Texas Democrats Leading the National Movement to Protect Voting Rights
AUSTIN, Texas — Just like Texas Democratic lawmakers broke quorum and went to our nation’s capital to urge the U.S. Senate to pass federal voting rights protections, Democrats in Texas are doing their part by leading the national movement here at home.
Former congressman Beto O’Rourke’s Powered by People and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber III’s Poor People’s Campaign launched a five-day, Selma-styled Moral March for Democracy that will culminate on Saturday morning at the Texas State Capitol. In this march from Georgetown to Austin, Texans are uniting to demonstrate their determination in stopping this assault on democracy and to ask Congress to restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The Moral March for Democracy is inspired both by the non-violent Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965 and Rev. Dr. Barber’s Moral March to the Capitol in North Carolina, where the Republican-controlled state legislature passed similar anti-voter laws in order to stop certain people from voting.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas Republicans are attempting to implement the strictest anti-voter laws in the nation. This cannot stand and it is why Texas Democrats are leading the national movement to protect voting rights. The people’s right to participate in free and fair elections — in democracy — is fundamental to the American way of life and will not be taken away without a fight. We are proud of our delegates in D.C. and as Texas Democrats we will continue to stand, march and unite in this fight for the right to vote.”