The Fuerza Texas Collaborative builds power with low-wage and immigrant workers, immigrant youth, Latinx, Black, LGBTQ communities, and formerly incarcerated folks to fight for racial and economic justice. We work at the intersection of immigrants’ rights and criminal justice to create a world where we can all be free. Collaborating organizations include Workers Defense Project, RAICES TX, Texas United We Dream, Grassroots Leadership, Texas Organizing Project, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
Fuerza Texas is organizing a non-partisan candidate forum with candidates for Sheriff in Bastrop County, Dallas County, Harris County and Tarrant County. The purpose of the forum is to advance our collective demands for immigrants’ rights and criminal justice, to mobilize and educate voters, and to build our base of community members ready to get engaged in this work and stay engaged past election day to hold whoever is elected accountable to the communities they represent.
Elected sheriffs in Texas are among the most powerful actors in the legal system. Sheriffs are entrusted with substantial power and discretion to perform a variety of functions – from operating local jails, to policing, to shaping public policy. The forum will focus on re-imagining public safety, law enforcement brutality, 287g (and other iterations) and ICE collaboration, and reducing jail populations, with a clear racial justice frame woven throughout.
At Grassroots Leadership, we believe no one should profit from the imprisonment of human beings. We live in the most incarcerated society in the history of the world. Every day we confront a prison industry that preys on pain because locking people up dehumanizes all of us.
The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change.
When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.
Organizing and building a movement of grassroots leaders isn’t easy, but the most effective way to make lasting change is by ensuring those that are directly impacted by inequality are at the forefront of the movement.
Achieving this requires real commitment and drive. WDP has defied the odds and achieved real gains for workers in a hostile climate because the membership is the heart of WDP.
We provide affirmative, defensive, and litigation services to low-income immigrants.We empower the community by offering services to remove barriers of oppression, multiply agents of change, and increase clients’ quality of life. We offer a wide range of services including case management, resettlement assistance, a national hotline to connect migrants with local community resources, and transit support for recently released migrants.
The Texas Organizing Project (TOP), founded in 2009, organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. Our greatest strength is the more than 100,000 members and supporters who help lead our direct-action organizing, grassroots lobbying, and electoral organizing. In addition, we provide training to develop everyday leaders in our Black and Latino neighborhoods; people hungry for positive change who want to be champions for their communities.