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Joint Statement: Dallas to sue Texas against SB 4

Workers Defense Project and the Texas Organizing Project applaud Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the City Council for standing up against hate and joining the lawsuit to stop SB4. We also thank Mayor Rawlings for standing with us at a public action earlier in the day where we urged him to take this step.

“Everyday, more communities join the fight against SB 4, and our movement will only continue to grow,” said Jose P. Garza, executive director of the Workers Defense Project. “ We applaud the city of Dallas for standing with Texas families against SB 4.”

Community advocates held a press conference outside city hall and were joined by Mayor Rawlings and Mayor pro tem Monica Alonso. Inside city hall advocates urged city hall to support litigation against SB 4 during open comment.

“Mayor Rawlings and City Council made Dallas proud today by standing up to our state’s Republican leadership that seeks to marginalize and criminalize people of color,” said Michelle Tremillo, executive director of the Texas Organizing Project. “SB4 would serve no other purpose than to encourage and legalize racial profiling. With this lawsuit, Mayor Rawlings is putting Dallas on the right side of history.”

After an executive briefing, Mayor Rawlings announced that Dallas will be joining the lawsuit against SB 4.

Dallas’ announcement comes days after San Antonio, Bexar County and Austin filed a lawsuit against the state joining Workers Defense Project and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Last month, the City of Cenizo, El Paso, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund and the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a lawsuit against the state.


Workers Defense Project (WDP) is a statewide organization winning good jobs for low-wage workers. For more information, go to www.workersdefense.org, or follow us on Twitter, @WorkersDefense.

Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Brown communities in Texas’ three largest counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.