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, equitable and inclusive Texas includes 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 and vetting local candidates to find the ones most dedicated to championing issues important to communities of color, such as living wages, thriving schools, transforming the criminal justice system, and protecting the rights of immigrants.

These candidates have EARNED TOP’s endorsement:

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Victoria Neave, an attorney, is state representative for Texas House District 107, and a tireless community advocate. She’s a Dallas native, grew up in Pleasant Grove, and is the first in her family to have graduated from college.

From organizing the Dallas Women’s March last January that attracted thousands of marchers, to passing legislation to help victims of sexual assault, to fasting in protest of SB4 and hosting helpful immigration workshops, Representative Neave has stood up for her constituents in meaningful ways.

“Grassroots organizing coupled with vigorous advocacy is what it’s going to take to fight back against unjust laws and policies in our state. I am honored to have earned the endorsement of and look forward to again working with the Texas Organizing Project on issues that impact hard-working Texas families.” – Victoria Neave, State Representative (HD 107)

Clay Jenkins currently serves as Dallas County Judge, and since coming into office in 2010 has helped shape policies designed to help the county’s most vulnerable and underserved.

For years, he has championed the rights of immigrants, worked to expand access to affordable healthcare, advocated for a living wage for county employees, and been committed to progressive causes.

“There is no better community partner than TOP at listening to its members, then organizing and driving action on issues like a living wage, healthcare access, and criminal justice reform.” – Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

Terry Meza is an attorney and fourth-generation resident of Irving who is an experienced problem solver, and has a rich history of community service.

She has an ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds to find rational solutions, and her knowledge of key matters affecting our state is stellar. Terry is a tested community leader who will prioritize the issues of working families at our state capitol.

“Our candidacy is proud to have the endorsement of Texas Organizing Project. Our shared issues and joint dedication to representing the interests of those who need a voice will be a dynamic combination in the upcoming legislative session.” – Terry Meza, Democratic candidate for Texas House District 105

Julie Johnson has experience as a mediator in civil litigation and family law, and has focused her career on putting people first.

A mother of two, Julie recognizes the value of strong public schools, and as a small-business owner, knows the importance of good-paying jobs and treating people with the dignity and respect they deserve.

“Our campaign is thrilled to receive an endorsement from one of the most powerful and transformative organizations in Texas. Building on TOP’s own legacy, I pledge to fight for equitable schools where all children can thrive, healthy communities, the protection of all Texas families and an accountable criminal justice system. I welcome the leaders and membership at TOP to join us in this fight to flip the state’s 115th district.” – Julie Johnson, Democratic candidate for Texas House District 115

Early voting is Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, March 1. By voting early you can vote at any polling location, whether it be on your way to work, school or the grocery store. You can drop by whichever location is most convenient for you. Election Day is Tuesday, March 6.

The voter registration deadline in Texas in Monday, February 5. Click here if you still need to register!

Yours in the fight,

Lena Brown & Margarita Alvarez
TOP Board of Directors
Texas Organizing Project

Pol. adv. paid for by Texas Organizing Project.

TOP Statement on Rep. Gene Green’s Retirement

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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 for immigration reform and demanding health care resources for medically underserved communities.

“On behalf of TOP’s members and staff, many of whom live in the 29th, I’d like to thank Rep. Green for his service. He will be leaving big boots to fill.

“At TOP, we will be working to engage Latino voters in 2018 to ensure that any candidate looking to fill these boots will be as accountable and dedicated as Rep Green. We wish Congressman Green the best in his retirement.”

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Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Harris, Bexar and Dallas 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.

SA Mayoral and Council candidate forum

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SAN ANTONIO – Time is winding down leading to the General Election in May.

A candidate forum was held on the West Side Monday night to allow people to get to know the top candidates who could soon lead the city of San Antonio.

Questions from the audience were at times tough and often rooted in personal experiences.

Texas Organizing Project hosted the forum.

The group identified four key areas important to voters; including wages, immigration rights, criminal justice reform, and improving neighborhoods.

Organizer Laquita Garcia with TOP said, “We encourage people to vote on issues that affect their families and everyday lives and it’s important when they go to the polls they remember who are champions two issues that affect the most.”

Candidates were asked to sign an agreement that if elected they would honor campaign promises.

The group that hosted the forum plans to announce endorsements Tuesday.

This story originally aired 4/10/2017 on News4SA.