...and what better way to kick it off than use our bodies to protecting the Muslims on the day they go to the Capitol to learn how to lobby their representatives, and a opposing a bill being heard on an upfront racist bill seeking to ban Sanctuary Cities (so much for small government and local control these same people preach...)
Welcome to the 85th Legislative Session!
We have our usual agenda to support legislation that supports our platform, and fight those that promote corruption, oppression, neglect and abuse of the people's rights to justice in every area of life, and more.
But, as you may be aware, so much happens in so little time, a bill or amendment can sneak by and cause you to lose something important, but the news doesn't even tell you.
To help us prevent that from happening, we welcome anyone able to lend their time and talents (everyone has at least one) to the goal of keeping the Legislature from making things worse than they already are, and hopefully usher in some much needed populist and environmental protection, as well as some election integrity.
It is possible, we have helped stop horrible bills in the past, and there are many who are ready for action.
Stay tuned for updates and alerts.
"Activism is [our] rent for living on the planet" - Alice Walker
What comes next in Texas, you may ask?
We need everyone to stick together. Pledge to put Texas Greens back on the ballot in 2018!
Grow GP by continuing to nurture Green groups & local parties. Throw a holiday party! Make sure you stay tuned in to GPTX through our social media & txgreens.org. We have already been working on our organizational infrastructure; we will continue to build that out & get locals to fully utilize it. Then in 2018 when we will have to run petition drives, we will have our volunteers cued up and at the ready.
Petition Drive, you say?
Yes, it's true that unfortunately GPTX did not retain ballot access. We had to exceed 5% in a statewide race. Our highest result was 16.86% for Hugo Noyola Jr. for State Board of Education District 1 and several others broke 5%, but they were in district races rather than statewide races.
Additional stand out results include 16.37% for Diana Kendall in her race for Bexar County JP Pct. 2, Place 3; 16.03% for William R. Barr in Dallas County Criminal Court 4; 12.78% for katia gruene in State House District 51; 11.28% for Hal Ridley Jr. in US House TX-36; and 9.94% for Gary Stuard in US House TX-32. Also GPTX would like to congratulate the #SteinBaraka ticket for nearly tripling our 2012 election result! These are fine results to build on!
Long time Green & former Senate candidate David Collins breaks it down for all our candidates here.
Losing ballot access means that GPTX will have to collect petition signatures from non-primary voters for the 2018 election. This is possible, but will require significant organizational resources, so we need you now more than ever. We need you to take initiative & ownership of the party if you want it to thrive. This can not be an off the shelf solution; no one is going to sell us our freedom; we will have to do this ourselves.
GPTX 2017 State Meeting
30 minutes until polls close
You can keep up to date on national election results for the Green Party
5% for ballot access statewide
5% of the national popular vote for President
and getting some local Greens elected!
Remember it doesn't end tonight. We will continue organizing and building this revolutionary movement after we take a week off!
en solidaridad....Green Party of Texas volunteers
Finally! After all the hot air exchanged between the duopoly candidates, Tavis Smiley hosted the long overdue debate between Gary Johnson & Dr. Jill Stein. Though the debate aired in installments at a very inconvenient hour of the night, it is now available for your viewing pleasure here:
When people hear the substance that the Stein/Baraka campaign brings to the table, they know it is the REAL DEAL. That is why Ajamu Baraka visited TX last week to connect with our growing Green community.
Here is the link to the video of the Texas Railroad Commission debate held in Hurst on 10/22/2016.
This campaign season has been hectic for our merry little band of Green Party supporters. Texas Greens just facilitated Dr. Stein in an exciting tour of El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, & Austin, and now we are preparing to host GP VP candidate Ajamu Baraka in DFW on 10/28 & in Houston on 10/29!
Here, Jill stands in front of the new GPTX office on 6th street in Austin, which we took over from the Bernie campaign last month. The final push through to the election is upon us, and we need you to connect with your local party now to distribute door hangers, flyers, & other campaign materials.
Keep reading for pictures & a summary of Dr. Stein's tour...
It is confirmed!
We just got dates and cities confirmed today.
her #VPotUS, Ajamu Baraka, will be in Dallas on October 28 and Houston on Oct 29. Venues and times coming soon!
So if you are on the fence, want something outside the two-party system, worried about either of the two-party candidates winning, or an avid SteinBaraka supporter - mark your calendars and stay tuned for locations and times - hopefully we will have most of them up by Tuesday next week.
We just got in video segments of Green Candidates on the Texas Ballot today and posted those along with answers to what the new voter ID law requires and other frequently asked questions.
Check them out at: www.txgreens.org/Election2016
and spread the word to all your friends and family - word of mouth is our best resource to breaking the barriers!
Go, We Go!
GREEN PARTY OF TEXAS AGAINST DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PROJECT (DAPL)
Dallas, Texas -- In solidarity with activists currently ignored by most media, the Green Party of Texas stands with indigenous tribes, residents and others mobilizing to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL). The umbrella company funding construction of the “Bakken” pipeline is Energy Transfer Partners; former governor Rick Perry sits on the board.
The Green Party values ecological wisdom. We believe it foolhardy to construct another massive pipeline (7 miles shorter than the failed Keystone XL’s length) to haul some of the world’s dirtiest oil across four states. Just as the proposed pipeline from the Canadian Tar Sands to Texas’ Valero site was struck down, we join with the people of the Dakotas, Iowa, and Illinois in the hope that DAPL meets the same fate.Read more
"Houston, We have a solution! Vote Green 2016!"
Unquestionably, the Green Party nominating convention in Houston demonstrated that the Greens are the most unified & energized of all the ballot-qualified parties in this election cycle. Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka, won the nomination with more than 80% of the delegate vote, and the positive energy among attendees was sky high during the event. But don't take our word for it, watch the livestream recording for yourself and tell us if you think this is what democracy looks like. No white noise machines or paid seat fillers here; just real people ready to fight for the future like our lives depend on it!