The Border Organization in Del Rio, Texas Unionizes Police, Establishes Public Defenders Office and Leverages Job Training Funds.

After increasing voter turnout across Del Rio, enough to boot out a recalcitrant judge, TBO succeeded in picking up the required signatures for collective bargaining for police officers by a margin of 65% and reestablishing the public defenders office with the new Republican judge. City Council subsequently allocated $35 thousand for the use of city buildings for long-term job training (Quest) which has the potential to leverage an additional $250 thousand from the Texas JET fund. Leaders have already identified 40 potential students.

TBO leaders also persuaded the school district to open their school gyms at no charge to non-profit organizations running youth activities.