Texas
We organize across Texas to advance a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government in the state. Across rural towns, growing cities, and large counties, we share bold ideas, organize trans-local campaigns that meet our communities’ needs, and push back against abusive state preemption.

AT A GLANCE

Local Progress Texas (LPTX) drives progressive change through collaborative governance with local partners and communities. Since becoming an official state chapter in 2019, we have mobilized elected officials from five cities to coordinate a legal strategy to fight back against SB4, connected elected officials from Austin, San Antonio and Dallas to coordinate strategies with community and labor partners to pass paid sick days policies, and organized elected officials from more than a dozen municipalities to work together on raising wages for municipal workers. See our Statement of Principles here.

LPTX currently has more than 90 members across the state, representing nearly 50 jurisdictions.

We are proud to work closely with the Texas AFL-CIO, Workers Defense Project, Texas Organizing Project, and other movement allies.

Our Work & Priorities

In Texas, our work is driven by community needs – both long-standing ones driven by historically harmful policies and exacerbated by climate change and emerging ones driven by our state’s conservative agenda. 

Right now, our statewide policy work is heavily focused on decarceral policies and protecting abortion access. 

Organizing Committee

As a member-led network, our state work is led by an incredible state organizing committee – a group of LPTX members that meet regularly to weigh in on policy priorities, propose statewide campaigns, and drive the strategic vision for our work.

Co-chairs:

  • Vanessa Fuentes, Austin City Councilmember
  • Adam Bazaldua, Dallas City Councilmember
 
Members:
  • Kelly Palmer, Waco City Council Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Alexsandra Annello, El Paso City Representative
  • David Stout, El Palo County Commissioner
  • Stephanie Gharakhanian, Austin Community College Board Trustee
  • Brian Rowland, former Prairie View Mayor
  • Tartisha Hill, former Balch Springs Councilmember
  • Deb Armintor, former Denton City Councilmember
  • Tarsha Jackson, Houston City Councilmember
  • Crystal Davila, Pasadena Independent School District Trustee
  • Teri Castillo, San Antonio City Councilmember

Our State work

DECARCERATE TEXAS

Texas relies heavily on incarceration and policing. Across the state, we are working to prioritize community needs and end mass criminalization and mass incarceration.

ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

In deep collaboration with local advocates, we are working at the local level to protect bodily autonomy and support abortion access – including creating practical support funds and implementing decriminalization policies.

LOCAL CONTROL

No matter the issue, local electeds are a critical voice on protecting local control and against abusive state preemption that negatively impacts communities. We develop and implement statewide campaigns to fight abusive state interference.

CLIMATE RESILIENCY

We need action at all levels of government to build resilient communities in the face of our climate crisis. In Texas, that means decentralizing our state’s power grid, creating public ownership of our energy industry, and supporting the growth of our green energy sectors.

Resources and tools

FEATURED NEWS & Stories

Local Progress takes progressive reproductive freedom agenda to local leaders

“I would say that many people in Texas who have the ability to be pregnant are now at risk,” said Kara Sheehan, the Texas chapter manager of Local Progress. “We are looking to our local officials to lead."

The Network Download: Abortion rights, worker protections, and more. | Sept 2022

Here’s a look at some of what’s happening across the Local Progress network this month.
Map of Texas cities that have passed decrim resolutions.

As Trigger Law Goes into Effect, Five Texas Localities Have Moved to Prevent the Criminalization of Abortion

Woman wearing "Abort Abbott" mask.

How One Progressive City Is Fighting to Decriminalize Abortion

As part of a growing movement, municipalities like Austin are finding ways to protect their most vulnerable citizens in a post-Roe world.