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Saturday, April 17 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
“I’ll believe global warming when Texas freezes over”: How We Organized When It Did

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Our session will outline our MOVE Texas disaster response 'wellness check' campaign that was launched during the winter storm and Texas power outage a few weeks ago. We'll cover our personal stories, our organizational response, and the organizing that took place after to demand accountability. Our hope is to provide attendees an outline of elements to incorporate into disaster response toolkits and a case study to draw inspiration from as weather patterns become more violent due to climate inaction. The panel will be from the perspective of field organizers, advocacy organizers, and the broader community that made our outreach possible.


Alex Birnel

Advocacy Manager, MOVE Texas
Alex Birnel (He/Him) is the Advocacy Manager at MOVE Texas. In his role with MOVE Texas, he leads issue-based campaigns affectIng the lives of young people, building power across the state of Texas. Alex helped found MOVE San Antonio during his time studying anthropology and political... Read More →
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Fernanda Maldonado

Field Director, MOVE Texas
Fernanda is a first-generation Texan born and raised on both sides of the Laredo border. She graduated from Texas State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Journalism. During her time there she interned with local publications in Laredo and... Read More →
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Jonathan Gutierrez (he/him)

South/Central Organizing Manager, MOVE Texas
Jonathan Gutierrez (he/him) is the South/Central Field Manager with MOVE Texas, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities across the state of Texas through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy... Read More →
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Evie Proctor

CLP Fellow, MOVE Texas
Evie Proctor (she/her) is a Houston, Texas native and a graduate of Sam Houston State University. She is currently a fellow in the Civic Leadership Program at the grassroots, nonpartisan, and non-profit organization MOVE Texas, which works to build power in underrepresented youth... Read More →
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Jose Gonzales

Regional Coordinator Corpus Christi, MOVE

Saturday April 17, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT