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Can the historic Brooks Clinic, closed for a decade, be revived by Southside leaders?

By David Moreno On November 17, 2023 Douglas Spellman, 73, remembers numerous visits to the Brooks Family Practice Clinic while he was growing up in Fort Worth’s Historic Southside in the late 1950s. As a child, Spellman contracted pneumonia, which resulted in severe asthma. To keep Spellman healthy, his mother would take him to regular…

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Medicaid is a ‘lifeline’ for Texans, but the state kicked off more than 728,000 kids this year

By Elena Rivera On November 16, 2023 Since Texas began checking people’s eligibility for Medicaid after pandemic-era protections ended earlier this year, more than 1.4 million people statewide have lost health care coverage. Almost 60% of people who lost coverage during the Medicaid unwinding period are kids. That’s close to 729,000 children—more than the entire population of El…

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20 women are now suing Texas, saying state abortion laws endangered them

By Selena Simmons-Duffin On November 15, 2023 Cristina Nuñez’s doctors had always advised her not to get pregnant. She has diabetes, end-stage renal disease and other health conditions, and when she unexpectedly did become pregnant, it made her extremely sick. Now she is suing her home state of Texas, arguing that the abortion laws in…

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Texas faces higher hunger rates than every other state — except Arkansas

By Christopher Connelly On November 3, 2023 Texas has the second-highest rate of residents at risk of going hungry in the nation. That bleak ranking comes from new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new USDA data revealed a dramatic increase in food insecurity across the nation in 2022, jumping by 31% across households….

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Newly renovated South Dallas food pantry to serve more families in food desert

Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry, which recently relocated across the street, opened in August and serves an additional 103 families. By Noor Adatia On November 8, 2023 St. Philip’s School and Community Center in South Dallas unveiled its newly renovated food pantry during a rededication ceremony Tuesday. It will serve more families in the neighborhood. The…

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A Black Texas student sues after he was suspended over his hairstyle

By Jonathan Franklin On September 22, 2023 A Black high school student in Texas has been suspended for more than two weeks for wearing a natural hairstyle that school officials say violated the district’s dress code. Darryl George, a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, (a town roughly 40 minutes outside of…

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Texas Senate passes state immigration enforcement bill and $1.5 billion more for border barriers

By Julián Aguilar On November 9, 2023 The Texas Legislature has moved one step closer to passing a controversial immigration-enforcement bill that would create a new state offense for unauthorized entry into Texas. The Texas Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 4 late Thursday night — just days after the state’s current special legislative…

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Ex-security guard sues 10 Dallas police officers he says mistook him for a violent criminal

By Megan Cardona On October 23, 2023 An Oak Cliff man sued 10 Dallas police officers he says used excessive force after mistaking him for a man accused of violent crime in 2021. In a federal lawsuit filed last week, Silvester Hayes accused officers Holly Harris, Walter Paul Guab and eight others including a sergeant…

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Local Organizations


The Afiya Center

The Afiya Center (TAC) was established in response to the increasing disparities between HIV incidences worldwide and the extraordinary prevalence of HIV among Black womxn and girls in Texas. TAC is unique in that it is the only Reproductive Justice (RJ) organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black womxn. At TAC we are transforming the lives, health, and overall wellbeing of Black womxn and girls by providing refuge, education, and resources; we act to ignite the communal voices of Black womxn resulting in our full achievement of reproductive freedom.

BTAC BlackTransAdvocacyCenter
National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

 The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition is the only social justice organization led by black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the black transgender human experience. Through our national advocacy center and affiliate state chapters we work daily, advocating to end poverty, discrimination in all forms and its human inequities faced in health, employment, housing and education that are rooted in systemic racism, to improve the lived experience of transgender people.  Our work is based in peace building, community education, public policy initiatives, empowerment programs and direct services.

Black Youth Project 100

BYP100 is National, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year old activists and organizers, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens. BYP100 envisions a world where all Black people have economic, social, political, and educational freedom.

National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

We work to end police misconduct, prison profiteering, racist & political repression, and economic injustice. Our strategy is not to merely be reactive to incidents of state sanctioned violence and repression, but to build towards meaningful change in the power dynamic between our neighborhoods and the police.

We are the Dallas chapter of the National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression.

