Pantsuit Republic Texas
Who We Are
Pantsuit Republic Texas Vision:
A just and equitable Texas free from systems of oppression.
Pantsuit Republic Texas Mission:
Engage and empower the diverse women and men of Texas to rally behind progressive solutions to oppression.
Pantsuit Republic Membership
All genders and gender expressions
All sexual orientations
All socioeconomic classes
All ability levels
All cultural backgrounds
All levels of political involvement
Anyone looking to grow and make a progressive difference
Where We Stand
Equity and Justice – Pantsuit Republic believes that all people are entitled to systems free of oppression. They deserve respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security and should be equal before the law.
Mutual Respect – Pantsuit Republic believes mutual respect is necessary to participate effectively in all aspects of society.
Openness – Pantsuit Republic believes that a commitment to personal growth is necessary for social progress.
Radical inclusion – Pantsuit Republic believes society benefits from the contributions of people with diverse characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender, and differently-abled. Intentional inclusion challenges psychological and social structures that marginalize and oppress.
Intersectionality – Pantsuit Republic believes each person is a complex entity who interacts with the world differently, according to his or her circumstances. We honor this in our approach to education, community engagement, legislative advocacy and leadership.
Collaboration – Pantsuit Republic collaborates with our members, individual organizations and coalitions.
Transparency and Integrity – Pantsuit Republic operates with integrity, accountability and transparency.
Engage. Build community through dialogue between diverse groups to promote mutual understanding. Organize campaigns that support progressive initiatives in Texas.
Empower. Provide our members with resources on effective participation in the political process. Identify and support progressives to run for public office.
Pantsuit Republic Texas believes all people should have equitable access to representation in society; therefore, we are an inter-sectional feminist organization. The rights of all people are of equal importance, and we particularly care about the voices of the traditionally marginalized, their experiences, and their rights.
Women’s rights are human rights. The right of individuals to govern their own bodies, free from abuse by others or coercive interventions by the government, is fundamental to the security and freedoms of a democratically governed people. When this right is eroded by failure to advocate justly for victims of sexual assault or by limiting access to safe and expedient reproductive healthcare options, women disproportionately bear the consequences. This is especially true for women of economically disadvantaged backgrounds and contributes to a cycle of economic deprivation in these communities. The Pantsuit Republic supports action to preserve a woman’s sovereignty over her own body.
The health of a nation is directly related to the health of its people. In recent years, Texas has ranked the lowest among all states in the Union for healthcare access and affordability and second to last in preventative treatment. The shortage in healthcare coverage acutely befalls impoverished communities and those living on fixed incomes. Failure to expand access to quality care now, especially for preventative medicine, inevitably bears burdens on future state healthcare spending and impinges on the well-being, productivity and self-sufficiency of Texans. The Pantsuit Republic supports legislation to improve statewide access to affordable, quality healthcare.
Authentic democracy rests on the principle of equality of all people. Texas is among the most diverse states in the nation, but many forms of inequality persist in our state, in overt and subtle ways. This is reflected in discriminatory applications of law, unequal educational and economic opportunities, and systemic negligence or deliberate harm towards marginalized individuals and communities. The Pantsuit Republic supports legislative action to correct these systematic irregularities to promote justice for all.
The rule of law must preserve civil rights and liberties to sustain an enduring democracy. Codified protections and just practices in an open democracy are indispensable tools against arbitrary governance and the usury or suppression of vulnerable populations. To be meaningful, policies of government intended to uphold our rights and liberties against these harms require persistent monitoring and reform. The Pantsuit Republic supports legislation that promotes protections of marginalized people and equitable applications of the law. We denounce any obstruction of the democratic process or individual freedoms afforded by the Constitution.