Local Advocacy and Community Involvement

Advocacy Issues

Farmers Branch/Carrollton AAUW members are exploring ways to garner our legislators’ support for AAUW issues.

Advocacy

  • Gender pay gap encompasses several topics: higher pay for teachers, salary negotiation, fair treatment for pregnant workers, and fair pay
  • Education has funding challenges, especially as the issue of school vouchers is, once again, gaining support. On another front in education, UTD’s Women Center ideology is in flux as a male has been put in charge of the Center.
  • One of our members lobbied in Austin with the United Methodist Women’s. AAUW might share some of the issues this group identified as “crucial to our state’s wellbeing”:
    • Healthy Texas (affordable care)
    • Quality Education (funding, rejection of voucher programs)
    • Living Water (access to clean water)
    • Humane Immigration (that says it)
    • Criminal Justice (fair treatment “from arrest to re-entry”)
      (See Texas Impact web site below.)

Sources for Collaboration

Web sites of organizations with common interests to AAUW
(Text taken from organizations’ web sites)

Center for Public Policy Priorities (forabettertexas.org) At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas – a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. Policy Priorities: Ensuring Health and Wellness; Expanding Economic Opportunity; Investing in Texas

The Coalition for Public Schools (http://coalition4publicschools.org) Founded in 1995, the Coalition for Public Schools is comprised of religious, child advocacy, and education organizations representing more than 3,000,000 Texans statewide. The Coalition opposes expenditure of public funds to support private and religious schools through mechanisms such as tuition vouchers and tax credits. The Coalition supports school choice options within Texas public schools, including approaches such as magnet schools, open-enrollment campuses, and public school transfers. We believe vouchers area political distraction from the state’s top priority: providing high quality neighborhood public schools that meet the educational needs of every Texas child.

Texas Impact (TexasImpact.org) Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally help social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.

Texas Freedom Network (tfn.org) Founded in 1995, the Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 85,000 religious and community leaders. Based in Austin, the Texas Freedom Network acts as the state’s watchdog, monitoring far-right issues, organization, money and leaders. The organization has been instrumental in defeating initiatives backed by the religious right in Texas, including private school vouchers and textbook censorship at the Texas State Board of Education.

Younger Women’s Task Force (Sponsored by AAUW) “YWTF is a movement by and for younger women to fight for social justice. Together we form a diverse and inclusive group of activists, organizers, allies, and professionals that is both local and nationwide. But we’re also a community founded on the belief that we can work within and beyond the women’s movement to change the things we care about.”