On September 26th, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) held their annual dinner and fundraiser. TAG was recognized for our success during the legislative session and for participation in the coalition which supported Governor Abbott in his veto of SB359.
Justin Arman, TAG’s Executive Director, testified with Lee Spiller, policy director for CCHR, before the senate during the 84th Legislature. The two of them rallied their constituents and fought hard to educate citizens and law makers alike; but the force of the lobby and sheer money behind this bill was too great to conquer. However, Rule of Law and Governor Abbott’s constitutional knowledge prevailed; the coalition provided a detailed veto-request letter with documentation on background, the contradictory nature of the bill, and the extra-constitutionality of the bill itself. The veto was a success because we all did our part: the phone calls, the letter, the persistence, and the diversity of groups that joined together to get this done.
This is what Justin Arman had to say about the CCHR event, “What a wonderful evening with Citizens Commission on Human Rights. Texans for Accountable Government was recognized for the work we did with CCHR and our coalition partners. I’m very inspired by this organization and it was an honor being able to speak on behalf of TAG to such a solid group of freedom fighters.”
In a facebook status update, Lee Spiller wrote, “Such a pleasure to share the stage last night with Justin Arman and our other honorees. It has been a great experience watching Justin come into his own as ED of Texans for Accountable Government. Heather Invictus Fazio cannot be an easy act to follow. We will post more pictures as they become available. In the mean time, we count ourselves lucky to have friends who truly exemplify the concept of treating others the way one would want to be treated. At root, that’s the way Liberty is supposed to work.”