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.

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VANESSA FUENTES

Austin City Councilmember
LPTX Organizing Committee Co-Chair

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ADAM BAZALDUA

Dallas City Councilmember
LPTX Organizing Committee Co-Chair

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ALEXSANDRA ANNELLO

El Paso City Representative and Mayor Pro Tempore

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DAVID STOUT

El Paso County Commissioner

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STEPHANIE GHARAKHANIAN

Austin Community College Board Trustee

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BRIAN ROWLAND

Former Prairie View Mayor

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TARTISHA HILL

Former Balch Springs Councilmember

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DEB ARMINTOR

Former Denton City Councilmember

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TARSHA JACKSON

Houston City Councilmember

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CRYSTAL DAVILA

Pasadena Independent School District Trustee

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TERI CASTILLO

San Antonio City Councilmember

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ALYSSA GARZA

San Marcos City Councilmember

ALYSSA CIGARROA

Laredo City Councilmember

Our State work

REFORM / TRANSFORM 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

Texas Tribune Article: Texas continues imprisoning migrants without filing charges or appointing lawyers, court filings claim

LPTX Chapter Manager Witnesses Dehumanizing ‘Operation Lone Star’ at Texas-Mexico Border

Last week, Local Progress Texas Chapter Manager, Kara Sheehan, spent two days at the Texas-Mexico border to witness Operation Lone Star (OLS) firsthand. Here are her reflections.
Group photo of the LPTX Organizing Committee meeting in Houston, TX in December 2023. Members gather around a LPTX sign.

LPTX State Download ❄️ | Organizing to defend reproductive rights & local control, plus upcoming events! | February 2024

Our Texas chapter has been hitting the ground running this year on several issues already! Check out what they are up to!
Members of the Fe Y Justice Worker Center hold signs to protest House Bill 2127, dubbed the "Death Star bill," during a press conference at Houston’s City Hall on July 14. Credit: Douglas Sweet Jr. for The Texas Tribune

Texas local electeds are not giving up their fight for local democracy

Yesterday, nearly 60 local electeds from across the state of Texas banded together to once again tell the courts that they will NOT stand for the Death Star Law or any of the Texas Legislature’s efforts to undermine local democracy.
Plaintiffs in a landmark abortion lawsuit against the state of Texas stand outside Travis County District Court in Austin on July 19, 2023. Photo: Courtesy of Center for Reproductive Rights/Splash Cinema

Dozens of Local Electeds in Texas Sign Amicus Brief in Support of Reproductive Rights

LPTX members are speaking out in support of patients and physicians in Texas to demand clarity around the state's "medical emergency" exception to the abortion ban.