On April 9th, 2006, an estimated half-million people marched through Downtown Dallas to protest a House Resolution that would have imposed harsher penalties for undocumented immigration. The protesters were young and old, clothed in white as a symbol of peace, and carried countless American flags. Karla Garcia was one of those people who marched. Karla Garcia now serves as the youngest and first-ever Latina to serve on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees 13 years later.
Cydney Walker is the Founder and Host of Coffee and Politics 101, a grassroots video series that focuses on sharing information regarding local and state politics relevant in North Texas. With almost 2,000 followers, Coffee and Politics 101 is the go-to resource for voters to gain access to candidates, elected officials, and policy experts taking part in discussions on hot-button topics. As a now-retired dietician, Cydney dedicates herself full-time to Coffee and Politics 101, airing a new episode each week. With each discussion Cydney posts, she is takings steps towards bridging the gap between men and women in politics.
Asha Beacham shook the Dallas-area community when she published her first episode of Tough Topics, a video series that shared controversial opinions on tough topics within the urban community. Asha already has three full-length episodes, tackling the topics of Black feminism, LGBTQ rights particularly with a focus on Black trans-women, and colorism within people of color communities. Asha released her first episode after the murder of her friend, Muhlaysia Booker, a Black transgender woman whose story went viral after she was brutally beaten by a crowd of men in a Dallas apartment complex. But Asha wants to change the narrative surrounding her community, ending the commonality of self-hatred.
Rhetta Bowers, recently elected to the Texas House of Representatives, is the first black woman to be elected in House District 113 . “When you’re the first, you’re like a bridge,” she explained. “But bridges are made to be walked on. Although it’s uncomfortable to be walked on, it’s the only way to get to the other side— and create the change you want to bring to your community.”