Stand With Texas Women's big orange bus came to Houston's Discovery Green this evening with a cast of folks we've come to love: Senator Wendy Davis, Senator Kirk Watson, Houston's own Senators Rodney Ellis and Sylvia Garcia and Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards. Short notice, but there must have been a crowd of 1000 friendly folks there wearing orange.
We've had several really big weeks in the Texas legislature. The legislature is now in its second special session, the second called because in the first special session, Senator Wendy Davis filibustered. When she was cut off by three procedural moves after eleven hours, her fellow Democrats engaged in fine parliamentary maneuvering in the hope of running out the midnight clock. AND it was during this parliamentary maneuvering that the Republican Senators pulled a few illegal moves and minutes before midnight there was an outcry for honest democracy in the visitor's gallery. Our fellow citizens ran out the clock and the bill died. But that wasn't the end.
Governor Perry called the gallery outburst 'an unruly mob', but the over 70,000 of us who were watching the Texas Tribune's live stream could see what that crowd in the gallery saw. Republican senators were making illegal moves to cut off debate and bring the bill to a vote. Were those Texans in the gallery bound to sit silently after watching this legislative abuse? Nope. They engaged in people's democracy.
Governor Perry immediately called another special session for the 'health of Texas women'. He and his cohorts are determined to pass this legislation, even though impartial polls tell us that 80% of Texans wish they'd leave the whole issue alone.
1. Take time off from work and wonder if your boss will grant you unpaid leave,
2. Find child care for children you are already raising,
3. Pay for gas and food for the road trip,
4. Pay for at least one night in a motel because the actions of the 2011 legislature require a
sonogram, followed by a waiting period of 24 hours before any procedure,
5. Pay for gas and food for the road trip back west of I-35.
6. Receive a smaller pay check because of time off work - or discover that you've lost your job and
need to look for another in this economy and in what is progably a rural area.
op-ed piece hit the NYT, My Mother's Abortion, on Monday - see link here.
Our daughters and grand daughters and all the young women and men I see at these pro-choice rallies are there to carry on. We need to register new voters and tell them their vote matters a lot. With tens of thousands of new voters in Texas, we will win more seats statewide for candidates that will legislate for women's reproductive health care, for public education - and certainly, for equal pay for equal work. You do know, that the Texas legislature approved in a bipartisan manner, the Texas Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but Governor Perry gave it his veto.
Stand With Us! Stand With Texas Women! Stand With All Women! Everywhere! NOW!
Location:Discovery Green, Houston, TX