Faith In Texas

Faith in Texas is a nonpartisan, multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots movement of people united in values working together to achieve economic, racial, and social justice for all people. We are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Universalist, and believers in humanity. We are people of diverse races, faiths, socioeconomic backgrounds, and professions. We are your family, friends, neighbors, and community. Faith in Texas envisions a world in which economic, racial, and social equity enable everyone to live in complete liberation to pursue their divine purpose and participate fully in the systems and processes that govern their lives.

Unity Unlimited

Unity Unlimited, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose main mission is providing educational activities and resources to people, young and old, to foster unity and harmony within the community, the city, the state, the nation and the world regardless of race, culture or denomination. Unity Unlimited, Inc. is focused on helping people, overcome racial and cultural division so that they are able to live productive lives in harmony with their fellow man. We are a grass-roots organization in touch with the very real issues that face our society, desiring mostly to educate on ways to handle life’s situations in a positive manner. With hate crimes on the increase in America and violence against people on the rise, it is our desire to help educate society about diversity, unity and tolerance to help develop knowledgeable and caring citizens.

House of Rebirth

House of Rebirth is a network of communities, families, and friends, bridging barriers to access alongside Black transgender women and femmes. We work to build the safety and self-determination of Black trans communities through advocacy, housing, resource navigation, and intercommunal programs. We accomplish this work through a coalition of allies, advocates, organizations, donors, and community members who extend time, expertise, and access. We welcome opportunities to strengthen these networks of support.

Mothers Against Police Brutality

Mothers Against Police Brutality is the voice for justice for victims of police brutality, excessive force and unjust murders by law enforcement. We are multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition uniting mothers nationwide to fight for civil rights, police accountability and policy reform. MAPB formed to unite mothers who have lost their children to police violence. Every year families lose children and other loved ones to police killings. An alarmingly disproportionate number of African American and Hispanic men killed by policemen are unarmed. In virtually every case, officers that kill unarmed Black and Brown men are never charged with a crime.

Next Generation Action Network

Mission: To lobby for social change and equality for all regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, sex, or age.

Vision: To cultivate young leaders driven towards the eradication of social injustice through social, educational, civil, human, and community reform.

North Texas Dream Team

The North Texas Dream Team is a grassroots community organization serving our undocumented community of North Texas. While the North Texas Dream Team began as a student-led movement, we have intentionally grown over the last decade into a multigenerational and multicultural movement. Our current membership consists of students, teachers, professors, labor workers, young professionals, parents, and community members interested in creating change in our community.

Texas Organizing Project

The Texas Organizing Project (TOP), founded in 2009, organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. Our greatest strength is the more than 285,000 members and supporters who help lead our direct-action organizing, grassroots lobbying, and electoral organizing. In addition, we provide training to develop everyday leaders in our Black and Latino neighborhoods; people hungry for positive change who want to be champions for their communities.

Human Rights Initiative

HRI provides free legal and social services to people who have suffered human rights abuses, including;

  • Asylum seekers fleeing persecution based on religion, race, ethnicity, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
  • Those protected under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Trafficking and the Violence Protection Act
  • Immigrants abused by a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) spouse
  • Immigrant children who are victims of violent crimes, neglect, abuse, or abandonment
Dare to Deam Children's Foundation

We serve youth between the ages of ten and eighteen, living in shelters, foster homes, group homes, detention centers and orphanages. Many have been abused and neglected and do not have a father present in their lives. Partnerships have been developed with Juvenile Departments, State Youth Commissions, youth shelters, group homes and orphanages. We are also impacting the lives of single abused moms and the homeless. Our mission is to pick up the broken pieces of the lives of wounded youngsters in group homes, shelters, detention centers, and orphanages by providing life-skills education and ministry through role model speakers, cultural experiences (art, music, and dance), and one-on-one mentoring.

Inclusive Communities Project

The Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) is a nonprofit organization that works to expand fair and affordable housing opportunities for low-income families and redress policies and practices that perpetuate the harmful effects of discrimination and segregation. Since 2005, ICP has helped low-income families achieve economic success by addressing the barriers to affordable housing in high opportunity areas that offer a clear path to good schools, safe neighborhoods, gainful employment, and healthy living environments. ICP provides direct services to families with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and supports this effort through housing initiatives that expand housing and advocacy activities that promote and support the Fair Housing Act.

