Faith in Texas

Faith in Texas (FiTX) is a multi-racial multi-faith grassroots movement of churches, mosques, synagogues, and laypeople united in values working together for economic, racial, and social justice. We develop civic leaders in underrepresented communities by working through 35 congregations in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties, that serve low- and moderate-income people, predominantly people of color. We do this through: Policy Campaigns and Integrated Voter Engagement, Leadership Development and Faith Formation, Deep Listening and Research, Public Action and Civil Disobedience, Storytelling and Strategic Communications. Priority issue campaigns include: Live Free (criminal justice), Just Housing/Moral Economy (economic justice) and LA RED (immigration justice).

At Faith in Texas, our core belief is that all humans have inherent worth and deserve to be treated with dignity, care, and respect. Every person deserves to have their needs met during this crisis because every person is a sacred creation with inherent worth. Without bold leadership, those who are most vulnerable – who hold the least power and agency – will be asked to carry the greatest economic and health burdens of this pandemic. Laid-off and furloughed workers will lose their homes because they lack tenant’s rights and access to housing assistance. Incarcerated people who cannot afford bail will be left to suffer higher rates of infection and death as they are kept in squalid conditions in our county jails. Immigrants will face increased economic suffering and exposure as they are overlooked by relief efforts while ICE continues to operate.

Our base of hundreds of organizing leaders (clergy, lay people and community members), are currently using digital organizing tools to quickly educate, train and mobilize thousands of Texans to advocate for vital local, statewide and national protections and resources during this pandemic. We invite funders, community stakeholders and families directly impacted, to partner with Faith in Texas to address housing, decarceration and immigrant rights during this COVID-19 crisis.

Immediate Funding Needs:

  • Technology (tablets, software, online tools) for volunteer organizers to quickly contact community members and activate them to take action (emails, texts, social media posts) to reach elected officials making time-sensitive decisions
  • Stipends to cover staff and volunteer's increased expenses (internet fees, electric bills, food for children and elder care) while conducting nearly round-the-clock organizing from home
Phone: (972) 689-7763
https://faithintx.org/covid19platform/
Contact: Akilah S. Wallace
Email: awallace@faithintx.org

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