texas Dallas: Rachel Perry University of Texas El Paso: Adriano Perez and Jamie Hernandez University of Texas RGV: Mimosa Thomas University of Texas San Antonio: Cory Armendariz Texas State University: Holly Doyle and Maddy Tupper Trinity University: Talia Howard

Don’t have a group on your campus? Want to start one? Contact us!Read More

by Jake Patoski

Since 2006, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has been working to create a powerful base of young leaders (ages 18-29) across the state.

Texas ranks 51st in civic engagement.

*Graphic created by the Annette Strauss Institute

Meaningful change in Texas requires that we increase the culture of political awareness and engagement. Young people, ages 18-29, represent 24% of the voting eligible population in Texas.

*graphic based on 2010 data

Texas Rising is working to engage this demographic to shift current civic engagement trends and to expand the Texas electorate with new lifelong voters.

We are committed to this work because developing an emerging generation of social justice-minded, informed and engaged leaders is essential to the long-term health of our communities and the development of progressive public policy in Texas.… Read More

by Jake Patoski

The Civic Engagement Manual is a product of the Texas Freedom Network and Wellstone Action.

Click here to download the TFN Civic Engagement Manual.Read More

Last month we reintroduced you to Texas Rising, a TFN project that seeks to uplift the voices of the rising electorate, 18-29 year olds, across the state. This weekend more than 40 of those young people, all TFN student chapter members from all parts of the state, were in Austin for intensive training sessions we’re calling the Texas Rising Summer Institute.

We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young people, starting with Caitlin Rodriguez in a Q&A conducted by another Texas Rising student, James Carneiro.

Where do you go to school? What’s your graduation year and major? I’m a journalism major and a sociology minor at Texas State University and plan to graduate in spring 2016.

Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like? I grew up in El Paso. I had a really enjoyable childhood with my parents and my younger brother. My parents were and still are very supportive of anything I want to pursue, whether it be acting (I did a lot of theater until the end of high school) or writing or anything else creative. My parents pushed me pretty hard academically, but only because… Read More

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