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The People of Color Activists Whose Voices Are Too Often Missing From Stories About Texas’ ‘Orange Army’

Activists in Texas' Rio Grande Valley

As we mark the anniversary of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill being signed into law, much of the focus has been on Austin-based reproductive rights organizing and the work of white women in largely white organizations. Here are some of the the stories of activists of color whose voices have been missing from many of these conversations.

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Planned Parenthood Set to Open Ambulatory Surgical Center in Dallas

The new southeast Dallas facility will be one of eight legal abortion providers left in Texas after September 1.

The new southeast Dallas facility will be one of eight legal abortion providers left in Texas after September 1.

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One Year Later: Texas After the Filibuster Stands Stronger Than Ever for Reproductive Justice

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Naysayers would have us believe that Texans have surrendered to the inevitable, that they have stopped working for reproductive rights after the fervor of the summer of 2013. Nothing I have seen in the last year suggests that they are any less angry, any less passionate, than they were last June.

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Paging the ‘Orange Army’: Submit Your Wendy Davis Filibuster Memories

Wendy Davis

Were you a member of the “orange army” that showed up last summer at the Texas capitol to defend reproductive rights? We want to hear from you!

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Texas State Troopers Relied on One Anti-Choice Activist for ‘Poopgate’ Intelligence

Reportedly, tampons, pads, condoms, tissue, and other items were being confiscated for a time from individuals entering the Texas capitol building today.

Documents released Monday by the Texas Department of Public Safety show no evidence that the “feminist army” of orange-clad pro-choice supporters brought containers of urine and feces to the Texas state capitol this summer during debates over an omnibus anti-abortion bill.

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Who Really Controls Rick Perry and David Dewhurst?

Governor Rick Perry (left) and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

Most Texans don’t want a special session to pass anti-choice legislation. So why are Rick Perry and David Dewhurst pushing for it? Because the religious right controls the Republican primary system, and ultimately owns the politicians who come out of it.

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