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What is the Green New Deal? Find out at our next meeting.

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Humanity has just over a decade to get carbon emissions under control.

Or else, well, you can guess what else. Global, catastrophic climate change impacts become inevitable and irreversible.

Democrats do not currently have a plan to address climate change, and last addressed it in 2009 when they passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Some people call the Green New Deal “ambitious.” What they don’t seem to realize is that we have now entered a do or die moment. We NEED to be ambitious.

Big problems call for big solutions.

To learn more about this resolution and how it plans to address climate change as well as racial / economic inequality, come to the next Young Dems BCS meeting on Sunday, March 31, 7 pm, Square One.

TEXAS VOTER PURGE UPDATE

Bravo to U.S. District Judge Fred Biery of San Antonio on achieving a temporary halt to the Texas “voter fraud” purge! Biery called the purge “a solution looking for a problem.”

“[...] perfectly legal naturalized Americans were burdened with what the Court finds to be ham-handed and threatening correspondence from the state which did not politely ask for information but rather exemplifies the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us,” Biery wrote.

Brazos County has a list of 570 names that have been “flagged” as potential non-citizens. According to the Elections Administrator Trudy Hancock, 47 of those individuals received the initial letter questioning their citizenship, followed by a “disregard” letter. The rest of the people on this list likely don’t even know they are on it.

The Texas voter fraud list is comprised of people who initially used a green card or similar documentation at DPS when obtaining their drivers license or state ID, indicating that they were not a citizen at the time. Anyone who used such documentation as far back as 1996 could be included on the list, even if they have since become a naturalized citizen.

And since we naturalize thousands of citizens every year, that situation is very likely.

Civil rights groups argue that the list constitutes voter intimidation targeting Latinx and immigrant communities, and we at YoungDemsBCS agree. We will be watching to ensure that voting rights aren’t stripped from these communities who are already targeted in the Trump era.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State David Whitley’s chances of getting confirmed in the TX Senate aren’t looking great. He needs a 2/3rds vote to be confirmed but all Texas Democrats have pledged to vote “no,” which would be enough to reject his confirmation.

Note: the battle isn’t over! Counties haven’t thrown out these “fraud” lists entirely and still seem to be going through them. But these are good developments! We have activist groups such as Jolt Texas, Texas Civil Rights Project, LULAC, and others to thank for the progress we’ve made so far.

While we are on the topic… Need to register to vote? Email us at youngdemsBCS@gmail.com

Young Dems BCS Endorses Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General

We are one of the least insured states in the country, which means that a lot of Texans are living without the vital healthcare they need. Justin Nelson is running for TX Attorney General against our current AG Ken Paxton. As the state attorney general, Paxton is supposed to represent the interests of all Texans. But instead of protecting us, he is leading the legal battle to deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions in hopes of dismantling the ACA (aka “ObamaCare”). Did we mention he’s been indicted for fraud? Time for new representation!