On Saturday, I hosted an emergency town hall at the Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center to discuss urgent issues facing the Texas Legislature. I briefed attendees on the status of Senate Bill 185 — the Arizona-style legislation that has been dubbed the “Show-Me-Your-Papers” Bill. It would revoke local governments of the right to not have law enforcement ask people questions about their immigration status. This is a bill I am committed to fighting when it reaches the House.
We discussed my legislative agenda and priorities on a whole range of issues from property taxes to healthy food access to better schools. I have filed 61 pieces of legislation this session. If you did not get a chance to attend my town hall, please take a moment to review them and please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
Jimmy Kimmel Loves Urban Roots
I’m very excited for my friends at Urban Roots, who have been receiving some love from Jimmy Kimmel. His show has been airing live from Austin this week for SXSW.
Jimmy has promised to raise money for Urban Roots, whose mission is to use food and farming to transform the lives of young people and to inspire, engage and nourish the community.
As a small Austin non-profit, this is a tremendous way to raise their profile and, perhaps more importantly, inspire cities across the nation to follow their lead. I urge you to visit the Urban Roots Facebook and Twitter pages. Jimmy’s surprising fundraising method is expected to be revealed on his show tonight or tomorrow.
Rallying for Texas Teachers
This week I had to good fortune of addressing the teachers of our state at a rally here at the Capitol hosted by the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers Texas chapter. I was inspired by the number of attendees and, as always, humbled by their passion for teaching.
They were extremely receptive to my Community Schools bills – HB 1891 and 1892 – which will allow low-performing school districts to adopt this nationally recognized model as an alternative to being shut down. I believe in legislation that will boost our students and our teachers, and I am excited about the bipartisan support these bills are receiving.