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

by Jake Patoski

What do I need to be able to vote?

See the image at the bottom of this post.

Does the address on my ID need to match my registration information?

No. Only the names must match.

Who can vote early?

Everyone who is registered. Cast votes between Oct. 20 and Oct. 31. Find more about early voting here.

How do I find my polling location?

Use the TX Secretary of State’s website, or look up your county voting site.

(This information available thanks to Burnt Orange Report.)

Did you know that you now have to show a very specific form ID to vote in Texas? Check the image below to make sure you’re prepared to vote on November 4th!

Click here or on the image below to get help with your ID from our friends at Vote Riders. Read More

by Jake Patoski

I’m Young, I’m Pissed Off, I’m Voting!

Our generation is 24% of the electorate – with that kind of power, we can make huge strides in creating a state that reflects our values.

This is our state. This is our movement. This is our time to rise.

We are educating, registering, and voting in November.

I pledge to VOTE on November 4!

Please note: All fields below are required (except Street 2).

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by Jake Patoski

Thanks for signing the pledge to vote on November 4th!

We’ll keep you in the loop with campaign updates and important information about the election, like the new Texas voter ID law, how to request a mail in ballot, and where to find your polling location.

In the meantime, here are some actions you can take:

Share the pledge on your Facebook page to encourage others to join you. Seriously. This works. Do it. Join a Texas Rising phonebank to call voters in your community. Email today to get connected locally. Download the organizing manual to get some fresh tips on how to mobilize your campus or community. Hold an event on your campus or in your community. Request materials to organize an event here. Plug into an existing Texas Rising group on your campus.

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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

Tx Freedom Network

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