Last month the State Board of Education once again turned the revision of social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools into a political circus. Just as they did in 2010, board members ripped apart draft standards proposed by teachers and scholars. In vote after vote, they substituted their political beliefs for historical facts. Join us in calling on the board to stop playing politics with our children's education. Read More
Today is National Voter Registration Day -- and there are just two weeks left before the Oct. 9 deadline to register to vote in the November election in Texas. (Not registered yet? Go here.) We just sent out the following press release about our Texas Rising activists working hard across the state to get tens of thousands of new and infrequent voters under the age of 30 to the polls this year. Read More
Treue Der Union monument in Comfort, Texas
With the State Board of Education currently debating whether to #TeachTheTruth about the history of slavery, the Confederacy and the Civil War in Texas public schools, a group of activists has launched a new effort to bring attention to the real history of that period. In August the group plans a march commemorating the 1862 massacre of pro-Union German immigrants in Texas who had refused to take up arms for the Confederacy. The Treue Der Union monument in Comfort honors their memory and courage. Texas Public Radio aired a story about monument and its history in May.
The August 11-12 march from Comfort to Fredericksburg will include various stops with presentations from organizers, activists and historians. Check out the Facebook event page here. You can also learn more about our efforts to #TeachTheTruth in social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools here.
The following guest post by Austin Community College Professor Bryan Register provides more information about the August March for History in Comfort.
On May 17-19, a group of hard-working activists from Take ‘Em Down Jax in Jacksonville, Fla., marched 40 miles to call on local government to take down monuments that honor secession and slavery.… Read More
Anti-sex education activists have launched new efforts to keep Texas students ignorant about how to protect themselves from disease and unintended pregnancy. And this time they're trying to stir up hostility toward LGBT people to do it. Read More
Worried about the fallout from the recent Supreme Court ruling for the baker who chose to discriminate against a same-sex couple? Does the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision turn religion into a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people? Get answers from the experts at a series of town hall meetings this month in four Texas cities. Read More