In August 2021, PennyLoafer donors collectively gave to the Texas Organizing Project (TOP).
Years founded: 2009
Leadership: Executive Director and Co-Founder, Michelle Tremillo, is a 4th generation Tejano from a low income neighborhood in San Antonio. She attended Stanford University, before returning to her hometown to fight for racial and economic justice.
Issue they address: TOP organizes around several issue-based campaigns that impact black and latino Texans, including: voting rights, immigration, education, housing, healthcare, and climate justice.
What they do: Advocate for working people of color in Texas
How they do it:
Grassroots lobbying for equitable policies;
Electoral organizing to increase voter participation; and,
Leadership development trainings in Black and Latino neighborhoods.
TOP has built a strong coalition (285,000+ members and supporters) and works on a local, grassroots level to center and amplify the voices of Black and Latino communities. They focus on systemic changes and have a track-record of success from increasing voter turnout to achieving major policy shifts.
In June, Biden signed an executive order to Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Government.
It trends towards progress. It’s been widely reported that the 117th Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse in history. And President Biden boasts the most diverse cabinet ever.
But gaps certainly remain. One report from Pew Research looked at the “upward, but uneven trajectory of Black political leadership in America”. Some findings:
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