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Jan 13 4 tweets 3 min read
🚨🚨🚨 Interrupting the wordle tweets to once again raise the alarm about voting rights in Texas 🚨🚨🚨

@TXsecofstate needs to provide guidance on the cure process for VBM application rejections. This process is mandatory & voters whose applications were rejected need it ASAP Advocates repeatedly warned @TXsecofstate about this exact danger when the #txlege considered SB1, but these concerns were always dismissed.

Legislators were too intent on passing their poorly written anti-voter bill to think about the potential consequences for Texans.
Oct 1, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
The fight for fair maps is on🥊 and we need you! Our time to speak to the Texas House is THIS Monday, 10/4, at 9AM.
🙋 In-person testimony is allowed!
💻 Virtual testimony is allowed!
📝 Written testimony is allowed! Image 🙋 To testify in person, you can register and speak at the Capitol Extension Auditorium, E1.004. Image
Sep 24, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
🚨BREAKING: we just sent a letter to the Texas Secretary of State demanding answers to some basic questions re: this "audit." We request a response by close of business on September 28th. 🧵👇

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE: docs.google.com/document/d/1zE… 1. What is the legal & factual basis for this review? The Press Release claims “existing Texas laws” grant Secretary of State “the authority to conduct a full & comprehensive forensic audit of any election,” yet the Press Release noticeably fails to cite any source of law.
Sep 24, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
HAPPENING NOW: Senate Redistricting hearings! Click here to watch your fellow Texans speak out against gerrymandering: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… Right now, @Domingotexas of @LULAC speaks on the intentional discrimination that Latinx Texans have faced through voter purges, literacy tests, and—you guessed it—redistricting maps.
Sep 23, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
We got a win! This Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that Pamela Rivas be given back her land, which was seized for the border wall in Los Ebanos, TX. This is the end of a condemnation fight that began under Pres. Bush in 2008. Pamela Rivas stands on the banks of a body of water on her l Rivas said that "going up against all the power of the federal government was intimidating, but this land has been in my family for generations." Before he died, she promised her father that she would "fight to keep the land that belongs to us." texarkanagazette.com/news/texas/sto…
Aug 12, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
‼️ TODAY ‼️ TCRP and members of the Rio Grande Valley Welcoming Committee will meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary @SecMayorkas at 3 pm.

The Committee issued the following statement in advance of the meeting: “Today, we are sitting down with @SecMayorkas so that he hears what people in the Valley actually need. Leaders from our communities are the ones doing the work day-in-and-day-out to build back better, as @POTUS has promised to do after the cruelty Trump left at our border."
Jul 31, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
🚨BREAKING! Finally, a VICTORY for Texas Voters.

After more than five years of court battles, a settlement has been reached in our litigation against the state of Texas for violation of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as the ‘motor voter’ law. With this settlement, current & future Texans now have permanent protections safeguarding their right to register to vote any time they renew or update their driver's license ONLINE. This is an important step toward chipping away at the state's effort to suppress the vote.
Jul 30, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
ICYMI, last night the U.S. Attorney General ordered Governor Abbott to rescind his executive order on migrants and COVID-19.

TL;DR: the Department of Justice agrees with us - this executive order is blatantly illegal ➡️ reuters.com/article/us-usa… We're working with partners and allies to monitor things on the ground. Check out this thread from @FairDefense for a full update on where things stand 👇
Jun 24, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
BREAKING: we just sued a mob of Trump supporters-alongside @protctdemocracy & @WillkieFarr-who tried to drive a Biden campaign bus off the road in TX last fall. We must take action to deter this kind of #PoliticalViolence before it destroys our democracy

txcivilrights.org/trump-train-li… Image The mob attempt to drive a Biden campaign bus off the road last year was *illegal*. #VoterIntimidation #TrumpTrainTXAttack Image
May 29, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
The final version of #SB7 keeps horrible provisions from the House and the Senate versions and adds a whole host of new, egregious suppression measures.

The lack of transparency in this conference committee process was equally as egregious. #txlege “Show me your papers” to Curbside Vote:
Requires drivers of three or more voters to fill out onerous new forms
Driver and all other passengers must exit the vehicle unless assisting voter, no matter the weather or other conditions, while a poll watcher could enter the vehicle.
May 26, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
3 years ago this week, our South Texas team walked into a Federal courtroom where our government separated families through a violent border-wide policy. “Will I see my children again?” asked hundreds.

