Community taking care of community: Texas Organizing Project provides financial relief to residents forgotten by elected officials after Winter Storm Uri

On Saturday, April 17, the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) distributed over $120,000 in financial relief to community members in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio hit hard by the state’s recent winter storm.

“These funds were distributed to our members in response to the failure of state and local elected officials to provide basic cash assistance to working-class Texans who were left struggling with empty refrigerators and broken pipes after the preventable multi-day power outage that shook our state,” said Celesté Arredondo-Peterson, Texas 4 All Director for the Texas Organizing Project. “We’ll continue showing up for our communities when elected leaders don’t.”

With sights on electoral races in 2022, the community organizing nonprofit has laid blame for the state’s atrocious preparation for and response to Winter Storm Uri squarely at the feet of Gov. Greg Abbott, who will be up for re-election next year.

“I’m on oxygen, and my power went out. I was in fear for my life; no water, no way for an ambulance to get to me,” said Michael Sneed, a TOP member in Dallas. “My message for politicians who failed to heed our calls to help our neighborhoods pummeled by the winter storm is this: step up or step out.”

Watch a highlight video of TOP’s Power Up Fund distribution event here.


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

This press release was sent out April 23, 2021.