Stick a fork in it. The 86th legislative session is done. Given how hard the TNM worked to get at least one of our legislative priorities across the finish line, you’d be forgiven if you thought that the TNM had turned into “all Lege, all the time”. However, we’ve been working on some big things and it’s time to get you up-to-speed.
First of all and absolutely the least important, we’re going to get a lot of mileage out of the image of me speaking and pointing at the Come And Take It event from last year. Expect to see it way too much.
The biggest thing
I announced the biggest and most ambitious effort ever undertaken by the TNM at the very end of our monthly TNM Office Hours. Here’s a link just in case you missed it.
Reaching back to 2012 when the TNM was part of a coalition that fielded candidates for public office (I was one of them), we will now expand that effort and make it an ongoing part of our organization’s work for every election cycle from here on out.
Acknowledging that the biggest impediment to implementing our mission is the entrenched political class, we are recruiting candidates up and down the ballot, from the schoolhouse to the statehouse to take a direct hand in changing the political landscape so that we can make independence happen.
Just so there is no ambiguity, we are not forming a political party. If you want to understand the rationale behind this, read my post about the Brexit Party here. This decision was informed by consulting with leaders in UKIP, the Brexit Party, and Texas election law experts.
Municipal and school board races are non-partisan so every candidate runs as an independent. Every race that is defined as a partisan race in the Texas Election Code will be handled differently. For electoral districts, counties, and statewide elections we will field either a candidate in the dominant political party or we will field an independent candidate or we will do both.
This strategy provides us with the greatest flexibility, the least amount of statutory burden, and the highest impact.
Even without making the major public announcement, word has leaked out and we’ve already been contacted by Texas Nationalists who want to run for office. If you have any desire to participate in this effort as a candidate, head over to this page and let us know as soon as possible.
If you currently hold elected office of any kind (we know some of you do) and are a member of the TNM, please reach out to us using the same form.
The supporting efforts
The effort to put TNM candidates into elected positions at every level in Texas cannot succeed on its own. To support this effort as well as all of the initiatives of the TNM, we have to grow.
On July 1st, we’ll be officially launching our Take Texas Back campaign. Our goals are straightforward.
- We intend to recruit 5,000 volunteers who will commit to connecting the TNM with 10 new supporters every month for the next 12 months. This is well below the monthly average of 56 supporters attained by our active volunteers in the 2015 petition campaign. This effort will be spearheaded by our Field Director Don Teer and he’ll need your help. Are you in?
- We intend to increase our identified supporters from the current 427,274 to 750,000 and beyond. This will be done through the efforts of our on-the-ground volunteers headed by Don Teer. However, we also need our members and supporters to aggressively promote the Take Texas Back page on social media. To reclaim Texas and set it on the path to independence this must done.
- We intend to place County Coordinators in all 254 counties throughout Texas to provide an organization backbone for all supporters and members in those counties. Our priority counties are the 30 most populous counties in Texas, that includes: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Williamson, Montgomery, Cameron, Brazoria, Galveston, Nueces, Bell, Lubbock, Jefferson, Smith, McLennan, Webb, Hays, Brazos, Ellis, Comal, Guadalupe, Johnson, and Parker counties. However, we want CCs in every single county in Texas. We’ve got the members to make it happen now. If you visit the County Coordinator page and do not have one in your county, then we need you to step forward and become one.
These efforts will provide us with the infrastructure necessary to win elections and carry our mission forward inside and outside of the voting booth.
Although I mentioned some of the new changes to the website up above, I’m going to list them all here.
- TNM Main Page – The main page of TNM.ME has been updated and provides much easier access to some information that was previously buried. We’ve placed the video that explains Texas Nationalism as the main item below the header so that when you experience the whiner and whingers who shrivel up at the user of the word “Nationalist” in our name, you can point them there and get them set straight. In addition, we’ve added a donation form to the main page, easy access to subscribe to text alerts from the TNM, and links to our reports. There’s more coming but be sure to check out what’s there now.
- Take Texas Back – The ‘ACTION’ page is now our campaign page for the “Take Texas Back” effort. From there visitors can pledge their support, volunteer, download pledge forms, volunteer to organize their county, make a donation, apply to become a TNM candidate, and volunteer other skills that you may have to the cause. We will be adding downloadable handouts and a calendar of specific TTB events before the campaign officially launches in July.
- Social Media – We’ve added a social media page to the menu that has buttons to follow the TNM on Facebook and Twitter as well as a roundup of all of our social media posts from both networks. This makes it handy for you to find our social media content without having to dig through the censorship algorithms on both platforms.
- Members Area – We have made the members area way more user friendly. It is now a dashboard that includes jumping off points to other pages that are member-exclusive. Each of those pages have also been added as menu items on the main menu for easy one-click access. In addition, all pages of the members area now have a form at the bottom of the page that will give you direct access to support from the TNM.
Expanding the team
We are expanding the National Leadership Team and we want you to be a part of it. Visit this page and let us know how you can help.