Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network’s project to engage young people in the political process, relies on some incredible individuals doing great work on their college campuses and in their communities all across the state. We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young activists advocating for a better, more fair Texas.
Today we’re profiling Jackie Ortiz, a Texas Rising activist majoring in geography at Texas State University.
What issues are you passionate about?
I’m very passionate about reproductive rights, universal healthcare and education, LGBTQ+ rights, and any environmental issues like climate change, water scarcity, and pollution.
Why does a project like Texas Rising matter to you?
Texas Rising matters to me because it is an organization that is focused toward getting young people, like myself, involved in issues that they are passionate about. I feel like that is extremely important here in Texas, because Texas is so big and I feel like we have current leaders that don’t represent all of us. Texas, also, has this reputation that we are all very conservative people, but we aren’t. Texas Rising is getting young people involved who, believe it or not, are more open-minded compared to our current leaders and stereotypes.
What would an ideal Texas look like to you?
It would have progressive leaders and it would be filled with people who won’t have to fear not having basic human liberties and being treated equally.