Posts Tagged ‘Wendy Davis



01
Jul
13

Don’t Mess With Texas Women!

The GOP does not know what they are dealing with. They have woken a sleeping giant and will regret the consequences

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26
Jun
13

Texas Is You!

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Jessica Mason Pieklo: On Monday, the Texas State House voted overwhelmingly to pass a draconian proposal that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, as well as adding stringent new restrictions on how clinics get licensed. The intent was clear: Supporters of the bill, known as SB 5, openly acknowledged that the law would have closed 37 of the state’s 42 clinics, leaving hundreds of thousands of women in Texas and neighboring states like Oklahoma with no way to access abortion care. With a conservative majority in the State Senate and the support of Governor Rick Perry, the measure seemed certain to become law. But on Tuesday, Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis, backed by an army of feminist supporters, launched an epic 13-hour filibuster and shut the whole thing down.

Just before the midnight deadline, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sustained a third and final challenge to Davis’ filibuster – this one on the germaneness of discussing the 2011 law that forces Texas women to undergo invasive ultrasounds – and called for a vote. Hundreds of protesters who had gathered in the senate gallery erupted in outrage. With the clock still running, Davis’ colleagues stepped up.

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State Senator Leticia Van De Putte, who arrived at the Capitol in the afternoon after spending the morning at her father’s funeral, challenged Republican leaders at the podium who did not recognize one of her attempts to speak: “At what point does a female senator need to raise her voice to be heard over the male colleagues in the room?” Van De Putte’s procedural mic drop prompted even louder, sustained cheering from the crowd; Republicans pounced on the chaos, trying to force through a vote.

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But with a gallery still packed with Democratic lawmakers and supporters – and upwards of 180,000 people around the country watching a livestream of events online – Republicans could sustain the fiction only so long. After three hours of continued protests, disputes and meetings inside Senate offices, state senators finally confirmed to the Texas Tribune the vote was invalid. The bill was dead. Like California during the 1980s, Texas is turning blue thanks to women and people of color, and the right wing has no real plan or platform to capture those voters. Instead, they had planned to hold the state by force, as Tuesday night’s events made clear. What they didn’t plan on was Davis and her feminist army. And they’re not going anywhere.

More of this fabulous article, including Sen. Wendy Davis’s amazing personal story here

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The battle for 2014 has begun in every county, city, and state. That bell has already been rung so heed its call and find out what you can do to help the DCCC, DSCC, OFA, Battleground Texas, and Individual Congressmembers. Donate, volunteer, tweet, email, call, and spread the word because yes, there is gerrymandering but we can win. Texas showed that. Texas is you. YOU are Texas so make your voice heard. To those in Blue states, do not get complacent. Find out what you can do around you and also, how you can help red states turn purple and eventually blue. Organizations like Battleground Texas need your help too. Something was stirring in Texas last week, last night and through the early hours of the morning. The fight will be tough but we will get there and we will prevail.

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26
Jun
13

We Will Not Be Silenced

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#StandWithWendy: Make sure to send some support to @WendyDavisTexas. She is the true definition of a hero. She was on her feet for over 11 hours. No leaning on her table. No food. No water. No bathroom breaks. Even when the GOP tried to make her lose focus, she kept her eyes on the prize.

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26
Jun
13

Our Voices Will Be Heard

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This is how it happened.

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26
Jun
13

There’s Something Stirring In Texas!

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25
Jun
13

Senator Wendy Davis: Champion Of Women’s Rights

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25
Jun
13

Go! Wendy Davis Go!

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You can send her support here: @WendyDavisTexas

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25
Jun
13

Don’t Mess With Texas Women!

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25
Jun
13

Wendy Davis: Hero

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