GPTX recently held a training workshop for prospective candidates & volunteers interested in 2018 general election ballot access. Resources & information from that workshop include:
UPDATED 1136a 8/30/17
Support Local Decentralized efforts to help the communities of TX impacted by #HurricaneHarvey - faster, more direct, no overhead
For those in need and those who can help here is what we can tell you so far - see comments for more:
Donate: TEXT 'AUSTINRELIEF' to 444999
To Volunteer - Austin Common Ground: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdk0SkSJLXTEuaBc…/viewform…
Can you house someone? add yourself to Austin Burner Community Spreadsheet:
An important organization has taken root in North Texas around the issue of mass transit. Earlier this year, Gary Stuard, co-chair of the Dallas County Green Party and Secretary of the Green Party of Texas, along with a group he founded in the area called System Change Not Climate Change (SCNCC), decided to organize opposition to drastic fare hikes proposed by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Tarrant County transit riders experienced similar fare hikes during the last year. Known as the "T", Fort Worth's version of mass transit implemented a 20% increase in fares, and even higher spikes in certain categories of riders.
On Sunday, August 20, the Tarrant County Green Party sponsored a forum for local residents to learn more about the new immigration enforcement policies that affect their lives and those of their families and neighbors.
A few months ago the local Green Party members determined that the neighborhood known as the city's North Side would become a focus for their service efforts.
Most people engaged in progressive politics despair at the difficulty of convincing Joe Average to get involved, to take action against oppression. We all seem to want the same things...income and wealth equality, racial equality, women’s rights, fair and decent pay, safe cities and communities, a healthy planet...the list goes on and on. Getting people on board with the message should be easy because, even if our lists are in different orders of importance, we know that the bottom line is human rights, peace, and respect.
We are hampered in our fight because so many have become so desperate and enraged. The channels of disinformation are so overpowering that they honestly don’t know whom to believe. So, these people—our friends, neighbors, community members, colleagues—choose to vote for politicians who are enacting legislation that will have negative impacts on their lives. Or they’re not voting, claiming that all politicians are the same.
We see this happen, and as activists, we are frustrated. We keep having to fight for the same issues. We gain ground on one hand and lose it on the other. We despair because we are unable to get people to fight for their own rights. Their sense of powerlessness holds us all back and is dooming us to more of the same.Read more