Texas hovers at the bottom of the scale of most social indicators. Twenty-four percent of Texas children live in poverty, 1.4 million or 20% have no health coverage, and 63% of public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Unfortunately, the institutions with the power to improve these social indicators often are controlled by those who fail to represent the majority of Texans and, in fact, work to their detriment.

At the same time, Texas has a dramatic voter turnout problem. In 2010, Texas ranked 50th in the nation for turnout of eligible voters, and moved up to 48th in 2012. There are approximately 3 million low-propensity voters of color in Texas, of which, over 900,000 are concentrated in the three counties where TOP organizes.

TOP’s overall strategy is to raise the voices and participation of low to moderate income families, particularly communities of color, in the decision making and electoral process. Through our work, we aim to shift the state so that the priorities advanced through decision-makers in both the public and private arena reflect the actual needs and best interests of the majority of Texans.

Our children bear the brunt and neighborhoods with a high number of low propensity, registered, minority voters. In these neighborhoods, we work to develop community leaders and a base of organized residents to create tangible change in their communities through expanded electoral participation!

Latest under this Campaign

Dustin Marshall

TOP congratulates Dallas ISD Trustee Dustin Marshall on re-election win

The following is a statement by Allison Brim, Education Campaign Director for the Texas Organizing Project, on Dustin Marshall winning re-election as Trustee for Dallas ISD, District 2 on Saturday: “Texas Organizing Project (TOP) congratulates our endorsed candidate, Dustin Marshall, on a hard-fought victory Saturday night. “TOP members endorsed Dustin because he has been a […]


TOP Congratulates Endorsed Candidate Ron Nirenberg on Winning San Antonio Mayoral Race

The following is a statement by Michelle Tremillo, executive director of the Texas Organizing Project, on tonight’s election of Ron Nirenberg as San Antonio’s mayor: “We congratulate Ron Nirenberg on his win, and look forward to working with him in making San Antonio a.more equitable city where all families are able to thrive. “Our members […]

SA hires skyline

TOP announces endorsed candidates for San Antonio City Council

The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) has released its list of endorsed city council candidates who show the most commitment to tackling the city’s challenges of racial and economic disparities, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, immigration and criminal justice. TOP, under the platform #SA4ALL, is knocking on doors this municipal election urging the participation […]