by Jose Medina

We accomplished a lot over the last few months. We’ve expanded the Texas electorate, we’ve started thousands of Texans down the path of becoming lifelong voters, and we’ve built new leaders that are from the communities they’re serving. Those victories cannot be ignored.

Throughout this election cycle, the Texas Rising campaign trained 180 young and diverse leaders. Those community leaders registered over 3,500 new voters and collected over 11,100 pledges to vote. Our team of activists made over 11,800 phone calls to make sure young people had the right ID to take to the polls or understood how to vote by mail. Even more impressive, they called over 13,100 voters to walk them through their plan to vote.

Texas ranks 51st in civic engagement (including DC). The turnout in last nights election was a reminder of that. Our work is more than turning out young people to the polls. We’re working on a long term shift in culture among young people in Texas.

We’re organizing to expand the number of people that are participating in the conversation. We’re working to educate young people across the state on the connections between the very real problems that our communities are facing and… Read More

Ask yourself these questions today so you’ve got a plan to vote tomorrow. And share this with friends who might need help if it’s their first time voting.… Read More

You don’t have to vote in person. If you’re either a) disabled or b) will be out of the county during early voting dates (Oct. 20-31) and on election day (Nov. 4), then voting by mail is a great opportunity to still exercise your voting power.

To do so, first click here to download the Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) form. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and complete your form thoroughly.

Further instructions are available here for completing the form and mailing/faxing it to your specific county’s Early Voting Clerk.

The ABBM must be received by this Friday, October 24 at the latest – so get your application in the mail ASAP. Look up your county to find out where to mail your ABBM.… Read More

by Jose Medina

By Katie Adams TFN Student Activist During the decade that Greg Abbott has been Texas’ attorney general, he has encountered a grand total of two cases of voter impersonation. In 2011, in a heroic effort to curb this odious problem of rampant voter fraud, the Texas Legislature passed a bill requiring all Texans to show a photo ID before they’re allowed to exercise their constitutional right to participate in our democracy. It is considered one of the United States’ most stringent voter ID bills, because only seven forms of photo ID are accepted. Though in most situations requiring a photo ID, out-of-state drivers’ licenses are permissible, Texas election workers will not be accepting these as a valid form of ID. And even a “free” election certificate costs money. It requires people who don’t already have an ID to take time off from work (not always possible) to obtain documents proving their identity and to obtain the actual ID. It hits our most vulnerable citizens hardest, and that is simply unacceptable. Read More

by Jose Medina

By James Carneiro (writer bio) TFN Student Activist

Dozens of Texans descended on the William B. Travis building last month to let the Texas State Board of Education know their feelings.

The consensus: not positive.

The vast majority was opposed to the flawed social studies curriculum standards first approved by the board in 2010. Although there were a few who admired the textbooks’ lack of “political correctness” (Read: acknowledging America’s mistakes) most people had a problem with the biased materials.

The people who testified against the textbooks were a group as diverse as the country the books are supposed to be about. College professors, Tejanos, a climatologist, ministers, civil liberties advocates, an NAACP leader, and a Pauache woman all spoke in front of the board. And even TFN President Kathy Miller showed up to defend unbiased education before the SBOE.

Of course, the SBOE is not an easy body to deal with, especially the far-right members. District 7 board member David Bradley began the hearing by claiming TFN had urged the Supreme Court to ban the Pledge of Allegiance, a lie so egregious even his allies didn’t appear to believe him.

Most of the testifiers expressed concerns… Read More