Sunday, May 07, 2023

URGENT MATTER. Anti-DEI bills SB 17 & SB 18 are getting heard in the Texas Legislature Tomorrow. Pls sign Petition & Share with Your Networks

To all Scholars, Students, Friends, and Colleagues:

URGENT MATTER. Anti-DEI bills SB 17 & SB 18 are getting heard tomorrow, Monday, May 8, 2023, in the Texas State Legislature—and refer to eliminating DEI offices and tenure, respectively. If you cannot make it to the capitol tomorrow, you can still provide commentary at this link:

It is not at all hyperbole to say that our state's DEI programs are under threat, and we need everybody's voice. These programs promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools and communities, and they are essential for creating a more just and equal society, on the one hand, a global competitiveness, on the other. However some lawmakers want to destroy these programs, putting so much of our civil rights progress at risk.

We can't let that happen. Join us in signing this petition to show your support for DEI programs in Texas. You can access it here directly or at the conclusion of our under 2-minute video.

Together, we can send a message to our lawmakers that these programs are important and that they must be protected. Let's work towards a future where everyone is valued and included. Sign the petition now and share with your friends and family.

We are making a documentary of this initiative. Like the legislation itself, it's a work in progress.

Thanks to Lana Husband, an award-winning documentarian for her beautiful work and for being with us in the struggle. Thanks, as well, to all of our super-talented Black Brown Dialogues on Policy Design Team for their phenomenal commitment to this project.

There will likely be a press conference tomorrow early afternoon on the matter tomorrow, too. I'll update the blog to reflect this once I have details. Please share with your networks.

-Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., co-founder
(with civil rights attorney Gary Bledsoe, Esq. and Colette Phillips)

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