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

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

By James Carneiro (writer bio) TFN Student Activist

The state of Texas isn’t exactly known for its level of political engagement.

It ranks last in civic engagement and many people don’t even know who their state representative is. The conventional wisdom says most people will stay at home while a tiny though highly powerful bloc of right-wing voters will make it to the polls in November. Not surprisingly, this has created a state where birth control is non-existent in health textbooks, the separation of church and state is questioned in the social studies curriculum and close-minded representatives try to pass bills defunding gender and sexuality centers on college campuses. And the above nonsense doesn’t even come close to the far-right backlash on reproductive rights. If we continue on this path, family planning centers could become only a memory.

This is why progressives need to fight back. In response to the right-wing onslaught, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has unveiled the Texas Rising campaign, a blueprint for capturing the energy and amplifying the voices of a rising young Texas electorate. The statistics make the importance of young voters crystal clear: 24 percent of eligible Texas voters… Read More

Support TFN’s Student Leaders One of our generous donors who believes strongly in the importance of civic engagement among young Texans has set up a special Five-Day $5,000 Challenge. That means every dollar you donate between now and February 28 will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the $5,000 limit.

Did you know that TFN boasts one of the most effective progressive student organizing efforts in the state?

That’s right. When it comes to training and mobilizing the next generation of progressive Texas leaders, TFN is leading the way, and is even stronger now that we’ve partnered with Wellstone Action.

We want to give you quick update on how we’ve grown and what’s on the horizon for TFN students.

Our work on college campuses has gone from just a pilot program at the University of Texas at Austin just a few years ago to eight student chapters on campuses around the state spanning from El Paso to Houston… from Dallas to Brownsville.

During this election year, our student chapters will register thousands of their peers to vote. And they won’t stop there. They’ll be calling, texting and knocking on doors to get young… Read More

We have exciting news to share with you. The following is from the blog of Wellstone Action, a new partner in our youth organizing and voter engagement work. Together we’re building a movement for change in Texas.

Empowering a Movement as Big as Texas

This might be the understatement of the year, “Texas is a big state.” Yep, Texas is big: big geographically, big population, big economy, and big by the countless numbers of cultures, communities, and traditions that make up the people of the Lone Star State.

So if you want to organize the state, to build progressive power over the long-haul, to work towards a state with elected officials who better represent the state’s quickly shifting demographics, you’ve got a big job to do.

That’s exactly what the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund (TFNEF) has set out to do. Established in 1996 to counter far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders, TFNEF has been instrumental in defeating initiatives backed by the religious right in Texas, including private school vouchers and textbook censorship at the Texas State Board of Education.

One of the most effective ways they do it is by empowering Texas students across the… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Nov. 14 UPDATE: Prof. Erekson’s report has been reposted on the Social Studies Collaborative website. The copyright has been changed to Prof. Erekson, dropping the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board copyright. The THECB’s logo has also been dropped from the report.

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Is the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board trying to “disappear” last week’s report criticizing the State Board of Education‘s politicized revision of public school history standards? The Coordinating Board sent out a press release Wednesday saying that news stories tying the report to it are “erroneous”:

“This report was not requested, reviewed or approved by the THECB or its staff. The faculty collaborative is funded by the THECB, however the agency does not have ownership for the work product derived from the collaborative. Products developed by the collaborative do not reflect opinions, analysis, or conclusions of the agency or its Board.”

The press release also repeats a disclaimer printed in the report indicating that the report’s findings and recommendations “are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Social Studies Faculty Collaborative or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating… Read More

Texas Freedom Network

The Week in Quotes (Dec. 3 – 9) bit.ly/2AHrZwd

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