Texas Rising Statement on the Start of the 87th Legislature

At Start of Lege Session, Youth Program Calls on State Lawmakers to Pursue Policies That Improve Young Texans’ Futures


Jan. 12, 2021

AUSTIN – Texas Rising, the Texas Freedom Network’s youth organizing program, today marked the opening of the 87th session of the Texas Legislature by calling on state lawmakers to tackle urgent problems, like the ongoing pandemic, and work on policies that will improve the futures of a rising generation of young Texans.

Texas Rising Director Rae Martinez issued the following statement: 

“Many of us are at a critical point in our lives. We are going off to college, entering the workforce or making decisions about when, and if, to start a family. And all of it is happening during a pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. What the Texas Legislature does in the coming months could have considerable repercussions for what choices we are able to make. The Legislature also has a choice. Will it spend the next few months coming up with ways to harm the most vulnerable in our communities? Or will it instead address the pandemic and work to improve the lives of what is a large, diverse and rising generation of Texans? Young people in Texas have proved, over the last two elections, that they want to participate in the political process. And they will be watching closely at what decisions are made at the Capitol in Austin.”

Texas Rising organizes young Texans, ages 18-29, to engage in the political process. Ahead of the most recent election, Texas Rising led one of the largest turnout operations focused on young voters, helping make Texas a true presidential battleground.


Texas Rising, a project of the Texas Freedom Network, builds the power of a rising generation of young Texans, with an emphasis on communities of color, by advocating for change in the cities and towns where they live and at the ballot box.