1. Patty Quinzi of Texas AFT sends word of a video posted on Facebook of Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, who raised his voice to berate a group of students. Those students had the temerity to question the senator's support of vouchers that would steer your tax dollars away from under-funded neighborhood public schools toward private schools that are not accountable to taxpayers.
"That is the most selfish thing I've ever heard," Huffines told one student who described vouchers as being for "upper class" students, according to a video of the event. "What are y'all scared of?"
I have the answer to what these students are scared of: Absolutely nothing. Standing up to a state senator on an issue of great importance and capturing his reaction for posterity are the essence of bravery.
In conjunction with our 2017 lobby day, Workers Defense Project will also hold a march at to remember the workers who have been injured and killed building our state and to engage a broad base of supporters. This year will mark the fourth Day of the Fallen and it is as critically important as ever to highlight the dangerous conditions that Texas workers face and to call for Texas to do more to protect them.
Lobby Day Location: Wednesday, March 1st- 10am @ Texas AFLCIO, 1106 Lavaca Street.
Rally/March Location: Wednesday, March 1st - 4pm @ 903 San Jacinto, JJ Pickle Building, Austin