Working families in Texas have been slammed by yet another crisis as the state was paralyzed by record-breaking cold and winter conditions for over a week while our electrical grid failed due to decades of neglect by state leadership. Low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, and in particular Black and Latino families that have been the hardest hit by the COVID 19 pandemic, were left shivering in their own homes for days, often without running water or access to food. As the power and water come back on for many, some of the most vulnerable families in Texas continue to suffer outages, lack of drinking water due to burst pipes, and limited access to food. Many are facing economic hardship from losing work for over a week or facing expensive repairs to their homes or vehicles.
Workers Defense, along with Texas Organizing Project, Texas Freedom Network, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and Texas Civil Rights Project have jointly launched the PowerUpTX.org Fund to:
1) Provide direct cash assistance to families in need across the state
2) Re-grant to other mutual aid groups on the ground doing critical work who may not have the same access to funders or capacity to fundraise that we do and
3) Do what we do best: long-term organizing, and making sure our communities understand that what happened to us wasn't about weather. It was about ideology and decisions made by 2+ decades of state leadership putting profits above investing in the critical infrastructure we needed and still need.
Help Texans in Need: Make a 501c3 Tax Deductible Contribution today!