The Women's Center

In 1979, The Women’s Center was established to address significant problems of violence, crisis, and poverty experienced by women and families in Tarrant County. The founders of The Center created a place of transformation that has served hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children over the past 40 years. People come to The Women’s Center from very hard places. But here, we know that every person has value and the capacity to change their life. And so, our work is not about tragedy. Rather it is about hope, growth, and recovery. It is our privilege to still be a place where people come to find jobs, resolve crises that threaten their mental health, and heal from the trauma of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and other violent crime. We are proud of the work and will continue to live the words of The Women’s Center founder, Karen Perkins, “save a woman, save a family, save the world…over and over, of course!”

Child Protection Connection

The Child Protection Connection® (The Connection) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit umbrella organization that includes both a Texas program, Texas Lawyers for Children ("TLC"), and national expansion work in other states. As advocates in our courts, community, and legislature, TLC works to ensure that all children in foster care have access to trauma-informed care and services. Nationally, The Connection is replicating the ground-breaking Online Legal Resource and Communication Center and Advocacy Program (Online Center) it originally created for Texas. The Online Center connects, equips, and mobilizes judges, attorneys, and other professionals involved in a child's court case to protect children from being harmed by the systems meant to keep them safe. The Connection's Online Center has operated in five states with the potential to reach and help protect the legal rights of one-third of our nation's children.

Texas Campaign for the Environment

Empowering Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy. We envision a Texas free from pollution. As the largest environmental group in Texas organizing support through door-to-door canvassing, grassroots is both who we are and what we do. Our small but mighty group of activists routinely pounds the pavement, rain or shine, year-round, to knock on doors and make contact with folks about public health and environmental issues. Now our person-to-person conversations on the phone are another way we can have a big impact together with people like you. Every year our three offices reach out to close to a half-million doors, gaining tens of thousands of contributing members to win our campaigns! We have created a presence in all 181 legislative districts in Texas.

Trust for Public Land

The outdoors are essential to our happiness, health, and well-being.
Quality parks and green spaces are fundamental for sustaining equitable, resilient communities. Access to nature and the outdoors—close to home, in the cities and communities where people live—is a matter of health, equity, and justice. That’s why we work alongside communities across the country to create, protect, and steward the nature-rich places that are vital to human well-being.

We’re driven by four commitments: equity, health, climate, and community.

Trinity Park Conservancy

The Trinity River is your river, and the Trinity Park Conservancy is your advocate – helping build new connections between the people of Dallas and the Trinity, our most valuable, untapped natural resource. As a nonprofit, we have a unique role to play. By engaging the community in the process, we create an inclusive vision of spaces along the river that benefit the surrounding neighborhoods while protecting the environment and providing a welcoming gathering space for all Dallas citizens.


EarthX was founded in 2011 as an Earth Day celebration in Dallas, TX. Since then it has grown into an international nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people and organizations to take action towards a more sustainable future worldwide. Our mission is to inspire and energize the global community in ways that help create a sustainable world for all living things, and a better, cleaner, healthier world for future generations.

Texas Trees Foundation

The Texas Trees Foundation (Texas Trees) serves as a catalyst in creating a new green legacy for North Texas through transformational, research-based plans that educate and mobilize the public to activate the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits that trees and urban forestry provide for a better quality of life. The Mission of the Texas Trees Foundation is (i) to preserve, beautify and expand parks and other public natural green spaces, and (ii) to beautify our public streets, boulevards and rights-of-way by planting trees and encouraging others to do the same through educational programs that focus on the importance of building and protecting the “urban forest” today as a legacy for generations to come.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s mission is to support Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas. Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has raised private funds to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources. Our vision is for all Texans to have access to the wild things and wild places in our state, both now and for generations to come.

Behind Every Door

We partner with the community to create and run intentional programming from our centers. We work with all ages, from bingo events for seniors to sports programs and leagues to out-of-school programs for school-age children. Our biggest focus is on children and youth with programming taking place on weekdays after school. Our Five E Framework allows us to respect the uniqueness of each community and collaborate across five main pillars: Engagement, Exploration, Education, Expression, Encounter.

Local Hero Spotlight

Dr. Opal Lee, known as the "Grandmother of Juneteenth," was a victim of racist violence as a child when a mob burned down her family's home. Ms. Opal has turned that trauma into a legacy of hope and compassion as a dedicated public school teacher, a prolific activist, and a beloved community organizer.


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