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Appalling Priorities Demonstrate Texas Republicans’ Contempt for Compassion, Decency, Democracy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez has the following statement on the end of the regular session of the 87th Texas Legislature:…… Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2021

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 7, a massive voter suppression bill, was defeated today when Democrats in the Texas House walked out and broke quorum, effectively blocking a vote. To become law, the bill had to clear the chamber before a midnight deadline.

Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez released the following statement:

“Our Democratic House lawmakers are heroes. Texans have organized for months to tell their lawmakers that Senate Bill 7 has no place in our state and no place in our democracy, yet Texas Republican officials still moved forward—adamant about restricting voting rights for young, disabled, and Black and Brown Texans. This heinous bill was stopped due to the grassroots organizing of Texans and Democratic lawmakers who saw these proposed voter suppression bills as the worst attack on democracy since Jim Crow.

“As the fight for a fair and free democracy continues in our state, Texas Freedom Network and Texas Rising Action are taking action to ensure Texans’ voices are heard. We will soon be making announcements in response to this and any future assault on our democratic values.

“As a group that registered voters before the 2020 election, TFN is no… Read More

For Immediate Release May 29, 2021 A conference committee report to reconcile House and Senate versions of voter-suppressing Senate Bill 7 in the Texas Legislature is now public —and the bill couldn’t be more dangerous for democracy in our state. Read More

HB 3979 Would Undermine Student Learning and Make Overcoming Challenges Like Racism and Inequality Harder FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Freedom Network Political Director Carisa Lopez today applauded the derailing of HB 3979 on a point of order in the Texas House. The bill would censor instruction on topics like racism and inequality in Texas classrooms. Read More

For Immediate Release May 26, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives failed earlier today to advance SB 29, a cruel bill that would ban transgender children from participating in youth sports corresponding to their gender identity. The effort was halted by Democratic opponents of the legislation, who successfully blocked it from being voted on before Tuesday’s midnight deadline. However, shortly following the bill’s failure, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called on Gov. Greg Abbott to convene a special session to revive the cruel and unnecessary legislation. Read More