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TFN President: Legislators Must Focus on Real Priorities Like the Pandemic, Protecting Democracy, Not Culture Wars
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez has the following statement on today’s opening of the 87th Legislature in Austin:
“Dealing with a deadly pandemic that continues to ravage our state and the need to reinforce democratic values and institutions must be top priorities in this legislative session. Legislators will fail if they refuse to address the disparate impact the pandemic has had on Texans of color and other marginalized communities, if they perpetuate lies about ‘stolen elections’ to make it even harder for Texans to vote, and if they turn redistricting into yet another exercise in extreme partisan gerrymandering to suppress the huge changes taking places in the state’s electorate. These priorities are far too important to allow culture warriors to hijack yet another session with attacks on reproductive rights and the lives of LGBTQ Texans. This state is changing rapidly. It’s time for our lawmakers to acknowledge and embrace this change and bring Texans together to meet the challenges we face.”
The Texas Freedom Network is a grassroots organization of religious and community leaders and young Texans building… Read More
Texas Senator, Attorney General Conspiracy-Mongering Fuel Violent Anti-Democracy Riots, Attacks on the Constitution
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Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez today called on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to resign their offices immediately for helping fuel the unhinged conspiracies that have led to today’s pro-Trump chaos and violence in the nation’s capital.
“The only thing that makes the violent attacks on our democracy and our Constitution worse today is that two of our state’s highest elected officials helped fuel them with their conspiracy mongering,” Benavidez said. “They have lit the road to sedition by undermining faith in our democracy to promote their personal and political agendas. Doing so is especially appalling when it incites violence from those who seek to subvert a legal election. All Texans, and especially the millions of Texans of all ages and from all communities who turned out to vote in historic numbers during a deadly pandemic, deserve far better leaders than these self-serving politicians.”
Federal courts rejected Attorney General Paxton’s lawsuit seeking to overturn presidential election results in key states won by Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November. Paxton has been under state indictment for securities fraud and… Read More
The State Board of Education’s refusal even to acknowledge the existence of LGBTQ people in new health curriculum standards is a tragic failure to help ensure that Texas public schools are safe and inclusive for all students, Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez said today. Read More
With just a week to go before election day, Texas Rising Action has been been engaged in one of the largest get-out-the-vote operations focused on young Texans of color. That's helping fuel a surge of young, progressive voters in early voting across the state. Check out our press release. Read More
When the State Board of Education wrote new science standards for Texas public schools 11 years ago, Republican board members dismissed teaching students about climate change as "hooey" and a "political agenda." Now as the country has become even more vulnerable to powerful storms, massive wildfires and devastating cycles of drought and flooding, the TFN Education Fund and the National Center for Science Education today released a new national report card showing that Texas is among the states failing to teach students the truth about climate change. And all this comes as the state board is rushing forward with a new overhaul of science standards in Texas. Check out our press release here. Read More