EPISODE 32 - Mucho amor for Latinx Texans | It ain't easy being #GreenShirtGuy | Are Hitler comparisons fair? Immigration law legend Carlos Spector weighs in | We need a Plan B for sh*tty councilmen

We made a mistake last week. We failed to put enough focus on the real story of the El Paso shooting -- that it was the largest massacre of Latinx people in modern American history. This week, we try to make it right. We shout out orgs building Latinx power in Texas, speak with El Paso attorney and legend of immigration law Carlos Spector, and highlight brave Latinx Texans who aren't taking any mierda. Plus, learn how showing up to city council meetings can make you internet famous! (a la Green Shirt Guy).


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Carlos Spector, El Paso immigration attorney and co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant Rights and Mexicanos en Exilio, a nonprofit that seeks to help Mexican asylum seekers


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Support organizations that are building power for the Latinx community!

In Texas:

Jolt Texas: https://jolttx.org/en/

The Texas Young Democrats Hispanic/Latinx caucus:


RAPIDO: which enables communities to recover from disasters more quickly: http://www.rapidorecovery.org/?fbclid=IwAR1YBAxa2vWUWMRQU7LWKS3cUFEeq_Yr5k7uKKHbXlxE6KC1sj4jlzdCVy4

ARISE in South Texas:




Con Mi Madre:


Chingona Fest Texas:


Youth Rise Texas:




Workers Defense Project:


Proyecto Teatro:


Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network:


Jane’s Due Process


Texas A&M University Colonias Program:


Tarrant County Democratic Party’s LatinX Voter Outreach Committee


Battleground Texas:


Texas AFL-CIO:


Poder Quince:



LULAC: https://lulac.org/

MALDEF: https://www.maldef.org/

VotoLatino: https://votolatino.org/

The Pew Research Center does excellent work on research and identifying trends impacting the latinx community: https://www.pewresearch.org/

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: https://www.latinainstitute.org/

Raices: https://www.raicestexas.org/

United We Dream: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWeDream/?hc_location=ufi

Locally in Austin:

Hustle for the Cause, a social impact production company based in Austin that puts on Chingonafest and has a mission to “create cultural content and experiences that empower underserved communities.”:

https://www.hustleforthecause.com/ and https://www.chingonafesttx.com/

Urban Roots: https://urbanrootsatx.org/

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce members: https://www.gahcc.org/

City of Austin Hispanic Quality of Life Commission: https://www.austintexas.gov/content/hispaniclatino-quality-life-resource-advisory-commission

Austin Tejano Democrats: https://www.facebook.com/groups/8310263446/

Dress for Success Austin: https://austin.dressforsuccess.org/


Green Shirt Guy and his viral moment laughing at hate: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/opinions/greenshirtguy-how-i-went-viral-kack/index.html?fbclid=IwAR09ICU7k197r4UkpL6UGgav3EcC_qyMnpFTpYSN2nISANNoAOc1hiqbF5k

Tucson Free and Together:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonFreeAndTogether/

Website: https://www.familiesfreeandtogether.org/

Live in Austin? Meet new politically engaged friends and get your own viral city council moment with A Functional Democracy’s fellows program! Applications due August 22. Kristen signed up!! Join her!:


Alexa Ura of The Texas Tribune wrote a raw and moving Twitter thread on what it feels like to be a brown reporter in Texas after the El Paso shooting: https://twitter.com/alexazura/status/1159283660639625216

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez (WE FREAKING STAN) launched a campaign for U.S. Senate against John Cornyn!!!: https://cristinafortexas.com/

(She's also the founder of Jolt Texas, a badass org building power for Latinx Texans): https://jolttx.org/en/

Julián Castro took out an ad speaking directly to Trump and calling him out for his role in the El Paso massacre: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/13/julian-castro-fox-news-texas/

Julián Castro’s “disarm hate” policy proposal: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/09/days-after-el-paso-massacre-julian-castro-releases-plan-disarm-hate/

Info on the councilmen in Plano trying to defund Collin County’s rape crisis center because it offers Plan B TO RAPE VICTIMS: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Plan-B-Pill-Center-of-Rape-Crisis-Center-Funding-Debate-in-Plano-538489931.html

The Turning Point rape crisis center website: https://www.theturningpoint.org/

Speak up for The Turning Point in Plano this Saturday, August 17!: https://www.facebook.com/events/439837823274985/

From Lulu Garcia Navarro of NPR on the lack of Latinx representation in newsrooms and how that resulted in a news cycle that didn’t highlight what should have been the headline everywhere on the El Paso terrorist attack, “largest massacre of Latinx people in modern American history”: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/we-must-recognize-hispanics-were-targeted/595783/

WE DIDN'T MENTION THIS BUT PLEASE READ IT >>>>> The Texas Observer puts anti-Mexican violence in El Paso into historical context: https://www.texasobserver.org/to-understand-the-el-paso-massacre-look-to-the-long-legacy-of-anti-mexican-violence-at-the-border/

Current issue of Mother Jones magazine, which profiles our guest Carlos Spector in the article “Hold the Line”: https://www.motherjones.com/mag/2019/09/toc/

More on Carlos Spector’s work defending asylum-seekers: https://www.borderreport.com/hot-topics/too-afraid-to-go-home-texas-lawyer-stands-up-for-two-mayan-migrants/

See Carlos Spector speak at TribFest September 28: https://festival.texastribune.org/speakers/carlos_spector.1zu9hc85