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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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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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.

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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

By James Carneiro (writer bio) TFN Student Activist Assembling in San Marcos, six student activists from Texas State University spent the evening dialing their peers. Except they weren't joking about obnoxious professors or making plans for the weekend. These activists were telling college kids to vote. During a Texas Rising phone bank, activists call other young people. The point: to make sure people are registered to vote, and help them achieve that if they are not. For those who are already registered, activists check if they have the proper voter ID and are actually heading to the polls. If they're hesitant to vote, the activists try to push them towards embracing their civic duty. A solid majority of those called were already registered, but a few were not. In this situation, activists ask people for their e-mail address so they can receive a link to the Rock the Vote website. Once they're online, a form can be printed, filled out, and mailed to the state. It's easy as that. A common stumbling block among those who were called was being registered to vote. Since many college students forget to re-register in the county they attend school in, this becomes an issue. If a student wants to vote in her home county, she'll have to either drive there or use something called a “ballot by mail.” This postal ballot can be requested from the government to vote, but it must be sent by Oct. 23. Some of those called were aware of the new voter ID law, but were a little unsure about the details. They can't really be blamed for this; the law is a byzantine mess of rules that make little sense. Read More

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