What is Texas Rising?

Texas Rising is a movement of young, diverse, politically engaged Texans working to leverage our power through community organizing, electoral politics, and public policy advocacy.

As 25% of the electorate, we're organizing to hold our public officials accountable to all Texans, not special interests and the voices of intolerance and division.

Texas Rising is advocating for sound public policies that address reproductive rights, voter suppression, and LGBTQ equality.

Together we can build a better Texas. Join us.

Meet the team & see where we organize

 

The Latest from Texas Rising

At the leadership level, Texas Rising is led by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s Outreach & Field team:

Outreach & Field Director – Val Benavidez Outreach & Field Manager – Nick Savelli Houston Outreach & Field Coordinator – Ali Gorczynski Rio Grande Valley Field Organizer – Ruben Garza Dallas Field Organizer – Rachel Perry San Antonio Field Organizer – Rae Martinez

Click here to contact the team.

At the local level, Texas Rising is represented at twelve universities in Texas — contact the individuals below to get involved:

Collin College: Suzanna Perry University of Houston: Ali Gorczynski University of Houston Downtown: Aracely Garcia University of North Texas: Aaron Majek and Vana Reyne University of Texas Arlington: Tamara Lynch University of Texas Austin: Nick Savelli University of Texas Dallas: Rachel Perry University of Texas El Paso: Adriano Perez and Jamie Hernandez University of Texas RGV: Mimosa Thomas University of Texas San Antonio: Cory Armendariz Texas State University: Holly Doyle and Maddy Tupper Trinity University: Talia Howard

Don’t have a group on your campus? Want to start one? Contact us!Read More

Since 2006, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has been working to create a powerful base of young leaders (ages 18-29) across the state.

Texas ranks 51st in civic engagement.

*Graphic created by the Annette Strauss Institute

Meaningful change in Texas requires that we increase the culture of political awareness and engagement. Young people, ages 18-29, represent 24% of the voting eligible population in Texas.

*graphic based on 2010 data

Texas Rising is working to engage this demographic to shift current civic engagement trends and to expand the Texas electorate with new lifelong voters.

We are committed to this work because developing an emerging generation of social justice-minded, informed and engaged leaders is essential to the long-term health of our communities and the development of progressive public policy in Texas.… Read More

by TFN

The Civic Engagement Manual is a product of the Texas Freedom Network and Wellstone Action.

Click here to download the TFN Civic Engagement Manual.Read More

Last month we reintroduced you to Texas Rising, a TFN project that seeks to uplift the voices of the rising electorate, 18-29 year olds, across the state. This weekend more than 40 of those young people, all TFN student chapter members from all parts of the state, were in Austin for intensive training sessions we’re calling the Texas Rising Summer Institute.

We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young people, starting with Caitlin Rodriguez in a Q&A conducted by another Texas Rising student, James Carneiro.

Where do you go to school? What’s your graduation year and major? I’m a journalism major and a sociology minor at Texas State University and plan to graduate in spring 2016.

Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like? I grew up in El Paso. I had a really enjoyable childhood with my parents and my younger brother. My parents were and still are very supportive of anything I want to pursue, whether it be acting (I did a lot of theater until the end of high school) or writing or anything else creative. My parents pushed me pretty hard academically, but only because… Read More

By James Carneiro (writer bio) TFN Student Activist

The state of Texas isn’t exactly known for its level of political engagement.

It ranks last in civic engagement and many people don’t even know who their state representative is. The conventional wisdom says most people will stay at home while a tiny though highly powerful bloc of right-wing voters will make it to the polls in November. Not surprisingly, this has created a state where birth control is non-existent in health textbooks, the separation of church and state is questioned in the social studies curriculum and close-minded representatives try to pass bills defunding gender and sexuality centers on college campuses. And the above nonsense doesn’t even come close to the far-right backlash on reproductive rights. If we continue on this path, family planning centers could become only a memory.

This is why progressives need to fight back. In response to the right-wing onslaught, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has unveiled the Texas Rising campaign, a blueprint for capturing the energy and amplifying the voices of a rising young Texas electorate. The statistics make the importance of young voters crystal clear: 24 percent of eligible Texas voters… Read More

Texas Freedom Network

Secretary of State David Whitley began his tenure by attacking the rights of eligible voters. Today, we joined other organizations in asking Dem senators to oppose any last-minute attempts to confirm Whitley. Read the letter: bit.ly/2Qjd4jV #PurgeWhitley #txlege pic.twitter.com/oG4P…