How We Began
Jennifer Cantu, Elizabeth Mendoza, and Stephanie Pennell met in 2016. As we got to know each other, we had lots of discussions about what makes Fort Bend County unique and how we could best serve the special population here, while also advancing progressive causes, and fulfilling our individual requirements for feeling like we make a difference. Like all of you, we have jobs and families and need to find the ways we feel we are best helping our community within the time we carve out.
The three of us realized pretty quickly that we wanted to home in on some areas of special interest and we wanted to act quickly and decisively. A lot of people in Fort Bend County are completely disengaged from the process - and un/underrepresented - whether because of ethnicity, cultural difference, or socioeconomic status. Fort Bend County is a fairly affluent area. The representation here is largely for the affluent. We often hear about the county's racial, educational, and religious diversity, but socioeconomic disparity is something that often goes unaddressed.
We are passionate about the county's diversity - all four of us are so proud of our unique community - and we want to highlight that diversity and maximize it politically. For us, that means for all of the county's residents - all colors, religions, countries of origin, level of education, and level of income. This also means getting out into the community and meeting and helping people that are often overlooked. It means shaking hands and sharing a meal with people we may not come across in our day-to-day lives. Plenty of groups exist to help the well-represented in our county. We want to help those who really don't have anyone speaking to them. We want to help show them they do have a voice, and then encourage and empower them to use it. This not only helps them, it ends up helping all of us.
The political environment right now is not normal and we cannot act as if it is. We feel strongly about taking consistent action against legislation that hurts Fort Bend County residents, especially the vibrant immigrant and poorer populations.
Fort Bend For All and FBFA Texas will be very boots-on-the-ground in terms of action. That will mean going out into the community, regularly, and meeting with all different sorts of folks. The four of us very much hope that you will join us in our efforts, but also truly encourage you to work with any and all area groups that speak to what your passions are. Come join us and tell us your thoughts and see if we are doing work you want to be part of.