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.
Working with In Defense of Black Lives Dallas, we have demanded transformational change to policing in the streets and at City Hall. We can’t let up now. A final vote on the city budget takes place this Wednesday.
We have to continue urging our elected city leaders to deliver that transformational change through a budget that reallocates funds away from the police department toward programs that build up and heal our communities.
If you’re a Dallas resident, sign up to speak at this Wednesday’s City Council meeting to let our elected leaders know that we can build a safer community by divesting from policing and investing in our communities.
Call the Dallas City Secretary’s Office at 214-670-3738 to sign up to speak on agenda item #92 or on the open mic portion. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m.
For more information, call or text Carvell Bowens at 214-934-8558.
Dallas City Council will vote on a new city budget September 23. TOP and In Defense of Black Lives Dallas are demanding that the budget invests less in policing and more in building up our communities with needed resources and services.
The chair of the city’s Public Safety Committee, Councilman Adam McGough of District 10 needs to hear from us that we need to divest from policing, and INVEST in our community!
If you’re a Dallas resident, call Councilman McGough at his office at 214-670-4068 to share why it matters to you that we #DefundDPD and invest more in the community.
For more information on how you can get involved in this campaign, call or text Carvell Bowens at 972-997-1026.
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