By Senator José Rodríguez, District 29, El Paso to Big Bend


My story doesn't just happen. You don't go from migrant farm worker to state senator without plenty of training and mentorship along the way.

I'm so grateful for all the good advice from smart people that helped me get to where I am, and I want today's young Latinos to have a chance at success like I did, no matter where they may have started their journey.

Thank goodness for the Texas Future Leadership Program (TxFLiP) — a professional development initiative for people of color in politics, run by the good people at Battleground Texas.

Are you or someone you know looking for a breakthrough in this business? Texans of color can apply for the Texas Future Leadership Program right here.

In the Legislature this year, my Democratic colleagues and I are doing everything we can to stop anti-immigrant measures proposed by the GOP — from repeal of the Texas DREAM Act to a bill that would make Texas a "Show me your papers" state. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination. But I am comforted by the knowledge that a new generation is coming up behind us, ready to take up the fight when our time in the Senate is done.

The Texas Future Leadership Program will surely cultivate some of those budding legislators. But you don't have to be interested in running for office to participate — people of color who want to manage campaigns or lead progressive political organizations are an integral part of this, too.

Again, here's the link — please apply for the Texas Future Leadership Program, or spread the word to any bright young Latinos you know.

By Senator Rodney Ellis, District 13, Houston


I believe in molding the leaders of tomorrow. It's my pride and joy.

And I've long felt like Texas Democrats have needed even more comprehensive leadership development — particularly for people of color.

That's why I'm so happy my friends at Battleground Texas are continuing to fill that role with The Texas Future Leadership Program (TxFLiP). It's an incredible opportunity for Texans from communities of color to gain the skills necessary to break through to the next level in their political careers.

Are you interested? Got a friend who might be perfect for the Texas Future Leadership program? Applications are open now — click here to get started.

TxFLiP is a competitive six-month program specialized and tailored for mid-career professional people of color. I've been there myself, so I've got a special place in my heart for the folks who apply for this.

The TxFLiP curriculum will include frank discussions about the challenges and opportunities for people of color in the workplace. They'll work directly with leaders in the fields of Communication, Finance, Campaigns, Digital, Field, and more.

We have some of the brightest minds in Texas — I see them every day — and they need mentorship, training, and professional development. This is our chance to invest in these future leaders of our state.

I greatly look forward to seeing who the participants are for the first-ever Texas Future Leadership Program by Battleground Texas. Apply now or send it to a friend:

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By April Martin, Galveston Volunteer

On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott claimed his victory was "the last nail in the coffin" of Battleground Texas. Then over the weekend, according to reporters in Houston, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick decided to chime in, calling us "a distant memory" and saying "Battleground Texas won't come back in 2016 if they have another woman at the top of the ticket, or anyone else for that matter."

As a volunteer, as a woman, and as a Texan, I am deeply offended. But I'm also more motivated than ever.

Are you with me? Let's use this fundraising deadline to defy Republicans like Abbott and Patrick — please donate $3 or more to Battleground Texas before midnight.

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These guys couldn't be more wrong about us. I can speak for myself and my neighborhood team when I say that we didn't get involved for just one election cycle. We're well aware of the magnitude of what we're trying to do, and we're committed to staying the course until Texas elections are competitive again.

We've had a rallying cry since the start of Battleground Texas, and it's still appropriate today. Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick want to write us off and pretend like we don't exist? Say it with me: GAME ON.

I'm still here. We're still organizing. Chip in with me.

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