| Lake Travis Progressives

April 20, 2017


The Newly-Formed Lake Travis Progressives Welcomed Democratic State Officials to The Monthly Meeting, Introduced Several Initiatives, and Announces Mission Statement

Bee Cave, Texas— After barely two months of existence, the Lake Travis Progressives group (LTP) has caught the attention of state and national political figures through its local initiatives. Last week’s monthly meeting saw Cliff Walker, Campaign Services and Candidate Recruitment Director for the Texas Democratic Party, visit and speak to the LTP Membership. This was days after LTP Founder Mindy Gulati spoke at the Texas Democrats Fair Shot Summit on her experience in setting up the new organization.

“Within weeks we have over 500 members, and have activated a community that no one in Austin had really tried to reach,” said Gulati. “There are so many progressives living in the suburbs who can’t make it downtown due to kids, and life. These are people who have not been politically active before, and who want to organize change in Travis County through our community initiatives”, she said.

The audience at the Fair Shot Summit, which included newly announced candidate for the United States Senate Beto O’Rourke, and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, applauded the efforts of LTP to bring kindness and fairness to the Lake Travis community. Meanwhile, Cliff walker of the Texas Democratic Party inspired the LTP membership with his view on the future of the party in Texas at their monthly meeting. He was joined by Jimmy Flanagan of Austin City Council district 6 who spoke of his experience in running for office.

LTP has introduced a flurry of local initiatives to meet its mission statement, which was today announced as “promoting inclusion, unity, respect, and decency toward all people within the Lake Travis region. LTP seeks to harness the volunteerism of our members and translate these values into community-focused actions that keep Lake Travis a considerate, kind, and gentle place for all - regardless of race, culture, religion, gender, sexuality, or immigration status“.

In line with this mission, the first initiative this month is voter registration training, which will take place at the Lakeway Activity Center on April 19 and again on April 22. The April 22 event is organized by the Texas Civil Rights Project. Participants will learn how to register their fellow local citizens for upcoming elections, and the training will be held at 14532 Hamilton Pool Rd., Austin, TX 78738, from 10 am to 12 noon.

In a second initiative, aware of the challenges that new arrivals to Lake Travis face, LTP has begun a local Facebook group to welcome new residents and answer their questions. This Facebook group is listed below and will be a useful resource for newcomers.

LTP has also been busy beautifying its community. Led by the Board member for Community Action, Stephanie Fitzharris, a team of volunteers cleaned up Apache Shores on March 18. It was dubbed “Don’t mess with Travis” and they filled dozens of trash bags within hours. Following up on this, Fitzharris lead a local candlelight vigil to protest the ACA “Repeal and Replace” vote in front of the Baylor, Scott and White Lakeway Regional Hospital. Over 30 concerned citizens and LTP members attended and told stories of how the Affordable Care Act saved their lives.

Finally, the LTP unveiled several committees to help implement these initiatives, which include: technology; community engagement; and a candidate committee to review and vet candidates for local office, who LTP will present to its membership.

“We are privileged to have so many local volunteers seeking to contribute in this community”, said Vice President Ron Fagan. “The current political landscape has awakened a tremendous spirit of volunteerism, and we need this community engagement now and into the foreseeable future”, he said.


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Right to Left - Cliff Walker, Campaign Services & Candidate Recruitment Director for the Texas Democratic Party, Jimmy Flanagan of Austin City Council District 6, and Mindy Gulati of Lake Travis Progressives


Mindy Gulati of Lake Travis Progressives with Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Beto O’Rourke with Mindy Gulati at the Texas Fair Shot Summit