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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 31, 2021

AUSTIN – Today, after months of advocacy to stop Governor Abbott and state leaders’ attempts to suppress the vote, Senate Bill 1 passed out of the Texas House and Texas Senate onto the Governor’s desk.

Texas Freedom Network’s President and Executive Director Val Benavidez Issued the Following Statement:

“It is heartbreaking that state leadership would spend so much time, energy, and resources passing a bill making it harder for younger, Black, Brown, and disabled Texans to vote, but we will not be deterred. While Gov. Abbott and Dade Phelan spent the past few months toying with our rights, this is an important moment to recognize the heroism of the advocates and activists who fought hard for the future of our democracy. For months now, activists throughout the state have spoken up in defense of our right to vote and the world has listened.

“Despair is not an option, nor is denial. The proper response to these draconian measures is the steely resolve to wage the fight of our lives. The Texas Freedom Network is fired up and ready to go.”

Texas Rising Director Rae Martinez added:

“We’re not giving up just yet. For… Read More

For Immediate Release July 12, 2021 AUSTIN, TX — More than 50 Democratic lawmakers have left the state denying a quorum and halting the progression of a draconian voter suppression bill. This is the second time Democratic lawmakers use this tactic as Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick have tried repeatedly to restrict access to the ballot even further, largely for political gain. Measures under consideration would dramatically reduce early voting hours, ban drive-thru voting, impose new restrictions on naturalized citizens and grant special protections for partisan poll watchers. Read More

State Board of Education Gives Approval to Standards That Beef Up Coverage of Climate Change in Selected High School Science Classes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas –The State Board of Education today voted to approve new curriculum standards for selected high school courses, marking a limited but important step forward in teaching Texas students about climate change. Read More

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