But family separation was not just a Trump practice. It continues today. Policies like Title-42, i.e. the forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of immigrants under the guise of a healthcare law, continue under @JoeBiden. T-42 and toxic @DHSgov practices continue to separate families at the border- our team sees it daily.
May 7, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
UPDATE: just before 4:00am this morning, the Texas House voted 81-64 to advance a version of #SB7. Here's a great rundown of where things stand from the @TexasTribune (1/4)
texastribune.org/2021/05/07/tex… The final bill appears to be quite different than what we started the night with. It is still NOT available to the public and likely won't be until this afternoon after another procedural vote. It will then head to the Senate, presumably to a conference committee. (2/4) #txlege
May 6, 2021 14 tweets 8 min read

The TX House is beginning debate over voter suppression bill #SB7 — an attack on the state’s most vulnerable voting communities, and companion to #HB6. Watch live now: tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…

Need a refresher on #SB7 and #HB6? We got you covered👇 Listening to @jessicafortexas force @BriscoeCain to admit that he simply doesn't believe voters of color, voters with disabilities, and young voters when they say that #SB7 would suppress their votes.

We're experiencing secondhand embarrassment for Rep. Cain as he defends SB7.
Apr 21, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
The supporters of #HB6 and #SB7 challenged people to “read the bills and point to voter suppression.”

Today, 63 civil rights orgs have gladly accepted that challenge & are releasing two joint statements outlining some of the sections that would harm voters the most #txlege We come from all walks of life in Texas: rural & urban, young and elderly, people of color, voters w/ disabilities, working Texans & those experiencing poverty, and people of faith & those who are secular. We stand united against the voter suppression that these bills represent.
Apr 14, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
SB 23 is not alone. There's a slate of bills at the #txlege that would punish cities for ANY REDUCTION in police budgets, or any reallocation of funds from law enforcement to other community programs/budget areas. See bills here: txcivilrights.org/bills-that-pun…

statesman.com/story/news/202… Some of these bills since their initial filing have been replaced in committee with versions that include
exceptions for cities making across-the-board cuts or reductions following disaster declarations, but....
Apr 13, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
This morning in Texas, the @JoeBiden Administration seized the property of the Cavazos family for #borderwall construction, after being granted possession via court order. We are outraged. This outcome was avoidable had the administration simply dismissed the case outright. (1/4) TCRP represents the Cavazos family in this litigation and we hope to have a full statement on this horrible decision soon. DOJ must immediately reverse course and return all seized lands to the communities from where they came. (2/4) #NotAnotherFoot
Apr 2, 2021 15 tweets 8 min read
Our own @jcslattery is about to testify against the anti-voter #HB6 (after many, many hours)! We'll cover his testimony here, but feel free to watch with us too: tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… “Texas in 2020 was the hardest place to vote in the entire country: we have no online voter registration, only a few discrete groups of Texans can vote by mail, and 750 polling places were closed between 2013 and 2019, predominantly in communities of color.” @jcslattery #TXlege
Apr 1, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
Happening now: the House Elections Hearing in which #HB6 has been rescheduled is starting. HB 6 is an omnibus anti-voter bill, like SB 7. Watch with us: tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #TXDeservesBetter Here's what #HB6 does and why we're adamantly against it:
Mar 31, 2021 15 tweets 7 min read
🚨Happening now: #txlege Senate is debating #SB7, the omnibus anti-voting bill that would make voting much more difficult for millions of Texans. Watch with us: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… Within a minute of speaking--THAT'S FALSE--SB7 does not create a VBM tracker. It requires SOS to develop an online VBM tracker if there is specific appropriation. Otherwise, it's discretionary by the SOS. An effort to say they created a VBM tracker without definitively doing it.
Mar 30, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
Happening now: our own @RobertoAleLopez joins @BetoORourke @RepRaulGrijalva @RepFilemonVela + border leaders call on @POTUS to:
#NotAnotherFoot #TearDownThisWall
Watch: txcivilrights.pro/2QUfARZ “Today marks 68 days since the Biden administration took executive action to place the border wall on pause and initiate a 60 day review for the appropriated and redirected resources.” - @RobertoAleLopez
Mar 27, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
THREAD 🧵👇🏽: Yesterday, @TXCivilRights attorneys testified against the voter suppression omnibus bill, #SB7. We flagged the inevitable discriminatory impact SB7 would have on already-marginalized Texans. #txlege What you didn't see during verbal testimony were the three charts attached to our written testimony with demographic breakdowns on who used the two new voting options offered by @HarrisVotes in 2020: extended hours & drive thru voting. We’d like to share this data here.