The National + The Local.
Along with voter rights advocacy, TPAN strives to be a champion for good policies that serve Texas.
We have continued the work of tracking policies that affect everyone in the United States as well as highlighting the positive and negative impacts of such policies on our home state. We have also worked to get involved on local issues and advocate for our immediate community.
In addition to disseminating calls to action on the border wall, healthcare, gun violence, the 2020 Census, criminal justice reform and many others, in 2018 we also sought to be stronger advocates on immigration reform. It is our intention to build partnerships with other organizations focused on better immigration policy that supports our communities in Texas and across the nation.
TPAN prioritized redistricting reform in 2018 joining a coalition of groups working to address the significant impacts of gerrymandering and to develop solutions that would revamp the way Texas draws its voting districts - Fair Maps Texas. Our goal within this coalition is to mobilize ground support for reforming this broken process, that we may take back the full power of our votes.
One of the local (Austin, TX) efforts TPAN supported in 2018 was the public financing program known as Democracy Dollars. Equity Austin is a coalition of groups rallying around this cause to change the way money impacts our elections at a local level. It is our hope to see this initiative put on a ballot in the near future so that Austin voters can weigh in as well.