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Dear friends,

 

It’s been a long year, hasn’t it?

 

From the pandemic to the winter storm and even a hurricane, people in our state have faced ongoing challenges to their well-being. Yet, for multiple legislative sessions now, our state’s leaders have focused on pushing through discriminatory and oppressive measures that cause harm to the most vulnerable among us. 

 

Rather than pass meaningful police reforms or healthcare expansion, lawmakers have accelerated the costly surveillance—and rampant mistreatment—of people of color, undocumented community members, and people experiencing homelessness. The governor is obsessed with forging a criminal legal system that treats people differently based on the color of their skin and their access to wealth. Instead of looking toward 2022, many Texas lawmakers seem dead set on bringing us back to the 1950s. 

 

But we won’t go back.

 

Day in and day out, Texas Fair Defense Project keeps fighting to end the criminalization of poverty. And despite this year’s challenges, we’ve had major successes. We were able to get the City of Dallas to pull out of the OmniBase program, a move that will immediately help tens of thousands of people. We’ve cleared tens of thousands of dollars in debt and fees for hundreds of clients. Amid a tough legislative session, TFDP secured multiple victories that will help hundreds of thousands of Texans restore their driver's licenses and get relief for ticket debt and fines. All of these changes will help our neighbors go to work, take their kids to school and buy groceries—to live their lives.

 

But we’ve learned that these victories are never set in stone. We cannot let down our guard—and we won’t go back. And to keep this fight going, we need your help.

 

We’re looking for community members who share our core belief: poverty is not a crime. With your support, you will enable us to continue to take on unjust laws that punish people for being poor, as well as work directly with community members to get the materials they need to restore balance in their lives. Even more, your support will spark other community members to give, too. 

 

We hope you’ll join us as we keep moving forward.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Donation Levels


$30 Staying the Course

For just 30 bucks, you can help us keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly.

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$150 Doing the Work

For just $12.50 a month, you'll support our direct service, advocacy, litigation, and public education. Plus: you'll receive a TFDP drink coozie!

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$254 Fresh Cup of Hope

Help us continue our fight in each of Texas's 254 counties and receive a TFDP mug as a token of our thanks! (You can give all at once or $21.17/month.)

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$365 Patron of the Arts (Rebecca Sanchez art)

For just a dollar a day, you'll help us fight for justice all year long--and to thank you, we have an exclusive 11x17 print from Rebecca Sanchez based on our theme!

 

You can find more of Rebecca's work on Instagram and Twitter at @dirtee_sanchez!

 

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$365 Patron of the Arts (Jamie Busby print)

For just a dollar a day, you'll help us fight for justice all year long--and to thank you, we have an exclusive 11x17 print from Jamie Busby based on our theme!

 

You can find more of Jamie's work at jamiebusbydesign.com/!

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$365 Patron of the Arts (Chad Rea print)

For just a dollar a day, you'll help us fight for justice all year long--and to thank you, we have an exclusive 24x36 print from Chad Rea based on our theme!

 

You can find more of Chad's work at chadrea.com!

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$1,000 Going the Distance

Really want to help us soar? We can help even more community members in 2022 with this gift (either upfront or just $83.33 a month.) Plus: all our thank-you perks!

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Team Organizer
Keegan Shepherd kshepherd@fairdefense.org 9048062518