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  ·   By Crystal Kay Perkins

Yesterday's One Texas Resistance Rally

I’m so energized by the grassroots momentum at the One Texas Resistance Rally yesterday.

Texans are demanding real solutions for our families and fighting back against hateful Republican legislation. Here are some of my favorite photos from yesterday:

We heard from real people whose families and communities are in peril, if Republicans get their way. Wendy, who is just 9 years old, was at our capitol during her summer break to protect her parents from SB4. Reverend Carmarion Anderson, a grandmother, is fighting for transgender Texans, like her, to simply use the bathroom. Lisa Flores, who is the mother of a child with a disability, was calling out Republicans for using disabled kids, like her autistic child, to push their radical voucher agenda.

The fired-up crowds at rallies across Texas are evidence of the incredible wave we’re seeing. It’s critical that we do everything we can to carry this energy over the next 29 days of the Special Session and into the 2018 election.

This is our moment. We must show Republicans who want to cause our communities harm that we’re not backing down. Our families’ futures depend on all of us doing everything we can.

I’m asking you to make sure we have the resources we need to take back our state. Will you rush a $7 contribution right now:

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Thanks for everything you do. Yesterday’s One Texas Resistance Rally was amazing. With your help, we’re going to continue to organize and fight for Texans,

Crystal Kay Perkins
Executive Director, Texas Democratic Party

  ·   By Beto O'Rourke

Let's elect more Democrats

As I travel our state, I hear stories from Democrats who are thinking about running for local office that sound a lot like my own journey.

We all share so much in common. We want our hometown to thrive, for there to be good quality jobs, and to retain and attract talented people. We want the federal and state government to meet its obligations to young and old, veterans and service members, families and those just getting started.

Our state is growing more and more diverse, and that change is exciting. Opportunity is staring us in the face, but we need more leaders who empower our communities and pass progressive policies so everyone can get ahead.

Those are the reasons why I first ran for El Paso City Council, then for U.S. House of Representatives, and now U.S. Senate.

Those are the reasons why we need to build a strong bench of talented Democrats who are battle tested and ready to run for city council, school board, or mayor with the Texas Democratic Party’s Project LIFT program -- one day, a Project LIFT candidate will run for Congress too.

We've shown in the past few months that, when large groups of people get organized, we can do extraordinary things. We can win back more seats from the schoolhouse to Congress and this grassroots movement will propel us to victory.

Texas Democrats in local races can’t do it without the support of Democrats like you -- Texans who want to see change in their communities, in our state, and in our country. Can you rush a $7 donation to support this important program before the membership deadline:

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We've got a lot to do. There's a bright future ahead for Democrats.

Talk soon,

Beto O’Rourke

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This is one of my favorite photos. I’m intensely proud to be from El Paso and looking back at this photo gives me hope that we can help this country do the right thing.

  ·   By Gilberto Hinojosa

Did you see these headlines from across our state and the nation?

Did you see these headlines from across our state and the nation?

Something stinks in the White House. Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey just as the investigations into Russia were ramping up raise so many more questions about Trump and Russia.

The president is not being truthful about the reason for this firing. Americans deserve the truth.

If Trump is going to continue covering up what really happened, it is time for Republicans to read the headlines and join Democrats in calling for an independent investigation into Trump’s Russian ties.

Thousands of Americans have signed on to demand a special prosecutor and independent commission oversee investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia. Add your name to this urgent petition if you agree that we need an independent investigation, free from politics:
demand an investigation

The evidence is mounting, a foreign government interfered in our democracy, and Trump’s campaign was in on it. Our nation can’t afford another week of these headlines. It’s time for the truth to come to light.

Every congressional leader should be immediately calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor and a bipartisan, independent commission. Anything less allows the political cover-up to continue.

The American people deserve a thorough and honest investigation into how far the White House is compromised. Add your name right now, if you agree:

http://act.txdemocrats.org/Independent

Americans deserve the truth,

Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair, Texas Democratic Party

  ·   By Gilberto Hinojosa

Texas Republicans have legalized racial profiling in Texas:

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America has always defined itself as a nation of immigrants, Texas is no different.

Yet in 2017, Republican Governor Greg Abbott has chosen to offend America’s defining principle, cultivate a culture of fear, and distort reality to fit into Trump’s right-wing political agenda.

The Republican’ Trump Deportation Force law, Senate Bill 4, is an unconstitutional, ‘show-me-your-papers’ law that has legalized racial profiling and discrimination against half of all Texans -- plain and simple.

This racist Republican law makes you a suspect in your own home, car, and neighborhood.

It will spend millions of your tax dollars on terrorizing the most vulnerable, targeting children, and tearing apart families.

It drives a wedge between communities and law enforcement, making our streets more dangerous and the jobs of our police officers more difficult. Don’t just take my word, ask any of the police chiefs from Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and all across the state.

As Texas Republicans tear at the moral fabric of our nation, a wound has been dealt on our communities that will not easily heal.

One thing is certain, our work is just beginning. Texas Democrats will always stand by our neighbors, take legal action when necessary, and fight back.

We can’t fight back alone. %%firstname(Friend)%%, will you continue to stand up for equality, freedom, and justice? Make a donation today to fight against Trump Republicans’ assault on our families:

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Adelante,

Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair, Texas Democratic Party

 

  ·   By Gilberto Hinojosa

I'm pumped about this poll

Texas is changing right now and we need you with us.

The grassroots energy we’re seeing across the country and Texas means we can win in 2018 -- especially after the results from Kansas and Georgia.

Just this morning, the Texas Lyceum[1] poll shows Democrats are strong. 2018 will be the battle of our lifetime:

  • Texans disapprove of President Trump. (54% disapprove) 
  • Texans oppose Trump’s border wall (61%) & mass deportation (62%) 
  • Democrats are tied with Ted Cruz. (Castro 35% v. Cruz 31%; O’Rourke 30% v. Cruz 30%) 
  • Democrats are beating Dan Patrick. (Collier 27%, Patrick 25%)

Donald Trump’s numbers are in the ditch, Texas Republicans are vulnerable, and our Democratic champions are poised for victory.

We must have the resources to keep building a stronger state party, hire more staff to organize, support our candidates, and provide support to our county parties. We have a once-in-a-life opportunity to beat Trump Republicans.

We need you. If we’re going to win, it is going to take every single Democrat doing everything we can and a little more. Do we have your support?

Yes!

Thank you for all that you do,

Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair, Texas Democratic Party

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