By Deeds Not Words
This past month, Deeds Not Words took on the Texas state capitol and the west! With three events that lifted our youth advocacy to another level. We are glad to have partnered with a variety of organizations to create powerful, informative, and engaging events for others to learn more about the 88th Texas Legislature session and what they can do to make a change.
Our State, Our Stage:
On March 15, Deeds participated in a full day of art, community, and youth power at the capitol. Bringing over 100 artists and art lovers to share their vision of Texas during the 88th Texas Legislature session. Our Art Director, Edith Valle, instructed a zine workshop — on the impact of art to make political change.
Youth Capitol Takeover:
On March 29th, we organized alongside the Texas Youth Power Alliance to bring approx. 400 young people from across the state to Take Over the Capitol! We hosted a powerful array of speakers, including our Campus Organizer from the University of Texas at Dallas, Caroline “CC” Crocker, who made the walls of the capitol tremble with a mighty story on reproductive justice. Our voices were loud and a feeling of hope and resistance filled the air. Not to mention we were joined by our two favorite TX Drag Queens, Nadine Hughes & Natalie Monáe Hole, and a special guest DJ on the outside rotunda.
That’s not all — young advocates learned about the Texas legislative process, heard powerful testimonies from individuals, and then put what they learned into practice by advocating for a youth bill of rights to their representatives. Many even dropped a card on bills that were being heard that day. Overall, Deeds brought in over 80 members from the campus chapters across the state to join in on the movement made by youth for youth. We’re so proud of all of the youth power we and our allied organizations are building in this state! You go changemakers!
Sul Ross State University Women’s Conference 2023:
Deeds Team traveled west! We were invited to table at the 2nd annual Sul Ross State University Women’s Conference on March 31, where we met with 150 high school and 150 college students and staff as they learned about women in careers, change, emotional labor, and the glass ceiling. This year’s motto was to Rise Together as students gathered to learn more from each other and move forward stronger.
If you or anyone you know from Alpine, TX, or from the Lobo land community is interested in creating a chapter at SRSU. Please email, Natasha Acevedo, Sr. Youth Outreach Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to see what this next generation of leaders creates in TX, but for now, our changemakers are showing our state leaders that young people are the moment and the movement.