The Uvalde tragedy resulted in extensive media, punditry, and political attention. Yet, has anyone asked what the children’s families and predominant Latino community want? The failed communications and understanding of their wants serve as a microcosm of what happens across Latino communities.
The U.S. Census is about power and money, and Texas Latinos have so far lost on both counts; in electoral power and federal funding that helps support important vital infrastructure and health and human service needs. Rogelio Saenz’s pre-2020 Census potential ‘undercount’ impact brief was predictive.
The Texas Organizing Project is a grass-roots membership organization organizing in four cities at a neighborhood level. They’re organizing model involves strategic issue-based campaigns that engage people in the fight for their daily lives, direct actions, disrupt power structures, and deliver meaningful change with broad support base.
One would expect Latino interests and concerns among the 87thLegislative Session’s budget priorities given they represent 40% of the states’ population and are a major reason for the state gaining 2 congressional seats: however, …
Latino faculty representation and leadership is crucial across Texas’s higher education system. Yet, Latino/a faculty is experiencing wage inequities regardless of equivalent and better qualifications. A group of Latino/a professors at UT Austin have been leading efforts to redress the extensively documented promotion and pay inequities that cut across the UT Higher Education System.