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

Trust. Respect. Access.

The Texas Freedom Network is working with a coalition of local progressive organizations on a long term campaign to promote policies that restore trust in Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions, respect for health care professionals’ judgment about patient care and access to the full range of reproductive health care in Texas. Extremist politicians have gone too far in restricting reproductive health care, and today, a diverse group of Texans comes together to demand lawmakers take the first steps toward a better Texas.

You can get involved by joining the Texas Rising campaign. When you sign up we’ll keep you up to date on relevant bills that are moving in the Texas legislature and send you calls to action when we need you to use your voice.

TRUST. Trust Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions.

• Polling shows that an overwhelming majority of Texans agree that it is important for students to get comprehensive, age-appropriate and medically accurate sex education that includes information on birth control as well as abstinence.1 • Studies indicate that young people who receive comprehensive sex education are 50 percent less likely to have an… Read More

TFN is working to hold our representatives accountable for the grim state of reproductive health care in Texas by promoting a package of proactive bills.

The Reproductive Rights Lobby Day will take place in Austin, TX. There will be a lobby day training at UT Austin on Wednesday, February 25 at 5 p.m. Lobby day will take place Thursday, February 26, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. TFN will provide all meals during the program (dinner on February 25, breakfast and lunch on February 26.)

To register to attend, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Savelli, Outreach & Field Manager, at nick@tfn.org or by phone at 512.322.0545

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by Jake Patoski

We’ll keep you informed of statewide events as well as local opportunities to get involved.  In the meantime, make sure to like us on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

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by Jake Patoski

Texas Rising is a movement to inspire and engage a rising generation of young Texans in electoral politics, public policy advocacy and community organizing. We are leveraging the power of thousands of young, diverse, community-focused activists to hold our elected officials accountable to all Texans, not special interests and the voices of intolerance and division. Texas Rising leaders are advocating for sound public policies that address the issues that directly impact the well-being of everyone in our state.

Reproductive health care – Ensure that everyone has access to effective sex education, affordable family planning, and safe, legal abortion care without the interference of politicians

Voting rights – Remove unnecessary barriers to registering to vote and casting a ballot

LGBTQ – Promote equality and policies that end discrimination against LGBTQ Texans

 

Together we can build a better Texas.

We’re just getting started. Join us.

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By Laila Khalili TFN Student Activist UPDATE: On Oct. 14 the Supreme Court temporarily barred Texas from enforcing the ambulatory surgical center requirement. Additionally, Texas may not enforce the admitting privileges requirement on the clinics in McAllen and El Paso. In the summer of 2013, Texans flocked to the state capitol in unprecedented numbers to give testimony on an omnibus anti-abortion bill known as HB2. More than two thousand Texans signed up to testify, most of whom were denied a chance to speak. State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered the bill for 11 hours and was able to do so because she had one thing: binders full of personal abortion stories, each one distinctly remarkable and powerful beyond measure. HB2 is just one of many pieces of legislation specifically designed to restrict access to reproductive healthcare. In 2003, Texas passed the Women’s Right To Know Act, requiring abortions after 16 weeks to be performed in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), and creating a 24-hour waiting period. In 2011, this legislation was amended to include mandatory ultrasounds in which the patient must hear the heartbeat and a description of their pregnancy, which can be an incredibly traumatizing experience. The Texas Legislature also cut funding to the state’s Women’s Health Program (WHP) in 2011, shuttering over forty health clinics. According to the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, this move cut off “preventive care, including well-woman examinations, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and contraception for 147,000 low-income women.” Read More

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