RSVP NOW: Come march with us in Dallas on June 17!

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In 1973, Dallas police killed 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez and got away with it. Earlier this year, Dallas-area police killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. We can’t have the same result, and we can’t allow this to keep happening. There must be justice for Jordan, and police brutality must end.

Join us Saturday in Dallas to show that Texans demand police accountability and an end to police violence against people of color. If you’re in Houston or San Antonio, you can catch a ride on our buses.

Reserve your seat here!

Police march snapshot

Houston Bus: Please arrive at 6 a.m. at the TOP office (2404 Caroline St.)
Bus will depart promptly at 6:30 a.m.
TOP contact person: Anita Scott, (318) 575-9924, ascott@organizetexas.org

San Antonio Bus: Please arrive at 5:45 a.m. at the TOP office (700 S. Zarzamora St., Suite 212)
Bus will depart promptly at 6 a.m.
TOP contact person: Laquita Garcia, (972) 342-5116, lgarcia@organizetexas.org

The buses are FREE but you must reserve a seat here.

We’re expecting thousands of Texans to march and rally with us against police intimidation, oppression and violence in every form and against every community, including immigrants, LGBTQIA, women, refugees and people of color.

The police are supposed to serve and protect us, not hurt and kill us.

Join us this Saturday. RSVP here!

This is the fight for our lives.

Tarsha Jackson
Criminal Justice Director
Texas Organizing Project

Mamas Bail Out Day

Mamas Bail Out Day feature

Mothers should be with their families on Mother’s Day, not in jail waiting for a trial simply because they’re too poor to post bond.

This week, TOP and the Right2Justice coalition are partnering with organizations across the country to bail out mamas in time for Mother’s Day. Pitch in now to help us free mothers so they can be reunited with their families!

Every day, dozens of mothers languish in the Harris County Jail simply because they can’t afford bail. They haven’t been convicted of anything, and many are accused of minor infractions.

The judges that set bond in Harris County, however, like in so many other jurisdictions across the country, simply don’t care about poor people. To them, being poor equates to being dangerous.

Last week a federal judge ordered Harris County to stop jailing people for being poor. The order goes into effect May 15, but meanwhile, we are going to post bond for mothers so they can spend Mother’s Day at home with their families.

Pitch in $20 today, or any amount, so we can let these women know that being poor isn’t a jailable offense, that they deserve to be free while awaiting trial so they can take care of their families. We will begin bailing mothers out this week!

Justice shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford it.

TOP Statement on Harris County Bail Lawsuit Decision

The following statement was made by Tarsha Jackson, criminal justice director of the Texas Organizing Project, on the decision handed down today on the bail lawsuit against Harris County:

“This is exactly the ruling we expected. We’ve long believed Harris County’s practice of holding people charged with misdemeanor crimes on high bonds without taking into account their ability to pay unconstitutional, expensive and inhumane. The court affirmed the unconstitutionality.

“Jail should be reserved for people who are dangerous and are serving their sentences, not mothers and fathers suspected of minor crimes who simply can’t afford to buy their freedom.

“Harris County would do right to accept the judge’s ruling and not appeal. Unfortunately, we expect an appeal. Harris County’s judges and every commissioner, except Commissioner Rodney Ellis, have dug in their heels in defense of the indefensible. They’ve already lined up attorney Charles J. Cooper, who has defended bans on interracial dating and same sex marriage, disenfranchisement of people with felonies and discriminatory redistricting, to represent them on appeal.

“We know that ultimately, courts will stop Harris County from keeping people accused of misdemeanors in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay for their freedom. The only question left to be answered is how much of taxpayers’ money will the county waste to defend this horrid, inhumane practice?”

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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.