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

Announcing TOP’s first Dallas County endorsements of 2018!

Announcing TOP’s first Dallas County endorsements of 2018!

When politicians like President Trump and Governor Abbott continue to push their vile agenda intended to divide, diminish, and dehumanize people of color, TOP members and supporters just don’t sit on the sidelines. We mobilize, vote, and fight back. This year’s elections will be critical to the health of our democracy. Building a more progressive, […]


TOP Statement on Rep. Gene Green’s Retirement

The following statement is from Michelle Tremillo, executive director of the Texas Organizing Project, in reaction to Rep. Gene Green announcing today that he is retiring: “For more than four decades, Rep Gene Green has tirelessly defended the working and immigrant families of his district and the country, standing with community and union members fighting […]

Women TX

These Women Are Leading the Resistance in Texas

The Lone Star state has a long tradition of strong, progressive women, from the late Democratic Gov. Ann Richards, who paved the way for a new generation of female political candidates, to former state Sen. Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster of an anti­-abortion bill catapulted her to national attention. Lately, a new crew of activists, […]