TOP Statement on Rep. Gene Green’s Retirement

Congressman-Green

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.

TOP congratulates Dallas ISD Trustee Dustin Marshall on re-election win

Dustin Marshall

The following is a statement by Allison Brim, Education Campaign Director for the Texas Organizing Project, on Dustin Marshall winning re-election as Trustee for Dallas ISD, District 2 on Saturday:

“Texas Organizing Project (TOP) congratulates our endorsed candidate, Dustin Marshall, on a hard-fought victory Saturday night.

“TOP members endorsed Dustin because he has been a proven champion on fighting for and winning positive changes to Dallas ISD discipline policies, making our schools safe for all students, and supporting adequate funding to improve our schools.

“Our organization looks forward to working with him to win even more improvements for Dallas schools.”

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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.

TOP announces endorsed candidates in Dallas

Dallas City skyline at dusk, Texas, USA

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