Andrea Gabor is a friend and a wise writer about education.

She sent the following appeal:

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, I hope this note finds you safe and healthy.

As many of you know, I was supposed to lead another student, political-reporting trip this spring, this time to the Texas border; Covid19 foiled our travel plans and, instead, my students produced a fabulous pack of articles on life and politics on the Texas border amid the pandemic, reporting remotely from NYC. (I’ve included a link below.) Among other things, my students found that gerrymandering and voter suppression have turned Texas into one of the nation’s leading “no-vote” states.

During this time of national crisis, changing leadership in Washington alone is not enough. Fixing our political system requires change at every level of government, especially state government. Given what I learned about Texas as a result of my students’ reporting, I’ve decided to support the vigorous grassroots efforts to flip the Texas State House and hope you will help.

Please join me in supporting Elizabeth Beck for Texas State House District 97.

Elizabeth is a mother, veteran, and lawyer, who is running to represent Tarrant County, near Fort Worth. Her roots in the area go all the way to elementary school. She remains an active member of the local community, serving on boards for Congregation Beth-El and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Fort Worth. She works to get women elected across the state through organizations like Annie’s List, and regularly lends her time to voter protection efforts for local, state, and national elections.

Join us and Elizabeth via Zoom on Wednesday, June 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM (EDT)

Elizabeth will be joined by two exciting special guests to share what is at stake in these elections:
· Beto O’Rourke, former United States Representative (TX-16)
· Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos, NY4US alum and Member of the Texas House of Representatives (TX-102)

Click here to donate and RSVP. The first $15,000 we raise will be matched by supporters on the ground in Fort Worth! Those who donate will receive a link to join the video call.

Even if you cannot attend, please consider donating to help support Elizabeth and give her the resources she needs to spread her message and reach voters.

FYI, here’s a link to my students’ fabulous Border package:



Andrea Gabor
Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism
Baruch College/CUNY
After the Education Wars (The New Press, June 2018)
917 685 7666