Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), on behalf of his organization, Powered By People:
An update on our recent work:
– For the last six weeks we’ve been knocking on doors in 17 of the lowest-income zip codes in Texas to help register senior citizens for the Covid vaccine. Given Gov. Abbott’s recent surrender on all public health measures, this work is more important than ever. Last Saturday I joined volunteers in the 79905 zip code in El Paso.
– Over the course of the winter storm Uri and the ensuing power- and water-outages, our volunteers made more than 900,000 check-in calls on senior citizens across the state.
– Volunteers also knocked on thousands of doors across nine of the hardest hit counties, from urban ones like Harris to rural ones like Rains.
– Whether by phone or in person we were able to connect residents with water, food, and help getting to warming centers or receiving other kinds of assistance.
– We also raised more than $1.4 million to support on-the-ground agencies and organizations who are providing housing, shelter, food and water support to the communities who need it most, in every part of Texas.
– In the midst of this work to help Texans recover from the storm and get as many vulnerable seniors vaccinated as possible, we are also doing the important work of registering voters. We understand that all of the challenges we face right now are connected to our democracy. Not enough people are voting, not enough have a say in the policies undertaken in their name, and too many are getting hurt in the process.
– So Powered by People is training thousands of Volunteer Deputy Registrars and investing in innovative registration efforts in communities that are underrepresented or are the focus of voter suppression efforts. This work is being done in urban Democratic strongholds — like Dallas, Houston and Austin — and it’s also being done in rural and harder-to-get-to regions, like Cooke county in North Texas and Zapata in South Texas. But no matter where we are registering voters, we are making sure that more people can participate in our government and help decide the outcomes of future elections. It’s the only way things will get better.
I can’t think of anything more important for us to be doing right now than helping our fellow Texans through these tough times and making sure we help everyone register to vote before the next big elections.
Thank you for making sure that we can do this work!