Texas power/leadership failure

Our board member Kathleen Thompson submitted her Texas power/leadership failure comments to the Texas House State Affairs Committee. Her comments want to be joined by yours! submit here!

I appreciate this written testimony, but it should be virtual. I’d like you to see and hear this from me. 

Our family lost power early Monday, February 15. What was a dream snowy Valentine’s Day weekend with our children turned into a nightmare. We never had “rolling blackouts.” Power was just shut off—for days. 

Temperatures dropped outside and inside. We bundled up with coats and hats, put two pairs of socks on tiny feet, two pairs of pants, a shirt and sweater and jacket for our youngest. My husband made meals in the gas fireplace. We tried to make the best of it, happy that we had warm food. Not everyone did.

Eventually 3 degrees outside meant 38 inside. Our older children huddled under blankets and we held our young daughters’ hands. Her hands and feet turned bright red and painful. 

We eventually sent children to grandparents who had power and water. News stations reported “rolling blackouts,” so we kept expecting power and heat. Had we known it would be days, not hours, we would all have left earlier. How can families make good decisions without accurate information? 

I live in Tarrant County, but watched Dallas’ Democratic leader because my Republican officials were MIA.

Even though he reached out to me on LinkedIn and he followed me on Twitter, I cannot now see the Tweets of my state representative Capriglione. He didn’t like that I Tweeted that he restricted—rather than expanded—access to voting, so he blocked me. (Incognito browser shows he had four Tweets only.) He can’t block that I can see his voting history and priorities plainly. How unfortunate for all Texans that he and others spend limited time fighting local control, healthcare access, and environmental protection. 

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley tweeted all of three times during the crisis (once on Facebook), February 14-21.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was constantly in contact (in English and Spanish), tweeting 181 times (I counted) February 14- 21: food and water distribution, warming centers, power outages by zip code, boil notices, disaster relief scams, COVID vaccination site status, electricity plans and rates, uninsured and underinsured loss claims with FEMA, county disaster assistance, school closings, federal disaster declaration and what that means…

I saw our governor lie on TV. I saw the former governor say the loss of lives and homes was worth it to be free of federal oversight. I saw my junior US senator cross the border. 

If state lawmakers like mine spent time investing in infrastructure rather than legislating chicken sandwiches and bathrooms, lives and property would not have been lost. What happened was a power AND leadership failure. Do not repeat it

Texas families were not warned 10 days ago about what would happen last week, but Texas “leaders” were warned 10 years ago. You were warned against underinvestment and neglect, warned to winterize and reserve power. You didn’t listen to experts then. Listen to experts and Texas families now.

#TXlege + Local Elections

Rep. Chris Turner, House Democratic Caucus chair, joins us Thursday for our Texas Legislature update. Chris is a proven leader who gave information, resources, and constituent services during the power/Texas leadership failure, while Republican officials lied and hid. He’ll share with us plans for accountability and legislative committee assignment news.

Then we’ll hear from local candidates asking for your vote!

#TXLege Update + Local Elections

Committee assignments have been made for the 87th Texas Legislature. We’ll share the good news on Democratic committee chairs, the bad news on redistricting and elections, and how you can advocate for progress this spring.

Plus, electing good government at the local level means health guidelines are followed, streets are safe, and businesses thrive—or not.

Many local races are now contested and we’ll hear from candidates announcing their campaigns. They’ll share their priorities and take your questions.

Confirmed candidates include:

Dan Cogan for Bedford City Council (incumbent)
Amyn Gilani for Colleyville City Council
Nick Kaufman for Grapevine Mayor
Elisha Rurka for Southlake City Council

Thursday, February 25
7pm
(virtual, join from anywhere)

2021 Membership Drive!

For 2021, we’re asking members to become sustaining donors at $5 each month or $2 for students and retirees. Please click “Yes, count me in!” on the MAKE IT MONTHLY option, then choose your donation amount. 

* fair and free elections 

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* protecting our environment 

* access to affordable health care 

* abortion and reproductive rights 

* gun violence prevention 

If some or all of these values are your priorities—join us!

New Year, New #TXlege with Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr.

The Texas Legislature is back in session, and the 87th will be one of the most consequential in decades. Lawmakers must take action on the pandemic, public education, economic opportunity, redistricting, and more.

State Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr. (Tarrant’s HD 90) will share his legislative priorities and, with COVID-19 and increased state capitol security, inform us how Texans can safely testify and participate this session.

Then, our meeting will also include local election candidate announcements. Confirmed candidates include:
John Biggan for Hurst City Council
Kristie Hanhardt for Fort Worth City Council

Thursday, January 28, 2021
7pm
(virtual, join from anywhere)