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Dallas Asian American Historical Society hosts vigil honoring victims of Allen outlet mall shooting

By Erin Jones On May 15, 2023 DALLAS (CBSNewsTexas.com) – Hundreds attended a vigil Monday night held by the Dallas Asian American Historical Society to honor victims of the Allen mass shooting. Attending a vigil like this is first for Allen resident Ameer Saithu.  “Unfortunately, a sad tragedy like this made me come to an event…

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How to Talk to Children About Mass Shootings

By Valeria Olivares On May 10, 2023 Following the Allen mall shooting, parents are challenged with how to address such events with young Texans As gun violence continues to touch communities across Texas, parents are confronted with how to talk to their children about the tragic and often highly publicized events. Most experts agree that…

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Dallas Officer and K-9 Partner Recovering After Shooting in Pleasant Grove Last Week

By Hannah Jones and Frank Heinz On May 1, 2023 The officer and his K-9 partner, as well as two individuals at the Cypress Avenue residence, were shot but are expected to survive. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A man Dallas Police say shot two people inside a home Thursday night has…

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Man Arrested in Driver’s License Scam Targeting Asians in Texas

By Allie Morris On April 24, 2023 A scam targeting Asian Texans that began when the state unknowingly sent thousands of driver’s licenses to an organized crime group is far more sweeping than originally reported, with six-figure rip-offs across multiple states, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday. According to a report by our media…

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Dallas receiving nearly $1M as a part of opioid settlement

By Lori Brown On April 24, 2023 DALLAS – Local communities are now starting to receiving portions of the multi-billion dollar settlement agreements made with Texas by opioid manufacturers and distributors. The City of Dallas received $941,732.69 from the Opioid Abatement Trust Fund in early March 2023. As the number of opioid overdoses skyrocketed during the pandemic, with…

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Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo CEO and ‘A North Star for So Many,’ Dies at 64

By Zaeem Shaikh On April 10, 2023 Hudson led the zoo since 2006, overseeing a period of growth — but not without tests Gregg Hudson, the Dallas Zoo president who oversaw the facility through successes like its privatization and the construction of the Giants of the Savanna habitat as well as difficulties including a recent…

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Shooting investigation leads to thousands of chickens seized in Dallas, police say

By Alex Cruz and Rebecca Lopez On April 1, 2023 Police say they also seized paraphernalia related to cockfighting. DALLAS — Thousands of chickens that are believed to be involved in cockfighting have been seized at a property in Dallas amid a shooting investigation, police told WFAA. Dallas police said they responded around 6:20 p.m. Friday…

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Man convicted of 1997 Dallas murder and robbery exonerated more than 25 years later

By Robbie Owens On March 23, 2023 Dallas —  Martin Santillan always insisted he didn’t commit a July 1997 murder and robbery he was convicted of. More than a quarter century later, the state of Texas finally agrees, CBS Texas’ Robbie Owens reports. On Wednesday, Santillan, now 49, became Dallas County’s 43rd exoneration since 2001. An elated,…

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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.

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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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