March On! Texas

Category: Voting

Why Doing Something Matters

Friday night I started watching my Twitter, on edge that these young, college kids that were still at UVA for the summer were not equipped for what they may face. I watched Twitter until my eyes were scratchy and I couldn’t keep them open any longer.

Waking up Saturday I immediately opened my Twitter and didn’t take my eyes off of it. I sat, teeth unbrushed, still in pajamas, on the floor next to the wall where my phone was charging looking back and forth from my phone to my laptop. My chest started getting tight, I cried on and off, I didn’t eat, I called my mom yelling into the phone, not at her but at the world. After hanging up and feeling guilty that my mom was now worrying about me thousands of miles away and that crying wasn’t doing anything, I decided, enough.

So I refocused my attention to the great work we do here at March On. While it didn’t stop the car, or any of the poles and punches that crashed into incredibly brave counter-protestors, it channeled the anxious energy to action that will result in change locally here in Texas.

Not all of you would have seen our School Board campaign that started in the 12 districts with open seats this weekend, but some of you did.  And some of you may file to run for the School Board because of it. And because of that some good has been set into motion; the books that are read and the way Texas children are educated may soon change because we have more progressives in these seats. And this may give critical thinking skills to know when to question or to research what’s fake or not, and give hope and less hate to children to create a better future. What I did wasn’t direct activism, but it was “proactivsm” and that’s what we focus on here at March On! Texas (while still getting our butts out to marches and supporting other great groups in Texas!). We feel that getting progressives in the position to make decisions is incredibly important.

If you’d like to consider running for School Board the 12 districts with open seats are: Houston ISD, Klein ISD, Leander ISD, Los Fresnos ISD, New Caney ISD, Schertz-Cibolo ISD, Spring ISD, College Station ISD, Aldine ISD, Alief ISD, Bryan ISD, and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. The last day to file candidacy is August 21st.

If you’d like to learn more or sign up to volunteer, check out our website or email me – jenn@marchontexas.com.

March on y’all!

The Voting App:  “The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How” of Local Elections

The Voting App: “The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How” of Local Elections

Don’t want to vote in today’s election because you aren’t sure for whom to cast your ballot?

Not to worry, there’s an App for that. F. Joeseph Santori and Jeff Cardenas, co-founders of an Austin-based technology company developed The Voting App, a free nonpartisan tool that aggregates the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of local elections, according to address.

Santori and Cardenas developed this App to increase voter turnout. When looking at the best place to test the application, they chose San Antonio because it has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation. Reports estimate that less than one out of every ten registered voters actually voted in San Antonio in the past.

After successful launches in San Antonio, Houston, and Austin, the App is now available state-wide. The tool will include other states soon, and the company is coordinating with many organizations to expand the applications’ capabilities.

No more excuses. Get the App and get to the polls by 7 p.m. tonight.

Find out more about the Texas addition of the App and download now.

 

Volunteers are Crucial to High Voter Turnout

Volunteers are Crucial to High Voter Turnout

This week’s Marching Orders asked people to get out and vote in the local municipal and school elections that end today.   Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This contest is for school boards, local officials, and even a few mayoral positions. In the past, many Texans have not bothered to vote in municipal elections. Most did not find out who was running or even what positions were contested.

But voting in these local elections is the most fundamental aspect of a practicing democracy, and these are where a person’s vote can have the most impact. If you ever believed that your vote didn’t matter—these local elections are where you can see one or two people deciding the fate of a community.

For example in Collin County, voters will approve or reject six bond propositions that will fund street, public safety, and park improvements, as well as monies to build new recreation centers and libraries. One of the bonds will impact local historic preservation. Five cities will cast votes for mayors, a government representative with whom constituents can have almost daily contact.

The good news is that voter apathy appears to be much lower in this year’s municipal elections, in part due to the efforts many volunteers have engaged in for specific candidates. Volunteers, many of whom marched in one of the Women’s Marches in January, have taken that excitement and relayed it into a steady commitment to activism, volunteering their time and money to help progressive candidates, some of whom are running in their first election. Volunteers have manned phone banks and hit the pavement, going door-to-door to talk with potential voters.

These efforts are having a huge impact. The first day of early voting resulted in record-breaking turnouts across the state, exceeded by the second day of voting. Here are some early numbers: In Harris County, 73,542 votes were cast as compared with 51,578 votes in 2012 on the second day. In Travis County, 38,079 votes were cast, as compared with 16,382 votes on day two in 2012.

It’s not too late for you to vote. The only way to turn Texas blue is to vote for progressive candidates. None of the other efforts matter if we do not show up at the polls. Get out there and make your voice heard.

Find out more about what is on the ballot.

 

Support Williamson County Candidates!

Support Williamson County Candidates!

Are you fired up and ready to go?  Our progressive candidates need your help!

Election day is May 6 (early voting starts April 24).  That gives us three weeks to knock on doors, stuff envelopes, and donate $5-$10 to the candidate(s) of your choice.

March On! Texas will get as many posts out as possible between now and then with links to each candidate’s website so you can contact them directly to volunteer.  To make it easier to manage, we will divide candidates into regions.  You can also check out our nifty map to find who’s running in your neck of the woods.

Today’s focus is…Williamson County!

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Mamas of Gen Z

Mamas of Gen Z

Move over Millenials, there’s a new generation in town and they’ve got serious potential.  Gen Z (born between 1995-2009) is the most ethnically diverse generation in US history at 49% and they already account for 25% of the population.  Their lives have been completely influenced by technology (Snapchat anyone?) and they can’t remember a time without terrorism.  Many of them came of age during the Great Recession and, perhaps as a result, tend to be more financially conservative and pragmatic.

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Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

The deadline for new voter registration for the May elections is Thursday, April 6.

10.  It’s easy.  Just click here:  VOTE TEXAS

9.  Protect women’s reproductive rights

8.  Because climate change is real and needs to be addressed

7.  It would be great to elect an American not under FBI investigation for collusion with Russia.  Just sayin’

6.  The head of the Department of Education should actually want to promote public schools.

5.  Obamacare survived and needs to be fixed, not left to “explode” and hurt everyday Americans

4.  Let’s have our tax dollars pay for building bridges not walls.

3.  How many tax cuts do billionaires really need?

2.  We believe in freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.  You know, the US Constitution.

  1.  Noting will change unless you vote!!!  The deadline for new voter registration for the May elections is Thursday, April 6. Register here:  VOTE TEXAS

Please share this with anyone you know who needs to register to vote.

#HearOurVoice

Lisa 🙂

I Want Us to Win

I Want Us to Win

If you go to the last youth baseball game of the season you will notice that every single kid gets a trophy.  Every.  Single.  Kid.

While an argument can be made that rewarding very young children for making an effort (win-lose-or-draw) will help their self-esteem, there are no prizes for making a good effort in politics.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a consolation prize, I want us to win the next election!  That’s why we, as people who believe in Progressive values, must, we must deliver results at each election.  That includes midterm elections, local school board elections and special run-off elections.

We must vote.

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