Apr 3, 2013
UPDATE: VICTORY! Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature. And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn. We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe. Great job!
This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!
My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. I …
Apr 1, 2013
If selected, you will have opportunities to: develop new organizing and leadership skills; become informed on sexual and reproductive health issues; connect with passionate young people from across the country; and build skills to make …
By April Flores
Jul 15, 2012
This past weekend, I attended the National Council of La Raza’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. I had the most amazing time in the NCLR conference. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead a workshop with an amazing individual, Ana Laura Rivera, in the Lideres Summit [the youth component of the NCLR Conference]. In addition, our coordinator Hemly Ordonez was (and is) amazing throughout this entire conference. Also, I met awesome DREAMers!
Our presentation was titled, “…
By April Flores
May 13, 2013
Why is it important to continue the fight for sex education in southern states like Texas and Mississippi?
I joined the Texas Freedom Network and Advocate for Youth’s CAMI program about two years ago. Through training and advocacy work for health and sexual reproductive rights, I became empowered. I began to …
By Deb Paz
May 7, 2013
“I have Chlamydia and I haven’t told my boyfriend or any of my past sexual partners yet (THREE; and I haven’t had sex with my boyfriend until the medication I’m taking cures me). I don’t think I will tell them either because one of those assholes had it, didn’t test himself (or did), and had the audacity to not tell me afterwards. I feel sorry for every girl that gets it from this disgusting asshole.”
This is a discrete comment left on FaceBooks ‘UTEP Confession’ page where …
By Deb Paz
Apr 23, 2013
Deborah Paz is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been a member of Advocates for Youth’s Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative since 2011. She serves as the Vice President of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter on her campus.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22 1970, following the civil rights movement. I feel it’s not a coincidence a social and nature movement sprung around the same time, but because people begin to realize that environment and societies have bigger interconnection with nature.…
Mar 26, 2013
Ahh the sweet smell of Spring. The flowers are blooming, Texas thunderstorms blot the state unexpectedly, and we’re gearing up for more advocacy events in Dallas! Recently, our Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter at SMU hosted a Darwin Day Celebration, celebrating the scholar’s work and influence on science. We thought we would ramp up and start advocating for less creationism and more evolution in public schools. However, Texas Senator Ken Paxton proposed Senate Bill 521 which would prohibit any organization individual that performs abortions from providing sex education in …
Mar 24, 2013
Reproductive justice advocates have long puzzled over the irreconcilable dissonance inherent in legislative efforts to target family planning services within the context of a larger anti-choice agenda.
On its face, it makes no sense. If you oppose abortion, you should probably support increased access to family planning services. If you’re a self-righteous fiscal conservative who begrudges every penny of his taxed income spent on the social safety net, you should probably support increased access to family planning services. If your religious convictions have you wringing your hands at the …