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

 

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Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network’s project to engage young people in the political process, relies on some incredible individuals doing great work on their college campuses and in their communities all across the state. We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young activists advocating for a better, more fair Texas.

Today we’re profiling Talia Howard from Texas Rising at Trinity University.

What issues are you passionate about? I’m passionate about social justice: education inequality, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, socio-economic/racial inequalities, etc. I’m especially passionate about how many of these issues are intricately related and interconnected. I’m also passionate about literature and other types of cultural production–I think these forms allow us to empathize with one another and learn from each other.

Why does a project like Texas Rising matter to you? A project like Texas Rising matters to me because I’m a young person who has spent most of my life in a Texas I love but that also disappoints me in many ways. This project matters to me because it enables young people to participate politically and culturally to help Texas become a more progressive and inclusive place to live and grow up.… Read More

Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network’s project to engage young people in the political process, relies on some incredible individuals doing great work on their college campuses and in their communities all across the state. We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young activists advocating for a better, more fair Texas.

Today we’re profiling Emma Brockway from Texas Rising at Texas State University.

What issues are you passionate about? I am passionate about social justice, which includes but is not limited to: reproductive healthcare, civic engagement, public education, LGBT+ equality, and gun control.

Why does a project like Texas Rising matter to you? Texas Rising matters to me because it aims to engage young people in the electoral process. The electoral process is something that many young people are unaware of, for various reasons. I have been fortunate enough to witness Texas Rising ignite passion for change in young people.

What would an ideal Texas look like to you? An ideal Texas would be filled with people who work to ensure an equal society and rid the state of its various oppressive practices in place. An ideal Texas would have anti-discriminatory laws… Read More

Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network’s project to engage young people in the political process, relies on some incredible individuals doing great work on their college campuses and in their communities all across the state. We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young activists advocating for a better, more fair Texas.

Today we’re profiling Magge Nunez from Texas Rising at the University of Houston-Downtown.

What issues are you passionate about? Truth be told, I feel very passionate for various issues. We live in a very corrupted world, and I feel as if it is my duty to use my voice and privilege to speak for others. With that in mind I am very passionate for womens’ rights, and fighting against any type of discrimination.

Why does a project like Texas Rising matter to you? Texas Rising has been such an amazing organization that I have been lucky to be affiliated with. When I went to the Summer Institute last year it was such an extraordinary feeling to have so many people in a room who have the same passion as you and who want to make a difference. That is why Texas Rising is… Read More

Registration is open!

The 2016 Texas Rising Summer Institute will take place in Austin from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31.

As our movement grows, so does our need for strategic and high capacity leadership. The 2016 Texas Rising Summer Institute is the event for TFN student activists to take their organizing knowledge and skills to the next level.

This years training will focus on the history of the progressive movement and what’s at stake in the 2016 election. Together we’ll explore our values and what it means to be a progressive. We’ll cover the rich history of grassroots movements in Texas, especially as they relate to systems of power and oppression. With an understanding of our movement’s past, we’ll focus on developing a collaborative plan to build power in our communities and at the polls in November.

As always, TFN recognizes the need to make these trainings accessible to all of our student leaders. TFN will cover 100% of travel, lodging and food during the event. In turn, by registering for the training, you are agreeing to attend the entire event. Once registered, TFN will purchase nonrefundable goods and services on your behalf. If you cannot attend… Read More

Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network’s project to engage young people in the political process, relies on some incredible individuals doing great work on their college campuses and in their communities all across the state. We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young activists advocating for a better, more fair Texas.

Today we’re profiling Holly Doyle, the president of Texas Rising at Texas State University in San Marcos.

What issues are you passionate about? My main focus during my time with TFN has been abortion access advocacy. Abortion access has been under constant attack since long before I moved to Texas, so this work is always timely and necessary. I am very interested in making the conversation around abortion as inclusive as possible. Cisgender women are not the only people who can get pregnant and might need access to abortion services. Expanding the conversation around abortion to include transgender individuals is something I have worked towards ever since I was hired on as a campus organizer by TFN. Right now the Supreme Court of the United States is reviewing Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case examining the constitutionality of HB2, Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill passed… Read More

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