Whatever the case may be the progressive movement divided will never deliver the radical change this country needs. Therefore, progressive brothers and sisters, let us unite in a common movement which fights on all fronts for the progressive cause and which fights for the rights of all.
There are no words to describe the heartbreak and despair caused by the senseless act of violence that took place in Oregon today. We at Texas College Democrats hope for the full recovery of those who were injured, and are keeping the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. However, we understand that we must go further than simply praying.
Today, we're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a special message from state Representative Rafael Anchia!
photo courtesy of Stand With Planned Parenthood
In a recent post written by this author, it was noted that we as individuals must take action to ensure that progressive and vital organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, remain active and supported. As of today, September 18th, 2015, the United States Congress voted to halt funding for Planned Parenthood.
The previous post offered links for people to contact their representative leaders in Washington. Now is the time to use your voice. The Senate will be voting on the budget for the United States. We must demand that funding for Planned Parenthood be included in that budget!
In 2013, Texas’ very own Senator and now presidential candidate Ted Cruz filibustered in the crucial hours leading up to the budget votes. Because of the inability to debate and compromise and the deadlock created by Mr. Cruz, much of the federal government shut down. Thousands of federal employees were without work for several weeks while Mr. Cruz and others in Washington gladly took their pay. We must not let this happen again!
If we use our voices in unison, we will make our elected leaders listen. Links on this report will include Who Represents Me, so that we can all call our leaders in Washington to demand that they fund Planned Parenthood in this budget. Input your information and your representatives will be generated. Other links included will be to Facebook events across Texas for anyone and everyone to get together to demand that women be treated equally and fairly when dealing with their health.
Holding women’s healthcare hostage is no way to conduct business. Millions of women across America will be impacted if funding is cut. It is up to us to ensure that a few do not harm many.
National Call To Action:
On Sept. 29th Planned Parenthood is turning the world pink! Pink Out Day is a way to tell extremists that we are everywhere and they cannot hold women's health hostage!
Here's how you can participate on Sept. 29th via Planned Parenthood:
5 Ways You Can #PinkOut
- Wear pink on September 29th to show your support for women's health and for Planned Parenthood, and make sure your friends know why
- Share a #PinkOut selfie to #StandwithPP on social media
- Pink Out your Facebook and/or Twitter profile image
- Attend a Pink Out Event in your city.
- Can't attend or not near a rally city?RSVP to the Facebook event for updates
Texas Young Democrats are encouraged to use #TYDPinkOut and @TexasYDs so we know that you're participating in the campaign! Send us your photos to be featured across our social media platforms. Here's the local on the ground events we know of so far:
National Pink Out Day – Austin
National Pink Out Day – San Antonio
Contact your Elected Officials:
Who Represents Me
Texas Young Democrats
“How can you be a ‘Christian’ and a Democrat?” I was challenged once. For me, the answer was relatively simple, the God I know and the God I serve is apolitical. God is not a Democrat or a Republican. He is neutral. However, His Word says my brief time here on this Earth means nothing if I have done nothing for His children.
Three days from now, on Monday September 7th, we honor Labor Day; a day of celebration for the contributions of the labor movement to the American working class. It is because of Labor that we have weekends, overtime pay, a ban on child labor, bargaining rights, and so much more. Today, like many social justice and human rights battles, Labor continues to fight some of the same battles that it won over 200 years ago.
Hidalgo County Young Democrats successfully host the first in a series of several membership recruitment drives. Read more about their plan to increase membership in 2015 by 100 new people:
As news of gun violence permeates American media yet again, we find ourselves back to discussing gun laws, ways to curb such violence, and are often left wondering if there is anything we can do. Before we go any further, let us never forget those who have gone before us due to gun violence. Whether it was two news reporters, patrons at a movie theater, or children simply going to school, keeping their memory alive is the greatest tribute as well as the greatest force to push for real change.
Last week, 30 energetic and passionate young Democrats from across Texas traveled to Los Angeles, California to participate in the 2015 Young Democrats of America (YDA) National Convention. Folks from Dallas, Austin, Houston, Midland, San Antonio, and McAllen headed for the west coast for three and a half days of trainings, party building, and the election of our national officers.
Last night, I attended a wonderful gathering of local women where Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Texas A&M University-San Antonio President, was the keynote speaker. As one of but a few female university presidents, she reminded us of the powerful and unique impact women leaders have within our communities, and that this impact is bolstered by equitable education and employment.