Grassroots Leadership Blog

Grassroots Leadership: A year in review

Texas is the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more than 1,000 immigration jails separating thousands of people from their loved ones, and a wealthy few profiting from the incarceration of Black, brown, and poor communities. For decades, the solution to dealing with people who are targeted by unjust laws has been incarcerating, punishing, and criminalizing those communities. [node:read-more:link]

Texas Advocates for Justice speaks at Federal Court hearing regarding ending cash bail in Harris County

On October 28, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held a final hearing on a historic agreement to put an end to Harris County’s unconstitutional bail practices.

Our lead Houston field organizer, Dianna Williams, gave a powerful testimony on why it's time for Harris County to invest in #CommunitiesNotCages. Read below.

Good morning, Your Honor.    [node:read-more:link]

Withdrawal of Intention to Hire

Almost four months after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) first issued notice of fines ranging between $300,000 - $500,000 to seven women living in sanctuary in churches across the country, ICE has withdrawn the fines.

Here is the letter sent to one of the families. [node:read-more:link]

Exciting transitions ahead for Grassroots Leadership

Dear friends and family,

In the spring of 2020, after seven years as executive director at Grassroots Leadership and more than 16 years on staff, I will transition out of my role. I’m deeply honored to have been a part of an organization of people who are bold, unafraid to rise up, take on cutting-edge work, and speak truth to power.  [node:read-more:link]