On this week’s episode of “A is for America”, we spoke with Drew Galloway, the executive director of MOVE Texas, a voter engagement and community organizing group that is mobilizing Texans — especially young Texans — during this crucial midterm year. Drew and our Texas State Director Mario Carrillo spoke about the challenges voter registration efforts face in Texas, the barriers between different communities, and the exciting efforts around the state that are thrilling voting advocates. (Interview begins at 12:20.)
This week, we discovered that the Trump Administration has been denying passports to citizens who live along the Texas-Mexico border, throwing their citizenship into question even though they have U.S. birth certificates and have been Americans for their whole lives. Andrew Gillum won a major victory in Florida thanks to a campaign that ran on big issues, fundamental values, and a grassroots organizing model that energized a broad coalition of the electorate. Meanwhile, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost another election, this time for Congress, hopefully relegating him to the dustbin of history for good. Beto O’Rourke has been ascendant in Texas, where voters are fired up and registering — with the help of groups like MOVE Texas — at historic rates.
“A is for America” is a podcast which tells stories from the front lines of a changing America. Each week, we’ll be talking to advocates and experts working in immigration reform, immigrants’ rights, immigration politics, and the forefront of what it means to be a new American. Tune in next week for more.