Texas Observer Next Generation Leaders
The Texas Democracy Foundation Next Generation Leaders initiative enlists Texans under the age of 40 from diverse geographic, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to help set the agenda for the dissemination of top-notch investigative journalism and progressive ideas. The Next Gen group will conduct research and pursue community projects to connect Texas citizens to progressive ideas that promote social justice and equality. Next Generation Leaders will build statewide momentum around ideas that will make a real difference in the lives of millions of working Texans. Next Gen Leaders are expected to significantly improve the ability of diverse groups to work together and to communicate more effectively to build progressive community in Texas.
Texas has a tradition of progressive activism embodied by leaders like Barbara Jordan, Lyndon B. Johnson, Maury Maverick (both Sr. and Jr.) and Ralph Yarborough. Progressive tradition has also included effective grassroots movements for fair labor practices, access to education, civil rights and universal suffrage. Since 1954 the Texas Observer has been part of this great progressive Texas history. The current initiative is meant to pass the torch of social justice to a new generation of leaders. The Texas Democracy Foundation Next Generation Leaders will help build capacity for progressive values expressed and strengthened through New Media. The initiative seeks to galvanize up-and-coming young Texans to continue to do this important work and raise the bar in the emerging world of community journalism.
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