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Liberation Not Incarceration: Hundreds from across Texas unite for a day of empowerment and advocacy at Texas Capitol

WHAT: #kNOwMORE2019 Advocacy Day
WHO: Formerly incarcerated people across Texas
WHEN:   February 4, series of events taking place from 9:30 to 3:00PM; Art Installation from 9:30–3:00PM; Spoken word performance from 12:00–12:30PM (Capitol rotunda); Rally in collaboration with Texas Inmate Families Association from 1:00–2:00PM
WHERE: Texas State Capitol, South Steps

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My Unplanned Senate Testimony: How Local Immigration Enforcement Policies Hurt Communities, Including My Family

Monday morning, as I walked to the Capitol to join Grassroots Leadership’s Cristina Parker, Lauren Voyles, and several other immigrant rights advocates from the community in a senate hearing on sanctuary cities, I received the following text message: “Have you testified in one of these before? If not, it could be a good opportunity. They are talking about border issues, so it may be a good thing for you to speak about”

Cue panic attack. I had never testified before and the last senate hearing I had attended was opened with testimony from an eloquent and well-prepared professor, the opposite of what I felt that morning. 

Outside of the room holding the hearing Cristina quickly explained the process and I hastily filled out a form so that I could be put on the docket to testify. She handed me a piece of paper to scribble out a quick script for myself and after staring at it for a few seconds I realized I actually did have a lot to say and I wanted it to be heard.

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