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JOIN OUR LIVE SHOW THIS THURSDAY

Join us for the latest in Progressive news from Texas, a conversation with Rep. Jon Rosenthal about this disaster of a TX Lege session, Councilman Junior Ezeonu for a discussion of how progressives are building local power, and other exciting announcements! Click here to RSVP.

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HEY US SENATE, PASS THE EQUALITY ACT!

The Equality Act, H.R. 5, will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federally funded programs, credit, and jury service. While it passed the U.S. House (with all Texas Democrats voting yes while all GOP Congress critters voting no), it seems to be stuck in the U.S. Senate. Click here to help us demand that the U.S. Senate pass the Equality Act this Pride Month!

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REMOVING TRUTH FROM EDUCATION

While TX Democrats fought valiantly, the snakes in the TX GOP forced a midnight vote to pass a bill to destroy truth in education. House Bill 3979, if signed by the Governor, will whitewash history by removing any notion of how racism has affected public policy, sometimes called Critical Race Theory. “Not acknowledging the country’s actual history, including racism and other oppression, is a deception, not education,” said Aya Eneli, a local activist in the Killeen area. Click here to help OR pressure Gov Abbott to say no to HB 3979!

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“WE’RE SUPPOSED TO RUN PRISONS, NOT CONCENTRATION CAMPS.”

The prison system in Texas is so bad that the U.N. Committee Against Torture has expressed “particularly concerned about...extreme heat exposure” in Texas prisons, meaning that the Texas prison system is on an international human rights watchlist. Nearly 75% of Texas prisons do not have air conditioning (at least not humans, as some provide AC for internal pig farms), leading to some prisons reaching temperatures of 150 degrees. According to a former head of a correctional officers union, “we’re supposed to run prisons, not concentration camps.” While it would only cost the state around $4 million to add AC to prisons, the state of Texas has spent $7 million fighting lawsuits against the measure. Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) has gone as far as saying, “We’re not gonna air condition [prisons]. One, we don’t want to.” It’s an international embarrassment that our state is on an international human rights watchlist and is a violation of the 8th Amendment. Check out the latest episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to learn more and click here to sign our petition demanding Justice for All. 

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(Drone photo of downtown Fort Worth looking from the west. April 24, 2021 Fort Worth Report Rodger Mallison)

BECAUSE FORT WORTH WENT BLUE

Earlier this year, the Fort Worth city council rejected establishing an Independent Redistricting Committee. By doing so, they were determined to gerrymander and steal the vote of Fort Worth voters for local elections. But because of Our Revolution and our allies, the Fort Worth city council went blue and the “new City Council members have breathed life into the commission that has long been a goal of advocates of equitable representation in Fort Worth.” Help us flip more city councils by becoming a volunteer today!

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ORTX CONVENTION

We’re happy to announce we’re having a Texas Progressive Convention! More details will be made available soon, but, in the meantime, tentatively mark your calendar for Saturday, August 21st! Click here to sign up for more updates as they come.

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ORTX IN THE NEWS

Our Revolution Texas was featured in an op-ed in the Texas Signal last week! “2021 was our best ‘off’ year election cycle of all time. In fact, we had 3x the number of victories this year as compared to 2019 and 2017 combined.” Click here to read the rest of the article or click here to share it on Twitter

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