The March to Victory: Relay Across America continued in San Antonio yesterday as part of a nationwide effort to demand a roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. As we continue to grapple with this pandemic, inclusive COVID recovery for all is necessary to ensure all get through the crisis.
In observance, TOP immigration campaign members marched “11 Miles for 11 Million” yesterday to raise their voices in support of the millions of undocumented essential workers risking their lives each and every day to keep us fed and sustain our nation’s economy during this pandemic. TOP believes it is long overdue that these essential workers receive not only added protections on the job, but a straightforward path to citizenship.
The Relay Across America consists of community-led efforts across the country, made up of in-person and virtual events, and kicked-off in Washington on March 17, with subsequent events planned in nearly 30 states through May 1. The relay aims to unite communities throughout the nation in calling for a humane immigration system that protects our 11 millions undocumented immigrants, including essential workers, DACA and TPS holders, and those who don’t currently have a pathway to citizenship.
Women are the heartbeat of the world: setting the agenda, driving change, building and flexing power for the common good, and achieving what was once the unimaginable.
As a group founded and led by women across the organization, TOP this month and every month channels the indomitable spirit of freedom-fighting women who came before us, with special focus on revolutionary women of color who, through, vision, immense struggle and sacrifice, have made countless contributions that have brought us closer to our collective liberation.
We are not asking for a ‘seat at the table’; we are unapologetically building our own while redefining what is possible every day through our very existence, and women of color are leading the way.
Throughout the month of March on TOP’s social media, we will be highlighting the contributions of women icons in the movement, as well as uplifting the work of TOP members and staff.
Join TOP and #SickOfItTX coalition allies virtually this Friday, March 5, for #MedEx4TX Advocacy Day — a day of action calling on our elected officials in the Texas Legislature to #ExpandMedicaid now!
Texas can’t recover while Texans aren’t covered, and our state continues to have the highest uninsured rate in the nation. Last year, more than 1.6 million Texans lost a job, and with it, their health insurance.
Healthcare is a human right. Texans need coverage and Texas leaders can do something about it. Over 2.2 million Texans could gain coverage if our state expands Medicaid.
Public hearings on Gov. Abbott’s ERCOT are done for now, and as much as our governor tries to escape blame, Texans know he’s responsible for our state’s horrible preparation and response to Winter Storm Uri.
The winter storm was brutal for all across Texas, but once again, Black and Latino families endured the worst of Gov. Abbott’s incompetence, with many still struggling through hardship right now as a result.
In response, TOP has teamed up on the ground with partners Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio to ensure our communities continue to receive the resources they need to recover, including clean water, food, and some immediate direct cash assistance for relief.
We appreciate all who have already donated to the fund. TOP is committed to holding Gov. Abbott accountable for this massive, avoidable disaster, while making sure Black and Latino communities are not left struggling due to his failures.
Also, if you’re a San Antonio resident, you’re invited to be part of a winter storm recovery virtual meeting we’re hosting TODAY, March 2, at 6 p.m. — RSVP ON FACEBOOK HERE.
TOP is YOUR organization!
Your contribution drives our work and allows us to fight for our neighborhoods every day.
Through our celebrations, struggles, and just everyday life, music plays a vital role in how we connect with one another, as well as how we see the world around us. It’s also a powerful tool for collective expression and a driving force for societal change.
This Thursday, February 25, the Texas House of Representatives will hold a public hearing in Austin to address ERCOT’s lack of preparedness for this winter storm, but Gov. Abbott doesn’t want to testify about his administration’s failures that led to power outages and impacted water supplies across the state. To make matters worse, only invited guests will be allowed to speak.
TOP and our allies want to make sure these legislators know how the freezing temperatures, power outages, and water shortages have impacted you and your family. So we’re inviting you to share your written and video testimony as we demand answers for Texans.
Your powerful stories will be shared publicly with Gov. Abbott, ERCOT, and the hearing officials on the day of the hearing so that your voice can be heard. #AbbottBlackout
Live in Bexar or Dallas counties and want to transform our legal system? Join our online campaign meetings this week!
During these meetings, we’ll share with you the progress of our justice reform efforts at the local level and strategize on our work for the months ahead, from fighting mass incarceration, to enacting bail reform, to ending police brutality.
Bexar County Right2Justice meeting Tuesday, February 9, at 5 p.m. Facebook event with more info For more information, call or text Dan Stanford at (210) 765-8435.
Dallas County Right2Justice meeting Thursday, February 11, at 6 p.m. Facebook event with more info For more information, call or text Carvell Bowens at (214) 934-8558.
San Antonians have spoken and they’re calling for more police accountability in our communities. After months of petitioning across the city, the San Antonio City Clerk’s office last week verified that our ally Fix SAPD gathered the petition signatures needed to get the repeal of Texas Local Government Code Chapter 174 on the ballot for this May’s municipal election!
Because of the longtime existence of Texas Local Government Code Chapters 174 and 143, it’s nearly impossible to hold bad police officers and the institutions that enable them accountable for their actions.
That’s why TOP is supporting Fix SAPD in this effort, because to make true public safety a reality in our communities, we need to get rid of barriers that shield problematic police officers and their misconduct.
Now that the repeal of Chapter 174 will soon be on the ballot, JOIN US FOR A DIGITAL CAMPAIGN KICKOFF this Thursday, February 11, at 6 p.m.
Since our nation’s founding, Black Americans have been the cornerstone to its meteoric rise, the reason for its prosperity, and the protectors of its democracy. All the while, our communities continue to endure the many devious forms of white supremacy that seek to diminish us. While forces may try, we will never be defeated and our spirits never broken.
This Black History Month, TOP is celebrating the lives, contributions, and sacrifices of our ancestors whose resilience and tenacity shaped us into who we are today. We invite you to join us.
Through the end of February, we are commemorating each day a figure whose work has gotten us closer to true Black liberation.
TOP members are excited about the news this past week of Ben Spencer being closer to getting back his freedom. Ben is the son of longtime TOP member Lucille Spencer who for over 30 years has fought to get justice after his wrongful conviction.
Over the last six months, members have ramped up pressure with petitions, rallies, phone-a-thons, and a letter-writing campaign to make sure Ben gets his shot at freedom.
This progress would not be possible if it were not for the grassroots organizing of our members, ongoing support from community allies, Ben’s legal team, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s office supporting that the conviction be vacated.
TOP will continue to follow Ben’s journey and advocate for his full freedom so he can finally hug his mother Lucille after all these years. Stay tuned!
For more information on our Right2Justice campaign work in support of Ben, call or text Carvell Bowens at (214) 934-8558.