TOP announces endorsed candidates in Dallas

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Building a stronger, more equitable Texas starts with electing the right people who will help us win on the issues that affect our communities.

That’s why over the last few weeks, TOP members in Dallas County have invested their time and energy interviewing local candidates to find the ones most dedicated to championing issues important to communities of color – thriving schools, healthy neighborhoods, a more fair criminal justice system and protecting the rights of immigrants.

Our members endorsed the following candidates who are fighting for working families and students in our city and schools:

Dominique Torres, candidate for Dallas City Council, District 5, is an attorney, long-time community advocate and an active TOP member since 2015. A Dallas native, she grew up in Pleasant Grove and is the first in her family to graduate from college.

As a vocal leader against police brutality, she will fight for tested policies that will address crime and build more trust within our communities. As a TOP member, she understands the importance of grassroots organizing to win changes. The area she calls home has been neglected for far too long, and she is determined to bring civic engagement and economic prosperity back to Pleasant Grove.

Dustin Marshall, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 2, is a business owner and father of four who has advocated for educational opportunities for all children for over 15 years.

During his short time as a Dallas ISD Trustee he has been a champion for replacing suspensions with proven solutions in an effort to halt the pipeline to prison, in particular for young Black students and special education students. Trustee Marshall is also a supporter of the community school model and a strong opponent of private school vouchers.

Early voting is Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2. Remember that by voting early you can vote at any polling location in your county, whether it be on your way to work, school or the grocery store. Click here for a list of early voting locations across Dallas County! Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

Pol. Adv. paid for by Texas Organizing Project

TOP announces endorsed candidates for San Antonio City Council

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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 of infrequent voters by promoting a four-pronged solution to inequality in San Antonio: Creating more good-paying jobs, expanding neighborhoods of opportunity, protecting our families and immigrant neighbors, and granting more second chances while reforming our local criminal justice system.

Early voting is Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2. Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

For more information on TOP’s #SA4ALL campaign, please visit

San Antonio Mayor: (No endorsement)
City Council, District 1: Michael Montaño
City Council, District 4: Rey Saldaña
City Council, District 5: Shirley Gonzalez
City Council, District 7: Ana Sandoval

Pol. adv. paid for by Texas Organizing Project

Houston Unites for Anti-Trump Rally and March

Houston Defender Network

As Donald Trump is inaugurated Friday morning in Washington DC, immigrant, community and labor groups in Houston will unite to jointly declare our intention to fight for all communities at risk under the incoming Trump administration.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Sesquicentennial Park at 10 a.m. Friday to mark the start of the resistance movement that will be needed to keep our communities safe, free and thriving. We will send the message that Houston builds bridges, not walls.
Who: Gulf Coast AFL-CIO, Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, CAIR Texas, United We Dream, Battleground Texas, Houston Federation of Teachers, Emerge USA, Fight for 15, New Leaders Council Houston, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Interfaith Justice Coalition, UNITE HERE Local 23, Pacifica Radio KPFT 90.1, t.e.j.a.s., Young Active Labor Leaders (YALL), International Association of Machinists Lodge 811 and Texas Organizing Project.

What: Houston Unido March and Rally #EraofResistance

Where: Sesquicentennial Park, below corner of Smith St. and Preston St.

When: Friday, January 20, 2017

Assembly 10 a.m.

Rally 10:30 am

March 11 a.m. -12 noon

Visuals: Hundreds of people marching, funeral procession street theater

Representatives of co-sponsoring organizations will be available for interviews prior to and at the rally.

This story originally appeared 1/19/2017 on the Houston Defender Network.