BlackTOP commemorates Juneteenth

The following statement is from Terrance “TK” Koontz of BlackTOP, in reflection and observance of this year’s Juneteenth:

“In Juneteenth is an unrelenting legacy rooted in the pursuit of Black liberation – a call to action that demands society implement transformative change to reverse damage inflicted by racial capitalism, and manifest a future where all Black people – no matter their age, gender, or nationality – can fully realize their dreams. 

“Now three years into this day being recognized as a federal holiday, it speaks to the white supremacy still woven into the fabric of our nation’s institutions that right-wing officials work around the clock to undermine our inherent rights and humanity at all levels of government. Our very existence is in itself an act of resistance. 

“Building the future all Black Americans deserve will require a complete overhaul of every aspect of how this country sustains itself. We must remember we have never seen the America we’ve been fighting for. May this realization restore and drive us.”

Dr. Doshie Piper, TOP Board President, added:

“Together, let us engage in dialogue, promote education, and take collective action to challenge the systemic inequities that hold our communities back. Juneteenth serves as a renewed call to unite against racial and economic injustice, forging a path toward a more equitable Texas and a nation that uplifts and empowers every Black person, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status. This is why we organize. 

“On this Juneteenth, we honor the ancestors we stand on the shoulders of, acknowledge the present, and work tirelessly toward a future where race and class are no longer barriers to justice and opportunity.

“Creating a Texas and America where freedom and prosperity are accessible to all is up to us.”


About BlackTOP

BlackTOP was built on the premise that the future of Texas rests in organizing Black folks across the state and getting US to the polls. With offices in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, BlackTOP launched canvassing programs across multiple Texas counties to talk to, organize, and mobilize Black voters ahead of the 2022 election. For more information, visit

TOP Celebrates Historic HB 12 Win: Paving Way for Postpartum Medicaid Extension in Texas

The Fight Continues For Equitable Healthcare and Full Medicaid Expansion

The following statement is from Brianna Brown, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) Co-Executive Director on HB 12 being signed into law today: 

“TOP is proud to have been a champion for HB 12, a bill extending Medicaid health coverage for mothers up to a year after childbirth. This crucial legislation, fought for tirelessly by countless Texans, will positively affect all mothers across the state, particularly Black women. The passage of HB 12 is a testament to our collective organizing power, however the fight for healthcare justice in Texas is far from over.

Black mothers face pregnancy-related complications at over triple the rate of their white counterparts, a health disparity that HB 12 aims to mitigate. While the bill is a significant achievement, the battle for a more equitable healthcare system, especially for Black and Latino communities, continues. 

“This recent legislative session further highlighted the existing critical gaps in Texas healthcare policy. It’s shameful our legislature again failed to pass or even hold a hearing on Medicaid expansion, leaving an estimated 1.4 million uninsured low-income Texans, primarily Black and Latino, without vital healthcare access.

“TOP believes healthcare is a human right, and is committed to continuing to fight for just healthcare access, full implementation of HB 12, and holding state leaders accountable for their failure to expand Medicaid. The journey toward healthcare justice remains a priority for TOP, and our goal remains clear ― a Texas where all people, regardless of their race, background, or income, have access to the healthcare they need and deserve.”


About Texas Organizing Project

TOP organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris, Bexar, and Fort Bend 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

The following statement was sent out June 16, 2023.