battleground texas

One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new 
assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons. The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.
—  Attorney General Greg Abbot says Texas has more to fear from Battleground Texas, an organization aimed at turning Texas blue, than a North Korean nuclear threat.

anonymous asked:

How do you get involved with helping people register to vote?

i don’t know how it’s done in other states but in texas you have to attend a training and get deputized in order to register voters. you have to do that every year because it expires every year, so that’s fun!

then after that there are organizations that usually get the voter deputy registrars together at an event in order to get the attendees of that event to register to vote. battleground texas is one of those organizations, and that’s who i’m going to get trained through.

but that’s just texas. like i said, i don’t know how it’s done in other states so i don’t know the process that you’d have to go through in order to register voters if you’re not from texas.

Shit is going down in Texas: part 2

Today was the committee hearing on House Bill 2 (the new iteration of sb5).
Tonight at midnight they closed testimony, like they said they would, after 90 testimonies. There were over 1,000 people yet to testify (which would have been around 50 hours of testimony). Then the committee chair called a vote on the bill. At midnight. Without notifying the representatives. And without allowing representative Sylvester Turner to finish his amendment.
That is a low move. The vote was 8-3 right down party lines. It moves to the house tomorrow.

"It's not like Wendy is going to win"

I had this told to me 4 times this weekend and by supporters. Do you realize how disrespectful this is? 
This is disrespectful to me, my co-workers and every volunteer that is putting in hard hours to see real change come to Texas. Not only is it possible for Wendy to win. I honestly believe she will win. It’s not just pump from an employee. This is a me as a lifelong Texan. 
What’s happening in Texas right now is completely unprecedented. We are organizing Texas at a level no state has been organized before. You can’t look at years past and project the outcome based on them because they weren’t doing this. A democrat has won statewide office in Texas in my lifetime and I’m only 27. All those people didn’t all die or move. They are still here. New ones are here too. This isn’t the Texas you’ve been told about that was a deception to quell those who could shift the balance of power. For the first time we are mobilizing. 
Don’t shit on this just to shit on something. Learn about what we’re doing. Know that the republicans are scared. Join a local team and help achieve the change we all want to see. Together we will turn Texas Blue.

Really disappointed in OFA, and Battleground Texas, to be quite honest

I am going to absolutely need to write everything out - probably tomorrow, but on the short side of this is, I’m incredibly disappointed in OFA and Battleground Texas.  

Battleground Texas leapfrogged onto Tuesday’s activities - walked in like they owned the place and had a hand in organizing everything.  

And, OFA sent out an email today that their state coordinator, Lauren Coffee (I know that’s got to be a real name, but it doesn’t sound like one) has been involved in the planning of everything going on. 

The only trouble is, of all the names I’ve come across of the people I’ve met and seen at these events, and of all the organizations that have been instrumental to its success, none of them were either Battleground Texas or OFA.  

I heard about Thursday’s scheduled committee testimonies from the ROADWomen (River Oaks Area Democratic Women) and, I’d have to go back and look, but likely the Lilith Fund and NARAL.  (I’m a monthly contributor to NARAL.)  

The only organization that I really have to go back and start getting emails from is Planned Parenthood and Brittany (don’t even remember her last name) was amazing and deserves so much credit for getting people together, keeping the peace, keeping people calm and organizing inside the capital.  

I mean… The thing is… I’m an organizer.  I do it for a living.  Mostly political, but at times union-based and mostly, if you want to get technical, I’m a political organizer for unions.  Unions, plural.  Meaning I do it for multiple unions at the same time, and I know how difficult it is to get people on the same page, and with how hot tempers were on Tuesday, to keep them calm and getting all the information they needed.   NARAL and Planned Parenthood did an exceptional job, and I can be a harsh critic on things like this.  They did an exceptional job.  

So, when I see people taking credit for it… especially when it seems to be two distinct organizations that kind of share in the same organizational structure, and it was a group that I once thought highly of, I am completely disappointed.  

NARAL and Planned Parenthood began this fight during the regular session, they continued it on in the special session and they were instrumental to what this has turned into.  Their respective state organizations deserve a ton of credit and I’m hoping that more people understand that than seem to, right now.  

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